Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) – Feb. 23, 2018

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD

New Date:  Friday February 23, 2018

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a research-validated, attachment-based approach to working with couples. EFT offers a map for understanding relationship needs and struggles in a coherent framework. This interactive introductory seminar combines didactic presentation, case vignettes, and videotaped excerpts of EFT in action with distressed couples. The presenters provide an overview of the EFT model, present key techniques and interventions, and discuss current research and practice applications.

Time: 1 pm – 5:15 pm (sign in and snacks from 12:30 – 1pm)

CE Units: 4.0

Location: 95 N. Marengo Ave, Suite 100

Cost:  $109 — Early bird price:  $99 if registered by Monday February 12th

Course Level: Beginning to Intermediate.  This course is suitable for all practitioners who are unfamiliar with EFT Couples Therapy or who have had minimal training in the use of EFT Couples Therapy

You must be signed up by February 12th for the early bird rate.  If you have questions, please call Dr. Chris Cooper (Illuminated Education) at 626-744-9472.


Participants in this workshop will be able to:

  • Give a general description of the EFT model
  • Describe at least two key techniques of EFT intervention with couples
  • Summarize at least one current research-based connection between attachment theory and EFT
  • Apply at least two EFTinterventions in working with couples.


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.


1:00 – 1:10 Welcome, Introductions, and Objectives

1:10 – 1:40 EFT, an Attachment-Based Approach

What Is EFT? (quick overview)
Research Validation of EFT
Still Face Experiment – it’s all about attachment
Central Tenets of Adult Attachment Theory and Universal Needs

Brief Exercise #1

1:40 – 2:05 Understanding Emotion

Brief Exercise #2

2:05 – 2:50 Stage 1 of EFT Treatment and Understanding the Couples’ Cycle

3 Stages of EFT Treatment overview
EFT Stage 1: Assessment and Cycle De-escalation
Stage 1 Assessment Questions
Cycle example

Video Illustration, stage 1 excerpt, and Discussion

2:50 – 3:05 BREAK

3:05 – 3:35 Techniques of EFT

Key EFT Techniques
Techniques: RISSSC

Role Play #1

3:35 – 4:35 Stages 2 & 3 of EFT Treatment and Key Change Events

Stage 2 overview
Video segment of Stage 2
Stage 3 overview

Role Play #2

4:35 – 5:15 Additional Considerations

EFT Programs
Next steps in learning EFT
In Conclusion
Q & A

5:15 – Collect evaluation forms and hand out certificates


Conradi HJ, Dingemanse P, Noordhof A, Finkenauer C, Kamphuis JH. (2017) Effectiveness of the ‘Hold me Tight’ Relationship Enhancement Program in a Self-referred and a Clinician-referred Sample: An Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy-Based Approach.
Family Process. Sep 4. doi: 10.1111/famp.12305. [Epub ahead of print]

Wiebe SA, Johnson SM, Lafontaine MF, Burgess Moser M, Dalgleish TL, Tasca GA. (2017) Two-Year Follow-up Outcomes in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: An Investigation of Relationship Satisfaction and Attachment Trajectories. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43(2):227-244. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12206. Epub 2016 Dec 20.

Dalgleish TL, Johnson SM, Burgess Moser M, Wiebe SA, Tasca GA. (2015) Predicting Key Change Events in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41(3):260-75. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12101. Epub 2014 Oct 20.

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:  Cancellation of a registration will result in a refund of the course fee minus a $20 service charge.  For more information or to cancel a registration, please 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.

Accommodations:  The building is wheelchair accessible, as is the room in which the workshop will be held.  Other accommodations are also available.  please 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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