Fighting for Connection:

EFT When Couples Suffer With High Escalation and Violence

Part 1

EFT with Violence

​​​​​​​We look forward to helping you gain a depth of understanding and experience in these key areas:

    • How EFT can help reduce violence when you know how to help couples safely fight for connection and secure attachment.

    • How to understand violence differently so you can overcome your biases and blocks in working with these distressed couples.
    • The safety measures required for successful treatment.
    • Limitations and Therapeutic Interventions important for you to deescalate the violence.

About The Online Master Class

EFT 2-Day Virtual Master Class
Monday & Tuesday, October 9 & 10, 2023
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM Eastern Time Both Days (1 hour break)

​​​​​​​Research shows that intimate partner violence is rather frequent; even more so in couples seeking couple therapy. However, the violence often remains hidden from the therapist. Or due to therapist fears and uncertainty about contraindication, couples seeking therapy are often refused.

In many couples, the underlying strong, heavy negative interaction patterns are paramount in the violence. These patterns form a challenge for many therapists in working with these couples, and often the violence between the partners is central to the therapeutic process. When there is identified violence it is remarkable that couples typically  want to work in therapy toward a safer relationship where they can stay together and have the violence stop.

How can clients’ desire to heal the relationship be approached when violence is often seen as a contraindication for couple therapy and EFT?

Based on new scientific knowledge about intimate partner violence and their experience, Lieven and Jef have worked together to come to a deeper understanding of this difficult relational drama.

In this workshop you will get the theoretical roadmap so you can:

 * understand intimate partner violence from an attachment point of view,

* learn how you  can use EFT to help these couples to fight for a healthier, safer connection.

* get specific interventions to use

* learn the importance of, and how to, complete assessment

* the interventions that help couples de-escalate

* the attachment meanings of violence

* when and how to provide attachment reframes for the violence

* an opportunity to explore your blocks and challenges in working with these couples.

Fighting for Connection: EFT and IPV master class includes:

 * engaging instruction

* opportunities to get your questions answered

* review of clinical video

* personal exercises and 

* participant dialogue 

The Fighting For Connection: EFT and IPV master class offers a mini roadmap that can be inserted in the larger EFT map for therapy.

We will meet on Zoom and utilize break-out rooms for practice and small group work.

Ideally participants will have completed a basic training in EFT or read basic works.

​​​​​​​Participants will receive articles before the workshop to familiarize themselves with the basic concepts of the workshop.

*Approved for 12 APA Continuing Education Units through Alliant International University.

Your Training Team

Lieven Migerode: EFT Trainer

Lieven Migerode, Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer

Lieven introduced Sue Johnson to Belgium on the occasion of the Good Enough Couple Congress in 2006. Lieven has published on the subject of “partner violence and love” in articles and as coauthored the Dutch book EFT and Couple Violence: Fighting for Connection  with Jef Sloothmaeckers.

Jef Slootmaeckers

Jef Slootmaeckers: EFT Supervisor

Jef Slootmaeckers, Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer

Jef has worked for 10 years with partner violence and specializes in the topic of EFT and Couple Violence. Over the last few years, Jef has trained several teams in working with couples who are highly reactive and violent. Jef and Lieven have worked together for many years & have published several articles about partner violence and couples’ therapy and the Dutch book EFT and Couple Violence: Fighting for Connection  with Lieven Migerode. Jef is a member of ICEEFT and serves on the board of EFT Belgium.

Training Host, Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen

Becca is committed to the development and training of couple therapists learning Emotionally Focused Training.

She has been providing and hosting online training since 2007.

De-escalating violent patterns. A video overview

Lieven and Jef were guests on Trainer Talk with Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen which started our journey together. We have hosted this training 3 times, each one with remarkable reviews.

Here are a few comments from the folks who attended the webinar and course. The feedback is consistently extremely positive and rated as practice and life changing.

What Participants Have Said:

“I just attended a webinar on this subject with the folks who will be doing a 2-day Online Master Class in October, and they were great! The training is in English, and I think it will be really interesting (it’s 2 full Mondays, October 5 and 19). Unfortunately for us, to make it available to everyone here and in Europe, it will start at 6AM Pacific time (9am Eastern). I am NOT an early riser, but I am doing it anyway!
One fact to share from this morning: given that 25% of all couples experience some type of violence, it is almost a given that we have all had violent couples in our practices, but they might not have felt safe enough to share what is going on. The team today talked about how to help our couples feel secure enough to let us know what is happening.
I wanted to share my impressions about learning from Lieven and Jef. Sometimes I think about doing online or even in person trainings but if I don’t have any direct experience, I don’t know if it will feel like a match (and so worth the time and $$). They are both smart, warm, well-spoken, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about sharing their insights. I felt/feel very attached! (Can you tell I liked how I spent the hour?)”
                                  Annette – Northern California Community for EFT
 “It WAS great – thank you Becca, Lieven and Jef for a warm and inspirational webinar!”                              Margaret P. EFT Supervisor  

About CEs

Approved for 12 CEs

Additional Information

Cancellation  – Six weeks prior to the Workshop
Cancellations are possible, and the fee will be refunded with the exception of the processing and handling fees.

After August 15, 2023
Fees and deposits cannot be refunded.

We are a heartfelt group, which means we understand there may be difficulty in paying in total initially. Please email us if you’re finding it difficult to pay all at once. We want to support your participation on this workshop.

FAQ About our online trainings (webinars)

What’s a Virtual Master Class?

This virtual master class is a seminar conducted over the internet.

Using Zoom technology you will be able to participate with others enrolled in the course in the main session and in break-out rooms. Course instructors will show video of their work, slide presentation, outline decision points and observations. It provides you an opportunity to see how others are working with this difficult dynamic and  “get inside” the trainers head and ask questions.

Do I need any special technology?

All you need is high speed internet, which means a download speed at or above 5 mbps. The attendance links and information will be sent to you the week before the training begins. 

How do I know if my internet connection is fast enough?

You can test your internet connection by using this link:

Do I get to view a replay of the course if I can’t attend live, or if I want to review it later? 

Yes, after the master class you will receive a recording link to review the course online for 30 days. You will also be sent instructions to download the session materials.

What do I do after I get the recording links?

After you get to the recording links you will need to sign in with buy generic fioricet the username and password you were given to view them.

Fighting for Connection master class is designed as a continuing eduction (CE) workshop for real time observation and participation. However, we know this course is very helpful even after the workshop is over, so we record (technology willing) the whole workshop so you can review the course after its completion.

How many times can I watch the replays?

You have unlimited access to the recordings during the 30-day period following the completion of the course.

TRI EFT Alliant is affiliated with ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy). ICEEFT’s focus is to foster research in the use of EFT, promote quality training and certification in EFT and as a tool and resource for couples and therapists. ICEEFT has a body of process research that demonstrates the rigorous studies conducted in the effectiveness of EFT. More details of these studies are available on