Externship: February 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2021


Thu, Feb 18, 2021 - Fri, Feb 19, 2021    
10:00 am - 6:15 pm


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Chicago EFT On-line Externship: February 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2021

Transform the way you work with Couples and earn 28 CE credits at this 4 day intensive training! The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship, developed by Dr. Susan Johnson, is an immersion into the science and power of attachment, emotion and relatedness. You will learn how to shift the way you understand couples in distress and change the way you work with families, couples, and individuals. This is an experiential and didactic training that will help your success in your clinical practice as well as strengthen relationships in your own life!  This is an official EFT Externship, endorsed by the Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). 


CE CREDIT: This training qualifies for 28 continuation education credits.  ChicagoEFT is licensed to offer CE’s for LMFT, LCPC and LCSW professionals in the state of Illinois. However, many states have reciprocity agreements and you may be able to use CE’s offered through this training. Please check with your state professional boards.


This training is interactive, with cameras on.  We will at times break into smaller groups for discussion or role play led by experienced EFT therapists.  Also, we will be showing video of actual client sessions, so you’ll need to view those sessions where no one else can see your screen.

We will meet each day from 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Central with an hour lunch break, and short breaks throughout the day.

  • Day 1: EFT-The Model, The Research & The Map
  • Day 2: EFT Stage 1, How to Help Couples De-escalate and Stabilize Their Relationship
  • Day 3: EFT Stage 2, How to Deepen Experiences of Emotional Safety, also an Introduction to EFT with Families
  • Day 4: EFT Stage 3, Consolidating Change, also Dealing with Impasses such as Betrayals and an introduction to EFT with Individuals


Extra Early Bird through December 15, 2020: $825

Early Bird through January 8, 2021 $900

Regular Rate $950

Discount for students, active military, and  veterans: Send an email to info@chicagoeft.com to tell us how you qualify for this discount, and we will send you a code for 35% off the regular price.  A maximum of 10 discounted registrations are available for the externship.  If fewer than 50 people register for the training, more discounts may become available.

Scholarships are available for therapists who:

  • work with an under-resourced population AND
  • live in Illinois or within a 200 mile radius of Chicago.

Send an email to info@chicagoeft.com to tell us how you qualify for this discount.

This training is capped at 50 participants, with preference given to people from the greater Chicago area and surrounding states.

Join Certified EFT trainer Lisa Palmer-Olsen and Trainer in Training Gretchen Harro for this 4 day dive into Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Lisa Palmer-OlsenLisa Palmer-Olsen, PsyD, is an ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Lisa frequently travels the country to provide EFT Externships and Core Skills trainings. She is a Founder and one of the Directors of the Emotionally Focused Couples Training and Research Institute at Alliant International University. Lisa completed her dissertation research on how to train and teach Emotionally Focused Couples therapy to professionals. Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of EFT, was part of her dissertation committee. She also offers advanced-level workshops in specialized EFT topics, as well as online supervisor trainings, supervisor retreats, and support groups to provide therapists-in-training with extra support.   Lisa is known for her warmth, humor, and incredible knowledge base.


Gretchen Harro, MA, LMFT is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer in Training.  She is the owner of Relationship Works LLC, a private practice in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. For more than 20 years Gretchen has helped couples shift from disconnection to a safe, secure connection. Her great passions are to help couples rediscover the joy of their friendship and to help therapists become more effective and efficient in their work, which also brings her joy!  Gretchen has assisted at numerous EFT Externships and Core Skills training, in multiple states, by coaching and participating in role plays, leading discussion groups, and teaching segments of the trainings.  Gretchen is known for adding creative elements to the training to make the learning more accessible to multiple learning styles. She has also presented workshops in a variety of settings, including parent groups, conferences, and churches, covering issues such as sibling rivalry, understanding a child’s misbehavior, preparing for marriage, and dealing with conflict more effectively.



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