All Kinds of News for March 04, 2020
Sandpoint, Idaho, February 18, 2020 — Amanda Thomas, MPhEd, LAMFT, founder and owner of Integrative Approach, sponsors the 5th Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship for Residential and Addiction programs. This training is hosted by Red Mountain Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, from Tuesday, May 5, 2020 3:00 PM to Saturday, May 9, 2020 12:30 PM. Amanda is excited to have Jim Thomas, an internationally renowned trainer, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as President of the Colorado Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and an International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy Certified Trainer leading the externship. Jim, also 32 plus years sober, has extensive experience as both clinician and administrator in residential programs. Over the course of the last year, Amanda and Jim have completed four externships and one level 2 core skills trainings for residential and addiction program professionals affording them the ability to seek certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
The Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship for Residential and Addiction Program provides 28 contact hours accredited by National Board of Certified Counselors. This externship integrates the growing body of research on attachment-based therapies (specifically the proven model of Emotionally Focused Therapy) into work with addiction intervention and residential treatment settings. These issues show up at higher frequency in the most difficult cases: adolescents with depression and anxiety, the young adult in a drug treatment facility, or the adult client with complex trauma issues. The attachment lens provides a common thread to understand these difficult issues in our work. Emotionally Focused Therapy model provides a framework of how to effectively work with trauma and adverse childhood experiences which are so prevalent in couples and families seeking residential treatment. We will explore how we can show-up as therapists to best help clients, couples and families and effectively work with relational dynamics to disrupt patterns and create new dynamics within relationships. We will be integrating the attachment lens and Emotionally Focused Therapy treatment model in our work and programming to maximize benefits to our clients and families, specifically in treatment settings.
Over the 4 Day training, professionals will earn 28 contact hours of emotionally focused therapy through didactic and experiential learning to best serve the adult learning styles of the small, intimate learning community. Counselors and therapists working in residential treatment or wilderness programs for adolescents or young adults interested in being part of this training can join by registering here.
Amanda’s commitment to professional development and systemic work has driven the growth of these trainings. “With the rare opportunity to work with families at this stage of their healing journey, I believe we have an ethical duty to be trained and highly competent in working with the systemic patterns our clients possess throughout their life and far beyond their time in residential and wilderness therapy. Emotionally Focused Therapy is a proven systemic model of therapy invaluable to our clients’ success,” said Thomas. A previous attendant clinician who owns and operates treatment program in North Carolina stated “These trainings reconnected me with my true passion of building intimate, healing relationships with my clients and their families.”
About Integrative Approach
Integrative Approach is a premier clinical concierge company providing professional mental health & addiction consulting services via support to families, adolescents, young adults and privately held family businesses throughout the country. Based out of Sandpoint, Idaho and founded 2007, Amanda L. Thomas, MPhEd, LAMFT also has a private clinical practice.