Online Training – Advanced Empathic Attunement: Part 1

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Online Training – Advanced Empathic Attunement: Part 1

February 9, 2024 @ 11:00 am - February 10, 2024 @ 2:15 pm

We invite you to be part of an exciting experience with The Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH) and immerse yourself in the enriching opportunity to learn from Dr. Robert Elliott. They will guide us through an engaging training session on Advanced Empathic Attunement.

Advanced Empathic Attunement: Part 1

Facilitated by: Dr. Robert Elliott. Ph.D.

Dates: February 9 & 10, 2024

Time: 11:00am – 2:15pm (EST) | 4:00pm – 7:15pm (GMT)

Location: Online via Zoom

Registration Coming Soon.




About the Workshop

Empathy is a process common to all forms of therapy, but also the secret ingredient in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), underlying the process of chair work and other tasks. Therapist empathy is both under-rated and essential; simple and complex; seemingly obvious and ambiguous at the same time. Empathy is something that most folks believe they naturally have already; however, we often find it to be challenging, subtle, and elusive.  At times, our empathy seems miraculous and even life changing, both for our clients and for us. And yet, there are times where our attempts at being empathic are restricted, wooden, and disappointing.  What makes the difference?  

In two half-days, this workshop will begin to unpack the empathic attunement process in psychotherapy, with special relevance to EFT practice. Day 1 will begin with a conceptual framework for understanding therapist empathy, along with the famous Opening Channels of Receptivity exercise. This will provide a foundation for going further with empathic attunement.  On Day 2, an overview of the rich variety of empathic responses will be provided, followed by a closer look at two therapist responses that are essential for developing and expressing emotion-focused empathy: evocative reflection and empathic affirmation.  The training will be supported with brief lectures, video examples, and skill practice. 

Learning Objectives

  • Develop your “empathic attitude” of curiosity & openness toward clients
  • Enhance the level and quality of your empathic responding
  • Broaden your repertoire of empathic responses
  • “Lean in” empathically, especially when the other person is experiencing strong emotion


Robert Elliott, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of counselling at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.  They received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and are also professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toledo, Ohio. Robert’s main research interests are in change processes in humanistic-experiential psychotherapies and psychotherapy research methodology.  They co-authored Facilitating emotional change (1993), Learning emotion-focused psychotherapy (2004), Research methods in clinical psychology (2015), Essentials of descriptive-interpretive qualitative research (2021), and Emotion-focused counselling in action (2021), as well as almost 200 journal articles and book chapters. Robert is past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and previously co-edited the journals Psychotherapy Research and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. They are a fellow in the divisions of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. They received the Distinguished Research Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the Carl Rogers Award from the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Robert now lives in Northern California, enjoying walking, running, science fiction, poetry, and all kinds of music. 

Target Audience

This workshop is intended for all health care professionals seeking to develop skills to offer Emotion Focused Therapy interventions in a safe, effective way for their clients dealing with trauma.

Webinar Recording

This webinar will be recorded and shared with all registrants within 5-7 of the webinar taking place. The recording will be available for 60 days once released.

Course Fees

Regular: $255 CAD + HST = $288.15

Early-Bird Regular: $225 CAD + HST = $254.25

Student*: $205 CAD + HST = $231.65

Early-Bird Student*: $175 CAD + HST = $197.75

EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: January 19, 2024

Students must email a copy/scan of their valid student ID or confirmation of enrolment upon purchasing their ticket to:

** A 5% discount is available for groups of 5+ registering at the same time. Please email our Education Team for more details:

Registration Options

  1. Register online and pay with credit card. Registration opening soon.
  2. Email completed registration form and send an e-Transfer (payment + HST) to

Registration Confirmation: Please allow 1-2 business days for our workshop staff to confirm your registration. We will email you an official receipt upon confirmation, including further details on workshop format and preparation materials.

Cancellation and Refund PolicyAn administrative fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations. For a refund, written notification must be received by November 17, 2023. Written notice of cancellation should be emailed to Refunds will not be issued after November 17, 2023. CMBH reserves the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

OPA: Approval pending.

MDPAC: Approved for 6 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 1 hour of MDPAC CCI credits (automatically calculated when MDPAC member submits Group CE hours).

Participants must attend the entirety of the webinar in real-time to receive a certificate of completion detailing CE credits. Attendance will be noted manually by our workshop staff. Participants who are unable to attend the webinar in real-time may view the recordings once they are released and can be provided a questionnaire upon request to receive full CE credits.


February 9, 2024 @ 11:00 am
February 10, 2024 @ 2:15 pm
Event Category:


Online Canada