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Engaging Obstacles as Opportunities

May 21, 2021 - May 22, 2021

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Join LACEFT for an advanced training on working through relational blocks using EFT with individuals, couples and families.

About this Event

Emotional stuck points are common to relationship distress and can challenge the experienced therapist in working through blocks to intimacy and growth. Emotionally Focused Therapy offers clinical resources for transforming these relational obstacles into opportunities for vulnerability and connection. This workshop focuses on “micro-moves” in the process of working through relational ruptures and rigid positions that increase relational distress in family relationships. We will guide you through the “ins and outs” of common stuck points and key decisions for intervention. The training will sharpen the therapist’s skills in using in-session experience to transform blocks and engage positive emotional resources that result from these changes. Through video examples and practice exercises participants will strengthen their understanding and increase their confidence in working through relational blocks using EFT with individuals, couples and families.




9:00 am PST – Session 1: Sharpening your EFT Focus

  • Relational blocks and attachment processes.
  • Therapist presence and alliance practices.
  • Therapist strategies for approaching blocks.

10:30 am PST – Session 2: Identifying Blocks through the EFT Process/Exploring different blocks in EFT

  • Alliance blocks.
  • Intrapsychic blocks.
  • Relational blocks.
  • Enactment blocks.
  • Therapist blocks.

12:30 pm PST – Lunch Break (one hour)

1:30 pm PST – Session 3: Working with Blocks in Stage 1

  • Identifying common blocks in de-escalation
  • Exploring therapist strategies to engage blocks
  • Practice “micro-moves” and strategies for transforming blocks

3:30 pm PST – Discussion and Wrap- up (end at 4:00 pm PST)



9:00 am PST – Session 4: Working with Blocks in Stage 2

  • Identifying common blocks in restructuring interactions.
  • Exploring therapist strategies to engage blocks to more vulnerable positions.

10:45 am PST – Session 4 continued…

  • Practice “micro-moves” and strategies for transforming blocks and engaging new positions.
  • *Discussion and review

12:00 pm PST – Lunch Break (one hour)

1:00 pm PST – Session 5: Exploring Blocks and Impasses in Treatment

  • Ruptures and repairs in working with relational blocks
  • Strategies for engaging treatment impasses
  • Resourcing therapist blocks

2:45 pm PST – Session 6: Live Consultation and Group Discussion

  • Case presentation
  • Live demonstration
  • Group discussion

4:00 pm PST – Program Concludes



This program will be offered online via Zoom video conferencing.



  • Non-Member Early Bird Ticket (General Admission): $350–early bird sales end on Apr 1, 2021
  • LACEFT Member Early Bird Ticket: $320–early bird sales end on Apr 1, 2021
  • Non-Member Ticket (General Admission): $400
  • LACEFT Member Ticket: $370
  • Student Ticket: $250



Refunds, less a $25 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before April 30, 2021. We will not issue refunds that are requested after April 30, 2021.



LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association (provider #41025550) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

LACEFT is also 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 eleven (11) CE credits for attending the entire program. Partial credits will not be offered.



This workshop is open to clinicians who have completed an EFT externship.



Psychologists, MFT’s, LCSW’s, LPC’s and students and interns in these fields.



Participants will be able to…

  1. Describe relational blocks as a factor in patterns of relational distress.
  2. Identify strategies for working through relational blocks in session.
  3. Explain the role of emotion regulation and emotional generation in confronting blocks in the EFT in-session process.
  4. Apply “on target” EFT interventions to access and engage emotional blocks in session.
  5. Integrate “micro-moves” into the EFT change process.
  6. Identify the role of emotional resilience as a resource to therapist presence.
  7. Identify therapist blocks to working with emotions through an attachment lens.



George Faller, LMFT, is a retired Lieutenant of the NYC Fire Department, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and Connecticut and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is the founder and President of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). As an EFT Trainer, George teaches several classes at the Ackerman Institute for the Family (the oldest family institute in the United States) in NYC, is a board member of the Porter Cason Institute for the Family at Tulane University in New Orleans and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, Ct. Specializing in trauma, Family EFT, and self-of-the-therapist issues, George is committed to bringing EFT to underprivileged populations and pushing the leading edge of effective therapy. George hopes his books True Connection, Sacred Stress and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and his hit podcast Foreplay Radio contribute to the mission of making our world a more emotionally secure place. Also check out his new online training

James Furrow, Ph.D., is an author, researcher, and family therapist. His work has shaped the development of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) including Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook, The EFT Casebook, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. He is co-author of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for Dummies, a practical resource for couples and therapists seeking an everyday understanding of EFT principles and practices. Jim maintains an active research program examining the EFT process and its effectiveness with couples and families. He is an ICEEFT-certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer.

Formerly Jim served as the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California where he trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple and family therapy for over two decades. He is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Educator. Jim served as co-founder and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy before relocating to the Seattle area.


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.



Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (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 Education Chair in consultation with the members of the program committee, the LACEFT Board of Directors.

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 the attention of the board of directors which require intervention and/or action on the part of the program committee or an officer of LACEFT. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken.

1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The program chair will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.

2. If the grievance concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the program chair will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the program chair will:

a. attempt to move the participant to another workshop or

b. provide a credit for a subsequent year’s workshop or

c. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

3. If the grievance concerns LACEFT’s program, in a specific regard, the program chair will attempt to arbitrate.

Please contact Nancy Gardner, Ph.D. 805-496-3475 to submit a complaint, or if you have additional questions.



At the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) we are dedicated to developing secure, resilient individuals and successful trusting relationships between partners and within families across the globe. As such, we stand against all forms of racism and discrimination and stand in support of the Black community. With new eyes, we condemn the abhorrent impact of systemic racism in our world, our societies, and in our own organization.

We are committed to listening, learning and growing, so that we can better embody our values of inclusion, equality and diversity. We can and will do better. As a community, we commit to becoming an anti-racist organization, working in close collaboration with our Diversity and Inclusion Group, as well as with members in our community who have experienced marginalization. Together we will fight racism, both as a principle and as a tangible reality in our training programs, our clinical work and our interactions with communities across different countries and cultures.

Our renewed aim is to share our expertise and knowledge in the service of healing racial trauma, helping people value differences and enabling them to also embrace our common humanity. We will take a more focused and deliberate action to welcome and promote greater openness and compassion in all our endeavors.

With inclusion, equity, and diversity as foundational values, our work will continue to remain grounded in attachment science which asserts that we are all wired for connection and share common needs to be seen, valued and supported by others.

With so much to learn we will remain curious and committed to our aspirations to become an equitable organization where everyone can thrive—until we get it right. Working together we will get there.


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