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The EFT Lab: The Road to De-Escalation, Stage 1

September 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Eventbrite - A One-Day Program with Jennifer Olden, MFT

Program Schedule:

Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM*

*Registration begins at 8:30 am. Our program will begin at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. In order to receive CE credit for the day, you must sign in by 9:15 am and stay until the program is over.


The EFT Lab presentation is designed to help you to un-stick those stuck places in your practice by examining one small and manageable EFT concept at a time (like catching bullets). You will view video clips of EFT Trainers (including Sue Johnson, Gail Palmer, Lorrie Brubacher, Scott Wooley, George Faller, and Rebecca Jorgensen), looking closely at their interventions so you can replicate their interventions in your own sessions. After each skill is demonstrated, you will practice the skill in dyads. You’ll leave more confident and more connected to yourself, other EFT practitioners, and the model.

The EFT Lab Stage 1 includes:
• Session management and how to catch bullets
• Deepening emotion with withdrawers
• What to do when an enactment results in more escalation
• How to use a moment of contact to highlight the cycle
• When to use the superpower of validation

This intermediate-level presentation will use video demonstrations, discussion, and experiential practice. Attendees will learn practical ways to establish an alliance and manage the session so that both partners are helped to feel safe. They will learn to identify and describe a couple’s cycle in non-blaming language that captures the compelling dynamic in its many layers, and learn to take notes using the five levels of the cycle as a structure. Attendees will feel supported and understood as they begin to identify and use various interventions to help couples move into their primary emotions, make direct contact, and respond to a variety of defensive reactions. And they will begin to be able to summarize succinctly the process of the therapy in a way that leads toward deeper understanding of the cycle, primary emotion, and attachment needs while encouraging the couple by validating their courage and progress.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:
1. Describe practical ways to establish an alliance with both partners
2. Describe ways to manage sessions so both partners feel safe
3. Identify and describe a couple’s cycle in non-blaming language that captures the compelling dynamic on several levels
4. Write notes using the five levels of the cycle
5. Describe interventions that help couples move into primary emotions
6. Summarize the process of therapy in a way that integrates an understanding of the cycle, primary emotion, and attachment needs while validating the couple’s progress and courage.


Jennifer Olden, MFT, is an ICEEFT-certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and an EFT supervisor with a private practice in Sacramento, California. She specializes in couples and her interests focus on trauma recovery through strengthening attachments. She provides EFT supervision and facilitates several EFT training groups, specifically the EFT Lab and an EFT certification class. She is currently teaching EFT online through the EFT Lab. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Chico, and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Sacramento.

Click here to learn more about Jennifer Olden.

Venue/Location Details

This program will take place at:

The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90064

Lunch: Restaurants are available within walking distance.
Parking: Garage parking costs $8 for the full day.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (through 8/26/2017) – Non-Member $185
Early Bird Registration (through 8/26/2017) – LACEFT Member $165
Early Bird Registration (through 8/26/2017) – Student $100
Registration (after 8/26/2017) – Non-Member – $205
Registration (after 8/26/2017) – LACEFT Member – $185
Registration (after 8/26/2017) – Student $125

Eventbrite - A One-Day Program with Jennifer Olden, MFT

CE Information:

LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association (provider #41025550) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #131253) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s and LPC’s. LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Participants will earn 6 CE credits for attending the entire program. Partial credits will not be offered.

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.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds, less a $25 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before 9/9/2017. We will not issue refunds that are requested after 9/9/2017.


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

While LACEFT goes to great lengths to assure 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 Program 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 Program Chair.”

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The Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90064.
11301 Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064 United States
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