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Trauma, EFT for Couples, & the Therapist: Rebuilding Shattered Attachment Together

April 21, 2017 - April 22, 2017

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Emotionally Focused Therapy has demystified the complex web that couples therapists historically got entangled in. However, the impact of trauma on a relationship often intensely complicates the therapeutic process, and can leave even experienced EFT therapists feeling overwhelmed, helpless, lost, and/or burned out. Safe human connection is necessary for healing shattered attachments, yet trauma at its very essence compromises the ability to trust human connection that is necessary for healing. Emotionally Focused Therapy effectively addresses the factors at play in both the heart of traumatic distress and the process of healing. This two-day, advanced workshop will help participants tailor the EFT model to specifically work with traumatized couples and also explore and address the significant impact of working with trauma on the self of the therapist.

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OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Understand trauma from a relational/attachment lens
  • Conceptualize healing within a relational perspective (attachment–based model)
  • Place trauma-related emotional distress and associated behavioral strategies within a systemic framework
  • Learn how to implement EFT interventions to effectively target relational processes that are shaped by trauma
  • Experientially explore the impact of working with trauma on the therapist
  • Discover ways to work through therapist blocks and barriers in the treatment of trauma
  • Understand the risk factors of working with trauma on the therapist
  • Learn strategies to monitor and address symptoms of VT/Secondary Traumatic Stress and burn out


Silvina Irwin, PhD, Certified EFT Trainer & Supervisor

Silvina Irwin, Ph.D. (PSY#19710) is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, CA. and co-founder of the EFT Resource Center. She is an ICEEFT Certified Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Dr. Irwin 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. Dr. Irwin works with teens, adults, families and couples. In addition to providing clinical services, Dr. Irwin conducts trainings and workshops for professionals in the community, including the police department, Office of the District Attorney, psychotherapists and psychology trainees at various centers, and medical staff at local hospitals to name a few.

Dr. Irwin trained at Harvard Medical School, and at the University of San Francisco, California Medical School. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She was trained and mentored by Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Michael Barnett, LPC, EFT Trainer and Supervisor

Michael is the founder and director of the Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). He is an ICEEFT certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer offering Marriage and Couple’s therapy trainings and workshops throughout North America. Michael has been practicing psychotherapy since 1986, and is currently a partner at Pine River Psychotherapy Associates in Atlanta Georgia, a practice that has been visionary in its promotion and dissemination of highly effective experiential therapy since the mid-1970s. In addition to his psychotherapeutic work, he has consulted with dozens of organizations for executive training development and team building. Michael specializes in working with couples on the addictive continuum and offers specialized trainings for therapists in addiction and couples therapy. In addition, Michael co-created a research study of EFT with addicted populations, that is slated for completion in 2017.


Participants may earn up to 12 CE credits for attending the entire two-day program.

LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT is also an approved provider of continuing education by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, and LPC’s.

LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Location: American Jewish University, Conference Center, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077
Date: Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 4:15 pm Each Day
*Registration begins promptly at 8:15 am. (The cut off time for attendees looking to obtain CE credit is 9:15 am.)


Early Bird Registration on or before March 31, 2017:

LACEFT Member ticket – $365
Non-LACEFT Member ticket – $400
After March 31, 2017:

LACEFT Member ticket – $395
Non-LACEFT Member ticket – $430

Student rate (verification required): $295

*Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and am/pm snacks. Because AJU is a kosher campus, please do not bring food onto the campus. Vegetarian choices will be available.

*12 continuing education credits are included for all tickets except student.

*Cancelation Administrative Fee: All but $50 will be refunded if requests are made on or before April 13, 2017. We will not issue refunds that are requested after April 13.


American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, 90077 United States
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