Supervision and Training for Therapists in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT Core Skills Training

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 four to five months training experience involves four 12-hour sessions scheduled four to five weeks apart. Each session is designed for a small group of participants (8 – 15) 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 48 hours of EFT consultation and will satisfy the Core Skills 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 relevant to the content material of the workshop.

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

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 declaring  your intention to complete all training modules listed below.

 This Core Skills Series is full.

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please email me at [email protected]

Note that all modules for this training will be offered online from Thousand Oaks, CA.

MODULE 1:  ASSESSMENT  July 15-16, 2022

MODULE 2:  DE-ESCALATION  August 26-27, 2022


MODULE 4: PURSUER SOFTENING  November 4-5. 2022


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 Core Skills requirement for 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, and submission of examples of the applicants work.  The application process is described on

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


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 repetitive patterns of interaction.
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 a clear step 7 in an enactment process in stage 2 withdrawer reenagement
Demonstrate competent self assessment in reviewing own 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

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 judgments, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against the same.

Cost and Registration

This course is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees.  Attendance is based on a first-come basis                                                  Registration for 2022 Course is now closed.  If you would like to be wait listed, please email [email protected]

Both registration and payment must be completed to be enrolled.

The cost of the series is outlined below.  Student/intern discounts are available.  Lodging and food not included. A minimum of five participants is required for the training to proceed. Payment must be made before the first day of each module.  Payment may be made online using the form below.

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.  Registration is open for modules 2-4 only if you have already registered for Module 1

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 $50 Administration Fee for each module and a $100 fee for the whole series, 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 LACEFT President, Kristina Jackson at [email protected] with any grievances


Pleas Prerequisites, Qualifications, and Agreements

Participants must:

  1. have completed an ICEEFT-approved 4 Day Externship in EFT.
  2. be licensed therapists or license-eligible psychotherapy interns or students 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.