Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy® (EFCT)

“Externship” (also known as “Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy®”, “EFCT Externship”, “Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy”) is a training in the EFT for Couples (EFCT) stream. There are also equivalent courses in EFT for Families (EFFT) and EFT for Individuals (EFIT) streams.

Overview

An Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy® is an immersive four-day (24+ hour) training experience, foundational for therapists aiming to specialize in EFCT. Led by certified trainers, it offers a comprehensive introduction to the EFCT model, focusing on the science of attachment and the systematic approach to couple therapy. This training is crucial for therapists because it equips them with the necessary skills to foster secure, resilient relationships in therapy. It’s the first step in formal EFCT training, opening the door to advanced practice and certification, enhancing therapists’ efficacy and confidence in their clinical work with couples.

What will I learn in an “Externship”?

  • Participants will obtain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused” approach to therapy.
  • Participants will be able to view clients in the web of their interpersonal attachments and conceptualize relationship distress and repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.
  • EFT is a relational therapy. The Externship will focus on the model of EFCT laid out in the 2019 book, Attachment Theory in Practice, and teach the model as implemented in couple therapy sessions.
  • Participants will develop skills in sharing and maintaining an engaged, open and collaborative alliance with clients.
  • Participants will develop skills in the 5 moves of the basic macro-intervention – the EFT Tango – in order to change patterns of affect regulation, models of self and other, strategies for engaging others and interactional patterns.
  • Participants will develop skills in EFT micro interventions taken from experiential and attachment systemic models of intervention.
  • Participants will develop skills in overcoming common blocks and impasses in couple therapy and so shape core corrective emotional experiences that lead to constructive dependency and what Rogers termed ‘existential living.’

Sample Schedule

Day 1 AM
Registration and Check in
Introduction to Externship &  Attachment Science as a Guide for Psychotherapy ― EFIT, EFCT, EFFT
Basics of the EFT Model ― Experiential & Systemic

Day 1 PM
Overview of the process of change ― Stages and Steps
EFT Tango Across Modalities
Exercise or DVD Clip & Discussion

Day 2 AM
Case Presentation: Live Session or Tape Review or Case Role-Play ― Discussion
Assessment in EFIT & EFCT
Alliance Building

Day 2 PM
Stage 1 ― Stabilization / De-escalation of Negative Cycles
Exercise or DVD Clip & Discussion

Day 3 AM
Case Presentation / Live Session or Tape Review / Discussion
Micro Interventions / RISSSC / Catch-the-Bullet / Building Attachment / Slice It Thinner

Day 3 PM
Stage 2 and Change Events
Exercise or DVD Clip & Discussion

Day 4 AM
EFIT ― Goals ― Tango ― Watch DVD Sessions
Forgiveness and Attachment Injuries in EFCT

Day 4 PM
Escalated Couples / Traumatized Individual Clients
Exercises or DVD Clip & Discussion

Comments from past participants

“Thanks so much. It is really a joy to be in conversation and see in practice the humanistic tradition.”

“Thank you for the great learning experience.”

“One of the best workshops I have been to.”

“… Best bang for my training buck in a long time.”

“Excellent learning experience, sophisticated but pragmatic and accessible.”

“I laughed, I cried, I learned.”

“Really a terrific learning experience – exceeded my expectations!”

“In 20 years of workshops and presentations this was absolutely and easily the tops!”

“The Externship was the best training I have ever had! It was fun. It was poignant. It was worthwhile. It made a difference.”

“Brilliant, relevant, entertaining and emotionally enlightening…”

All participants (45 out of 45) gave the usefulness of the Externships top rating (5 out of 5). 99% of all participants gave a top rating (5 out of 5) on the quality of the teaching.

Who is this training for?

All mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, family physicians, social workers, psychiatric nurses, counsellors (including couples and family therapists), pastors and clergy, and students training in these professions. School counsellors and occupational therapists are permitted to attend if they are licensed and belong to a professional body that has standards of practice for psychotherapy/counselling.

Life coaches are not permitted to attend unless they also meet one of the mental health professional categories listed above.

Prerequisites & Sequence

ICEEFT recommends taking Fundamentals of EFT prior to this course. There are no prerequisites for an EFCT Externship.

EFCT Core Skills follows an Externship.

Required Reading: The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection, 3rd edition, by Susan M. Johnson, 2020. Routledge.

Recommended Readings:
Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019. Guildford Press.

Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook, 2nd  edition, by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022. Routledge.

Upcoming “Externship” Events

Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy® ~ Innsbruck, Austria, in German

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Trainer Host Community or Center Language Date
Christine Weiß Other German June 27, 2024

Das EFT-Basistraining (Externship) findet das erste Mail in Österreich statt! Mit ICEEFT-Trainerin Christine Weiß, EFT Center Hannover, Deutschland Adresse: IGfB, Gänsebacherstrasse 6, 6020 Innsbruck Organisation: Ben Schuster, ben@benschuster.at oder +43 (0)677 6400 3840

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy ~ Taipei

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Trainer Host Community or Center Language Date
Ting Liu Asia Chinese Mandarin July 4, 2024

Please join Dr. Ting Liu for this four day in-person EFT Externship. Start your journey to becoming a Certified EFT Therapist by learning how to apply attachment science and use experiential interventions to build attachment security in loving relationships.

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy ~ Guachipelin de Escazu, Costa Rica, in Spanish

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Trainer Host Community or Center Language Date
Norma Brito Costa Rica Spanish July 5, 2024

This Externship is going to be two days online and two days in person. July 5 and 6 online and July 19 and 20 in person. In Guachipelín de Escazú, Costa Rica. 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Costa Rica Time. $650 profesionals $400 students (last year or getting masters degree)

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy ~ Costa Rica, in Spanish

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Trainer Host Community or Center Language Date
Norma Brito Costa Rica Spanish July 5, 2024

4 days Externship. July 5&6 online and July 19 &20 in person.

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy ~ Online (North America)

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Trainer Host Community or Center Language Date
Ali Barbosa, Greg Cheney North America (Online) English July 9, 2024

This 24hr Externship is focused on EFT for Couples. Please click "event link" for information and to register.
Presented by ICEEFT Courses.

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy ~ Shanghai

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Trainer Host Community or Center Language Date
Ting Liu Asia Chinese Mandarin July 10, 2024

Please join Dr. Ting Liu for this four day in-person EFT Externship. Start your journey to becoming a Certified EFT Therapist by learning how to apply attachment science and use experiential interventions to build attachment security in loving relationships.