Core Skills

Core Skills is advanced training consisting of 4 sequential sessions that help you learn the skills needed to become an effective EFT therapist. Each session focuses on the steps and stages, from assessment, working with cycles, effectively deepening emotion and facilitating the processes of withdrawer re-engagement and pursuer softening. Therapists work together to support each other to learn and grow their skills. You will leave the training with the skills and knowledge to be a more effective EFT therapist. The group is small – about 14 – and usually fills up, so registering early ensures a spot in the training.

Please read carefully: When registering, you are committing to the entire 4 session series. If missing a session is completely unavoidable, you will have the option to make up the session at the next CS series in Chicago or attend the missed session at a different  U. S. location.  The initial payment of $650 includes a $225 deposit that is credited to the final session. If you are paying for the entire series when registering, there is no deposit and you’ll receive a $150 discount on the series.  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.”


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