Foundations Series: Getting Off on the Right Foot in Couples Therapy


Fri, Sep 11, 2020    
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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EFT Foundations Series: Getting Off on the Right Foot in Couples Therapy

Assessment and Initial Sessions of a Couple through the EFT Lens

September 11, 2020

This is the fourth of the monthly online series on Emotionally Focused Therapy Foundations!

Where to start? What questions to ask? How to create safety from the start? What do the first sessions look like and how to direct them where we want to go? All these questions and more at this month’s ChicagoEFT Foundations Workshop!


Event Details

Date: Friday, September 11, 2020
Time: 11am – 1pm CST
Location: Online via Zoom*
Presenter: Joshua Marder, LMFT
Cost: $40 ($30 for ChicagoEFT members – please log in for member pricing)
2 CEU’s at no additional cost for LMFT, LCPC and LCSW**

*Zoom details will be sent out to all registrants after registration closes. Please add to your contacts to avoid having this email sent to your spam folder. Registration will close on Thursday, September 10th at 6pm. The recording of the workshop will also be made available to all registrants for 30 days. 

**No CE’s will be offered to those who watch the recording but did not attend the workshop live on Zoom. 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.

EFT Foundations Series

There is so much to learn and master in the process of becoming proficient in the EFT model! These 2-hour workshops will methodically explain the core concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy, in concept and in practice.

These workshops are open to:

  • those already trained in EFT looking to refine their understanding of the model
  • the greater mental health professional community, those curious about the model
  • Students! If you are a student, simply type N/A in the registration for license type and number.

This fourth foundation workshop will focus on the assessment of a couple and the initial sessions of couple therapy through the EFT Lens.


Testimonies from participants of the EFT Foundations Series:

“I really appreciated this workshop as a refresher after attending the externship last summer. I love the emphasis on the theme of framing “negative” behaviors as adaptations to difficult circumstances. Such a beautiful humanistic perception and reminder for everyone, the therapist, and clients alike. Thanks so much, Josh!”

“Josh teaches in an accessible way and provides such wonderful examples that help with how to translate training into practice.”

“I really appreciate your clear and compassionate way of teaching and sharing of your experience. Thank you so much for being willing to consistently share your wisdom and experience to help the EFT community of clinicians grow in our capacity to faithfully serve our clients and communities to build healthier and stronger bonds with one another. What a gift!”

“Thank you for taking so much time to make this information accessible to all!
Thank you, Josh. Your genuine demeanor during the presentation and ability to provide your experiences and words during sessions as examples is so helpful. Thank you and can’t wait to continue to learn with you!”

About the Presenter

Joshua Marder, LMFT, is an ICEEFT certified EFT therapist and supervisor. He serves on the ChicagoEFT board, and leads the monthly North Shore EFT peer consultation group. His online and in-person workshops throughout the Chicago mental health community have been termed insightful, entertaining, and packed with important information. Josh also hosts Hold Me Tight® Chicago one-day couples workshops at



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