This one day online training can also be taken as part of a two-day package training that includes Emotion-Focused Therapy Training: From Self-Criticism and Avoidance to Assertion and Forgiveness. To register for the complete two-day training please click here.
The training is intended for health and mental health clinicians. It is recognized by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec.
Ketamine is emerging as a powerful catalyst to accelerate the healing and recovery process in individuals suffering from treatment-resistant depression. When paired with psychotherapy, ketamine is thought to increase the client’s receptivity to treatment by interrupting the default mode network, promoting cognitive flexibility and increasing clients’ optimism about and engagement with the therapy process.
Emotion-Focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EF-KAP) is a therapeutic model developed as an extension of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (Lafrance & Robison, 2020). Every aspect of the treatment is guided by emotion theory as it is well understood that problematic emotion processing plays a key role in the onset and maintenance of mental health issues. As such, EF-KAP aims to support the affected individual to make contact with, attend to and work through affective experiences, developing mastery with emotion processing over time. The development of skill and confidence with emotions also makes symptoms less necessary to cope with stress and distress, including patterns of avoidance.
To further support the healing process, a family member or close other is recruited to support the client throughout the treatment protocol in specific ways. Doing so facilitates the optimization of a recovery-friendly environment outside of the therapy office, strengthens meaningful relationships, and potentially extends healing and growth beyond the client and into the system.
This workshop will provide a review of ketamine and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy followed by a step-by-step overview of the EF-KAP model, including an optional experiential activity. Research data, clinical vignettes and video clips with EF-KAP clients will also be shared.
A recording of this training will be available for participants for two weeks after the class.