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The Road to Certification in EFT

March 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The path to certification is often fraught with questions, where even therapists skilled in EFT are unclear on what is required for their work to be considered sufficient for certification in EFT. This workshop will help attendees understand and practice what they are required to demonstrate in order to become a Certified EFT Therapist. The workshop is intended for therapists who have attended a Four-Day Externship, a Core Skills Series, video-tape their sessions and have had some individual supervision in EFT. The presenters will outline the components of good EFT work, and will show examples of therapy session clips that have met certification requirements. The session will include time to practice outlining the negative cycle with couples, and helping couples deepen and share attachment related emotions. In the afternoon session, the presenters will break the attendees into small groups and review and discuss participants’ therapy clips. Small group discussion of individual participant’s blocks in the certification process will be discussed.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration 
9:00- 9:30 Introduction to Certification and Discussion of Participants’ Goals
9:30 – 10:30 Stage One tapes and what they should look like (with video example)

  • a. Accessing, Expanding and Engaging Emotion
  • b. Putting Emotions in the Context of the Cycle
  • c. Difficulties in Stage One: High Conflict, self-of the therapist, Empathy for Each Partner
  • d. Role-play a Stage One tape

10:30- 10:45 Break
10:45- 12:00 Stage Two Tapes and what they should look like: Videotaped example

  • e. Deepening Emotion of One Partner: View of Self and View of Other
  • f. Inviting Enactments: When and How
  • g. Sharing Emotion and Processing Acceptance
  • h. Difficulties in Stage Two: Keeping Focus on Emotion, Processing Fears, Countertransference
  • i. Role-play a Stage Two tape

12-12:45 Lunch brought in
12:45- 2:25 First group session to review tapes
2:25- 2:40 Break
2:40 – 4:00 Second group session to review tapes

Afternoon session will break into small groups and review tapes. Each group will have access to a certified supervisor, supervisor-in-training, and/or a trainer. Tapes will be reviewed for feedback and guidance.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the requirements for certification in EFT.
  2. Describe a Stage One tape that would qualify for certification.
  3. Describe a Stage Two tape that would qualify for certification.
  4. Describe the EFT Tango.
  5. Describe therapist difficulties in the certification process.

CE Information:

Participants may earn 6 CE credits for attending the entire program.

Partial credits will not be offered.

LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT is also an approved provider of continuing education by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCs.

LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Nancy Gardner, Ph.D., is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for EFT (LACEFT), a licensed psychologist with a clinical practice in Westlake Village, CA. Dr. Gardner has been a mental health professional for over forty years. She taught couple therapy for over a decade at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles. Dr. Gardner is an ICEEFT Certified Trainer, Therapist and Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy, a AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and a Past President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA). To learn more about Dr. Gardner, go to


Silvina Irwin, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and has a clinical practice in Pasadena, CA. She has extensive experience working with people of all ages, including children, teens, adults, and families. Dr.Irwin has trained therapists in EFT locally, nationally, and because she is bi-lingual in Spanish and English, so she also is able to bring EFT training to therapists in Spanish speaking countries. Trained and mentored by Dr. Sue Johnson, Dr. Irwin is an ICEEFT certified Trainer, Therapist, and Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. She is a co-founder of the EFT Resource Center, and serves on the board of directors for the LA Center for EFT. To learn more about Dr. Irwin, go to

Registration Costs

  • Non-Member Early Bird (Until February 20, 2019): $170
  • LACEFT Member Early-Bird (Until February 20, 2019): $150
  • Student Early-Bird (Until February 20, 2019): $85
  • Non-Member (After February 20, 2019): $190
  • LACEFT Member (After February 20, 2019) $170
  • Student (After February 20, 2019) $100


Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
10780 Santa Monica Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds, less a $25 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before January 30, 2019. We will not issue refunds that are requested after January 30, 2019.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:

LACEFT is available to make arrangements for individuals with particular needs. Anyone who requires special accommodation for a disability is requested to notify LACEFT at least two weeks in advance by contacting Betsy Walli at or (714) 584-4447.

LACEFT is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists. LACEFT will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Continuing Education Chair in consultation with the members of the continuing education committee.

While LACEFT goes to great lengths to ensure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to our attention which require intervention and/or action on the part of an officer of LACEFT. The CE Chair will receive and handle all complaints, coordinating with the President and Executive Director of LACEFT if necessary, to work out a fair resolution. Please email any complaints to with subject heading “For CE Chair.”


March 1, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
10780 Santa Monica Blvd., #350
Los Angeles, CA 90025 United States
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