EFT Beginning Training

The 4-day EFT Externship®

Knowing EFT and the new Science of Love will help you be successful in couples and relationships. It will even help you improve your own compassion for others and strengthen relationships in your own life.

Imagine improving your therapy skill, having more success in treating couples, earning CEU’s AND getting happier in your own life all at the same time. We know from research is that attending an EFT Externship can do just that.

Attending an externship is the first step to being listed at the EFT website, where couples are going to find trained couple therapists. Attending this externship is also a step towards becoming a certified EFT therapist. For further details about the certification process please refer to Susan Johnson’s International Centre for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT).

During an Externship, you will learn to:

  • see marital distress from an attachment perspective
  • help partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain marital distress
  • shape key new interaction and bonding events
  • overcome therapeutic impasses

You will also see Certified EFT Trainers do live consultation sessions with a couple, a profound learning experience.

Transform The Way You Work With Couples And Your Practice – Earn 28 CEU’s in 4 days

Here’s what people are saying about it: “This is by far the best educational training I have ever been to.
I feel much more competent & confident in using the EFT approach.”

The 4-day externship was developed by Award-winning Susan M. Johnson.

Sue Johnson is Director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

She has received numerous honors for her work, including Family Psychologist of the Year (2016-APA), Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Dr Johnson’s best known professional books include The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004), Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002), and Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook (2005). She also has two popular press books, Love Sense and Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

She trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to Veterans Affairs, the U.S. and Canadian military and New York City Fire Department. Dr. Johnson has a team of Certified EFT Trainers ready to facilitate your learning of Emotionally Focused Therapy.

What Could Be Better?!

Help Couples Transform Their Relationship

Enjoy it with us – Earn While You Learn – 28 CEUs

The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) 4 Day Externship is designed to prepare professionals to work effectively with couples.

EFT is a proven-effective model, with improvement rates in the 90th percentile, and amazing recovery rates at 7o-72%. This model utilizes the theory of adult love in a systematic map to heal distressed couple relationships which has a positive effect on the rest of the family – and ultimately – society.

EFT is a short-term approach developed by Susan M. Johnson, founder of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), and is based on John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. It reflects the most recent research on the nature of relationship distress, adult love, and emotion. Emotionally Focused Therapy has revolutionized couple therapy. It is one of the most empirically supported models of couple therapy, is being taught all over the world and is a must-know model if you are working with couples.


  1. EFT is a research-validated approach to couple therapy: Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy was developed in the mid-1980’s by Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Sue Johnson. Since that time, dozens of outcome and process studies have demonstrated its effectiveness with a wide variety of populations and presenting problems. For more info on research: www.iceeft.com/images/PDFs/EFTResearch.pdf
  2. A clearly delineated treatment model: The stages of treatment are clearly specified, beginning with De-escalation through Re-structuring to Consolidation, giving you a clear map for intervening with couples to facilitate lasting change.
  3. An attachment view of couple distress: Couples high in conflict or disengagement can be challenging for any therapist. Attachment theory provides a powerful organizing lens that will help you understand the most common ways couples express relational distress.
  4. Skills to work deeply with emotion: In EFT, emotion is both target and agent of change. A skilled EFT therapist evokes core emotions to create powerful enactments and unleash in-the-moment change events that help transform relationships.
  5. Specialized training in couple therapy: Many mental health professionals receive scant training in couple therapy. And yet relationship distress is one of the most common reasons for entering therapy and increasingly, couples are seeking therapists trained in EFT.
  6. Improvement in general psychotherapy skills: EFT’s humanistic orientation will likely enhance your ability to create a strong alliance that engages clients in the change process.
  7. A meaningful, competence-driven certification process: ICEEFT has laid out a training process and requirements for the demonstration of competence that insure certified EFT therapists have met a high standard of EFT practice.
  8. Eligibility for membership in ICEEFT: The International Centre for Excellence in EFT includes members from around the world and maintains a directory of practitioners who have begun formal EFT training and those who are certified. ICEEFT also publishes a quarterly newsletter and maintains an active member listserve.
  9. A growing therapeutic community: Join almost 300 therapists who have participated in CCEFT Externships over the past 4 years and thousands more who have taken part at trainings around the country and across the world. Locally, EFT therapists support each other through peer consultation, a mutually supportive learning atmosphere and client referrals.
  10. 28 ceu’s: The training virtually fulfills the biennial continuing education requirement for license renewal for social workers, licensed counselors, psychologists and marriage and family therapists in Illinois. By the way, this is about the equivalent of a 2 credit-hour college course – especially if you do the recommended preparatory and follow-up reading.