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Table of contents
  1. Outline of Basic requirements
  2. Application Procedure to become an EFT Supervisor
  3. Key Principles of EFT Clinical Supervision
  4. Guidelines for EFT Supervisor Certification
  5. Certification Diversity Discount

Outline of basic requirements 

  • All of the requirements for the E, A, and C levels have been met.
  • Certification by ICEEFT as an EFT Therapist for one year (exceptions may be made for experienced supervisors or area need).
  • 10 hours of mentorship between two Certified EFT Supervisors / Trainers.
  • Completion of a course on supervision for counselling / psychotherapy.  If not available in your area, options can be discussed with an ICEEFT representative.
  • Four years of clinical experience with individuals, couples / families.
  • Supervision of a minimum of three trainee EFT Therapists.
  • Submission of a written description of your experience in supervision: a) how many people you have supervised; b) number of cases you have supervised; c) a written description (approximately 1000 words) of how you believe your supervision fits with EFT principles of supervision (give specific examples to support this perspective).
  • Submission of two half-hour videos demonstrating supervision of two different therapists on a flash drive or in standard DVD or CD format.  These recordings need to be of individual supervision (which could involve two therapists) and not group supervision or voice-over supervision recordings. One of the tapes submitted needs to include a supervisor and therapist review of taped session material.
  • Submission of two reference letters from mentors of supervision.
  • An annual Supervisor fee of $100 is payable to ICEEFT annually. The fee is waived for Supervisors during their first calendar year, i.e., until Dec. 31st of the year the Supervisor is first certified.

Application Procedure to become an EFT Supervisor:

When ready to submit an application please send it to ICEEFT via upload to Hightail Anyone planning to apply to be a Certified EFT Supervisor, must complete and send the linked form along with submission of the fee to ICEEFT as a prelude to beginning to supervise therapists as a Supervisor Candidate and understands that this process and Supervisor Candidacy period needs to be complete within two years. The fee for review and administration is $600.00*, payable through this link. Please note that all application materials will be deleted immediately after being reviewed by ICEEFT. To receive important official ICEEFT communications for supervisors-in-training, please take the following steps:
  • Go to and log in
  • Click on “My Account -> Profile”
  • Click “Edit”
  • Check the box next to “Supervisor-in-Training” and then click on “Save Changes”.

*Certification Diversity Discount

We recognize that some therapists may find the cost of certification difficult. We also recognize that some therapists work in settings where they are paid less for their services. For this reason we are offering a $200 discount to those in need. In cases of exceptional need, there may be other discount amounts available; we ask that you include these details in your application. Through this discount, we seek to provide greater support for those dealing with the consequences of systemic social and professional barriers, and to help address disparities in the wider EFT and mental health communities. Specifically, these discounts are intended for therapists who:
  • identify as belonging to a marginalized group, AND/OR
  • work primarily serving marginalized groups
  • AND have financial needs such that they could not pursue training without a scholarship.
Because there are limited funds available for discounts, we ask candidates to please reflect on whether they truly need a discount to proceed with their certification. We want to ensure that funds are available for those who need them most. To apply for the ICEEFT Supervisor Certification Diversity Discount, please complete the application form. If your application is successful, you will receive a link to a discounted payment form.

The Key Principles of EFT Clinical Supervision are:

  • A positive working alliance between the supervisor and supervisee is fostered because safety enhances learning.
  • Modelling is available: the supervisor actively demonstrates EFT interventions (e.g., demonstrates attachment language and non-verbal behaviours of EFT).
  • Observation of therapy sessions occurs or transcripts are examined. Role plays with feedback give an opportunity for rehearsal.
  • Feedback to the supervisee is clear, focused, supportive, and congruent with the supervisee’s stage of learning.
  • Specific elements are pointed out for the supervisee to improve or work on.
  • Written theory and techniques of the EFT model are referred to and taught in relation to practice (e.g., steps, stages, interventions, experiential and non-pathologizing approach).

These principles were formulated with the help of Lisa Palmer-Olsen and the work of Dr. Eugene Mead.

Guidelines for EFT Supervisor Certification

The 2 main considerations in reviewing supervision videos are:
  1. How is the relationship between supervisor and supervisee characterized in terms of safety, collaboration, transparency, genuineness and is there a strong working alliance?
  2.  Does the supervisor focus on EFT—the Stage of EFT and the Moves of the Tango that the therapist is doing, helping with case conceptualizing, developing experiential skills, and helping with future planning, etc.?
Specific considerations are:
  • Is the focus on the client(s) and learning the EFT model, in particular?
  • Is the focus on the self of the therapist, if necessary, and is this focus within the boundary of supervision, not therapy?
  • Is there use of videotaped sessions?
  • Is there use of role play?
  • Does the Supervisor model interventions, discuss interventions, name interventions, including the use of the Moves of the EFT Tango?
  • Does Supervisor recommend reading and/or the use of EFT training videos to help supervisee?
  • Does Supervisor tune into the learning needs of the supervisee—is the supervision paced to supervisee’s developmental level?
  • Does Supervisor specify strengths and weaknesses of supervisee?
  • Does supervisor specifically help with accessing and integrating emotion and with shaping enactments, using the Moves of the EFT Tango?