Through a combination of lecture, videotape, observation of live interviews and exercises, participants will learn the basic concepts and theory of emotionally focused therapy; identify the stages and steps of treatment; begin to formulate problematic cycles of interaction; and help couples end cycles of blame and disengagement so that they can restore and deepen the emotional bond between them.
Sue Johnson’s second edition of The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Connections, is recommended reading for all participants.
The externship includes:
- Observations of live sessions (if at all possible)
- Observations of EFT taped sessions
- Presentations of theory and clinical techniques
- Skill training exercises
Core skills training:
Two four days workshops will provide an in depth study of each of the EFT steps. Each day will contain instruction and group supervision of EFT work according to the guidelines set out by the Centre for Excellence in EFT (in Ottawa).
There will be 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.
Supervision is a vital part of training to become an EFT therapist. As well as furthering and maintaining growth in the model, EFT supervision encourages therapists to be more self-reflective and self-aware. EFT supervision is a supportive experience designed to encourage and validate the novice EFT therapist in their development in the model.
Supervision is encouraged through all levels of EFT acquisition and maintenance and is considered vital for mastery of the model. Supervision is most effective when supervisees bring video or audio recordings of their work with clients. The EFT model of supervision includes the use of role-play, real world examples and concrete guidance regarding how to frame concepts in an EFT-consistent manner.