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Emotion-Focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice [ONLINE]
March 12 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
The training is intended for health and mental health clinicians.
Emotion-Focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice
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 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.
Dr. Adele Lafrance is a clinical psychologist, research scientist, author and co-developer of emotion-focused treatment modalities, including Emotion-Focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy.