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STEP #2 in learning EFT and towards becoming a Certified EFT Therapist: EFT Core Skills

EFT Core Skills

If you have completed the EFT Externship, are legally allowed to practice psychotherapy in your State and are interested in deepening your understanding of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) while strengthening your confidence in practicing EFT, please join us!

Our Core Skills Additional Training in EFT offers therapists supportive opportunities for direct, hands ­on learning of the EFT approach. In a safe, positive and fun environment, you will learn how to focus your attention on the emotions of your clients and to access, explore, deepen and expand emotions.

We will practice how to facilitate new couples therapy conversations that increase the feelings of secure attachment, closeness and connection. In a small group, you will study the EFT model and the heart of the steps, stages and interventions through experiential exercises, role-plays and watching videotaped examples. Together, we will also observe your own work and your peers’ work via video recordings and offer you feedback and guidance.  Throughout this process, you will receive personal attention from experienced EFT Therapists and Supervisors.

In this Core Skills Training, we get to the underlying essential strengths of EFT and Attachment Theory so you can learn to access them more instinctively and in a way that resonates with who you naturally are as a therapist and in ways that supports your existing clinical strengths. We will provide an encouraging, positive, safe learning environment.

By viewing our relationships through the attachment lens, we can become more empathic and attuned to our clients.  Attunement is a two way street. Not only will you understand your couple’s emotions better, but they will also experience your attunement in emotional ways that are characteristic of helpful EFT couples therapy.

Emotion is the main show in town when it comes to EFT so we need to learn how to work with emotions and how to access and deepen them. In the process of safe, positive experiential exercises, we will get in touch with emotions.  One of our goals as EFT Therapists is to learn how to attune and drop down into our clients’ experience with curiosity and wonder and compassion. Once we have that down, we can more easily track emotions and attachment-related themes and understand how the couple’s negative patterns are co-created and maintained. It can be quite helpful and important to understand what happens moment by moment within them and within you.

Emotions are the music of the relational dance. Our couples need our help changing the music of their distressed relationship so that they can begin to change the steps in their dance towards increased safety, connection, closeness and intimacy.  In our Core Skills Advanced Training, we will spend some time together learning how to tune our ears to the music of the relational dances.

Each participant is required to present one couples therapy session audio or video (10 minute segment) for case consultation. Please do not sign up for core skills if you don’t currently see 1-3 couples regularly. We will discuss the details at our 1st Core Skills meeting. If you choose to pursue EFT Certification, the four sessions and brief video presentation will fulfill some of the ICEEFT requirements for certification.  More details about EFT Certification are available at

At the end of our Core Skills Series, we believe that you will feel a greater sense of confidence in your ability to help couples in distress and a renewed sense of enthusiasm and passion about your clinical work.

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 COST: $1800 

EFT Core Skills Commitment

Please note that by registering for Core Skills you agree to attend all four modules. By registering, you are reserving your place in all four sessions and we will not offer your space to anyone else.


$900 per Module 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 is payable on a first come first served basis to guarantee your space in this course (limited space). Beginning with Module 3 & 4, $900 due one month prior. Your registration is a commitment to participate in all four modules.  By registering for Core Skills, you are reserving your place for all four modules and therefore we will not offer the space to anyone else. This is a financial and time commitment so please plan accordingly. Paying for each “module pair” separately is a courtesy. Our expectation is that by registering for this course you will honor the financial commitment to pay for all four modules that you have registered for.

Continuing Education Credits:

48 hours of Continuing Education Credits available for purchase by Alliant International University to Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs for participating in this training.

DETAILS About the SFCEFT EFT Core Skills Series:

Who should attend: EFT Core Skills is limited to all licensed professionals (and license eligible interns) who counsel couples, including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, licensed pastoral counselors, family physicians, social workers, psychiatric nurses, counselors and students training in these professions.

Diversity: We aim to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other.  In all facets of our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world – a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully – where people can embrace their most basic universal human attachment needs without fear of persecution or marginalization as a result of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual/affectional orientation and preferences, gender expression, family structure, age, class, mental health, physical character or disability.  These values are inherent in the attachment science and humanistic approach to intervention that all our work is based on.

Lodging: There are several hotels in the area.

Continuing Education Cedits: 48 hours of Continuing Education Credits available to Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs for participating in this training offered by Alliant International University.

Cancellation Policy: If you wish to withdraw from Core Skills, you must do so in writing. Cancel six weeks prior to the first Core Skills Module to receive a full refund of your registration fee. We are sorry that no refunds will be available for cancellations made within six weeks of the beginning of the Core Skills Series due to administrative costs, materials fees and other expenditures made by SFCEFT in advance of the training. If unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending the training you registered for, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another SFCEFT Training with Dr. Sam Jinich within 18 months of the registration date. There is a 20% administrative fee for all transfers. The remaining credit will be applied to the cost of the future SFCEFT training. The balance for the remaining cost of the replacement training will be charged to you.  All workshops are enrolled on a first come, first serve basis.

* Minimum Requirement: Completion of a 4-day EFT Externship is required. Participants must be licensed therapists or license-eligible psychotherapy interns or otherwise legally allowed to practice as mental health professionals in your jurisdiction and should have prior experience working with couples. Participants must strive to have at least one couple in their current caseload willing to be videotaped in order for you to present a sample of your work. ICEEFT does not offer the Certification as EFT Therapist to non-licensed professionals. All participants must be familiar with and commit to abide by all HIPAA regulations.

Commitment: A commitment to ALL Core Skills Modules is required when you register in order to guarantee group cohesion and safety.

Registration is limited to 16 therapists so please register early to guarantee space!

We look forward to working with you!

This training is appropriate for licensed ( and license eligible) mental health practitioners who have experience working with couples. Level is intermediate.

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