Training in EFT for Individuals (EFIT)

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) is a ground-breaking therapeutic model that facilitates emotional processing and the creation of secure relationships with self and others. EFIT offers a structured approach to help individuals address various challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship problems. EFIT’s unique approach empowers mental health professionals to help their clients transform restrictive emotional patterns, foster internal coherence, and build deep resilience.

About EFT for Individuals (EFIT)

Training events in EFIT are designed to provide an overview of the theory and practice of EFIT, as well as providing experiential interventions working with individual clients.

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.

Information about EFT for Individuals (EFIT) Training

ICEEFT-endorsed EFIT training courses:

  • Essentials of EFIT training includes 24hrs (4 days) of introductory training in EFIT that is endorsed by the International Centre for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT).
  • EFIT Mastering Skills and Overcoming Challenges course includes 10hrs of advanced training in EFIT that is endorsed by ICEEFT.
  • Completing 6hrs of additional training in EFIT via approved videos or workshops forms the final training requirement for eligibility for Certification as an EFIT Therapist with ICEEFT.
  • For all EFIT training events, handouts and a certificate of completion are provided as well as reduced-rate membership to ICEEFT.
  • For those who become ICEEFT members, their details will be listed in the ICEEFT therapist directory, and they can choose to list their practitioner details on the BCEFT Find an EFT Therapist directory.

EFIT therapist training pathway

1. Essentials of EFIT

This four-day training (24hrs) outlines the theory and practice of EFIT focusing on the primacy of emotion and the creation of a safe haven and secure base alliance. It will explain how EFIT conceptualises health and dysfunction from an attachment perspective and will help therapists to identify cycles of emotion regulation “within” and cycles of interpersonal relating “between” that block growth and adaptation. Therapeutic change in EFIT is experiential and revises working models of self and other. This training will introduce therapists to a systematic sequence of interventions, the EFT Tango, as well as micro-interventions, that help the therapist to stay with present processes in each and every session and to shape key change events. Didactic presentations will be accompanied by the viewing of EFIT sessions and experiential exercises.

Participants will be able to:

  • Adopt an attachment-based, humanistic perspective on clients, problems and interventions
  • Set out clients’ within and between cycles and how they create each other and link to presenting problems that manifest as emotional disorders
  • Discover and distill core emotional experiences and promote emotional balance
  • Outline the EFIT process of change, the therapist micro-skills, and the elements of the EFT Tango that shape corrective emotional experience in EFIT
  • Integrate corrective emotional experiences into models of self and other
  • Outline the applicability of EFIT for different clients with different symptomatology such as how to work effectively with trauma
  • Validate the client’s sense of competence and worth in every session

2. EFIT Mastering Skills

This two-day training (10hrs) will build on and elaborate on Essentials of EFIT training and is the second requirement for ICEEFT certification as an EFIT therapist.

The EFIT Mastering Skills course will look more deeply at concepts such as how to use engaged encounters to create emotional epiphanies. These objectives will be addressed in more depth and with more practice and discussion than in the Essentials of EFIT training and with more reference to specific kinds of clients and situations that participants find challenging. Participants are encouraged to pinpoint brief examples of places they become confused or stuck in the practice of EFIT, and/or specifically in the EFT Tango, to bring into the training.

Participants will be able to:

  • Implement the 5 moves of the EFT Tango and using the EFT micro-interventions
  • Shape corrective emotional experiences by choreographing dramas that expand the self and create open engagement with others
  • Work with tricky process moments to create therapeutic change

Prerequisite:

Proof of completion of Essentials of EFIT training with an ICEEFT Certified EFT Trainer must be provided in order for a participant to be eligible to enroll in an EFIT Mastering Skills course.

3. EFIT additional training

Completing 6hrs of additional training in EFIT via approved videos or workshops forms the final training requirement for eligibility for Certification as an EFIT Therapist with ICEEFT. These focus on areas of special interest such as, working with shame, trauma or grief and loss and can be done at any stage after completing Essentials of EFIT.

Creating Core Change in EFIT with Sue Johnson & Leanne Campbell (4 hours 50 minutes)

EFIT: Working with Anxiety & Depression with Sue Johnson (3hrs 20mins)

EFIT Masterclass with Sue Johnson & Leanne Campbell (11hrs)

Transforming Trauma with EFIT by Sue Johnson & Leanne Campbell (6hrs)

EFIT for Attachment Trauma with Sue Johnson & Leanne Campbell (3hrs)

Dr Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy with Sue Johnson (6hrs)

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Frequently Asked Questions about EFIT

Can I train in EFIT?

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 EFIT training?

To get the most from your EFIT 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 EFIT training, we recommend also reading A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) (Johnson and Campbell, 2021).

I've done some training in EFIT, where do I start?

Previously, ICEEFT offered EFIT Level 1 and 2 training events, which were each 2-days (12hrs) long each. These two courses are now combined into the new Essentials of EFIT course (4-days). If you have completed only EFIT Level 1, but not EFIT Level 2, you are able to enroll in the Essentials of EFIT course, for the final two days only. These final two days are equivalent to EFIT Level 2 for those who have already completed EFIT Level 1. If you have done some training in EFIT such as an introductory EFIT workshop, but not EFIT Level 1, you will need to complete the Essentials of EFIT course in its entirety.

Feedback from Clare's EFIT training participants

I had the most memorable training with Clare. She is an amazing EFT-certified  trainer who is very knowledgeable and willing to share her knowledge about EFT. Also, she held this safe space during an EFCT training I had with her that honors a very fruitful cross-cultural discussion between participants from different regions of the world in sharing how EFCT makes sense in their respective places. Many participants from that training resonated strongly with how culturally inclusive the training was for us. It was my first experience of having a trainer who so deeply values and honors each person’s culture.  Dr Clare is such an important figure who helped so much through this journey of learning EFT, even in my PhD.  She was also kind enough to offer a discounted rate for students like me, making training more affordable and more accessible. Thank you so much, Clare!

Jun Wei

Malaysia

Thank you, I really appreciate the learning. The part that stands out for me is Clare’s generosity and her willingness to share whatever she has to offer in an attempt to help us all become better therapists. Whether this be her expert knowledge/skills or resources she has personally made. It feels like nothing is held back. Whatever she has, she will give. I hope to work more like this myself. I am quite impacted by this element of the training. She answers all questions with care and a willingness to try to help all participants. I felt very safe, included and comfortable to share.

Jack

NSW

I found your EFIT training fabulous- so clear and illuminating in a training space that I have found at times to be confusing. As an already experienced therapist in this area, I was impressed with how you brought us alongside you with transparency and grace, expanding on what was known whilst not leaving behind those newer to this therapy. I used what I learnt from this training immediately with clients, and continue to return to the notes again and again since. 

Rana

Queensland