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COURSES

EXTERNSHIP
in Emotionally
Focused Therapy

Transform and deepen the way you work with clients to produce real change in every session

The EFT Externship is our flagship introductory 28-hour training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. During this 4-day workshop you will learn how to view relationship distress through an attachment lens and to focus on addressing your clients’ attachment needs and longings. More than just a discussion of theory, an Externship in EFT will provide you with a roadmap to work with your clients’ underlying emotions and facilitate therapy conversations that increase feelings of secure attachment, closeness and connection.

Modalities

Individual Therapy
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy

Features

This experiential training is presented live-online and includes:

  • live therapy sessions demonstrating how to employ the EFT Tango methodology
  • recorded therapy sessions (individual and couple) for discussion
  • presentations of theory and clinical techniques
  • skill training exercises
  • discussion of cases

Course Objectives

  • Participants will gain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused Therapy” approach.
  • Participants will be able to view clients in their negative interpersonal attachments and conceptualize relationship distress and repair based on theories of attachment and emotion
  • EFT is a relational therapy. The externship will focus on the general model of EFT as laid out in the 2019 book, Attachment Theory and Practice, and present the model as it is implemented in couple and individual therapy sessions.
  • Participants will develop skills in sharing, maintaining an engaged, open and collaborative alliance with clients.
  • Participants will develop skills in the 5 moves of the basic macro-intervention – the EFT tango – in order to change patterns of affect regulation, models of self and other, strategies for engaging with others and interactional patterns.
  • Participants will develop skills in EFT micro interventions taken from experiential and systemic models of intervention.
  • Participants will develop skills in overcoming common blocks and impasses in all three therapy modalities and so shaping core corrective emotional experience that lead to constructive dependency and what Rogers termed ‘existential living’.

Summary

Our four-day Externship provides an overview of the entire EFT model, including stages of treatment and the moves of the EFT Tango. Gain the tools to see which patterns keep clients stuck in distress, and learn how principles of attachment theory translate to organic, on-target interventions. Backed by 30 years of empirical research, guide your individual, couple, and family clients to see change in every session.

Duration: 4 days, 8 hours per day (includes breaks)

CE Credits: 28 hours

Recommended Reading

  • Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families” by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
  • Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)” by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

Certification Track

This training is the prerequisite for other “core trainings” which lead to becoming a certified EFT Therapist. For more information on becoming a Certified EFT Therapist, please visit the ICEEFT website.

ICEEFT Membership

By completing an Externship, you are eligible for ICEEFT Membership.

Promotion: One Year of Membership

We are including one year of ICEEFT Membership for all participants who complete one of our Externships.

What is ICEEFT Membership?

ICEEFT Membership includes many professional benefits, including a listing in our popular Find-a-Therapist Directory.

Membership opens the door to a vibrant international community where you can connect with other mental health professionals, expand your knowledge and, together with your colleagues, continually deepen your skills to become the best, most inspired, and most competent therapist you can be.

Your membership in our professional family links you to cutting-edge research, world class training, members-only resources, and the support of diverse local and international communities.

ICEEFT’s mission is to bring the healing power of secure coherent connection to partners, families, and to the troubled fragmented self of individual clients. We invite you to join us in this mission!

Your ICEEFT Membership includes:

  • Our quarterly EFT newsletter focused on the treatment of individuals, couples and families, as well as topics such as how change happens and how we bring the science of attachment into every session.
  • Discounts on training and training materials, including ICEEFT research and courses by EFT master trainers from around the globe.
  • A listing on ICEEFT’s popular Find-a-Therapist Directory which allows clients looking for EFT therapists to find you more easily.
  • Access to our members-only website which provides resources, forums, your own profile and timeline page, the ability to follow and message other therapists, and a searchable members directory.
  • The opportunity to participate in the international ICEEFT mailing lists (listservs), where you can connect with peers, seek and provide referrals, receive support and mentoring from your colleagues, learn about exciting events, and hear from Dr. Sue Johnson and other leaders in the field.
  • The satisfaction of sponsoring ongoing research and continually improved training in scientifically-based therapy.
  • A public credential that lets people know you are the kind of therapist who is committed to empirically based practice, ongoing learning and growth.

“Membership in ICEEFT offers a supportive platform to learn, improve my skills using EFT, connect with different EFT communities around the world, and allows potential clients to find me.”

Aaron Oog
MCounsPrac., MFT

“Joining ICEEFT has helped me personally and professionally. I have benefitted from growing my practice, learning more about stuck spots, and even improved my marriage. What a gift.”

Dr. Dianna Troutt
LMFT, LPCC

Upcoming Externships

Externships starting in the next six months

09 - 17 February

Externship – Feb, 2023
  • C.E. Credits: Continuing education credits are available for this event. Further information coming soon.
  • Recommended Reading:
    • "Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families" by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
    • "Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)" by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

09 - 17 March

Externship – Mar, 2023
  • C.E. Credits: Continuing education credits are available for this event. Further information coming soon.
  • Recommended Reading:
    • "Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families" by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
    • "Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)" by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

26 - 29 April

Externship – Apr, 2023
  • C.E. Credits: Continuing education credits are available for this event. Further information coming soon.
  • Recommended Reading:
    • "Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families" by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
    • "Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)" by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

17 - 20 May

Externship – May, 2023
  • C.E. Credits: Continuing education credits are available for this event. Further information coming soon.
  • Recommended Reading:
    • "Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families" by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
    • "Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)" by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

09 - 17 June

Externship – June, 2023
  • C.E. Credits: Continuing education credits are available for this event. Further information coming soon.
  • Recommended Reading:
    • "Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families" by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
    • "Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)" by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

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