Workshops



The Institute offers workshops as 'stand-alone' subjects or as part of a postgraduate program. Each workshop is skills-based, integrating clinical skills with theory using an adult learning approach, personal and professional reflection, discussion, video demonstrations and role-plays. Participants are required to purchase a training manual for each workshop. A certificate of attendance or completion can be awarded upon completion of the subject.


  • Click on a workshop in the list below for detailed information.


  • Individual Counselling Workshops:


  • · 1 Emotion-Focused Work
  • · 2 Working With Experience
  • · 3 Experiencing Emotion

  • · Clinical Day 1 : Working with Feelings

  • · 4 Focusing
  • · 5 Emotional Signature
  • · 6 The Adult-Child Polarity

  • · Clinical Day 2 : Working with Patterns


  • Emotion Specific Workshops:


  • · Anger
  • · Shame
  • · Fear & Anxiety


  • Couple Workshops:


  • · Couple Assessment
  • · Couple Talk

  • · Couple Therapy :
  • · 1 Creative Couple Work
  • · 2 Current Attachment Injuries
  • · 3 Impasse
  • · 4 Past Couple Trauma


  • Studios:


  • · EFT Studio 1 : Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) - Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • · EFT Studio 2 : Parenting in Therapy


  • Other Workshops:


  • · Psychotherapy
  • · Supervision Training in Emotionally Focused Work


  • Scheduling of future workshops


  • Additional workshops that may be scheduled in 2018 or 2019 depending on demand are listed below. Please indicate any interest in these workshops on your application:

  • · Sadness, Loss & Grief
  • · Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • · Multiple Chair Work
  • · Emotions in Couple Work


  • Professional Development
  • The Institute offers courses and workshops as 'stand-alone' subjects for professional development for health practitioners. Please contact the Institute to express your interest.


  • Applications
  • To apply for any of our workshops or courses, you can do so by visiting our applications page and following the instructions there.


  • Praise
  • Click here to read some praise from practitioners who have attended our couple workshops either as a post-graduate candidate or for continuing professional development.





  • 1. Emotion Focused Work



    Emotionally Focused counselling deals with symptom management, self and relational problems via emotion regulation, developing awareness and working with different levels of emotional experience. In this workshop we will introduce you to Emotion Focused work, both the Canadian model (Leslie Greenberg, Sandra Paivio, Susan Johnson et al) and the Annandale model. The technical side that includes assessment using process markers and intervention protocols for verbal and creative work will be introduced. The protocol of the first interview for assessment of symptoms, relational difficulties and self-experience will be outlined and demonstrated. The protocols for ongoing sessions will also be presented and demonstrated. The relational side of the counselling work will be discussed and demonstrated. There will be an opportunity to consider the elements in Emotion Focused work experientially and theoretically, view demonstration tapes, and to practise the technical skills.



  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 3rd-4th March, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    2. Working with Experience



    Emotional experience is a layered process that individuals experience at sensorimotor, schematic and conceptual levels. Individuals need to be participant-observers of their experience, beginning with having their experience then symbolising or making meaning, before discovering the associated action tendencies.


  • In this 2-day workshop we will show you how to access and work with emotional experience using the interventions of sequencing and visualisation. We will begin with the verbal techniques of accessing and working with emotional sequences before progressing to the creative techniques of visualisation. The options in visualisation enable clients to develop self-awareness, begin to regulate their experience, and discover primary feelings as well as being the springboard into further emotional processing.


  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 7-8th April, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    3. Experiencing Emotion



    The goal of counselling is the emotional well-being of our clients. This involves helping them have their emotional experience and integrating this into their current self-organisation. Emotional experiences are classified into their different types so that practitioners can then utilise appropriate interventions for working with the feelings, cognitions and behaviours that are the essence of the experience. One of the primary aims in Emotion-Focused counselling is to help clients process their emotional experiences. In this 2-day workshop we will show you how to assess emotions using the experience triangle and then how to facilitate clients' processing of their experiences using the interventions of experiencing and drawing. We will show you how to help your clients move from talking about difficult emotional experiences to experiencing the feelings. We will show you how to use the creative medium of drawing to facilitate emotional regulation and the experiencing of emotions. The contraindications for regulating emotions versus experiencing will be discussed.



  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 5-6th May, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    Clinical Day 1: Working with Feelings



    The aim of the first clinical day will be to focus on some of the specifics of the technical and relational aspects in Emotion-Focused counselling. The trainers will show and demonstrate elements of the counselling process and provide opportunities for practitioners to practice and discuss the technical and relational elements. Issues relating to assessing clients' experiences moment-by-moment in the first and ongoing interviews will be practiced. The verbal and creative interventions involving sequencing, visualisation, experiencing and drawing will be practiced.


  • This clinical day will be tailored to the participants and their counselling practice. Practitioners who have attended workshops on Emotion Focused Work, Working with Experience and Experiencing Emotion are eligible to attend. Practitioners who have completed the Foundations and Individual Counselling courses are also eligible to attend.


  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: 1 day, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 9th June, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $180 (plus GST if attending for CPD)
  • Discount: Participants who attend workshops 1-3 will receive a 30% discount for clinical day 1.
  • Points: 1


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    4. Focusing



    The first aim of Emotion-Focused counselling and therapy is to facilitate awareness in order to regulate or process emotional experiences. Focusing is about developing awareness and experiencing and this involves discovering, acknowledging and touching in to the experience that is felt. In this 2-day workshop we show you how to help your clients develop their awareness of their emotional experiences using the interventions of bodily and emotional focusing. Both techniques help clients learn to attend to their inner experience at a bodily and emotional level. The theories of dialectical constructivism, phenomenology and hermeneutics that underpins experiencing will be lightly touched. The similarities and differences between Gendlin's focusing, the Canadian Emotion-Focused protocols and our Annandale approach will be demonstrated.



  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 4-5th August, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    5. Emotional Signature



    The second aim of Emotion-Focused counselling and therapy is to transform emotion schemes. Emotion schemes are the internalised patterns developed from both adult & childhood experiences. They are implicit idiosyncratic structures of human experience, and they serve as the basis of self-organisation in terms of attachment and identity. They determine how we respond and react to ourselves and others. The Institute's foundational research has identified emotional signatures as the outplay of emotion schemes. In this 2-day workshop we will show you how to unpack clients' patterns of relating to self and other. Using the intervention of unpacking experience, we will show you how to identify the different emotional signatures so that you can adjust your relating to clients as well as help you identify the intervention pathway most suited to your clients' needs and difficulties.



  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 1st-2nd September, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    6. Adult - Child Polarity



  • Are your clients caught in their patterns of reactivity?
  • Are your clients experiencing feelings and reactions that are familiar to them?
  • Is your client's emotional self hidden, avoided or unknown?

  • Individuals come to counselling because they feel unhappy and dissatisfied with aspects of their life. These difficulties they are experiencing tend to erode their feelings of lovability and worthiness and so assertive action become diminished. Clients lose their ability to operate from an adult place and instead revert to reacting in ways that developed from past adult & childhood experiences. In the Annandale model we use the language of the inner child in order to conceptualise and work with the adult, parental and child aspects of clients. In this 2-day workshop we will show you how to strengthen the adult aspect and hold the inner child using the verbal interventions as well as the creative intervention of cushion work. By helping clients become aware of their reactivity and to identify the different elements, we can support them in regaining and strengthening their adult self in order to be ready and able to do the experiencing work.



  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 13-14th October, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    Clinical Day 2: Working with Patterns



    The aim of the second clinical day will be to focus on the patterns of emotion, thinking and behaviour that can be discovered and known in counselling. Both practitioners and clients bring with them a complex network of patterns of relating to self and other. How practitioners become aware of their own and their clients' ways of relating will be explored in order to strengthen the counselling relationship and to find effective ways to work with clients. The trainers will demonstrate aspects of focusing, unpacking and cushion work for further exploration and practise. Practitioners will get opportunities to practise some of the complex and difficult aspects of working with external and internal patterns in the counselling process. Practitioners who have attended workshops on Focusing, Emotional Signature and the Adult-Child Polarity are eligible to attend. Practitioners who have completed the Foundations and Individual Counselling courses are also eligible to attend.



  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: 1 day, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 10th November, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $180 (plus GST if attending for CPD)
  • Discount: Participants who attend workshops 4-6 will receive a 30% discount for clinical day 2.
  • Points: 1


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    Anger



  • Anyone can get angry - that is easy ... but to do this to the right, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for everyone, nor is it easy ...

  • - Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 11029a25


  • This is a practical, hands-on workshop to explore ways of understanding and working with anger from irritation and frustration to anger and rage. The methods for working with anger are deemed focussed psychological strategies and include psycho-information, behavioural interventions, exposure techniques, cognitive interventions, relaxation procedures, and skills training.


  • In an Emotionally Focused approach, anger can be classified as primary, maladaptive, secondary or interior. Knowing these classifications and the typical patterns of experiencing and expressing anger can help practitioners work with clients.

  • Protocols outlining the methods of regulating, exploring, experiencing and expressing anger will be demonstrated using client and demonstration tapes. There will be a progression from psycho-education and verbal exploration to the active techniques of drawing, cushion work, baton and telephone-book work. There will be opportunities to experience and practise the techniques. Contra-indications for working with anger will be discussed.


  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 2nd-3rd June, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    Shame



  • Shame manifests itself in individuals as a painful sense of self-consciousness, self-alienation ... weakness, inferiority, and inarticulacy. Individuals feel thrust back into themselves, unwanted and unwantable, both by others and themselves. They defend against the sense of shame by developing habitual scripts and defences ...

  • - Pattison, 2000:155


  • The aim of this workshop is to explore ways of working with shame. Clients come to counselling/therapy with their experiences of embarrassment, shame and humiliation. These can pervade their lives and limit clients in relating to themselves and others.

  • During the workshop four types of shame; primary, maladaptive, secondary and interior, will be distinguished & explored. The methods of working with each type of shame using an Emotionally Focused approach will be outlined. There is an opportunity in the workshop to view demonstration tapes and to have mini-practices of the protocols. There will be a focus on working both verbally and experientially, and using both personal and professional experience.


  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 18-19th August, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    Fear & Anxiety



    The aim of this workshop is to explore and understand fear and anxiety using an Emotionally Focused approach, and to understand the associated reactions of freezing, panic and terror. By exploring the experience of fear & anxiety, practitioners will discover how they impact physiologically, emotionally, behaviourally and cognitively.


  • While fear can be assessed as primary, maladaptive or secondary, anxiety can be classified as primary anxiety about self, and secondary anxiety expressed in helplessness, catastrophic expectations, performance fears and negative evaluations. Methods of working with clients to facilitate their attention to their internal cues through focusing, enactment, imagery, and the systematic unfolding of experiences will be explored and practised. Protocols for working with negative self-talk, abreactions to earlier experiences, and processing of earlier experiences will be demonstrated and practised. There will be a focus on working experientially with these feelings. The strategies for working with anxiety and fear are focussed psychological strategies and include psycho-information, behavioural interventions, exposure techniques, cognitive interventions, relaxation procedures, and skills training.


  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 3rd-4th November, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    Couple Assessment



    This workshop is designed to provide practitioners with comprehensive assessment protocols for couple work. The Emotionally Focused approach to couple work deals with relational processes as well as each person's style of relating. Couple assessment will include identifying symptomatic and relationship issues, interactional assessments, drawing out partners' emotional experiences, and ways of responding. Protocols for conducting assessment will be outlined and practised. Introducing a partner to couple sessions will be explored as well as contra-indications for couple work. Areas covered include:


  • 1. Problem Assessment: Identifying symptomatic and relationship issues, assessing sequences, interactional patterns, assessing emotional experience, couple and individual boundaries, and hierarchies.
  • 2. Session Structure: Protocols for assessment.
  • 3. Couple Skills: Working with the process, interactional and intrapersonal questioning, reflective and empathic responses, balancing conflicting feelings and expectations.


  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 21st-22nd July, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    Couple Talk



    The aim of this workshop is to present a comprehensive approach to couple work that allows for the restructuring of the emotional bond through healthy dialogue and the fostering of partner responsiveness. Couple talk is the platform to help couples talk together in-session so that clinicians can intervene and facilitate a dialogue that allows couple issues to be dealt with.


  • Protocols for beginning couple talk, assessing and intervening in the conversations will be outlined and demonstrated. Specific interventions for identifying sender and receiver positions, facilitating couples talking together, observing and processing couple talk, and intervening in sender/receiver process will be outlined and demonstrated.


  • Prerequisite: Having attended Couple Assessment
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 22nd-23rd September, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    Couple Therapy



    Couple Therapy is a suite of four workshops designed to give practitioners an opportunity to develop ways to work more deeply with couples. This couple therapy program focuses on interventions, particularly those relating to the emotional process in the session. Protocols for intervening with couples at the site of ongoing interactional impasses, current attachment injuries and past unresolved trauma will be outlined and demonstrated.

  • The four couple therapy workshops are:
  • 1 Creative Couple Work
  • 2 Current Attachment Injuries
  • 3 Impasse
  • 4 Past Couple Trauma

  • Praise
  • Click here to read some praise from practitioners who have attended our couple workshops either as a post-graduate candidate or for continuing professional development.



  • 1. Creative Couple Work



    Couple work can be creative and fun.


  • At times, couples get stuck or are unable to develop awareness or understanding of what is happening in their relationship. Practitioners can facilitate their clients' awareness using creative methods. The aim of the workshop is to explore the place of experiential methods in couple work. Protocols for working with drawings, sculpture and cushions will be presented and integrated with couple talk and working with emotional experience.


  • Prerequisite: Having completed Couple Assessment, Couple Talk & Emotions in Couple Work
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday-Saturday 10th-11th February, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2




  • 2. Current Attachment Injuries



    In this workshop we will explore current relational difficulties and unresolved matters relating to communication, decision making and commitment that create attachment injuries for couples. The aim of working with these difficulties as well as ways to access and deal with the attachment injuries will be explored and practised.

  • Prerequisite: Having completed Couple Assessment, Couple Talk & Emotions in Couple Work
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 24th March & 21st April, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2




  • 3. Impasse



    Couple work involves assessing and working with each partner's psychology as well as the relational elements. In this workshop we will explore how to assess the adult in each partner and how to begin adult strengthening using verbal & creative means as a precursor to working with past couple trauma and couple psychotherapy.

  • Prerequisite: Having completed Couple Assessment, Couple Talk & Emotions in Couple Work
  • Dates: 1 day, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 26th May, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $180 (plus GST if attending for CPD)
  • Points: 2




  • 4. Past Couple Trauma



    Many couples are dealing with past difficulties in the present. Relationship matters may not have been discussed or have been inadequately dealt with. How to discuss these matters and find a pathway through the difficulties and resultant trauma in the couple's relationship will be explored and practised.

  • Prerequisite: Having completed Couple Assessment, Couple Talk & Emotions in Couple Work
  • Dates: 2 days, 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 14th July & 11th August, 2017
  • Costs: Fee: $395 (plus GST if attending for CPD) Manual: $27.50
  • Points: 2


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    The workshops described below have not been scheduled for the coming year. If any of the workshops below are of interest to you, please let us know on your application form. Workshops may be scheduled in future years based upon student demand.










    Sadness, Loss & Grief



    Sadness and grief are experienced as a result of loss. For example, relationship loss by separation or death, or psychological separation or loss. The aim of this workshop is to explore and understand sadness, loss and grief using an Emotionally Focused approach. In an Emotionally Focused approach, sadness can be classified as primary, maladaptive, secondary and instrumental. Further, sadness needs to be distinguished from distress, pain, and depression.


  • In this workshop, assessing and classifying sadness as well as understanding the nature and type of loss, and the stages of grief will be explored and used as a guide to clinical work. Protocols outlining the method of exploring and expressing sadness, loss and grief will be demonstrated using client and demonstration tapes. Methods of working with clients, from debriefing and in-depth verbal exploration, to facilitating clients' attention to their internal cues are outlined and practised using focusing, enactment, imagery and systematic unfolding of experiences.


  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: To be scheduled in future years. Express your interest on the application form.
  • Points: 2


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    Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse



    The aim of this workshop is to explore and understand the nature and effects of childhood sexual abuse. How these experiences emerge in counselling and therapy act as a foundation for assessing and working with the abuse. Safe ways to talk about the abuse, to gather information and to provide containment will be explored.


  • Using an Emotionally Focused approach, the pathways for healing will be charted and protocols for working with strengthening the adult survivor, dealing with the trauma, and the recovery and healing of the inner child will be presented and demonstrated.

  • The safe application of the observer visualisation intervention to access childhood experiences will be explored. Methods of intervening in remembered abuse scenes and working with in-session abreactions will be explored and demonstrated. There will be reflection and recommendations about dealing with the nature and effects of the trauma work on both the client and practitioner.


  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: To be scheduled in future years. Express your interest on the application form.
  • Points: 2


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    Multiple Chair Work



    Empty-chair and 2-chair work are two important interventions in Emotionally Focused work. We have expanded these interventions to multiple-chair work and also employ cushions throughout the process. Using multiple chair interventions practitioners can facilitate clients to work with interpersonal disputes and difficulties with employers, friends, and partners as well as struggles with aspects of self-experience such as feelings, self-criticism and adult/child issues.


  • The aim of this workshop is to explore how to use cushion work in conjunction with the multiple chair technique to facilitate working with working with different aspects of the self and interactional difficulties both present and past. Protocols for using the multiple chair interventions in empty chair and 2-chair work will be provided and demonstrated. A little theory and the research behind these techniques will also be discussed. Contraindications for using this technique will be discussed.


  • Participants: 10-12 counsellors
  • Dates: To be scheduled in future years. Express your interest on the application form.
  • Points: 2


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    Emotions in Couple Work



    Emotions are the bedrock of couple work. Couples seek help because one or both parties are not feeling heard or understood and this can result in painful feelings towards their partner and against themselves. Working with the couple's emotional experience is multi-layered, beginning with identifying the reactive interaction patterns to helping the couple identify, accept and experience their own emotional experience as well as becoming open to and empathic to the other's experience.


  • The aim of the workshop is to present an elegant yet comprehensive and flexible protocol to working with a couple's emotional experience. Using couple talk, a counsellor works more deeply with each individual at different stages of the couple talk. Specific interventions for sharing feelings, dealing with non-responsive partners, containing reactivity and strong feelings, and assessing the influence of past adult and childhood experiences will be outlined and practised.


  • Prerequisite: Having attended Couple Talk
  • Dates: To be scheduled in future years. Express your interest on the application form.
  • Points: 2


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