Core Skills Advanced Training gives you a deeper understanding of EFT theory, but focuses primarily on increased expertise in intervention skills. The training consists of four weekend sessions, 12 hours each, with a maximum of 14 participants. Sessions are spaced about 2 months apart, which provides time to integrate the knowledge and skills into your practice. The learning environment is intimate, experiential and supportive: we learn as part of team. You will also work on self of therapist concerns that frequently arise in the course of learning and practicing EFT. In the process you will grow both personally and professionally. The cost is $425 per session, with a discount when pre-paying for the series before session 1. CEU’s are available. See the Events page for dates and registrations.

Each session includes:

  • Instruction and structured discussion about EFT
  • Demonstration through video examples and  live sessions
  • Skills practice through coached role plays
  • Discussion of cases relevant to the focus of the weekend
  • Case consultations using participant session videos

Each weekend is dedicated to a specific stage of treatment, and because they are sequential, you are expected to commit to the full series of 4 weekends. (If participants have an unavoidable conflict with all or part of a weekend we do our best to find a workable resolution.)

Session Curriculum

  • Session 1: Assessment and tracking cycles
  • Session 2: De-escalation and working with primary emotion
  • Session 3: Withdrawer Re-engagement
  • Session 4: Pursuer Softening and Consolidation

Prerequisites and participant responsibilities:

  • Completion of an ICEEFT approved Externship
  • Work consistently with a minimum of 2 couples
  • Attend each session in its entirety
  • Complete assigned chapters in the EFT workbook, Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist (2005), Sue Johnson, et al
  • Complete reading Creating Connection: The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (2004) by Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Present a 10 minute video excerpt of your couple work with clear audio of both clients and therapist, accompanied by a transcript and case formulation. (check here for guidance on recording sessions).
  • Obtain appropriate releases for sharing client info in the Core Skills setting
  • (Highly Recommended) Receive 1 hour of individual EFT supervision between sessions

For more info on Core Skills dates in Chicago visit the Events page. To locate Core Skills in other cities visit

Recent participant comments:

Excellent balance of challenge and support.”

Love the role plays with your interventions.”

Very supportive. Nice specifics. Nice gentle feedback, helpful critiques. You guys are good at making this seem possible.”