Toronto Online EFT Core Skills Training - 2020/21

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The overall goal of the Core Skills Training is to take the overview knowledge gained in reading EFF literature and in an EFT Externship and turned it into a procedural map for intervention for the therapist. Additionally, Core Skills Training provides EFT immersion in a small group with a minimum of 10 participants (one trainer) and a maximum of 16/17 participants can be accommodated if there is a trainer and a certified EFT supervisor. Training occurs on the following levels:

1. Instruction and review of the EFT model.
2. Demonstration of skills through video recording, role-play and/or live session.
3. Practice of skills through exercises and role-plays.
4. Individual feedback of EFT skills development through case presentation.
5. Discussion of cases as relevant to the context material of each workshop.
6. A deeper look at the macro intervention, the EFT tango, in each stage.

The EFT Core Skills Training consists of 4 2-day modules and is designed to follow the EFT Externship.  In the Core Skills training, participants spend more time learning the EFT stages and interventions. Each module is 2 days - 12 hours and consists of instruction by a certified ICEEFT trainer.  In the first two modules, participants deepen their understanding of Stage #1 of EFT - Deescalation. In the second two modules, participants will learn how to restructure interactions and create bonding moments for their couples creating second order change.  

The Core Skills material is taught with a variety of teaching methods including lecture, interactive discussions, role plays, video demonstrations and live session consultations and follows the learning guidelines set out by the Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).  This is a 48-hour training course and is a further step to becoming a Certified EFT Therapist.  Participants are required to commit to all four modules in order to create a cohesive group that is a safe and secure place to learn and explore, take risks and have fun! 

Each participant is required to bring a small section of video of their work to view for trainer/group supervision.  This requirement is to help clinicians begin to video their sessions and watch their own work, which is a key way of learning EFT.  It is not about showing perfect EFT!  Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

It is our main goal to create a safe and secure place to explore, take risks, be vulnerable and learn!


In her new book, 'Attachment Theory in Practice', Sue Johnson states the EFT tango is the basic intervention that the therapist employs again and again in all stages and forms of EFT (Johnson - 2019).

Participants of the Core skills will spend time learning the 5 moves of the tango, watching it being executed in EFT videos and a live session and practice the intervention in role-plays.

This training is for mental health practitioner interested in learning the EFT model including Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, MFTs, RMFTs, Counsellors, Abuse and Addiction Counsellors.

This training is an intermediate level EFT training. Prerequisite: EFT 28-hour Externship.

Meet your ICEEFT Trainer

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Robin Williams Blake

Robin Williams Blake, is a certified EFT trainer and supervisor. In 2005 he Cofounded what is now the Toronto Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy. As a graduate faculty of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Robin taught the 4-day EFT Externship online in May of this year. In the last few years, Robin has taught EFT at York University, for their 4th year social work program and was an adjunct faculty at the Living Institute of Existential Integrative Psychotherapy for 4 years. In 2016 Robin presented at the 2nd level trauma clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital and just recently taught a two day into to EFT for the Niagara Health Teams. Presently, Robin is training Core Skills in Toronto, Cambridge and Fredericton, NS. and developing EFT in Southwestern Ontario. As a director of the TCEFT, Robin has been instrumental in growing EFT locally.He is a Registered Psychotherapist and has been in private practice in Toronto for 20 years where he sees individuals, couple and families using the EFT model.

Training Schedule



Module One - December 10/11/12, 2020 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM (EST)

Stage One of EFT – Cycle De-escalation | Relationship Stabilization
Steps One – Alliance and Assessment
Step Two –Identifying negative cycle and attachment issues

Skills training:
1. Building a positive alliance
Method: didactic, handouts, video demonstration
2. Assessment
Method: didactic, handouts, video demonstration, live role-play; practice
3. Treatment planning/the EFT map
Method: didactic, handouts, video demonstration, live role-play, practice, presentations
4. Identifying negative cycle
Method: didactic, video demonstration, live role-play, practice
5. EFT interventions
Method: didactic, handouts, video demonstrations

Module Two - February 4/5/6, 2021 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM (EST)


Stage One of EFT– De-escalation | Relationship Stabilization
Step Three–Access underlying attachment emotions
Step Four – Reframe problem as the cycle that takes over them over

Skills training:
1. Elements of Emotion
Method: didactic, video demonstration, small group practice
2. Heightening and RISSSC
Method: didactic, video demonstration, live role-play, practice
3. Enactments
Method: didactic, video demonstration, live role-play, practice
4. Negative Cycle Reflections and Reformulations
Method, didactic, video demonstration, live role-play, practice
5. Assessing for Cycle De-escalation
Method: didactic, video demonstration, practice, group discussion


Module Three - March 25/26/27,, 2021 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM (EST)

Stage Two - Restructuring the bond focusing on Withdrawer Reengagement
Steps Five - Access implicit needs, fears, models of self
Steps Six - Promote acceptance by other – expand dance
Steps Seven - Structure reach and respond – express attachment needs – create bonding interactions

Skills training:
1. Evocative Responses to expand emotion
Method: didactic, video demonstration, practice, role play, transcript
2. Promoting acknowledgment and acceptance
Method: didactic, video demonstration, practice, working with parts of self
3. Choreographing a withdrawer's reach
Method: didactic, video demonstration, live role-play practice, exercises

Module Four - May 6/7/8, 2021 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM (EST)

Stage Two - Restructuring the bond focusing on Pursuer Softening
Steps Five - Access implicit needs, fears, models of self
Steps Six - Promote acceptance by other – expand dance
Steps Seven - Structure reach and respond – express attachment needs – create bonding interactions

Stage III– Consolidation and integration
Steps Eight - Facilitating new solutions
Steps Nine - Consolidate new positions, cycles, stories of secure attachment

Skills training:

1. Understand key elements of blamer softening
Method: didactic, video demonstration, practice
2. Process and distilled blamer's fears and longings
Method: didactic, video demonstration, practice, assisted role-play
3. Consolidation
Method: didactic, handouts, small group exercises, consolidating therapist's goals and progress utilizing the EF T fidelity scale


16 Participant maximum

$470 (CAN) each module
Total cost for Training $1880 (CAN)

Taxes Included where applicable.

$200 Deposit to hold your spot
(which will be applied to your final payment).

$940 Modules 1 and 2 (by Nov. 1st)

$740 Modules 3 and 4
($940 minus deposit by Feb. 1st)

We have spread each module over three days to allow participants to attend to their clients and families and to avoid online screen fatigue.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
10:00 AM to 2:15 PM
(15 minute break included).

Location: ONLINE

For more information contact:
info@tceft.ca

Register today!

Certificates are available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

For more information, questions or concerns please contact:

Robin Willliams Blake or Robin Hellendoorn

ICEEFT Trainer

Robin Williams Blake


Robin met Sue Johnson at a Leading Edge Seminar in 2000 and started his EFT journey. He became a Certified EFT Therapist in 2007 and as an ICEEFT Certified Supervisor in 2010.  In 2006, Robin co-founded the Greater Toronto EFT Community and began bringing ICEEFT trainer Gail Palmer to Toronto to teach the Core Skills training. Robin has taught EFT at York University in their 4th year Social Work Program and was an adjunct faculty member at the Living Institute of Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy where he taught a two-day introduction to EFT, for 4 years.  In 2016, he was invited by Mount Sinai Hospital to speak at their level two trauma clinic on working with couples where one or both partners were dealing with trauma.  Robin is a Registered Psychotherapist and has been in private practice in Toronto for over 18 years. He is an ICEEFT Certified Trainer and is the director of the Toronto Centre for EFT.  Robin is passionate about Emotionally Focused Therapy and has been instrumental in growing this empirically validated model in Toronto since 2005. 

Toronto 2018-2019

Additional Core Skills Training

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Endorsements from Past Core Skills Participants

"Robin is a charismatic and creative trainer/educator. I really connected with his style of teaching".

Cambridge EFT Additional Training Participant

Shelli Wheller

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R

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"Robin is an engaging, intelligent, caring trainer. You will become a more effective Clinician as a result of his teaching. Full marks!"

Toronto EFT Additional Training Participant

Ellis Nicolson

Registered Psychotherapist

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