Beyond Core Skills: Deepening Your Healing Work with Couples

San Francisco 2018

Beyond Core Skills: Deepening Your Healing Work With Couples

This four-weekend course moves through the Steps and Stages of EFT, deepening understanding and developing skills and strategies to better help couples heal their connection. Each weekend will also address one or two special topics within EFT, such as managing the crisis of affair discovery; working with high conflict couples; the transition from stage 1 to stage 2; trauma; working with polyamory and non-monogamy; addressing issues of safety that arise from privilege and oppression; and working with rigid withdrawers.

Participants will share video of your work in a safe and supportive atmosphere. We will also be watching video from multiple trainers and the teaching team. And you will have the opportunity to bring a couple for a live session with one of the teaching team!

We want this to be a chance for everyone to gain confidence and skill, and to dive into the nuances of this complex work among a supportive community of fellow learners. Enrollment is limited. CEUs will be provided.

Your Facilitators

Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD:
Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer

Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD, Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor, teaches the science of love to clinicians throughout the world. She has led EFT Externships and Core Skills in Northern California for more than ten years. She has taught and supervised EFT throughout North America, Scandinavia, Britain, Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Australia Mexico, Costa Rica and South Africa. In addition to her best-selling video courses Emotionally Focused Therapy: Step by Step and Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Complete Treatment, she has produced numerous webinars and online courses on effective therapy, relationship treatment, and secure, lasting love. She regularly runs Hold Me Tight for Therapists and Their Partners here in the Bay Area and abroad. She sees couples at her office in Baja California in an intensive therapy format. She holds a faculty position at Alliant International University, and is Director of the San Diego Center for EFT, as well as for the Training and Research Institute for EFT at Alliant.

Sarah Ackerman:
Certified EFT Supervisor

Sarah Ackerman, MFT, Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, has had a private practice in Berkeley for more than 25 years. Trained initially in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Women’s Therapy Center in El Cerrito and subsequently with the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis of Northern California, she has more recently been immersed in attachment based modalities, most notably Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as Diana Fosha’s AEDP model for individuals. She works with adult individuals and couples. She also supervises learners of EFT, and has assisted in numerous Externships and Core Skills.. She has served on the board of the Northern California Community of EFT Therapists. Additionally she has a certification in Mind-Body Medicine from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC.

Jamie Bachman:
Certified EFT Supervisor

Jamie Bachman, LCSW, Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, is in private practice in Oakland. He works primarily with couples and also with families and individuals. Jamie provides individual and group consultation and supervision in EFT, and has assisted in numerous Externships and Core Skills, as well as conducting Hold Me Tight groups with Sarah. He is on the adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley’s MSW program, where he has taught Family Therapy and Theory and Practice classes. He is also on the faculty at the Psychotherapy Institute’s (TPI) Supervision Studies Program, and is a supervisor for TPI’s postgraduate training program in psychodynamic therapy. Jamie worked for 12 years in hospice, providing clinical supervision and program management for social workers serving families facing end of life. Jamie has also received advanced training in AEDP, and through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

With Support From:

Jennifer Sterling, LMFT:
EFT Supervisor In Training

Greg Mayer, LMFT:
EFT Supervisor In Training

SPECIAL TOPIC: Managing the Crises of Affair Discovery

SPECIAL TOPIC: How to work with rigid withdrawers

SPECIAL TOPIC: Working with High Conflict Couples and Trauma

SPECIAL TOPIC: Working with polyamory and non-monogamy

SPECIAL TOPIC: How to Transition from Stage 1 to Stage 2

SPECIAL TOPIC: Addressing issues of safety that arise from privilege and oppression


Alliant International University
1 Beach Street
San Francisco, California 94133


Participants must be licensed or in training to be licensed. They must be working with couples, and have completed an EFT Externship and Core Skills training. Participants must also be willing to present their own work through video presentation.


  1. Each participant must have read Sue Johnson’s 2004 edition of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
  2. Each participant must have completed an ICCEFT approved externship in EFT.
  3. Each participant  must have completed the ICEEFT approved Core Skills training in EFT.
  4. Each participant must be using EFT with at least two couples regularly.
  5. Each participant must acquire a signed release from couple(s) to video record sessions.
  6. Each participant must acquire a signed release from couple(s) to prior to presenting any materials.
  7. Each participant will complete the Case Presentation Form and supply copies (emailed prior to session or hard copies) to each group member prior to presenting.


$1800 full investment.

$450. 4 month payment plan.

$30 for one CEU certificate of 48 hours upon completing the course.

Lodging and food not included. A minimum of ten participants is required for the training to proceed.

Payment can be made online or by mail. Payment for each weekend is due 3 weeks before the Friday meeting.


Module One: November 16 & 17, 2018   Steps 1-2: Assessment – Room 206

Module Two: January 25 & 26, 2019   Steps 3 – 4: De-escalation – Room 206

Module Three:  March 29 & 30, 2019   Steps 5 – 7: Withdrawer Reengagement – Room 206

Module Four:  May 31 & June 1, 2019   Steps 5 – 7: Pursuer Softening and Steps 8 – 9 – Room 206


Friday: 12:30 pm- 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am–3:30pm (with a working lunch).

Case Presentations

Case presentation with video review is an important part of the process of learning EFT. We all can feel a little scared presenting our work! In this course, we seek to make this a safe, supportive, and hopefully even fun experience. You will use at least two videos of your work during the course. One will be for a learning exercise in dyads early in the course, and one will be a formal case presentation.
For the formal case presentation, we ask that you show 20 minutes of video and provide 10 minutes of case review, for a total presentation time of 30 minutes. We also ask that you complete a case presentation form, which you will either email to participants or copy for them on the day of your presentation. More details will follow as we come closer to the dates of the course.


48 hours of continuing education units are available by completing all modules of this course. If you need CEUs, there is a separate $30 fee for one certificate.

Limited Seats 

This course is limited to a maximum of 21 attendees. Attendance based on first-come basis. Registration and payment must both be completed to be enrolled.


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Completing the registration and first payment add the applicant to the cohort group for all four modules of the training and reserves the space for the whole course.


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    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 The San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI-EFT), and 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. I have read and agree to follow the terms for participation.
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