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Four Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Armstrongs' Counselling Services 10027 166 Street Northwest Edmonton, AB, T5P 4Y1 Canada (map)

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples is the fastest growing evidenced-based approach to treating couple distress in the world. Developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, the EFT Model is based on the Science of Emotions, Attachment Theory, Humanistic Psychology and Family Systems Theory. EFT helps couples move from distress in their relationship to a safer, more loving and fulfilling relationship. “In my 40 plus years of doing marital therapy, I have never been able to help highly conflicted couples move from disconnection to a deep, loving bond so effectively as when I learned EFT.” (Murray Armstrong)

General Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  1. Identify the 3 stages and 9 steps of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  2. See marital distress from an attachment perspective

  3. Help couples recognize and de-escalate problematic patterns of interaction

  4. Help couples access the underlying attachment fears and needs that drive these negative patterns

  5. Help couples create new emotional responses to old patterns

  6. Shape key, new interactions and bonding events that result in permanent changes

  7. Help couples repair attachment injuries

  8. Overcome therapeutic impasses.

Who Can Attend This Externship?

EFT Externships and Advanced Core Skills trainings are designed for mental health professionals and trainees. Participants are required to note their professional affiliation on registration. To be clear, you must have a Master’s or PhD in an accredited Counselling Program. If you are not clear if you qualify, please contact Murray Armstrong at

The Externship Leader

Jim Thomas, LMFT ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer

Jim Thomas, LMFT
ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer

Jim Thomas, EFT Trainer, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 28 years of clinical, supervisor and training experience. He has worked in a variety of settings such as residential treatment, day treatment and in-home therapy and with a wide array of presenting problems including trauma, addiction and shame. In these settings, Jim learned important tools and lessons about working with families facing the ravages of addiction. He brings a unique attachment lens to intervention and recovery work. Jim has shared these ideas across the United States, in Europe and Canada. Director of the Colorado Center for EFT, Jim also maintains an activeprivate practice. Jim notes that, “Couples therapy so often is in that overlap of adverse childhood experiences, traumas, isolation, injuries to a couples bond, emotional pain and shame. E.F.T. excels in these areas, offering a chance for people to come back to connection with the mostimportant person in their life.”

Cost & Registration

The cost for this four day workshop is $875.
The Early Bird rate is $825 if you register before September 20, 2019.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing 14 or more days prior to this training event a full refund minus a $50.00 administration fee will be issued. Cancellation within 14 days of the event will not be refunded unless a substitute participant is found.

Substitutions: A colleague may attend in your place, at no extra cost; however, notification to the event organizer/coordinator ( must be provided prior to the event in order to correct our records and minimize confusion at registration.

In the event this training is cancelled due to low registration, a full refund will be issued.

For More Information

See the full brochure or contact Sherry Antonucci.