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EFT Core Skills Training




Core Skills Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

The EFT Core Skills Training focuses on the development and refinement of the core skills of the EFT approach.  It is the second step in EFT training, designed to follow a four-day externship. This six to nine months training experience involves four or five 12 hour sessions scheduled three to four months apart. Each session is designed for a small group of participants (8 – 12) to explore and refine the primary skills used in the EFT model. Each session will include practical instruction, experiential exercises, video examples, and case consultation. Those who complete the four-session Core Skills Training will be credited with 36 hours of EFT consultation and will satisfy the Advanced Externship requirement for Certification as an EFT Therapist. Training occurs on the following levels:

       1.  Instruction and review of the EFT model.

       2.  Demonstration of skills through video recording, role play and/or live session.

       3.  Practice of skills through exercises and role plays.

       4.  Individual feedback on EFT skills development through case presentations.

       5.  Discussion of cases as relevent to the content material of the workshop.

*This is an ICEEFT-approved prerequisite course for certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy.


I am currently accepting payment for module four for Core Skills Training in Thousand Oaks. 

Please go to the Make a Payment tab on this website to process payments for Core Skills Thousand Oaks Module 4

Core Skills: Thousand Oaks 2017 will be presented by EFT Trainers Drs. Nancy Gardner and Lisa Palmer-Olsen at 

   Courtyard Marriott Thousand Oaks (1710 Newbury Road Thousand Oaks CA 91320).

The training consists of four two-day workshops, and each day will contain instruction on group supervision of EFT work according to the guidelines set by the Centre for Excellence in EFT (in Ottawa).

The target audience for this workshop is Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists and students in these fields.  A Four Day Externship is a pre-requisite for taking Core Skills

Each weekend provides twelve hours of training. When you sign up for the course, you are committing to your intention to complete all training modules listed below. 


MODULE 1  "ASSESSMENT" | MARCH 9 - 10, 2017

Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


There will be an opportunity for participants to get feedback on videos of their own work with clients. Bringing your own video to view is necessary to meet the Advanced Externship requirement of certification. 

Attendance meets the ICEEFT course requirement when applying for Certified EFT Therapist designation. 

The only outstanding requirement for certification after attending Core Skills training is eight hours of individual supervision. The application process is described on

Final decision regarding readiness for certification is determined by ICEEFT in Ottawa.


About the Trainers

Core Skills: Thousand Oaks 2017 will be presented by EFT certified trainers and supervisors Drs. Nancy Gardner and Lisa Palmer-Olsen.   


Nancy Gardner, Ph.D., is a co-founder and the immediate past president of the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (LACEFT). Dr. Gardner is certified as a Trainer, Therapist and Supervisor in  Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  Dr. Gardner has been a mental health professional for over forty years.  She has worked all of those years as a therapist, and for most them, she has also been a supervisor and teacher of therapists. She is a AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor. She taught Couple Therapy for over a decade at Alliant International University in Los Angeles, chaired the Couple Therapy Special Interest Group for Los Angeles Psychological Association (LACPA), and is a Past President of LACPA.  Dr. Gardner is a frequent presenter at local conferences, generally on a topics related to couples. Her private practice is in Westlake Village, CA.


Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Psy.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego California. She is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor and 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 and Dr. Scott Woolley were part of her dissertation committee.

Dr. Palmer-Olsen’s primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of 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.

Dr. Palmer-Olsen is also co-founder and clinic director for the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC), San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit therapy clinic. The ACFC specializes in family and couple therapy offering individual and group counseling sessions for military and all clients in distressed relationships. Affiliated with Alliant International University, the ACFC is a training clinic for master’s and doctoral students to earn their clinical hours for graduation. As the clinical director, Dr. Palmer-Olsen supervises and teaches the EFT model, as well as works families herself.

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Learning Objectives for Core Skills

Module 1:  Apply EFT practices in the assessment of negative interaction patterns.                                                                                    Apply EFT practices in the assessment of partner's attachment histories.                                                                                             Apply EFT practices in the assessment of contraindications for couple therapy.                                                                       Demonstrate EFT interventions used to process secondary emotional responses.                                                                    Demonstrate EFT interventions used to access and process primary emotional responses.                                                       Demonstrate EFT interventions used to tracking and processing couple conflict.

Module 2:   Apply EFT practices used to process a couple's negative patterns using attachment themes                               Demonstrate EFT interventions used to track negative emotional responses in context of repetitive interactional patterns                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Demonstrate EFT interventions used to expand primary emotional responses                                                                         Demonstrate EFT interventions used to reframe negative emotional responses in the context of attachment themes and history                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Assess the markers for de-escalation in the process of EFT therapy                                                    

Module 3:  Describe the difference between stage 1 and stage 2 EFT work in terms of the depth of emotional experiencing                Describe EFT methods for working with attachment affect in step 5 of EFT                                                                             Apply EFT methods for working with attachment affect in role-play                                                                                                       Apply EFT methods to promote acceptance by the partner after Step 5 for the withdrawn partner                          

Demonstrate a clear step 5 and 6 in an enactment process in stage 2 withdrawer reengagement                          

Demonstrate an understanding of difficulties in addressing strong emotions                                                            
Demonstrate competent self assessment in reviewing practice tapes.    

Module 4:  Identify the blamer softening event

Describe when to move into the blamer softening event

Identify and process the fears of reaching

Identify the shift from view to self and view of other

Utilize appropriate interventions to process fears of reaching and encourage the reach


Cost & Registration

This course is limited to a maximum of 18 attendees.  Attendance is based on first-come basis.  

Both registration and payment must be complete to be enrolled.

Please fill out the registration form and press submit, then continue reading to learn about payment options


Participation Requirements *

Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training. Certification in EFT is offered by ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification. Enrollment in this training constitutes an agreement to hold harmless all presenters and trainers from any and all claims, actions, and judgements, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against the same.


The cost is $450 per module (payment due prior to the weekend of the module), or $1700 if the entire series is paid-in-full upfront ($100 discount). Lodging and food not included. A minimum of ten participants is required for the training to proceed.

Payment may be made online or by mail.  Please go to Make a Payment Tab on this website to make a payment.                                 Or send a check to Nancy Gardner at 370 N. Westlake Blvd., Suite 220, Westlake Village, CA 91362  Payment must be made before the first day of each module.

NOTE: Completing the registration and first payment commits the applicant to attend all four sessions of the training and reserves space for the whole course.

CE Credits.

Participants may earn 48 hours of CE credits for attending the entire program.  Credit will also be granted for each module.

LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT is also an approved provider of continuing education by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, and LPC’s.  LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The certificate of completion toward certification as an EFT therapist through ICEEFT is only available if you complete all modules of this course.

ABOUT OUR CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds, less a $25 Administration Fee, will be issued for requests made on or before one week before the program is scheduled


Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (LACEFT) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. LACEFT will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Education Chair in consultation with the members of the program committee, the LACEFT Board of Directors.

While LACEFT goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the board of directors which require intervention and/or action on the part of the program committee or an officer of LACEFT. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken.

1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The program chair will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.

2. If the grievance concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the program chair will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the program chair will:

a. attempt to move the participant to another core skills workshop or

b. provide a credit for a subsequent year's workshop or

c. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

3. If the grievance concerns LACEFT’s program, in a specific regard, the program chair will attempt to arbitrate.


Please contact Karen Shore, Ph.D. at .to submit a complaint, or if you have additional questions.

Potential participants who have disabilities are invited to contact the program administrator if they need assistance due to hearing, visual or physical impairments. We ask that we be given a week’s notice to make sure we can make the necessary accommodations.

Please note that there is no commercial support for this program. 


Prerequisites, Qualifications, and Agreements

Participants must:

  1. have completed an ICEEFT-approved externship in EFT.
  2. be licensed therapists or license-eligible psychotherapy interns or otherwise legally allowed to practice as mental health professionals.
  3. be using EFT with at least one couple who is willing to be videotaped for case consultation.

Completing the registration and first payment enrolls the applicant in the full course series and reserves the space for attendance in all sessions of the training and is a declaration of intent to complete the course. This is important because space in the course is limited.

We have found over the years that Core Skills works best when all participants attend all sessions. However we know sometimes exceptions need to be made. We will do our best to work with you regarding special and unforeseen circumstances.

Certification is offered by ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification.