Learning Objectives

Day 1: Introduction to Couple Distress, Attachment Theory, Process of EFT

  • Describe the nature and causes of emotional distress from an attachment perspective

  • Describe basic attachment theory and how it informs the EFT model

  • Describe the systemic and experiential elements of EFT

  • Identify and understand change factors involved in a couple moving from distress to recovery

Day 2: Assessment, Alliance, Stage 1

  • Describe and demonstrate assessment skills in EFT

  • Identify and describe the nine steps and three stages of EFT

  • Describe and demonstrate the basic empathy skills that are central to the therapeutic process in EFT

  • Describe and show how to create a therapeutic alliance using empathic attunement, validation, acceptance, and genuineness

  • Recognize the emotional responses that maintain the relational distress in each partner

  • Recognize and illustrate how to frame the negative cycle emphasizing attachment needs

Day 3: EFT Interventions, Stage 1

  • Define and demonstrate use of the basic EFT interventions for working with emotion

  • Define and demonstrate the use of RISSSC to heighten emotional experience

  • Explain and show how to facilitate interaction between partners by using enactments

  • Recognize and transform therapeutic impasses

  • Demonstrate the skills needed to reframe reactive emotion to more core unacknowledged emotion

Day 4: EFT Interventions and Change Events, Stage 2/Withdrawers

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

  • Describe and demonstrate the skills of accessing, exploring and deepening emotion and facilitating acceptance

  • Define the steps for withdrawer re-engagement

  • Recognize and transform therapeutic impasses

  • Demonstrate an ability to shape key bonding events that redefine the relationship as secure

Day 5: Stage 2/Pursuers/Attachment Injuries/ Becoming an EFT Therapist

  • Define and explain attachment injuries from an attachment theory perspective

  • Define and explain the steps toward resolving attachment injuries, creating forgiveness

  • Explain affairs from the perspective of attachment theory

  • Illustrate an understanding of the repair of attachment injuries, fostering healing within and between each partner

  • Describe an EFT approach to managing comorbidities such as depression and sexual dysfunction

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