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11/15/14 DEFT CE Program

November 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Presenter: Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW At the Hilton Garden Inn, Marina del Rey 4.0 CE Credits

When: 11/15/2014
9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Marina del Rey
4200 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA  90292
Presenter: Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW
Contact: LACPA

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Working with Emotionally Defended Clients:  Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy (DEFT)

Presenter: Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW

4.0 CE Credits

NON-MEMBER: $135             STUDENT NON-MEMBER: $65*



In this workshop, therapists will be introduced to a powerful somatic and emotion-focused psychotherapy that incorporates evidence-based approaches. Clients are helped to overcome barriers that block healthy adaptive affect and impede the change process, i.e. maladaptive defenses, defensive affects and toxic forms of shame, anxiety and guilt. Targeted interventions that are carefully crafted to disarm defenses and facilitate the integration of buried affect will be demonstrated through recorded session analysis.

Evidence mounts that working through intense unconscious affects and integrating them within the self is an effective path to healing trauma. However, many clients have formidable protective walls as well as defensive affects (e.g. weepiness, projective anxiety and rage, sexuality used to divert from underlying feeling, etc.) that prohibit access to underlying feeling and stall the change process. Tools to overcome this challenge will be explained and demonstrated in this presentation on Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy. Microanalysis of the DEFT psychotherapy process will teach how the soil is prepared and fertilized to form a durable therapeutic alliance that makes it possible to surmount common obstacles to healing. If time allows, there will be an opportunity for live session role-play with problematic clients.

Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW,
is the founder of the DEFT Institute, which includes an ongoing training program in Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy that is held monthly in Los Angeles. In addition, the Institute sponsors and promotes conferences, workshops, and lectures related to DEFT. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomate, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute and is a Certified IEDTA (International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association) Teacher/Supervisor. She has published several journal articles on the application of ISTDP with patients across the spectrum of psychoneurosis. She has a private practice in Woodland Hills, treating individuals and couples and specializes in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and self-defeating personality traits. She presents at conferences and workshops nationally and internationally, including several presentations for the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) biennial international conference.

Certification of Attendance for Continuing Education Credit

These workshops are sponsored by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA). LACPA is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. LACPA also is approved by the Board of Behavioral Science as a provider of Continuing Education Units (CEU) for MFTs and LCSWs: Provider No. PCE 276. The licensee is responsible for maintaining records of completed continuing education coursework. LACPA supplies a document that certifies the licensee was present for the entire program and earned the continuing education credits.

It is important to note that APA and BBS continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes for a six hour program, 10 minutes for a four or three hour program, 5 minutes for a two or one and one half hour program; after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.


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