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The New Science of Romantic Love: What You Understand, You Can Shape


Title: “The New Science of Romantic Love: What You Understand, You Can Shape”
Date: November 20, 2015
Presenter: Dr. Sue Johnson

Description: This presentation outlines the theory and practice of emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT), a tested-potent approach not only to modifying conflict and restoring satisfaction, but also to shaping secure lasting bonds between partners. The presentation will offer an overview of love as an attachment bond and the EFT model of intervention, a model that now represents the gold standard in empirical validation in the couples field. Topics to be addressed include dealing with affairs, forgiveness, escalating couples and co-morbid mental health problems.

The presenter has prepared a handout that is available by clicking on the link below:

 Click here to download the handout prior to the lectureCLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE HANDOUT FOR THIS PRESENTATION

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this lecture, attendees will be able to:

  • Outline the key tenets of attachment and the experiential model of change used in EFT
  • Describe the key change events in EFT and how they shape secure bonds
  • Pinpoint key moments of disconnection, injury and repair

Bio: Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy. Dr. Johnson is the primary developer of emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in more than 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

As author of the best-selling book Hold Me TightSeven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships—how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them. Her most recent book, Love SenseThe Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships, outlines the new understanding of why and how we love, based on recent scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense”—our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors.

Dr. Johnson is founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, distinguished research professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California and professor emeritus, clinical psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 35 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT.

Dr. Johnson lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Gilbert and Sullivan, Monty Python, Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes. For more information about Dr. Johnson, her training, appearances, books and videos, please visit www.drsuejohnson.com.

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