Level 1 Training: Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) with Couples

With Sam Jinich, Ph.D, United States and Giulia Altera, Italy
  • Target Audience:

    Psychologists and Psychiatrists (senior psychology and psychiatry students may attend)

  • Total workload

    30 hours

  • Period

    March 4-7, 2020


  • Alunos CEFI de Pós Graduação (Ativos)

    3 parcelas de R$840,00
  • Demais profissionais

    3 parcelas de R$940,00

Externship is the first official level of training in the Coupled Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) model proposed by Dr. Sue Johnson (Canada), aimed at psychologists and psychiatrists (last year's students of psychology and psychiatry may participate). Couple therapists with other backgrounds should consult the possibility of participating in the email eftbrasil18@gmail.com

It consists of a 4-day training, which presents the theoretical foundations of the model, explains the steps of therapy, presents clinical videos, as well as practical exercises on the skills and techniques of EFT and Role plays. Participants practice basic interventions in small groups, with immediate feedback from other model-trained therapists.

This training takes place in many countries and is recognized by the International Institute for Excellence in EFT ( ICEEFT ), founded by Dr. Sue Johnson. Upon completing the 4 days of training, a certificate from the Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy ( SFCEFT ) from San is provided Francisco, California. The certificate consists of 28 Continuing Education credits and can be used for certification as an EFT therapist with the International Institute for Excellence in EFT (to be sure of the model if you need to complete more requirements. For more information on certification, go to ICEEFT page ).


Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

Dr. Susan Johnson (Canada) was a leading creator of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) in the 1980s, a model based primarily on Attachment Theory, developed by psychiatrist John Bowlby (England). It is a therapy originally created for working with couples, but can also be applied to individual and family therapy. As a therapeutic model, EFT consists of a systemic, humanistic and experiential approach and is considered a brief and directive therapy. It is an evidence-based therapy with over 30 years of rigorous research and research that supports its effectiveness and shows how the improvements achieved over time.

EFT moves away from other couples approaches because instead of trying to solve or learn to negotiate conflict, this model seeks to explore and deepen vulnerable emotions and fears that have not been expressed and that the couple gets stuck in a negative cycle. , to generate corrective emotional experiences and create patterns of interaction that strengthen the bonds of attachment, emotional regulation, generating a direct impact on the emotional health of the couple's members.

General Objectives of EFT Training:

Participants may:

  1. Gain a clear understanding of the basic systemic and experiential concepts of emotion-focused therapy ”with couples.
  2. Conceptualize couple's anguish and relationship repair based on attachment and emotion theory.
  3. Develop therapeutic skills to help couples change emotional responses that lead to relational distress and maintain the repetitive negative cycle of interaction.
  4. Help couples shape a new pattern of interaction and bonding events.
  5. Supervise during roleplay practices and exercises.

In EFT training you will have:

  1. Clearly explained theory and clinical techniques.
  2. Clinical skills training and practical and experiential exercises.
  3. Watching recorded video sessions and a live couple session.


Sam Jinich

Sam Jinich

Sam Jinich, Ph.D is a private practice clinical psychologist in San Francisco, California, USA. He is the first fully bilingual trainer certified by the International Center for Excellence of Emotionally Focused Therapy to teach EFT. Dr. Sue Johnson has assigned him to take the EFT model to Hispanics. She works at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and San Diego State University (SDSU) program and professor at Counseling Psychology at the University of California. Pepperdine University in California. He has extensive teaching experience at several California universities and is chairman of the San Francisco Psychological Association and a representative of the California Psychological Association Board of Directors. He is currently Director of the Emotion-Focused Therapy Institute (SFCEFT) of San Francisco, California.

Giulia Altera

Giulia Altera

Psychologist, President EFT Italia, Community Leader and co-founder of the EFT Italia Community for Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist, Certified International Therapist in Schema Therapy, Master in Criminal Psychology. Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor and Trainee in Training by the International Center for Excellence in Emotion Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Conducts group supervisions in Italy and other countries and mini-courses for EFT Therapist training who want to lead “Hold me Tight®” groups. She also has specialized training in trauma treatment and dissociative disorders with Dr. Kathy Steele (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation), currently working in private practice, mainly with couples therapy, and particularly with couples. of people who have survived trauma, LGBT couples and emotional and relational difficulties.


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