from TRI EFT Alliant and San Diego Center for EFT

with Support from ICEEFT

About the Ben Inouye Diversity Scholarship (BIDS) for the San Diego Externship

The San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities! Awards are made in memory of Ben Inouye who was an active member of the local EFT community and a doctoral student in MFT at Alliant.

One scholarship provides 100% tuition for the foundational EFT training, the EFT Externship in San Diego, and is available on an annual basis through contributions from ICEEFT and San Diego Center for EFT (SDEFT).

Multiple scholarships of a $355 US are available through contributions from San Diego Center for EFT to reduce the externship fee from $1095 to $695.



The BIDS is awarded to students who are actively enrolled in a graduate mental health program.

Preference will be given to applicants who plan to develop expertise and become certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, who have experience with and interest in serving underrepresented populations, who have clinical experience with couples and families, who 1) have an interest in being an active member of their local EFT Center or Community, 2) who have demonstrated financial need, 3) who have a commitment to adopting EFT as their primary model of therapy and 4) who are motivated to complete the EFT Core Skills series and pursue certification in the model.

Application is due November 30, 2023.


 Dr. Ben Inouye was a leader in the San Diego Center for EFT in encouraging diversity and inclusion. Because of his positive influence and lasting influence this scholarship is named in honor of his life and all he gave us.