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Many psychological treatment models attempt to bring about positive change through changing patterns of thought and behaviour. On this day, Professor Greenberg, a profoundly engaging and moving speaker, will explore his highly effective evidenced-based intervention. This aims to bring about positive change through the accessing of core feelings and the heightening of emotional awareness. Emotionality is often seen in a negative light; people are described as being ‘too emotional’ or as needing to learn to control or regulate their emotions. This treatment model takes a very different stance where emotions are seen as important organising processes which when worked with effectively are key to positive life change.
Participants will be introduced to the skills of moment by moment attunement to feelings and to the major principles of emotional change: Emotion, Awareness, Regulation, Restructuring and Reflection. Professor Greenberg will use case material throughout, to illustrate how to address emotional injuries from the past by accessing and working with the core emotions underneath our defences.
Professor Leslie Greenberg graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario. He began his career at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, and worked with York University in their counselling centre. In the early 1980’s he completed his externship at the Family Therapy Mental Research Institute in California. He was an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia for several years, before accepting a full professorship in 1985 in the Department of Counseling Psychology. Professor Greenberg is one of the co-founders of Emotion-Focused Therapy. He has acted as developer, researcher, and trainer at the Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic and is also the Director. He has authored over 100 articles, and has written more than a dozen books. Greenberg has been recognised for his contributions to psychology with the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession from the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Distinguished Research Career award from the International Society for Psychotherapy Research.
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