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4-Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy

August 16, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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With ICEEFT Certified Trainers, Nancy Gardner, Ph.D. and Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.

The Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is the basic four-day training in EFT and a pre-requisite for all other trainings. It includes an overview of all aspects of the model including steps and stages, interventions, adult attachment theory, and application of EFT with couples. The Externship material is taught with a variety of teaching methods including lecture, interactive discussions, role plays, video demonstrations. The course includes observation of live, unscripted therapy sessions with real couples, presentations of attachment theory and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and discussion of specific cases of clinical material.

What Is EFT?

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) is based a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. It recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic adult needs for safety, security, and closeness in intimate relationships. This experiential/systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. Through a series of nine steps, the therapist leads the couple away from conflict deadlock into new bonding interactions. A substantial body of research now exists on the effectiveness of EFT, showing large treatment effect sizes and stable results over time with many different kinds of couples.

For more information about Emotionally Focused Therapy, please go to

Who Should Attend?

The Externship is intended for mental health professionals who counsel couples including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, clergy, and students training in these professions.

By attending, participants will:

  • Obtain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused” approach to couples therapy.
  • Develop skills in helping partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain relational distress.
  • Develop skills in helping partners shape new interaction patterns and bonding events.
  • Develop skills to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples.
  • Delineate the steps and stages of the model, interventions most commonly used, and methods to use with couples’ underlying interactional patterns.

About Our Presenters

Nancy Gardner, Ph.D., is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Los Angeles Center for EFT (LACEFT) and an ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy. 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. She is a AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and a Past President of the Los Angeles Psychological Association (LACPA). Dr. Gardner is a licensed psychologist with a clinical practice in Westlake Village, CA. To learn more about Dr. Gardner, go to

Portions of this externship will be taught by Silvina Irwin, Ph.D. Dr. Irwin is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Pasadena, CA, and co-founder of the EFT Resource Center. Dr. Irwin is an ICEEFT Certified Supervisor, Therapist and Trainer. She specializes in working with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, focusing on healing and recovery at the individual level, as well as addressing the impact that traumatic experiences have on intimate relationships in her work with couples. To learn more about Dr. Silvina Irwin, got to

*This is an ICEEFT-approved prerequisite course for certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

This training is sponsored by the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (LACEFT). LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT is also approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s,and LPC’s. LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

28 hours of continuing education credits can be earned by attending this program in its entirety.

Recommended Reading

Johnson, S.M.(2004) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection, 2nd edition. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Johnson, S.M., Bradley, B., Furrow, J., Lee, A., Palmer, G., Tilley, D., Woolley, S. (2005) Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

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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:
  3. attempt to move the participant to another workshop or
  4. provide a credit for a subsequent year’s workshop or
  5. 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.

  1. 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.

Stance on Diversity
We aim to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel
safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. In all facets of our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world – a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully – where people can embrace their most basic universal human attachment needs without fear of persecution or marginalization as a result of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, class, mental health, physical character or disability. These values are inherent in the attachment science and humanistic approach to intervention that all our work is based on. Specifically, humanistic approaches such as EFT are collaborative and
respectful. We create a safe place for people and treat them as persons not
problems or types. Our approach is non-pathologizing in practice. Our values are inclusive and egalitarian while viewing human connection as sacred – something to be honoured and cultivated. Our scientific and theoretical base outlines key universals, emotion and attachment, while respecting individual difference


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