Three-Day Training in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (EFTT) with Dr. Sandra C. Paivio

The Swiss Institute for Emotion-Focused Therapy is pleased to announce a three-day workshop in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma with Prof. Sandra Paivio, Toronto, Canada.


Psychotherapy clients with histories of childhood abuse and neglect (complex relational trauma) are ubiquitous across diagnostic groups. Disrupted emotion and narrative processes are at the core of the constellation of disturbances associated with these childhood experience. Successful therapy requires helping clients to access and explore painful feelings and memories to modify maladaptive emotions and construct more adaptive self-narratives and meaning. Emotion-focused therapy for trauma (EFTT) is an effective treatment based on an empirically verified model that identifies steps in the process of resolving past interpersonal trauma (“unfinished business”) and is supported by more than 20 years of process and outcome research.
This three-day training is geared toward practicing professionals with a basic knowledge of emotion-focused therapy (e.g., EFT Level B or C) who wish more in-depth training in the EFT approach specifically tailored to issues of complex relational trauma.

Target Group

Advanced EFT therapists (Level B or C)


Each morning and afternoon will include didactic material on therapy principles and processes, videotaped examples illustrating key therapy processes, and supervised peer-skills practice. Practice will focus on interventions used over the Early, Middle, and Late Phases of therapy. Emphasis will be placed on assessment of emotional processing difficulties, case conceptualization, implementing the empty chair procedure to help clients confront perpetrators of abuse and neglect, use of an alternative evocative empathy procedure for clients who decline chair work, as well as procedures for re-experiencing trauma, reducing experiential avoidance and shame, accessing self-soothing capacities, and healing relational trauma.


Dr. Sandra C. Paivio

Sandra C. Paivio, Dr. maintains a private practice in Toronto, Canada, provides individual psychotherapy and clinical training at the York University Psychology Clinic, and is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at the University of Windsor. Dr. Paivio is a certified trainer (International Society of Emotion-focused Therapy) in emotion-focused therapy. She is one of the developers of Emotion-Focused Therapy, particularly applied to complex trauma (EFTT), has conducted clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and processes of change in EFTT, and is author of numerous publications on trauma and psychotherapy. These include Working with Emotion in Psychotherapy (with Les Greenberg), Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma, 2nd ed (with (Antonio Pascual-Leone), and Narrative Processes in Emotion-focused Therapy for Trauma (with Lynne Angus). Dr. Paivio is featured in several DVDs published by the American Psychological Association, has presented numerous clinical training workshops internationally on EFTT, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Trauma Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (2014) for her contributions to research and training in treatment for complex trauma.

Practical Information

Course Dates

18.-20. September 2023






Vatter Businesscenter, Bärenplatz 2, 3011 Bern, Switzerland


1'050 CHF


FSP: 21 / SGPP: 10


Recognition is according to the guidelines of the respective professional society.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of the binding registration by the participant is possible up to 100 days before the start of the course. In this case, only the administrative costs (CHF 50.-) will be charged. In case of withdrawal of the registration less than 100 days before the beginning of the course, the full amount of the course will be charged.


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Three-Day Training in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (EFTT) with Dr. Sandra C. Paivio

Vatter Businesscenter, Bärenplatz 2, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

Registration deadline: 18.08.2023
The number of participants is limited. The course will only take place if there are enough registrations.
The registration deadline for this course has passed, online registration is no longer possible.