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There are a variety of training opportunities available through the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Supervision and training are provided by Certified EFT Supervisors and Trainers.

Workshops

One-day introductory workshops on the EFT model of therapy, and workshops on this model as applied to all three modalities – individual (EFIT) couple (EFCT) and family (EFFT) therapy are available in as many of 40 countries across the globe. These introductory workshops are designed to help you:

  • Understand the phenomenon of individual, couple and family distress and dysfunction from the perspective of attachment theory and science. Attachment offers the therapist a map to human suffering and motivation and a clear protocol for intrapersonal and interpersonal growth.
  • Identify specific interventions to help individuals, couples and families reprocess negative emotions and restructure negative patterns of interaction that shape models of self and other.
  • Create powerful change events in therapy that foster a more secure and expansive sense of self and a more secure bond between partners and family members.
  • Deal effectively with common impasses and difficult issues in all three therapy modalities.
Externships in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy ®

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.

General Objectives: Externships in EFCT:

  • 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.’

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.

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.

To see a sample Externship schedule, click here.

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Advanced Externships in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy ®

This two-day advanced externship is led by a Certified EFT Supervisor or Trainer and is limited to 12 participants. Each participant will present their own work through audio or video tape accompanied with a transcript of at least 15 minutes of the session. This is an opportunity to receive feedback on your work plus the opportunity to learn from the other group members. Wherever practical and when therapists want additional EFT training after an Externship, the Core Skills Training is the recommended choice – particularly when therapists are considering EFT Certification in the future. Taking an Advanced Externship can be an alternative – but only if Core Skills training is not feasible / economically viable in a particular location. If a Certified EFT Trainer or Supervisor wishes to organize and lead an Advanced Externship, he/she must apply to the ICEEFT Education Committee (info@iceeft.com) with proposed dates, location and rationale and get approval before the event, if attendance is to be considered by ICEEFT as part of overall “Advanced Training” and/or part of the requirements for EFT Certification.

Core Skills Training

EFT Core Skills Training requires that participants have completed the 4-day Externship. Core Skills Training led by a Certified EFT Trainer comprises four 2-day events that occur over the space of approximately one year and is limited to 12 participants or up to 16 if there is a second Trainer or Certified EFT Supervisor leading the group. In the overall context of the EFT Tango, each 2-day session is dedicated to specific steps of the model and the therapeutic tasks and interventions characteristic of those steps.

Participants are required to present their own work through audio/videotape presentation. Registrants will be required to declare their professional designation

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Level 1 Training

This two-day training outlines the theory and practice of EFIT, focusing on the primacy of emotion and the creation of a safe haven & secure base alliance, core models of health and dysfunction from an attachment perspective including how within and between cycles interact and block growth and adaptation, a systematic sequence of interventions, the EFT Tango, as well as more micro-interventions, and how to stay with present processes in 2 session to shape key change events. Didactic presentations will be accompanied by the viewing of EFIT sessions and experiential exercises.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the key elements of the attachment perspective on personality and its significance for clinical intervention
  • Set out clients within and between cycles and how they create each other and link to presenting problems that manifest as emotional disorders
  • Describe the core components of emotional disorders – depression and anxiety
  • Outline the process of change and the elements of the EFT Tango to shape corrective emotional experience, such as affect assembly and deepening
  • Describe the micro-interventions used by the EFT therapist
  • Outline the applicability of EFIT for different clients with different symptomatology.
Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Level 2 Training

This two-day training will build on and elaborate on Level 1 EFIT training and is the final requirement for ICEEFT recognition of special training in EFIT. Participants are encouraged when they enrol to be prepared to pinpoint brief examples of places they become confused or stuck in the practice of EFIT, and/or specifically in the Tango, to bring into the training.  It is recommended that participants obtain and use Becoming an EFT therapist – The Workbook, 2nd Edition, 2020 and complete the exercises in the EFIT chapter before or during the training.

Participants will learn to:

  • Adopt an attachment humanistic perspective on clients, problems and interventions
  • Discover and distil core emotional experiences and promote emotional balance
  • Outline protective, self-defining and interactional iatrogenic patterns
  • Implement the 5 moves of the EFT Tango to shape corrective emotional experience and EFT micro-interventions.
  • Choreograph dramas that expand the self and open engagement with others
  • Integrate corrective emotional experiences into models of self and other
  • Validate the client’s sense of competence and worth in every session.

These objectives will be addressed in more depth and with more practice and discussion than in the Level 1 training and with more reference to specific kinds of clients and situations that participants find challenging. At the completion of EFIT Level 2 Training, a certificate is issued indicating you have completed the ICEEFT EFIT training.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Level 1 Training

This two-day training will demonstrate how the EFT model of working with couples is extended and modified to fit the family context.  Attention will be given to how EFT practice with families is different and what additional skills are needed. For example, how to process parental blocks to emotional accessibility and responsiveness while also keeping the child safe will be a dynamic addressed. Participants will learn a powerful transformative approach that is foundational in helping parents and children who are struggling with remaining securely attached.

This workshop will combine didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and case examples to demonstrate the practice of EFFT.  Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their casework to explore the application of EFFT to their own work.  When possible, live demonstration sessions are included.

Participants will learn to:

  • Conceptualize family distress using theories of emotion and attachment.
  • Delineate key practices of EFFT from EFT work with couples.
  • Identify the stages and markers of change in the EFFT approach.
  • Identify therapist practices that promote a working alliance with parents and children.
  • Gain strategies for strengthening parental ownership of the EFFT process.
  • Practice key interventions common to processing attachment related affect.
  • Examine a 5-step sequence for accessing and working with emotion in family relationships.
  • Analyze parent child interactions using EFT practices to work through specific relational blocks.
  • Practice enactments used to restructure new patterns of interaction promoting new levels of safety and security in the family.
  • Identify differences in applying EFFT to treatment of stepfamily relationships.
  • Explore the relationship of secure attachment to family patterns of resilience.
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Level 2 Training

This two-day advanced training focuses on increasing therapist competence in EFFT assessment and treatment practices that guide families through resolving relationship blocks and promote more secure familial bonds. This advanced workshop concentrates on specific practices for working through negative patterns, accessing and deepening emotional experience to promote corrective emotional experiences in family relationships. Video examples and practice exercises provide opportunities for participants to observe EFFT in action and further their understanding and skill in this innovative approach to transforming family distress.

Participants will learn to:

  • Conceptualize family distress and formulate a treatment plan guided by EFFT goals.
  • Explore alliance practices that promote family engagement in treatment.
  • Assess safety and contraindications for EFFT practice and conjoint practice.
  • Identify EFFT change events and related therapist interventions.
  • Order family patterns and process relational blocks to vulnerability.
  • Enhance skill in accessing and assembling emotion associated with family distress.
  • Increase effectiveness in use of enactments to engage and process attachment related emotions and needs.
  • Promote impact of corrective experiences throughout family relationships.
  • Identify treatment practice guiding use of EFFT with divorced and remarried families.

At the completion of EFFT Level 2 Training, a certificate is issued indicating you have completed the ICEEFT EFFT training.

Special Topics EFT Trainings

A specialized training is considered an application of EFT to a special topic that requires the trainer to combine their expertise in EFT with their demonstrated expertise in a specialty area.  Specialized trainings include, but are not limited to, topics such as: addictions, trauma, sex, supervision, and the training of facilitators for Hold Me Tight®,  Hold Me Tight®/Let Me Go and Created for Connection workshops.

Master Classes

In addition to “Special Topics” workshops, there can be workshops that are Master Classes. These Master classes focus on aspects of EFT and are led by an EFT Trainer. These topics are considered fundamental aspects of the model rather than special topic areas and include topics such as: the EFT Tango, shame, Attachment Injury Repair Model (AIRM), de-escalation, Stage 2 change events (withdrawer engagement, pursuer softening), and working with escalated couples.

Online EFT Training

One day Introduction workshops can be held online, as can EFIT Level 1 two-day workshops and EFFT two-day Level 1 workshops.

Master Classes and Special topic workshops as noted above can also be held online.

Externships, Core Skills, EFIT Level 2 and EFFT Level 2 trainings are held “in person” only, unless special circumstances render “in person” training impossible. In theses cases, exceptions may be considered.

Clinical EFT Supervision

Supervision in EFT/EFIT/EFFT is offered by Certified EFT Supervisors and is available on an individual or group basis. Group supervision can also be accessed through online meetings or Core Skills Training. The key principles of EFT clinical supervision are:

  • A positive working alliance between the supervisor and supervisee is fostered – safety enhances learning.
  • Modeling 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 opportunity for rehearsal.
  • Feedback to supervisee is clear, focused, supportive, and congruent with 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).

NOTE:  On this website, the words “supervisor” and “supervision” are used expressly for the purpose of training in the EFT model, and do not imply / constitute any ethical / legal responsibility for cases discussed. For all intents and purposes, a Certified EFT Supervisor is an EFT consultant.  All therapists receiving such supervision / consultation are wholly responsible for the therapy they provide and they are also responsible for receiving appropriate supervision, as required, by their respective governing and/or licensing authorities.  ICEEFT requires that every effort be made to protect the confidentiality of the client.  Any web-based sharing of information or encryption of sessions must be done in accordance with the standards of the professional college of the supervisor.  ICEEFT is not responsible for supervisor’s actions in this regard.

Recommended Reading List on Supervision

Liddle, H. (1988) Handbook of family therapy training and supervision. New York: Guilford Press.

Liddle, H. (1991). “Training and supervision in family therapy: A comprehensive review and critical analysis.” In A. Gurman & D. Kniskern (Eds.), Handbook of Family Therapy, 2nd edition (pp. 638-697). New York: Brunner/Mazel

Mead, D. (1990). Effective supervision: A Task oriented model for mental health professions. New York: Brunner/Mazel

Sprenkle & Blow (2004). “Common Factors and sacred models.” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 30(2):113-29

Storm, C.L., McDowell, T., & Long, J. K. (2003). “The metamorphosis of training and supervision.” In T. L. Sexton, G. R. Weeks, & M. S. Robbins (Eds.), Handbook of family therapy (pp. 431-446). New York: Brunner-Routledge.