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Healing Broken Bonds: Emotionally Focused Therapy and Restoring Relationship Betrayals

January 24, 2020 - January 25, 2020

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Couples dealing with major trust betrayals is often the most frequent presenting concern in couple therapy. Although a common reason given for divorce, many couples seek treatment to heal their relationship following an affair rather than pursue its end. This training reviews practices and resources that help couples work through the injury of a betrayal and its collateral impact using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. This advanced Master Class involves a full-day of didactic training including examples of couples working through these injuries. The training also provides opportunity for focused case reviews addressing specific questions and treatment issues focused on repairing relationship betrayals commonplace in everyday clinical practice. Demonstration and discussion of EFT practice based upon clinical cases brought by workshop participants. Our format provides opportunity for moment-to-moment discussions of the EFT process in betrayal repair, as well as experiential exercises that integrate EFT theory and practice.


  • Conceptualize issues of deception as a type of “attachment injury” where a fundamental breach of trust inhibits partner’s ability to resolve an attachment injury.
  • Provide practical direction in treating relational betrayals as attachment injuries.
  • Explore the relationship of attachment security and recovery from these betrayals through original research.
  • Review steps in an empirical supported approach to attachment injury resolution with a particular focus on recovery from relational betrayal.
  • Examine key moments in the process of resolving attachment injuries through video and case demonstration examples by the EFT Trainers.


This workshop provides a practical review of the assessment and treatment of these injuries using the EFT Attachment Injury Resolution Model (AIRM). The workshop will include video and case demonstrations illustrating key moments in the process of Attachment Injury Resolution, and therapist practices necessary for restoring healing and safety to a couple’s relationship after an affair.

By attending, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact of relationship betrayal on a couple relationship.
  2. Identify the impact of relationship betrayal on the process of couple therapy
  3. Critique partner betrayals and related distress using attachment theory.
  4. Identify factors associated with resilience in face of relationship loss, trauma, and adjustment.
  5. Describe the process and characteristics of recovery from a relationship betrayal.
  6. Conceptualize the treatment of attachment injuries within the EFT process of change.
  7. Review process for disclosure of a relationship betrayal.
  8. Apply EFT interventions that foster stabilization in the context of heightened distress common following disclosure of relationship betrayals.
  9. Practice EFT interventions used in accessing and processing emotional blocks associated with relationship betrayals.
  10. Recommend partner’s access and sharing of pain, loss, and remorse associated related to an attachment injury.
  11. Practice EFT interventions and practices that enable couples to renew trust and re-engage new patterns of security following a relationship injury.


Participants may earn 14 CE credits (included in price) for attending the entire program. Certificates will be handed to you at the end of our program. Partial credits will not be offered.

This course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association (provider #41025550) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT is also an approved provider of continuing education by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #131253) for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCs.

LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


January 24 – 25, 2020
8:30 am – Registration begins
9:00 am – Training begins
12:00 pm – Lunch break
1:00 pm – Training resumes
5:00 pm – End
*This schedule applies to both days.


A continental breakfast and light refreshments will be provided in the morning. Lunch will be on your own and we will email to you a list of nearby lunch options.


Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Psy,D., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, California. She is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor and a Founder and Director of the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (TRIEFT) at Alliant International University. In addition, she is the director of Alliant EFT Couple and Family Clinic. Lisa completed her dissertation research on how to supervise, train and teach Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to clinicians. Her primary clinical and research interest is couple and family therapy; specifically with those couples and families dealing with trauma and attachment related struggles. She is an AAMFT clinical member and Approved AAMFT supervisor.She is also known for her “Dig Ins,” a quality training experience for advanced EFT Clinicians. For more information on Dr. Palmer-Olsen, visit her website. With a love for Colorado and commitment to strong EFT Professional Communities, Lisa has been a core part of the Colorado EFT Community for over six years.

James Furrow, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples and families. Together with EFT originator, Dr. Susan Johnson, Jim co-authored Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook and The EFT Casebook, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience. His presentations are well regarded nationally and internationally for their substantive, practical, and inspiring focus. Jim maintains an active research program studying the process of EFT and its outcome with couples and families. His research appears in Applied Developmental Science, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Psychology and Spirituality. Formerly Jim served as the Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology where he trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple 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 Education. He is a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer.



  • LACEFT Member Early Bird Pricing: $290 (available through 12/20/2019)
  • Non-Member Early Bird Pricing: $320 (available through 12/20/2019)
  • LACEFT Member Regular Ticket: $350
  • Non-Member Regular Ticket: $380
  • Student Regular Ticket: $215

Cancellation Policy: Refunds, less a $50 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before December 20, 2019. We will not issue refunds that are requested after December 20, 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.”


January 24, 2020
January 25, 2020
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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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