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Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

November 7, 2016 - November 10, 2016

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The Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (LACEFT) is proud to present this outstanding training opportunity with Dr. Susan Johnson. The EFT Externship is an intermediate level event that is recommended to all professionals who counsel couples, including psychiatrists, psychologists, MFT’s, family physicians, social workers, psychiatric nurses, counsellors, pastors and clergy, and students training in these professions.

Instructor Credentials

susan-johnsonDr. Susan Johnson is a world renowned EFT developer and trainer, author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, and popular presenter and speaker. She is a leading innovator in the field of EFT and is the primary developer of EFT for couples, which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. LACEFT is honored to have her joining us in Los Angeles for this training experience. To learn more about Dr. Johnson, click here.

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Portions of this externship will be taught by Dr. Silvina Irwin. Dr. Irwin is a licensed clinical psychologist 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, click here.

Educational Objectives: 

  • Participants will obtain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused” approach to couples therapy.
  • Participants will be able to conceptualize couple distress and relationship repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.
  • Participants will develop skills in helping partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain relational distress.
  • Participants will develop skills in helping partners shape new interaction patterns and bonding events.
  • Participants will develop skills to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples.

Externships in EFT:

An EFT externship includes observation of live therapy sessions, presentations of theory and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and discussion of specific cases, clinical material and issues. All participants will be required to keep confidential the clinical material presented in this training.


Participants are strongly encouraged to read the 2004 book on EFT – Creating Connections, prior to attending the externship.

Externship Schedule:

November 7th – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 8th – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 9th – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 10th – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

CE Credit:

Participants will earn 28 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 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LACEFT is also an approved provider of continuing education credit by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Costs, Registration, & Cancellation Policy*:

$850 Early-Bird Registration
$880 Early-Bird Registration With CEUs
$925 Late Registration (after October 1st)
$955 Late Registration With CEUs (after October 1st)
*A 30-day cancellation policy applies to this program. Requests made with less than 30-days notice are not eligible for a refund. A $50 administrative fee applies to all cancellations.

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*Refreshments, including coffee and water service, will be provided in the morning and afternoon.
*Lunch can be purchased at nearby locations. Details to come.

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November 7, 2016
November 10, 2016
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