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Course: Working With Narrative in Emotion-Focused Therapy: Changing Stories, Healing Lives
by Lynne E. Angus, PhD, CPsych and Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD

CE Credit Hours: 7
Fee: $29

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This book describes how the interaction between emotion and narrative creates a constantly evolving sense of self; how clinicians can address both narrative and emotion processes to help clients create more adaptive, empowering meanings and sense of self; and the importance of a strong therapeutic alliance. Engaging, in-depth case studies illustrate how the model can be applied to treatment of depression and emotional trauma.

Angus and Greenberg's narrative-informed approach to emotion-focused therapy, successful psychotherapy entails the articulation, revision, and deconstruction of clients' maladaptive life stories in favor of more life-enhancing alternatives. Because emotions and narratives interact to form meaning and sense of self, the evocation and articulation of emotions is critical to changing life narratives.

In psychotherapy, as in life, significant emotions are embedded in important stories, and all significant stories revolve around important emotional themes. Yet, despite the interaction between emotion and narrative processes, emotion-focused therapy and narrative-informed therapies have evolved as separate clinical approaches. In this book Lynn Angus and Leslie Greenberg address this gap and present a groundbreaking, empirically based model that integrates both approaches.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Articulate key concepts that distinguish Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) from other forms of therapy
  • Delineate the important factors that make this therapy (EFT) appropriate and effective
  • Demonstrate narrative and emotion processes in EFT and explain their therapeutic value
  • Explain the goals intended for EFT therapy
  • Identify parameters that suggest future treatment programs and research
  • Illustrate the value of working with narrative and emotion in Depression and Trauma

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.

Bio: Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD

Leslie Greenberg, PhD, is distinguished research professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada, and director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic. He is the developer of emotion focused therapy and has authored or co-authored the major texts on this treatment approach, including Emotion Focused Therapy for Depression; Emotion Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings; Facilitating Emotional Change: The Moment-by-Moment Process; Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power.

He has authored the major texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment. Dr. Greenberg is a past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), and he is a recipient of the SPR Distinguished Research Career Award and the Carl Rogers Award of the American Psychological Association. He conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and offers training in Emotion-focused approaches.

Bio: Lynne E. Angus, PhD

Lynne E. Angus, PhD, CPsych, is a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada, and is president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. She is the senior editor of The Handbook of Narrative and Psychotherapy: Practice, Theory, and Research (2003) and coeditor of Bringing Psychotherapy Research to Life: Understanding Change Through the Work of Leading Clinical Researchers (2010).

Dr. Angus's psychotherapy research program focuses on the contribution of narrative and emotion processes for productive treatment outcomes in emotion-focused therapy. She co-developed the narrative processes model and coding system with Heidi Levitt and Karen Hardtke. Dr. Angus is an active clinical practitioner and psychotherapy supervisor who is committed to furthering the integration of psychotherapy research and practice in community-based settings.