Irvine 2020

Irvine 2020

Core Skills Training

About Core Skills

Core Skills Training consists of four two-day workshops. These workshops 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). Each weekend provides twelve hours of training. When you sign up for the course you are committing your intention to complete all four weekends.

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.

Attendance meets the ICEEFT course requirement (CEUs provided by Alliant International University)* when applying for Certified EFT Therapist designation.

The only outstanding requirement for Certification after attending Core Skills Training is eight hours of individual supervision. The application process is described on Final decision regarding readiness for certification is determined by the EFT Centre in Ottawa.


Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Psy.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego,

California. She is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor and is a Founder and Director of the EFT Training and Research Institute at Alliant International University.

Lisa is a frequent presenter at conferences and training events, helping licensed professionals and students learn the skills of effective therapy.

She is an AAMFT clinical member and approved AAMFT supervisor.


Participants are required to have completed an EFT Externship and be willing to present their own work through videotape presentation*.


  1. Each participant must have read Sue Johnson’s 2004 edition of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
  2. Each participant must have completed an OCFI approved externship in EFT.
  3. Each participant must be using EFT with at least two couples regularly.
  4. Each participant must acquire a signed release from couple(s) to video tape  record sessions.
  5. Each participant must acquire a signed release from couple(s) to be a part of this consultation group prior to presenting any materials.
  6. 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.

*More information about the Case Presentation Video Requirement

You will do one case presentation displaying your work with a couple for consultation and feedback about working in the EFT model. The date of your presentation will be assigned. The overall presentation is approximately 30 minutes, 10 minutes of case overview and up to 20 minutes of video review.

  • Approximately 20 continuous minutes
  • Case presentation form completed (see Forms drop down menu)
  • 20 copies of case presentation to handout to course participants if not emailed to participants 5 days before presenting
  • Bring digital media on DVD or USB storage device


$450 per weekend workshop for Modules 1-4. (Discount if full payment is made up front.)

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.


Email: Cathy and Iris at


Irvine CS 2020


Module One:  Steps 1-2  Stage 1 EFT

  • May 7th, 2020 (Thursday) 9-6:00 pm: Stage one EFT
  • May 8th, 2020 (Friday) 9-1:00 pm: Stage one EFT

Module Two:  Steps 3-4  Stage 1 EFT

  • June 4th, 2020 (Thursday) 9 am – 6 pm.
  • June 5th, 2020 (Friday) 9 am – 1 pm.

Module Three:  Stage 2 EFT Steps 5-7 Withdrawer ReEngagement and Pursuer Softening

  • September 11th, 2020 (Friday) 9 am – 6 pm 
  • September 12th, 2020 (Saturday) 9 am – 1 pm

Module Four: 

  • October 9th, 2020 (Friday) 9 am – 6 pm
  • October 10th, 2020 (Saturday) 9 am – 1 pm
  • November 6th, 2020 (Saturday) 12 am – 2 pm


Alliant International University – Irvine Campus
2855 Michelle Dr #300
Irvine, CA 92606


Limited Seats 

This course is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees. Attendance based on first-come basis. Registration and payment must be complete to be enrolled. TRIEFT reserves the right to cancel the training due to low enrollment.


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Completing the registration and first payment commits the applicant to attend all four sessions of the training and reserves space for the whole course.

Irvine Core Skills

    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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Payment via PayPal

Full Series, pay upfront – $1,700 ($100 discount)

Full Series in 4 monthly payments – $1,800 ($450 each payment)

If you prefer to pay via check or credit card outside of PayPal, please contact Iris and Cathy at

**Alliant International University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Alliant International University maintains responsibility for the program and its content.