EFT Resource Center Role Play and Practice Nights – Oct – Nov, 2017

Facilitators:  Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD

October 3, 2017
November 14, 2017
November 28, 2017

Register for one, two, or all

Time:  5:30pm – 7:45pm

CE Units:   2.0 per night

Location: 95 N Marengo Ave, Suite 100, Pasadena, CA  91101

Cost:  $75/night — (save 10% if you register for more than one night.)

Course Level:  Intermediate to Advanced.  This series is open to any mental health professional who has completed the EFT externship.


Clicking on this button will take you to the EFT Resource Center web page for registration.


Night 1 (10/3/17):  Primary Emotion

Participants will be able to

1. Identify and describe at least two examples of moments in session with clients to make their primary emotion explicit.

2. Describe at least one EFT intervention to expand and heighten primary emotion

3. Explain how to place Primary Emotion in attachment frame.

Night 2 (11/14/17):  Catching the Bullet

Participants will be able to

1. Define what is meant in EFT therapy by “catching the bullet” when a structured enactment does not go according to plan.

2. Describe the step-by-step moves on how to “catch bullets” in session to correct course to get back on the EFT map.

3. Explain 3 common mistakes therapists make when they try to “catch a bullet.”

4. Demonstrate the skill set of catching a bullet in a role-play practice session with colleagues.

Night 3 (11/28/17):  Working with Withdrawers in EFT Couples Therapy

Participants will be able to

1. Briefly describe the experience of the internal world of Withdrawers

2. Identify at least two interventions to access primary emotion in withdrawn partners in EFT couples therapy

3. Describe and demonstrate at least two interventions in EFT Couples therapy to elicit the emotional experience of the Withdrawer.


Note:  the structure and schedule of each night will be the same.  The content focus will differ as suggested by the different objectives for each night.

5:30 – 5:45 Welcome and introductions

5:45 – 6:15 Didactic and Role Play

Explain thin/thick role play

Didactic: How to work with primary emotion (night #1)
What do we mean by “catching a bullet” and how do we work with that concept? (night #2)
Working with withdrawers (night #3)

Role play demo

6:15 – 6:25 Explanation of tonight’s role-play

Transition to small groups

6:25 – 7:25 Small group role-plays (aim for 3 12-minute role-plays with ~ 8 minute discussion)

(facilitators will circulate among groups to observe and coach role-plays)

7:25 – 7:40 Large group debriefing

What is one thing you are taking with you from tonight to implement in your practice tomorrow?

7:40 – 7:45 Wrap up and announcements


Lisa Blum, Psy.D. (PSY#19790) is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in promoting healthy couple and family relationships.  Dr. Blum is an ICEEFT-Certified Therapist and Supervisor Candidate in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), one of the few research-validated therapies for helping couples and families strengthen relationships and build stronger connections.  Dr. Blum is in private practice in Pasadena and West Hollywood, where her work includes individual, couples, and family therapy, and supervision, training, and public speaking on family, marital, and parenting issues. Dr. Blum has worked as a mental health professional since 1987, and has worked extensively with parents and children, teachers and staff both in clinical practice and in community settings, and she consults to public and private schools and organizations to develop programs that support families.

Dr. Blum’s previous experience includes: Supervising Psychologist at the Institute for Girls’ Development in Pasadena; Supervising Psychologist for Children’s Hospital¬-Los Angeles; Staff Researcher at the UCLA Center for Adolescent Health Promotion; and Director of Education for the HiTOPS Teen Health Center in Princeton, NJ, where she designed educational programs for teens, parents, and teachers on healthy adolescent development. Dr. Blum holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology with honors from Cornell University.

Silvina Irwin, Ph.D. (PSY#19710) is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, CA. and co-founder of the EFT Resource Center.   She is an ICEEFT Certified Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy.  Dr. Irwin specializes in working with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, focusing on healing and recovery at the individual level, as well as addressing the impact that traumatic experiences have on intimate relationships in her work with couples.   Dr. Irwin works with teens, adults, families and couples. In addition to providing clinical services, Dr. Irwin conducts trainings and workshops for professionals in the community, including the police department, Office of the District Attorney, psychotherapists and psychology trainees at various centers, and medical staff at local hospitals to name a few.

Dr. Irwin trained at Harvard Medical School, and at the University of San Francisco, California Medical School. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She was trained and mentored by Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Payment:  Please go to the EFT Resource center website for more information, or click on the Registration button above

Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Illuminated Education maintains the responsibility for this program and its content.

California masters-level therapists licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences should note that the BBS accepts APA approval for continuing education activities.

If you are a psychologist or other mental health practitioner licensed outside of California, please check with your licensing board to make sure that APA sponsor approval is sufficient for CE credit in your state or province.

For assistance in assessing whether you can obtain credit for this course, please contact Illuminated Education (Dr. Chris Cooper, 626-744-9472, cdcooperphd@earthlink.net).

Cancellation Policy and Refunds:  We can refund your full registration fee, minus a $10 administrative fee, if you cancel within 48 hours of the event. For cancellations of less than 48 hours, no refund is available, but you can credit the full amount toward a future EFTRC workshop.

For information about refunds and accommodations, please see the EFT Resource Center website (www.eftresourcecemter.com) or contact Dr. Chris Cooper (Illuminated Education) by phone (626-744-9472), FAX (626-585-0440, or email (cdcooperphd@earthlink.net). If emailing, please reference this program in the subject line.


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