Friday, September 8, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM PDT
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W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. 
Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 

Fall-Winter 2023 EFT Consultation Group 

Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) as a theoretical basis, Dr. Sutton will provide an introduction to EFT theory, and discuss how to integrate knowledge from Gottman research, and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing when working with individual issues in a couples context such as ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, and trauma.   

EFT is an effective, evidence based approach to working with couples.  Research studies have found that 70-73% of couples move from distress to recovery and 86% show significant improvements when treated with EFT.  This collaborative approach mixes experiential Rogerian techniques with structural, systemic interventions that extend the ideas of attachment theory to romantic relationships.  Advances in the study of emotional regulation support EFT's use of emotion as a primary source of information to the self and to others about needs and motives as a primary route to connecting with attachment figures.   

The EFT consultation group will be limited to 3 participants.  We will spend the first 10 min discussing a specific skill or issue related to EFT, then will have two 20 min case presentation (presenting video of session is strongly encouraged).  Dr. Keith Sutton will lead the consultation group and will consult and use role play to help develop consultation group members experience with using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  Participants are required to sign up for the series of five or four consultation sessions, and must have taken the six hour workshop in the particular theory, prior to joining the consultation group.  Dr. Sutton also offers individualized supervision in person, via Zoom, or by phone for those unable to attend the group or seeking one on one consultation. 

When: 5 sessions - Fridays - 1 to 2 pm PDT
Session Dates: 9/8, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 2/9

W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. has been working with couples since 2004 using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as Gottman Method Couples Therapy approaches.  He is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor. Dr. Sutton primarily uses the techniques and theory of EFT, but finds the Gottman research helpful in understanding couples experiences, thus assisting in tracking the cycle.   He also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR into his work when treating individual issues in the context of the couple.  

*The series is limited to 3 individual participants.  

If there are not enough people signed up for attendance, the Consultation Groups may be cancelled. There will be a confirmation email going out one week before stating if so. If you have already paid, you will be reimbursed. If you have to cancel and do so before 24 hours of the event, you will be reimbursed. Audio and Video recordings may take place at the event. This would be for professional use and could show up on the IAP website. Any confidential information will be edited out at your discretion.
Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (IAP) which is sponsoring this program. The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, or about CE, contact the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy at info@sfiap.com.