Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy

$200.00$500.00

This course will present the theory, development, and rationale for Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET),  examine its core principles and techniques, and teach its use through presentations, demonstrations, video recorded case examples, and experiential practice. The four class sessions will be led by a team including the developers of EAET and those who use it regularly in practice.

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This course will describe the theory, development, and rationale for Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET),  examine its core principles and techniques, and teach its use through presentations, demonstrations, video recorded case examples, and experiential practice. The four class sessions will be led by a team including the developers of EAET and those who use it regularly in practice. The course is intended for clinicians such as psychologists and social workers (for whom continuing education credit is available), although other professions involved in patient care are invited (physicians, counselors). The course is not intended for patients.

Many patients with primary chronic pain and “functional” somatic symptoms have histories of trauma or adversity, psychological conflicts, and relationship problems that trigger, exacerbate, or maintain their pain. Whereas behavioral pain management approaches do not address these problems, Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) was developed specifically to do so. EAET integrates emotion-focused therapy, intensive psychodynamic therapy, and exposure-based therapies with the latest models of pain psychology and neuroscience. EAET has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and improving functioning in numerous clinical trials and has demonstrated superiority to cognitive-behavioral therapy in two studies. Many clinicians using traditional pain management approaches (e.g., CBT, ACT, mindfulness-based therapies) have found that EAET addresses core issues in patients and can result in powerful changes in patients. EAET is listed as an evidence-based treatment in the 2019 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-agency Task Force Report.

Learning Objectives:  Attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify limits of current pain management interventions
  2. Describe types of pain, including centralized/primary/nociplastic pain
  3. Explain the differences between adaptive and inhibitory emotions
  4. Apply the model of basic needs (agency, communion, self-compassion) to each patient
  5. Describe how emotional avoidance / suppression is linked to chronic pain
  6. Demonstrate how to elicit patient disclosure of difficult emotional experiences
  7. Recognize patient defenses against emotional processes
  8. Identify, access, and facilitate expression of adaptive emotions
  9. Prescribe homework and troubleshoot problems from a relational / emotional perspective
  10. Describe the effective use of expressive writing / emotional disclosure techniques 
  11. Demonstrate the technique of experiencing-expressing-releasing
  12. Use the therapy relationship to help patients experience and express emotions
  13. Help patients change relationships in their daily lives 

Instructors: 

Mark A. Lumley, PhD
Howard Schubiner, MD
Brandon Yarns, MD, MPH
Shannon Woller, PsyD

Course Schedule:  Thursdays (June 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2022); from 3:00 to 5:30 pm EST

Format: Remote instruction via Zoom

This program is approved for 10 CE credits by Wayne State University Department of Psychology, which is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wayne State University Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please direct questions about continuing education to Dr. Mark Lumley at:  mlumley@wayne.edu.

Conference approved for 10 Social Work Pain and Pain Symptom Management Continuing Education hours by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative Provider # MICEC0049.