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This EFT Externship information page has been created to provide you with answers to your questions about the upcoming training as well as to share 20 EFT articles for you to download. You will have access to this page from May 15th to June 15th, 2019.

Meet your ICEEFT Trainers

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Sue Johnson

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Gail Palmer

Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002). Sue trains counsellors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 35 international institutes and affiliated centres who practice EFT.
Over the past 30 years, Gail has worked closely with Dr. Sue Johnson, lead developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy and is one of the Founding Members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and co-director of the International Centre if Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Gail is a certified supervisor and trainer in EFT and EFFT and has conducted workshops and externships across Canada the U.S and Europe, and Australia. Gail has developed the use of EFFT with families and is co- author of Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist. Most recently, Gail has coauthored the first text in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. . Gail has her Masters in Social Work, is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. Most recently, Gail received a lifetime achievement award form the Ontario Association of Socail Work.
Read more at www.ocfi.ca

Meet your Facilitators

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Robin Hellendoorn

ICEEFT Certified Supervisor and Therapist

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Robin Williams Blake

ICEEFT Certified Trainer and Supervisor

Directors of the Toronto Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy

As a participant of this year's Externship, you will recieve a copy of

Sue Johnson's new clinical text at registration on May 29th at 8:30 am.

Attachment Theory in Practice:

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

with Individuals, Couples, and Families

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Drawing on cutting-edge research on adult attachment--and providing an innovative roadmap for clinical practice--Susan M. Johnson argues that psychotherapy is most effective when it focuses on the healing power of emotional connection. The primary developer of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) for couples, Johnson now extends her attachment-based approach to individuals and families. The volume shows how EFT aligns perfectly with attachment theory as it provides proven techniques for treating anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Each modality (individual, couple, and family therapy) is covered in paired chapters that respectively introduce key concepts and present an in-depth case example. Special features include instructive end-of-chapter exercises and reflection questions.

Toronto's Four Day EFT Externship will be recorded.

ICEEFT will be recording the entire 4 day training to be made into a training tape. This externship is the first externship that will include an Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individual (EFIT) component.

Four Day EFT Externship Schedule


Day One

9 - 10:30 AM - Sue Johnson

*EFT and Psychotherapy

*Attachment Theory in Practice

10:30 to 10:45 AM - Mid morning break

10:45 to 12:15 AM- Sue Johnson

*Nature of Couple's Distress

*EFT Overview

12:30 to 145 - Lunch

1: 45 to 3:15 - Sue Johnson

*The Role of Emotion

*Empathy - The The Therapist's Stance

*EFT Skills - The EFT Tango

3:15 to 3:30 - Afternoon Break

3:30 to 5 - Sue Johnson

*Video Demo



Day Two

9 - 10:30 AM - Sue's Exercise

*EFT Skills

10:30 to 10:45 AM - Mid morning break

10:45 to 12:15 pm - Robin Williams Blake


*Video Demo

12:15 to 1:30 - Lunch

1:45 to 4 PM - Robin Williams Blake

*Couple Presentation

*Live Session - Robin Williams Blake

*Couple Feedback

4 to 4:15 - Afternoon Break

4:15 to 5 PM - Sue and Robin

*Live Session Debrief


Day Four

9 - 10:30 AM - Sue Johnson

*Emotionally Focused Therapy For Individuals

*EFIT Video

10:30 to 10:45 AM - Mid morning break

10:45 to 12:15 AM Robin Williams Blake

*EFT Stage Three - Consolidation

12:30 to 145 - Lunch

1:45 to 3:15

*EFT and Trauma

*EFT and Attachment Injuries

3:15 to 3:30 - Afternoon Break

3:30 to 5

*Becoming an EFT Therapist

*Certificates and closing remarks


Day Three

9 - 10:30 AM - Sue Johnson

*EFT Stage Two

*Working with Emotions

10:30 to 10:45 AM - Mid morning break

10:45 to 12:15 pm - Sue Johnson


*Video Demos

12:15 to 1:30 - Lunch

1:45 to 4 PM - Sue Johnson

*Couple Presentation

*Live Session - Sue Johnson

*Couple Feedback

4 to 4:15 - Afternoon Break

4:15 to 5 PM - Sue Johnson

*Live Session Debrief

Where are you going and how will you get there?

The Facility

Toronto's Central YMCA

20 Grosvenor Street is a few blocks south of Wellesley & Yonge Subway or a few blocks north of Carlton & Yonge Subway. Its between Bay & Yonge but closer to Yonge Street.

Click Button below to view Google Maps

Click on the button below to to find out how to get to the event by TTC.

Find places to park if you are driving to the training by clicking on the link below.

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Refreshments - What is provided?

Tea and coffee and some light snacks will be provided at the mid morning (10:30 am) and mid afternoon (3:15 pm)breaks. Please make sure you bring whatever snacks you need if you have dietary restrictions. Filtered water will be available throughout the day.

There are so many places to eat along Yonge Street. Click on the link below to see what is available.

Places to stay?


Do you have a copy of The Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy?

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The Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy - Creating Connections is the first text that is recommended for you to read if you are interested in learning the Emotionally Focused Therapy model. It is recommended reading for the externship and can be purchase in Toronto at Cavernsham's Booksellers on Harbord Ave.

Our popular book signing event is back.

On Thursday May 30th from5:15 to 6:16 pm there will be a book signing with Sue Johnson. Caversham Booksellers will be on site for you to purchase EFT books, training DVDs, Hold Me Tight Educational programs and more.
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The Toronto EFT Community appriciates Caversham Booksellers for their continued support at EFT trainings.

Become a Member of ICEEFT

during the Externship and receive an on site registration discount.

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Benefits of membership
  • Periodic quarterly electronic printable newsletters
  • Discounts for conference (Summit) registration (15%)
  • Discounts for purchase of training DVDs (15%)
  • Opportunities for volunteer involvement on Committees or other ICEEFT initiatives and/or to submit questions, EFT tips or items for publication in the Newsletter.
  • Be part of the EFT Listserv (not available to Associate Members)
  • Listing on the website Directory (Must be licensed as therapists or counselors by a governing body. Not available to Student and/or Associate Members)

First year regular membership fee $65 (a savings of $31.05 for onsite registration only)
First year Student membership fee $50.00 (a savings of $23.45 for onsite registration only)
Lifetime membership $825.00 (a savings of $100 for onsite registration only)
All subsequent years, full membership fee will apply on Regular memberships.
This is an International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy approved training.
Facilitated by the Toronto Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy.
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