Broken Bonds and Betrayals: Healing from Infidelity through EFT


Fri, Oct 4, 2019 - Sat, Oct 5, 2019    
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Loyola University Corboy Center
25 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL, 60611

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Broken Bonds and Betrayals: Healing from Infidelity through EFT


A major betrayal, including but not limited to infidelity, is one of the most frequent concerns presented in couples therapy. Although a common reason given for divorce, many couples first seek treatment to heal their relationship rather than immediately pursue its end. This training reviews practices and resources that help couples work through the injury of a betrayal and its collateral impact using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. This advanced Master Class includes didactic training and examples of couples working through these injuries. The training also provides opportunity for focused case reviews addressing specific questions and treatment issues focused on repairing common relationship betrayals seen in everyday clinical practice.


This is an Advanced EFT Master Class. It consists of a two-day training that includes demonstration and discussion of EFT practice based upon clinical cases brought by workshop participants. Our format provides opportunity for moment-to-moment discussions of the EFT process in betrayal repair, as well as experiential exercises that integrate EFT theory and practice.  While not required as a pre-requisite, participants will benefit from having previously completed the 4-day EFT Externship.


This training qualifies for 14 continuation education credits.


This workshop provides a practical review of the assessment and treatment of these injuries using the EFT Attachment Injury Resolution Model (AIRM). The workshop will include video and case demonstrations illustrating key moments in the process of Attachment Injury Resolution, and therapist practices necessary for restoring healing and safety to a couple’s relationship after a betrayal. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the impact of relationship betrayal on a couple relationship
  • Identify the impact of relationship betrayal on the process of couple therapy
  • Critique partner betrayals and related distress using attachment theory
  • Identify factors associated with resilience in face of relationship loss, trauma, and adjustment
  • Describe the process and characteristics of recovery from a relationship betrayal
  • Conceptualize the treatment of attachment injuries within the EFT process of change
  • Review process for disclosure of a relationship betrayal
  • Apply EFT interventions that foster stabilization in the context of the distress following disclosure of relationship betrayals
  • Practice EFT interventions used in accessing and processing emotional blocks associated with relationship betrayals
  • Recommend partner’s access and sharing of pain, loss, and remorse associated related to an attachment injury
  • Practice EFT interventions and practices that enable couples to renew trust and re-engage new patterns of security following a relationship injury.


Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Psy D

Lisa Palmer-Olsen

Dr. Lisa Palmer-Olsen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, California. She is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor and a Founder and Director of the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (TRIEFT) at Alliant International University. In addition, she is the director of Alliant EFT Couple and Family Clinic. Lisa completed her dissertation research on how to supervise, train and teach Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to clinicians. Her primary clinical and research interest is couple and family therapy; specifically with those couples and families dealing with trauma and attachment related struggles. She is an AAMFT clinical member and Approved AAMFT supervisor. She is also known for her “Dig Ins,” a quality training experience for advanced EFT Clinicians. Lisa is a familiar face in the Chicago EFT community. She has been co-trainer, along with Jeff Hickey, at most of the EFT Externships in the last 10 years. She is an excellent trainer and has a talent for articulating the experiential process of EFT in a way that enhances the learning process.

James Furrow, PhD

James FurrowJames Furrow, Ph.D., is an EFT certified practitioner, supervisor and trainer. He’s a recognized leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Together with EFT originator, Susan Johnson, Ed.D., Jim co-authored Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook and was co-editor of The EFT Casebook,along with other works specific to the practice of EFT with couples and families. His presentations are well regarded nationally and internationally for their substantive, practical and inspiring focus. Jim maintains an active research program studying the process of EFT and its outcome. His research interests focus on couple therapy, interpersonal relationships, and resilience with at-risk youth. Formerly the Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology he has trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple therapy for over two decades. He is a clinical member and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Educator.


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