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Two-Day Master Class with Sue Johnson: “Flying through the Storm to Safe and Sound: EFT with Challenging Couples”

January 11, 2019 - January 12, 2019

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About this Workshop:

Couples therapy has a reputation for being one of the most challenging modalities of psychotherapy, but the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist has a map to the territory of intimate bonding to understand the relational drama that couples get caught up in when things go wrong and what is needed to bring partners back into safe and sound connection.

The most challenging presentations we see in our couples therapy practice will be addressed: escalating chaotic couples, attachment injuries that undermine that creation of trust between partners, shut down avoidant partners, and dealing with co-morbidities such as trauma, or depression or sexual issues.

Dr. Sue Johnson will offer didactic presentations, group discussion, video viewing of actual sessions, and live case consultation. Participants will practice and hone EFT skills and interventions in working with challenging couples in a safe and supportive environment.

CE Information:

Participants will earn 12 CE credits for attending the entire program. Partial credits will not be offered.

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.


  1. Describe challenging cases from an EFT perspective.
  2. Explain how the EFT treatment map impacts interventions and choice points during therapy.
  3. Describe ways to intervene with various stuck or difficult places in couple therapy.
  4. Design ways to match treatment to an assessment of the couple’s emotional state.
  5. Describe interventions used to work with escalated, chaotic couples
  6. Describe interventions used to work with healing attachment injuries
  7. Describe interventions used to access some emotional engagement with very shut down Withdrawers
  8. Describe the impact of co-morbidity systemically within EFT
  9. Describe interventions used when working with co-morbidity in couples therapy

Registration Costs

  • Non-Member Early Bird (Until December 21): $410
  • LACEFT Member Early-Bird (Until December 21): $395
  • Student Early-Bird (Until December 21): $220
  • Non-Member (After December 21, 2018): $425
  • LACEFT Member (After December 21, 2018) $410
  • Student (After December 21, 2018) $235

*All ticket types include continuing education credit.

*We will provide coffee, tea, water, and snacks, but lunch will be on your own.

*All ticket types will include a copy of Sue’s latest book, “Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families“.

Click here to register now.


This program will be hosted at Cal Tech University, Dabney Lounge. Parking information TBD.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds, less a $50 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before December 29, 2018. We will not issue refunds that are requested after December 29, 2018.


DAY 1 (Jan. 11, 2019)

Registration Opens: 8:30 am

Morning Session:  9 am – 12:30 – Didactic

  • 9:30 Intro / Setting the frame for this workshop / Safety for presenters
  • 9:30-10:45 Didactic: Addressing alliance issues and escalating hostility in Stage 1 sessions of EFT with Video example of Sue’s work
  • 10:45 -11:00 BREAK
  • 11:00 – 12:15 Didactic: Working with shut down withdrawal and lack of engagement in therapy with Sue’s video example

12:30 – 1:45 LUNCH

Afternoon Session: 1:30-5:00 pm – Video review Supervision and role play

  • 1:45 – 2:30 Case presentation/supervision #1on escalating hostility/Shut down WD in stage 1
  • 2:30 – 3:15Practice skills/interventions based on presentation
  • 3:15 – 3:30 BREAK
  • 3:30-4:15 Case presentation/Supervision #2on Shut down withdrawal
  • 4:15 – 4:30 Demonstration in role play based on case
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Closing exercise: Impact of the day, additional questions.

DAY 2 (Jan. 12, 2019)

Morning Session:  9 am – 12:15 – Didactic

  • 9:00- 9:15 left over questions from yesterday and setting the frame for today
  • 9:15-10:30 Didactic: Addressing co-morbidities in session – depression, anxiety and trauma and sexuality.
  • 10:30-10:45 BREAK
  • 10:45– 12:15 Didactic: Pinpointing blocks to constructive dependency in all stages of therapy and shaping change events. Resolving attachment injuries such as affairs and shaping trust and reconciliation.

12:15 – 1:30 LUNCH

Afternoon Session: 1:30-5:00 pm – Video review Supervision and role play

  • 1:30 – 2:15 Case presentation #3/Supervisionon co-morbidities in session
  • 2:15 – 3:00Practice skills/interventions based on presentation
  • 3:00 – 3:15 BREAK
  • 3:15-4:00 Case presentation/Supervision #4on stage 2 or attachment injuries
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Demonstration in role play based on case
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Closing exercise: Impact of the day, additional questions.


Presenters will be asked to limit their case presentation to 10 minutes, and their tape to 20 minutes, and 30 minutes to discuss the case and address questions.  To keep the presentation and presenter more focused, presenters are asked to describe the cycle as they see it up to this point, give some very brief family‐of‐origin information, and provide at least three questions for the trainers.  I suggest that they think of as many questions about their work as they can.  During each case presentation, a participant can draw the infinity loop on a white board and fill in information based on the presenter’s description of the cycle.

In responding to presenters, we’ll ask participants in the workshop to think of two or three things they really liked about the work they are observing and write them down on a notecard provided for them.   These notecards are given to presenters to take home with them.

About Sue Johnson:

Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them. This best seller has been adapted and developed into a relationship education and enhancement program.

Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationshipsoutlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 50 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT.

She lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.

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.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds, less a $50 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before December 29, 2018. We will not issue refunds that are requested after December 29, 2018.

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 LACEFTgoes 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.”


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