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EFT Core Skills Training focuses on the development and refinement of the core theory and practice skills of EFT with couples and families. The training consists of four weekend sessions , 12 hours each weekend (CEU’s are available), with about 12 participants. Meetings are spaced about 2 months apart to give time to integrate the knowledge and skills into your practice. Each weekend is dedicated to a specific stage of treatment and because the series is sequential, participants are expected to sign on for the full series of 4 weekends. The learning environment is intimate, supportive and designed to help you deepen your understanding and practice of EFT. The cost is $395 per weekend if paid by PayPal, $385 if paid by check. (Payment is due one month prior to each session).

Participants who complete the four-session Core Skills Training will be credited with 26 hours of group supervision that can be applied to EFT certification.

Each session includes:

  • Instruction and structured discussion of the EFT model.
  • Demonstration through video examples, live sessions and role plays.
  • Discussion of cases relevant to the focus of the weekend.
  • Practice of skills through role plays and exercises.
  • Case consultation using session recordings of participants.

Session Curriculum

  • Session 1 – Steps 1 & 2, Assessment
  • Session 2 – Steps 3 & 4, Cycle De-escalation
  • Session 3 – Steps 5, 6 & 7, Withdrawer Re-engagement
  • Session 4 – Steps 5, 6 & 7, Blamer Softening and Steps 8 & 9, Consolidation

Pre-Requisites and Responsibilities for Participants

Before the first session:

  • Completion of an ICEEFT approved externship
  • Complete reading of Creating Connection (2004) by Susan Johnson
  • Read Chapter 3, New Insights into Change in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Brent Bradley in, The Emotionally Focused Casebook (2011), Furrow, Bradley and Johnson


During the course of the training:

  • Work consistently with a minimum of 2 couples.
  • Complete assigned chapters in the EFT workbook, Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist (2005), Sue Johnson, et al
  • Receive a minimum of 1 hour of individual EFT supervision between sessions
  • Present a video example of your work with a couple (case consultation), with clear audio of both clients and therapist (check here for guidance on recording sessions)
  • Complete the Session Training Note form – with copies for the group- for your case consultation
  • Obtain appropriate releases for sharing client info in the Core Skills setting
  • Attend each session in its entirety

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.”