The target audience for this workshop is Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists and students in these fields.  A Four Day EFT Externship is a pre-requisite for taking Core Skills

The EFT Core Skills Training focuses on the development and refinement of the core skills of the EFT approach.  It is the second step in EFT training, designed to follow a four-day externship. This six to nine months training experience involves four 2 day sessions scheduled three months apart. Each session is designed for a small group of participants (8 – 16) to explore and refine the primary skills used in the EFT model. Each session will include practical instruction, experiential exercises, video examples, and case consultation. Those who complete the four-session Core Skills Training will be credited with 48 hours of EFT consultation and will satisfy the Advanced Externship requirement for Certification as an EFT Therapist. 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 on EFT skills development through case presentations.

       5.  Discussion of cases as relevent to the content material of the workshop.

*This is an ICEEFT-approved prerequisite course for certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

The training consists of four two-day workshops, and each day will contain instruction on group supervision of EFT work according to the guidelines set by the Centre for Excellence in EFT (in Ottawa).  Each weekend provides twelve hours of training.  There will be an opportunity for participants to get feedback on videos of their own work with clients. Bringing your own video to view is necessary to meet the Advanced Externship requirement of certification.  

Attendance meets the ICEEFT course requirement when applying for Certified EFT Therapist designation. 

The only outstanding requirement for certification after attending Core Skills training is 8 hours of individual supervision, and submission of examples of the applicants work.  The application process is described on

Final decision regarding readiness for certification is determined by ICEEFT in Ottawa.



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Pam Solem-Weser is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Scottsdale, AZ.  She is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor with a passion for helping couples and for training therapists in the EFT model.  She founded the AZ Center for EFT and serves on the board with other local Arizona leaders - see for more info.  Pam has been described as a warm, supportive, attuned supervisor and trainer.  She does supervision with therapists in person and on-line.  For more information on Pam, please see



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Kathryn de Bruin is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor. She has a full time private practice in San Diego, CA where she works with children and families. Kathryn teaches at the University of California San Diego and at Bethel University. With a heart for her homeland South Africa, Kathryn She travels back frequently to provide trainings. As a AAMFT supervisor, Kathryn enjoys providing supervision in person and online. Supervisees have described her as warm, perceptive and skilled. With her strong work ethic, it is important to Kathryn to be accessible and responsive to those who work with her. For more information on Kathryn, visit her online at


Learning Objectives for Core Skills

Module 1

  • Apply EFT practices in the assessment of negative interaction patterns.

  • Apply EFT practices in the assessment of partner's attachment histories.

  • Apply EFT practices in the assessment of contraindications for couple therapy.

  • Demonstrate EFT interventions used to process secondary emotional responses.

  • Demonstrate EFT interventions used to access and process primary emotional responses.

  • Demonstrate EFT interventions used to tracking and processing couple conflict

Module 2

  • Apply EFT practices used to process a couple's negative patterns using attachment themes.

  • Demonstrate EFT interventions used to track negative emotional responses in context of repetitive interactional patterns.

  • Demonstrate EFT interventions used to expand primary emotional responses.

  • Demonstrate EFT interventions used to reframe negative emotional responses in the context of repetitive patterns of interaction.

  • Assess the markers for de-escalation in the process of EFT therapy


Module 3

  • Describe the difference between stage 1 and stage 2 EFT work in terms of the depth of emotional experiencing

  • Describe EFT methods for working with attachment affect in step 5 of EFT

  • Apply EFT methods for working with attachment affect in role-play

  • Apply EFT methods to promote acceptance by the partner after Step 5 for the withdrawn partner

  • Demonstrate a clear step 5 and 6 in an enactment process in stage 2 withdrawer reengagement

  • Demonstrate an understanding of difficulties in addressing strong emotions

  • Demonstrate competent self assessment in reviewing practice tapes. 

Module 4

  • Identify the blamer softening event

  • Describe when to move into the blamer softening event

  • Identify and process the fears of reaching

  • Identify the shift from view to self and view of other

  • Utilize appropriate interventions to process fears of reaching and encourage the reach


Participation Requirements

Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training. Certification in EFT is offered by ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification. Enrollment in this training constitutes an agreement to hold harmless all presenters and trainers from any and all claims, actions, and judgements, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against the same.


Cost and Registration

This course is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees.  Attendance is based on a first-come basis.  Both registration and payment must be completed to be enrolled.  The cost is $450 per module (payment due 1 week prior to the weekend of the module). Lodging and food not included. A minimum of 8 participants is required for the training to proceed.

Payment may be made online or by mail.  Please scroll down on this page to make a payment.  Payment must be made before the first day of each module.

NOTE: Completing the registration and first payment commits the applicant to attend all four sessions of the training and reserves space for the whole course.


CE Credits

Participants may earn 48 hours of CE credits for attending the entire program.  Credit will also be granted for each module.  The certificate of completion toward certification as an EFT therapist through ICEEFT is only available if you complete all modules of this course.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds, less a $25 Administration Fee, will be issued for requests made on or before one week before the program is scheduled


Prerequisites, Qualifications, & Agreements

Participants must:

1. Have completed an ICEEFT-approved externship in EFT.

2. Be licensed therapists or license-eligible psychotherapy interns or otherwise legally allowed to practice as mental health professionals.

3. Be using EFT with at least one couple who is willing to be videotaped for case consultation.

Completing the registration and first payment enrolls the applicant in the full course series and reserves the space for attendance in all sessions of the training and is a declaration of intent to complete the course. This is important because space in the course is limited.

We have found over the years that Core Skills works best when all participants attend all sessions. However we know sometimes exceptions need to be made. We will do our best to work with you regarding special and unforeseen circumstances.

Certification is offered by ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification. 


MODULE 1:  AUGUST 24-25, 2018 Led by Pam Solem-Weser

MODULE 2:  NOVEMBER 16-17, 2018 Led by Kathryn De Bruin

MODULE 3:  JANUARY 18-19, 2019  Led by Pam Solem-Weser

MODULE 4:  MARCH 8-9, 2019  Led by Kathryn De Bruin

If registration numbers are high, both Trainers will be present at all modules.  If the group is smaller, one Trainer will be present at each module.  There will be experienced EFT therapists who will be helping with role-plays at all modules.  

TIME:  Day 1 - 11:00am - registration and networking;  workshop - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

            Day 2 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Light snacks and coffee will be served both days.

LOCATION:  Fuller Seminary   1110 E. Missouri Ave.   Phoenix, AZ 85014


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Purchase & Register

Please add desired Modules to your cart and complete the registration upon checkout.  Participants are expected to take all 4 modules. 

This Core Skills series has reached full capacity.  If you have not registered previously or have not received permission to register, please contact Pam Solem-Weser at  We will be scheduling more soon.  Thank you!

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