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Join The Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH) for a captivating opportunity to discover the insights of Emotion Focused Therapy for clients dealing with trauma, led by the esteemed Dr. Antonio Pascual-Leone.

Harnessing the Power of Emotion: An Emotion-Focused Approach to Complex Trauma

Facilitated by: Dr. Antonio Pascual-Leone. Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dates: May 3 & 4, 2024

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

Location: Online via Zoom


About the Workshop

Psychotherapy clients with histories of childhood abuse and complex relational trauma are ubiquitous and have notoriously high drop-out rates. These clients have been unable to heal past emotional injuries and often have difficulty handling exposure-based therapies, which usually are not designed for attachment-related problems. Successful therapy requires helping clients access and explore painful feelings in order to modify maladaptive emotions. Emotion-Focused Therapy for Trauma (EFTT) is an empirically-validated treatment for individuals suffering from complex trauma, and offers a research-based treatment from an experiential approach. This workshop will:

  • Present theory on treating complex trauma, PTSD, and survivors of child abuse.
  • Identify steps in the process of resolving past relational issues, as well as key ideas about emotion focused theory for understanding trauma.
  • Give video examples of expert therapists, and case vignettes, related to the treatment of  complex trauma. Specifically, these will demonstrate the use of methods inspired by gestalt for dialoguing with imagined significant others in an empty chair.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the roles of emotion when working with trauma.
  • Understand how adaptive emotion can be used to change maladaptive emotion.
  • Develop techniques for deepening client experience when emotion is activated.
  • Become familiar with the use of chairwork for complex trauma.
  • Conceptualize cases from an emotion-oriented perspective.


Antonio Pascual-Leone is a professor in Psychology at the University of Windsor (Canada), where he is director of the Emotion Change Lab, and is honorary professor of Psychiatry at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He has published seminal contributions to theory and research of emotion focused therapy and is regarded as a world expert in emotional processing. He co-authored Emotion Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (with S. Paivio; American Psychological Association, APA) now in its 2nd edition (2023) and is currently writing a trans-theoretical book on Changing Emotion (APA). His work is recognized by career awards from international societies (Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration 2009; Society for Psychotherapy Research, 2014), as well as distinguished publication awards from associations in the US and Germany (American Psychological Association, 2010; Society for the Research and Treatment of Personality Disorder, 2016). He is a certified international trainer (International Society of Emotion focused Therapy), has given workshops in a dozen countries, and received awards for teaching and mentorship (2016; 2018) that recognize leadership in education and his innovation in teaching psychotherapy skills. His TEDx talk on “How to get over the end of a relationship,” has been viewed over 5 million times. He runs a private practice seeing individuals and couples.

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 complex 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


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

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

Cancellation and Refund PolicyAn administrative fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations. For a refund, written notification must be received by April 12, 2024. Written notice of cancellation should be emailed to cmbhworkshops@gmail.com. Refunds will not be issued after April 12, 2024. CMBH reserves the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

OPA: Approved for 6.5 CE credits for psychological practitioners.

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). 

OAMHP: Approved for 6.5 hours (CECs) towards required continuing education 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.


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Student – Harnessing the Power of Emotion: An Emotion-Focused Approach to Complex Trauma
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$ 255.00 + HST

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