Professional Education Programs
Emerging Affect Theories and their Relevance for Psychotherapy
Clinical social work often focuses on emotions, to help clients process painful and traumatic experiences, and to promote the development of healthier emotional habits and emotional intelligence skills. Yet comprehensive theories of affect are still lacking in the psychotherapy literature, and most MSW curricula lack dedicated courses on affect. This course will provide an overview of emotion theories and data from the emerging discipline of affective science, and discuss their relevance to psychotherapy practice and research. Topics will include: emotion-cognition interaction, cognitive appraisal and affective biases, affect regulation, and individual and cultural differences in affective processing and expression. The workshop will include both didactic presentation and discussions. The discussions will focus on how the presented affect theories can enhance existing approaches to therapy (e.g., CBT, DBT, MBCT) and promote the development of novel approaches to assessment and treatment. Participants will achieve the following learning objectives: become familiar with recent findings from the affective sciences and their relevance to clinical social work practice and research; gain an understanding of the emerging theoretical frameworks regarding emotion and cognition-emotion interactions, and their relevance for psychotherapy; and gain an appreciation of the significant individual and cultural differences in affective processing and expression, and the implications of these differences for clinical practice.
September 16, 2014 // 9am-4pm // 6 CECs // $110
Eva Hudlicka, PhD, MSW, LICSW, Psychometrix Associate, Amherst, MA; Therapy21st, Northampton, MA