EFT training overview

The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) has a well-planned process for therapists to follow should they choose to train in EFT. With ICEEFT-endorsed trainers in over 30 countries, EFT training is popular the world-over. Therapists can train in EFT for couples (EFCT), EFT for individuals (EFIT) and EFT for families (EFFT).

Take your practice to another level!

Whether you assist individuals, families, couples or relationships of many configurations, EFT is a powerful model for increasing psychological balance within the individual and for building attachment security between those who are important to each other.
Here are 6 ways EFT Training can elevate your practice.

  1. Evidence-based

    With a research base spanning over 30 years showing that EFT delivers, EFT is an evidence-based model, shown to improve relationship security and individual wellbeing.

  2. Deeply respectful

    EFT is an experiential, humanistic model that is deeply respectful of all humans and their unique circumstances.

  3. Attachment science

    EFT is based on attachment science, drawing from its rich model of human bonding and knowing the benefits of secure attachment for psychological wellbeing.

  4. Prioritise emotion

    EFT prioritises emotion as a rich source of meaning, giving direction to a person’s life.

  5. Enabling connections

    EFT is all about helping people to connect more fully with themselves and with those who matter most to them.

  6. Process-based

    EFT is a process-based model with therapist interventions and clear markers of client change.

EFT therapist training pathways

Therapists can train in EFT for couples (EFCT), EFT for individuals (EFIT) and EFT for families (EFFT). Click on each training modality below to learn more.

  • Like thousands of therapists around the world, come and discover the power of the EFT model in creating secure attachment in loving bonds. Viewing romantic love through the attachment lens, you will experience how EFCT creates moments of change and growth at the relational and individual level.

    This experiential, attachment-based model prioritises emotions and shapes corrective emotional experiences that restructure the attachment bond. Witnessing change happen before your eyes is truly inspirational.

    View EFCT Training
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) is a groundbreaking therapeutic model that facilitates emotional processing and the creation of secure relationships with self and others.

    Focusing on the primacy of emotion and the creation of a safe haven and secure base alliance, EFIT conceptualises health and dysfunction from an attachment perspective, identifying cycles of emotion regulation “within” and cycles of interpersonal relating “between.” Therapeutic change is experiential and revises working models of self and other.

    View EFIT Training
  • EFT for families (EFFT) is a transformative approach that is foundational in helping parents and children who are struggling with remaining securely attached. EFFT guides families to resolve relationship blocks and promotes the development of secure familial bonds.

    EFFT concentrates on specific practices for working through negative familial patterns by accessing and deepening emotional experience to promote corrective emotional experiences in family relationships.

    View EFFT Training

Preparing for EFT Training & Scholarships

Can I train in EFT?

In order to undertake training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, individuals, or families, you must be a mental health practitioner such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, counsellor, social worker, or psychotherapist. You must have membership to an appropriate professional body (e.g. AHPRA, PACFA, ACA, AASW, RANZCP). School counsellors are permitted to attend if they belong to a professional body that has standards of practice for psychotherapy/counselling. Life coaches are not permitted to attend unless they also belong to one of the mental health professional categories listed above.

You can complete EFT training if you are currently studying for a mental health qualification (e.g. undergraduate or postgraduate student) and student discounts are available. For more information on eligibility for EFT training from ICEEFT click here.

How do I prepare for my EFT training?

To get the most from your EFT training, we recommend completing some pre-reading. Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals, Couples and Families (Johnson, 2019) and Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook (Furrow et al, 2022) are excellent foundational texts for all EFT modalities (EFCT, EFIT and EFFT).

  • If you are attending an Externship in EFCT, we recommend reading the latest edition of The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (Johnson, 2019). 
  • If you are attending EFIT training, we recommend reading A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) (Johnson and Campbell, 2021).
  • If you are attending EFFT training, we recommend reading Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience (Furrow et al, 2019).

Can I count my EFT training as professional development?

APS, PACFA and ACA members can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills learning plans and goals. These may be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS, PACFA or the ACA. Please retain your receipt of registration and your certificate of completion to prove attendance for your professional body.

What is the payment & cancellation policy for BCEFT training events?

  1. Payment is to be made in full at the time of registration to reserve your place in the chosen training event.
  2. Registrations are open until 7 days prior to the event or until the event reaches capacity.
  3. Discounted rate registrations where invoiced separately, must be paid in full to reserve your place in the chosen training event.
  4. Cancellation requests must be received in written form to: training@bceft.com.au
  5. For cancellations, the following applies:
    (a) more than 30 days prior to start date, the registration fee is refunded, minus $100 cancellation fee;
    (b) inside 30 days but more than 7 days before the event, 50% of the registration fee is refunded;
    (c) within 7 days, there is NO refund.
  6. In the case of medical or family emergency, registration may be transferred or refunded (in consultation with the training coordinator).
  7. Registration transfer: Registrations are transferable in full to another person on notification.
  8. Missed portions of training: Where a delegate can only attend for part of a event training due to a medical or family emergency, it may be possible to complete the missed days at a future BCEFT training event within the next 6 months at the discretion of the trainer.
  9. Course cancellation: In the event that a course is cancelled due to low registration or illness of the trainer, refunds will be issued in full.

Do you offer student discounts?

Yes, we offer 20% off the full registration rate (not including early bird discount) for full time students enrolled in a path of study in a mental health field. Registrants applying for the student rate must provide proof of enrollment in a course of study in a mental health field such as psychology, counselling, social work, psychiatry etc. Limited student places are available at each training event.

Do you offer scholarships?

EFT trainer Clare Rosoman is dedicated to making EFT accessible for all therapists and for all human relationships. She is committed to embracing diversity in the EFT community and expanding the reach of EFT into under-served or marginalised groups, especially in Australia. In line with this commitment, Clare offers several reduced-rate and scholarship options to make training in EFT accessible for therapists who might encounter barriers in accessing EFT training and for those providing EFT to under-served groups.

  1. 100% Diversity & Equity Scholarships: Clare offers one no-fee place per core training event (Externship in EFCT, Core Skills in EFCT, Essentials of EFIT and EFIT Mastering Skills) for therapists who have a lived-experience of marginalisation and who have found the cost or other factors to be a barrier to accessing EFT training. Applications are welcomed from therapists who meet this criteria and priority will be given to those who work with clients from marginalised groups in Australia.
  2. 50% Mentoring Scholarships: Clare also offers 1-2 places per core training (Externship in EFCT, Core Skills in EFCT, Essentials of EFIT, and EFIT Mastering Skills) as a partial scholarship for those who are passionate about bringing EFT to under-served or marginalised groups in the Australian EFT community. These scholarship places include a 50% fee-reduction on the registration fee for the training event. Clare sees this as her way of supporting and mentoring therapists who are keen to expand the reach of EFT into under-served groups and communities in Australia.
  3. Students & those in financial hardship: students enrolled in a course of study in the field of mental health such as psychology, counselling, social work etc. can apply for a student discount upon proof of enrolment. Those in financial hardship can also apply for a fee reduction but these applications are taken on a case-by-case basis and depend on numbers of scholarships/mentoring places already being given at each training event.

Scholarship terms and conditions:

  • A small number of scholarship places are allocated per calendar year.
  • Our diversity and equity scholarships and mentoring scholarships are only offered for the following courses: Externship in EFCT, Basic Core Skills in EFCT, Essentials of EFIT, and EFIT Mastering Skills.
  • All scholarship places are valid for the current calendar year and cover attendance at the named event at the applicable rate according to the level of scholarship awarded (i.e. Diversity and equity scholarship = 100% of the fee covered; Mentoring scholarship = 50% of the full fee covered).
  • Scholarships are not transferable to another participant or across calendar years.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Please fill out this form to apply for a scholarship.