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Core Skills Training in EFT


This training has been cancelled

       Beginning March 2012
            Douglas Tilley, Gail Palmer and Elisabeth Brown


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4 Weekends
    March 2 and 3, 2012  (Friday and Saturday)    with Doug and Elisabeth
    April 13 and 14, 2012  (Friday and Saturday) with Doug and Gail
    July 20 and 21, 2012  (Friday and Saturday)   with Doug and Elisabeth
    September 21 and 22, 2012  (Friday and Saturday)  with Doug and Gail
                  Fridays 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm
                  Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

             Click Here for a  Registration Form (in a Word Document format )


If you have questions about the training, please contact Doug or Elisabeth

Doug - call 410 268-4072 or email

Elisabeth - call - 908 879-7132 or email


$400 per weekend  -  The fee for the first weekend is due upon registration and the fee for each additional weekend is due at (or before) the previous training weekend. 

Limited Enrollment:

The program will be limited to 15 participants.  Priority will be given to participants who commit to all four weekends.  You may request to attend a single or a group of weekends.  In that case, your name will be put on a waiting list and a decision will be made one month prior to the beginning of the first session.

Program Description:

The core skills training consists of 4 weekends designed to focus on each segment of the EFT process as well as the therapeutic tasks and EFT Interventions associated with each phase of treatment. Live demonstration sessions will be scheduled each weekend.  The training takes place in a small group with a combination of didactic and experiential learning. Participants are encouraged to bring their own case material to the weekends for discussion and illustration purposes. Those participants who want credit toward EFT certification for an advanced externship must present their own work through video or audio plus transcript. The Weekends are structured as follows: 

Weekend 1: Steps 1 and 2: Assessment: Alliance Building and Identifying the cycle. Interventions: Empathic reflection, tracking questions, catching the bullet. 

Weekend 2 : Steps 3 and 4: Deescalating the Cycle - Interventions: Evocative Questions, Heightening, Empathic Interpretation. 

Weekend 3 : Steps 5, 6 and 7: Working with Emotion - Interventions: RISSSC, Enactments  - Change Event: Withdrawer Reengagement 

Weekend 4: Change Event: Blamer Softening:  the process of blamer softening, Steps 8 and 9- Consolidation, Impasses in Therapy

Weekend 1 is designed to help you:
1. describe steps 1 and 2 of EFT
2. to demonstrate building an alliance using empathic attunement
3. to describe how to structure the beginning of therapy
4. to assess the appropriateness of EFT for couples presenting for treatment
5. to conduct a relationship and attachment history
6. to demonstrate identifying, tracking and reflecting negative cycles
7. to identify and repair ruptures in the alliance
8. to demonstrate seeding positive attachment frames
9. to describe the intervention “catching the bullet”
10. to demonstrate interventions: reflecting and validation

Weekend 2 is designed to help you:
1. describe Steps 3 and 4 of EFT
2. demonstrate validating secondary emotional
reactions and exploring underlying emotional experience.
3. describe the various cycles of negative interactions
4. to demonstrate tracking and reflecting negative cycles
5. demonstrate evocative reflections and questions,
heightening, empathic conjecture
6. demonstrate skills to help partners engage in emotional
experience in the here and now.
7. demonstrate expanding emotional experience using “RISSSC”
8. explain Stage 1 de-escalation and
differentiate it from Stage II Change Events.
9. to describe how monitor the alliance with the observing
partner and to keep the partner engaged in the process
10. create complex positive attachment frames that imply that the
negative cycle is the enemy

Weekend 3 is designed to help you:
1. identify markers for beginning stage 2 of EFT
2. explain process of Steps 5, 6 and 7 of EFT
3. explain how to help partners engage with
unformulated or disowned attachment emotions – needs
and fears
4. explain how to help a partner express
underlying needs and fears to other thru enactments
5. explain common withdrawer behaviors, experience, emotions, needs, fears
6. demonstrate heightening using RISSSC,
7. demonstrate helping partner express needs and fears using enactments
8. describe the process of withdrawer reengagement
9. demonstrate how to facilitate and promote acceptance
in the “observing” pursuing partner
10. demonstrate withdrawer re-engagement in role play

Weekend 4 is designed to help you:
1. explain steps 5, 6 and 7 of EFT
2. explain and demonstrate how to help partners engage with unformulated or disowned attachment emotions – needs
and fears
3. demonstrate assisting the pursuing partner to express needs and fears to other
4. describe common pursuer behaviors, experience, emotions, needs, fears
5. demonstrate the use of RISSSC in Pursuer Softening
6. demonstrate the use of enactments to choreograph pursuer softening
7. demonstrating how to facilitate and promote acceptance
in the “observing” withdrawing partner
8. describe and explain the process flow of the change events – Pursuer Softening

Program Requirements:

Participants are expected to have taken the 4-day Externship in EFT prior to taking the Core Skills Training in EFT.  It is suggested that participants have read, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (Johnson, 2004) and Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook (Johnson et al., 2005). The publisher for these books is Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group,  Participants in the program will receive handouts developed for this course.    

CE Credits and EFT Certification:

This program includes 12 hours of training in EFT per weekend and 48 hours total. Continuing Education Credits are available for this program.  This Core Skills Training can be applied to fulfilling requirements for becoming a Registered EFT Therapist through the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.


Event Location:
         716 Giddings Avenue, Suite 33, Annapolis, Maryland


From Washington DC: Take 495 to Rt. 50 east toward Annapolis.

From Baltimore: Take 695 to 97 south to Rt. 50 east toward Annapolis.

Then From Rt. 50 east, take exit 24 Rowe Blvd. toward Annapolis. Turn left on Taylor Ave. and then left on Ridgley Avenue and then left on Giddings Avenue.  My office is in the last building on the left - 716 Giddings Avenue, Suite 33. 


Hotels in Annapolis include:  the Double Tree Hotel, The Sheraton, The Hampton Inn and Suites, Lowes Hotel.  Other Annapolis hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns can be found by visiting the websites in the Local Information section below.  When lodging is scarce in Annapolis there are several hotels in Bowie, Maryland, an easy 15 minute drive, where you will find a Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn and others.

Local Information about Annapolis

Visit beautiful historic Annapolis while attending a great learning experience.  For information on Annapolis hotels, restaurants and services:

Travel Information:

Traffic permitting, Annapolis is 4 hours from New York, 2 hours from Philadelphia, and 2 hours from Richmond.  Annapolis is within an hour's drive from most parts of Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland. 

Annapolis is within 25 minutes of Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) and 50 minutes of Washington Reagan International Airport. 

There is also a train depot at  BWI Airport with service to New York and other destinations with taxi and limo service to Annapolis.