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Deepen your connection and enhance your practice: A comprehensive exploration of engagement in PCE-CfD

Dr Peter Pearce

Wednesday, 3 July 2024


This online training day will provide a forum for existing PCE-CfD practitioners, both recent and advanced, to experience in-depth exploration and insights to enhance engagement in PCE-CfD practice. The day will invite exploration of all facets of engagement within the practice of PCE-CfD, equipping participants with advanced skills to foster deeper connections with clients.

"Engagement in EFT involves creating a safe space for clients to explore and express their deepest emotions. It is through this process that healing, and growth can occur." - Jeanne Watson

"The heart of change lies in the quality of the therapeutic relationship. When a client feels truly heard and understood, they can begin to explore their inner world and find their own path to healing." - Natalie Rogers

The event will be equivalent to 5.1/2hrs of CPD.


• Deepening Understanding of PCE-CfD: Delve into the core principles and concepts of PCE-CfD, emphasizing the critical role of engagement in therapeutic outcomes and the range of dimensions to this concept.
• Advanced Engagement in PCE-CfD: Tease apart the advanced micro skills and consistent attitudes to foster deeper emotional connections with clients.
• Navigating ‘Resistance’ and Blocks: Address common challenges therapists face when attempting to establish rapport and emotional connection in PCE-CfD and consider ways to maximise engagement.
• Adaptation for Diverse Populations: Explore considerations for sensitive and anti-oppressive engagement for clients across a range of backgrounds, age groups, and clinical contexts.
• Ethical Considerations in Engagement: Highlight for consideration in practice the ethical guidelines and boundaries surrounding engagement within PCE-CfD. Provide a theoretical basis for understanding emotion regulation.
• Share Top Tips on how to consistently support this important process.

Learning Objectives

You will learn about:

• The various dimensions of engagement.
• Advanced Micro skills for establishing rapport and trust with clients in PCE-CfD.
• Skills in tailoring engagement strategies to suit individual client needs and therapeutic contexts.
• Enhancing the ability to attune to clients’ emotional experiences with depth and precision.
• How to use engagement to navigate and invite transformation of, ‘resistance’ into productive therapeutic work.
• Incorporating advanced experiential interventions to facilitate emotional exploration and expression within the therapeutic process.
• Recognizing and responding to somatic and non-verbal cues as a means of deepening client engagement.
• Understanding the role of supervision in enhancing engagement skills and seeking feedback for professional growth.
• Developing a self-reflective practice to continually refine engagement and adapt to evolving client needs.
• Understanding how engagement strategies evolve over the course of therapy and adapt accordingly.
• Identify key junctures for revisiting and revisiting engagement throughout the therapeutic journey.

This training day will provide the opportunity to deepen sensitivity, awareness and practice of engagement within PCE-CfD, supporting the development and maintenance of deeper connections with clients for effective therapeutic practice.

Training Modalities

Didactic content, experiential components, Q&A.

Key References

Elliott, R., Watson, J.C., Goldman, R.S. & Greenberg, L.S. (2004) Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy: The process-experiential approach to change. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Elliott, R. & Greenberg, L. (2021) Emotion Focused Counselling in Action. London: Sage.

Murphy, D. (2019) Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (Second Edition). London: Sage.

About the presenter

Peter is a senior counselling and psychotherapy professional, researcher and trainer in the psychological professions. He has a long background as both, a clinician within NHS multi-disciplinary teams in disability and mental health and, as an academic and trainer, developing and delivering curriculums and competence frameworks in collaboration with a variety of NHS, professional and statutory body and academic and research HEI colleagues.
Peter has been active in the development of counselling, psychotherapy, and the broader psychological professions for many years. He led the Metanoia Institute team that wrote the National Curriculum for Counselling for Depression (now PCE-CfD) in collaboration with the research and professional conduct departments at BACP. He has continued to be instrumental in the ongoing development of PCE-CfD, as Faculty Head for this programme at Metanoia and as a member of the NHS Talking Therapies (IAPT) National Expert Advisory Group. He has been a lecturer and leader in HEI for more than 20 years, has published a number of books, book chapters and journal articles.

Who should attend

This webinar is most suitable for practitioners delivering hi intensity PCE-CfD interventions for patients in primary care presenting with depression.

Details coming soon

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