2024/25 EFT Basic Core Skills Training in Cambridge, ON - Online

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Emotionally Focused Therapy Basic Core Skills Training Cambridge, ON - Online!

This streamlined EFCT Core Skills training is tailored for clinicians seeking a condensed version of the core skills advanced training, prioritizing practical content over experiential elements. Designed for mental health practitioners who prefer a shorter approach, the program features lectures, dyadic presentations, tape demonstrations, and structured exercises. Dispensing with case presentations and role-plays, this refined course is ideal for those aiming for a methodical learning of the EFCT model. Purchase can advance more swiftly to individual supervision with a local certified EFT supervisor for further development of the EFCT skills, as the curriculum contains a singular focus on applying the EFCT model with working with couples. The 'Basic Core Skills' is also designed for those require a training with less group time commitment.

The overall goal of the Core Skills Training is to take the overview knowledge gained in reading EFT literature and in an EFT Externship and turned it into a procedural map for intervention for the therapist. Additionally, the Basic Core Skills Training provides EFCT immersion in a small group with a minimum 16 and a maximum 20 participants (with 2 ICEEFT trainers). Training occurs on the following levels:

1. Instruction and review of the EFT model.
2. Demonstration of skills through video recording,
3. A deeper look at the macro intervention, the EFT tango, in each stage.

The EFT Core Skills Training consists of 2 2-day 12 - hour modules (training)

In the Core Skills training, participants spend more time learning the EFCT stages and interventions.

Each of the training modules is 2-day - 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.  At the fifth module, participants come together and present a small 15 minute video or audio of their work (couple or family) with an EFT Certified Supervisor and is a necessary module for EFT certification.

The Core Skills material is taught with a variety of teaching methods including lecture, interactive discussions, video demonstrations and follows the learning guidelines set out by the Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).  This is a 24-hour training course and is a further step to becoming a Certified EFT Therapist.  Participants are required to commit to all 24 hours in order to create a cohesive group that is a safe and secure place to learn and explore, take risks and have fun! 

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.

This training is for mental health practitioner interested in learning the EFCT 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 Externship.

Meet your ICEEFT Trainers

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Gail Palmer

Gail Palmer, RMFT, MSW is one of the founding members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Co-director of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Gail holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. Over the past 30 years, Gail has worked closely with Dr. Sue Johnson, creator of Emotion Focused Therapy, and is an experienced supervisor and trainer in EFT. She currently offers workshops, externships, and core skills trainings to mental health professionals in a variety of different settings across the world. Gail chairs the ICEEFT Educational Committee and is responsible for mentoring and training EFT trainers internationally. Gail is an adjunct faculty member of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and a seasonal lecturer at Oxford University, Oxford, England.

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Robin Williams Blake

Robin is a registered psychotherapist and a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy trainer and supervisor. Presently he is a faculty member in the graduate program for Sir Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches EFT Externships and Core Skills as well as serves as a guest speaker in their continued education program. In the past few years Robin has taught EFT at York University in their graduate social work program as well as been invited by Mount Sinai Hospital to present in their level two trauma clinic. Robin is a former adjunct faculty member of the Living Institute of Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy with he taught an introduction to EFT for 4 years. Robin trains EFT in Fredericton, Cambridge, York region, and Toronto and is pleased to add Edmonton to his list of Canadian cities this fall. He is the co-founder of the Toronto Centre for EFT and has been a director since 2005. Robin has been in private practice in Toronto for 20 years where he sees individuals, couples and families with adult children using the EFT model as well providing EFT consultation to psychotherapists working towards EFT certification.

Training Schedule

Module One - Thursday/Friday December 12/13, 2024
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM (EST)

Stage One of EFT – Cycle De-escalation | Relationship Stabilization
EFT Tango in Stage 1
Alliance and Assessment and Identifying negative cycle and attachment issues

Skills training:
1. Building a positive alliance
2. Assessment
3. Treatment planning/the EFT map
4. Identifying negative cycle
7. Negative Cycle Reflections and Reformulations
8. Assessing for Cycle De-escalation

5. EFT interventions - Heightening and RISSSC, Elements of Emotion and EFT tango.

Method: didactic, video demonstration, practice, group discussion and handouts

Module Two - Thursday/Friday January 16/17, 2025
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM (EST)

Stage Two
Implementing the Tango to restructuring the bond.
* Access implicit needs, fears, models of self
* Promote acceptance by other – expand dance
* Structure reach and respond – express attachment needs – create bonding interactions

Skills training:
1. Evocative Responses to expand emotion
2. Processing partner's attachment fears and longings
3. Promoting acknowledgment and acceptance
4. Choreographing a partner's reach

Stage 3 - Implementing the tango in Consolidation

Method: didactic, video demonstration, structured exercises and handouts

    16-17 Participant maximum
    This is a small group experience

    Total cost for Training $1250 (CAN)

    Payment Breakdown

    $625 for each module

    Taxes Included where applicable

    Payment Schedule:

    $350 deposit to hold your spot

    Deposit includes $175 X 2 prepayment for each module and is non refundable

    Followed by $900.00
    on October 15th

    Workshops begin on Thursday December 12, 2024
    9 AM to 3:45 PM (EST)
    (included - 1/2 hour lunch and two small breaks)

    Location: ONLINE

    Please fill out the registration form and make a deposit payment to hold your spot!


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

    For more information, questions or concerns please contact:

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