Learning Objectives

1. Describe the nature of emotional distress from an attachment perspective

2. Explain basic attachment theory and how it informs the EFT model

3. Distinguish the systemic and experiential elements of EFT

4. Identify change factors involved in a couple moving from distress to recovery

5. Classify the nine steps and three stages of EFT

6. Identify the emotional responses that maintain the relational distress in each partner

7. Formulate the negative cycle emphasizing attachment needs

8. Differentiate necessary assessment skills in EFT

9. Practice the basic empathy skills and EFT interventions that are central to the therapeutic process in EFT, including RISSSC

10. Describe and show how to create a therapeutic alliance using empathic

attunement, validation, acceptance, and authenticity

11. Practice the basic EFT interventions for working with emotion

12. Explain and show how to facilitate new experience between partners by use of enactments

13. Apply the EFT Tango to track and reframe reactive emotion

14. Define and describe the three change events in EFT (de-escalation, withdrawer re-engagement, and pursuer softening)

15. Demonstrate the skills of accessing, exploring and deepening

emotion and facilitating acceptance

16. Discuss the steps for withdrawer re-engagement

17. Detect and transform therapeutic impasses

18. Demonstrate an ability to shape key bonding events that redefine the

relationship as secure

19. Discuss the steps for pursuer softening

20. Identify partner blocks and demonstrate successful enactments that show attuned partner response

21. Formulate attachment injuries from an attachment theory perspective

22. Cite the steps toward resolving attachment injuries, creating forgiveness

23. Formulate affairs from the perspective of attachment theory

24. Express an understanding of the repair of attachment injuries, fostering healing within and between each partner

25. Summarize the application of EFT to individuals (EFIT) and families (EFFT)

26. Integrate the positive cycle of interaction

27. Review next steps for continued study and professional development as an

EFT therapist

28. Summarize an EFT approach to managing comorbidities such as depression and sexual dysfunction

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