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Understanding Emotional Expression: A Clinician’s Guide

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking begin 8:30 am

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3.0 CE credits

3.0 Act 48 credits

The “steam-kettle” theory of emotion is deeply embedded in our culture. Thus, people talk about “blowing off steam,” “keeping a lid” on their emotions and feeling “drained” after a good cry. Mental health workers, too, get caught up in this misleading “hydraulic” metaphor, leading them to misinterpret client reactions and intervene in ways that are neither helpful nor efficient. This workshop proposes a biologically accurate view of emotion, explaining why and when we cry, have a tantrum, or shake in fear. In exploring this model, clinicians will learn practical dos and don’ts for assisting clients in distress.

Jay S. Efran, Ph.D., CPG, FAGPA

Dr. Efran received the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s 2009 award for “Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology” and the Constructivist Psychology Network’s 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the recipient of two teaching awards—one from the University of Rochester and one from Temple University. At Temple, he served as both Director of Clinical Training and Director of the Psychological Services Center. A therapist for more than fifty years, he has co-authored two books and published more than 100 articles and chapters on topics such as emotion, social phobia, temperament, addiction, constructivism, contextualism, and psychotherapy.


VENUE: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Address: 4170 City Avenue

Rowland Hall 340A

Philadelphia, PA 19131

Starts: Friday, November 17, 2017 8:30a.m.

Ends: Friday, November 17, 2017 12p.m.