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Four Day Externships in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy® are held not only in Norh America, but also all over the world.

A four-day Externship (approximately 30 hours) includes the observation of live and video recorded couple and individual therapy sessions, presentations of theory and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and discussion of specific cases, clinical material and issues.

See the Events & Training section for confirmed Externships.

Click here to view a sample externship schedule.


Who should attend? 

All mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, family physicians, social workers, psychiatric nurses, counsellors, pastors and clergy, and students training in these professions.  Registrants will be required to declare their professional designation.

General Objectives — Externships in EFT:

  • 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 general model of EFT as laid out in the 2019 book, Attachment Theory in Practice, and teach the model as implemented in couple and individual 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 systemic models of intervention.
  • Participants will develop skills in overcoming common blocks and impasses in all three therapy modalities and so shaping core corrective emotional experiences that lead to constructive dependency and what Rogers termed ‘existential living.’

To obtain the maximum benefit from the Externship experience, participants are encouraged to read the latest edition of The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (Johnson, 2019) and Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals, Couples and Families (Johnson, 2019). It is also recommended that they obtain and watch at least one training video on the EFT modality of their choice. These are found on this ICEEFT website.

Click here to see comments from former externship participants.