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EFT International School

EFT International School is the leaading provider of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in the UK, in conjunction with ICEEFT (International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) and independently. EFT sees emotional closeness, safety and intimacy at the core of a loving and meaningful relationship.

Developed by Dr. Sue Johnson in the 80s, EFT has been acknowledged as one of the most thoroughly researched, clearly delineated, and empirically validated approaches in the field of couple therapy.

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The 5th EFT International Summer School, FROM SHATTERED ATTACHMENT TO RECOVERY AND GROWTH, EFT-Newcomers Cohort

This exceptional Conference, the 5th EFT International Summer School, gathers the best names in the field of Emotionally Focused Therapy approach, attending both to the needs of therapists new to the model (EFT-Newcomers Cohort) and EFT psychotherapists wishing to enrich their practice by learning more and at a deeper level about various clinical topics (EFT-Trained Cohort).

Open to all practicing clinicians working with couples and individuals, psychotherapists, psychologists, ​social workers, counsellors, including those in training, UK and International.

EFT-Newcomers Cohort

Two-day Presentation: "EFT in Action. Road Map to Emotional Healing: An outline of the Theory and Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples".

Learn Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and individuals and get a comprehensive step-by-step Manual of therapeutic interventions.

In this excellent introduction to the theory and practice of EFT by Gulya Diyarova, MSc Tavistock, UKCP, Acc. COSRT, ICEEFT Cert. EFT therapist and supervisor, participants will get a clear sense of what the EFT model is and its well researched effectiveness as a therapeutic approach. Gulya will walk participants through the model’s stages and steps, showing how to focus on the attachment significance of a couple’s struggle and distress, to stay gently and steadily with partners’ vulnerable emotions and fears, and lead them into connectedness and a secure bond with each other.

Participants will engage in experiential exercises, skills and interventions practice, and discussion of clinical examples and video demonstrations of couple sessions.

  • Do your clients question if their partners are there for them?
  • Do they wonder about their partner’s accessibility?
  • Do they question the responsiveness of their partner when they need them?

This attachment-based, experiential, humanistic and systemic model offers a comprehensive theory of adult love, as well as a structured therapeutic “road map” to conflict reduction and the healing of damaged attachment bonds with the aim of creating safe emotional connection between partners.

The model recognises that relationship distress results from an actual, or perceived threat to the basic adult need for safety, security and closeness in intimate relationships. Couples in conflict tend to lose themselves in reactive emotions or withdraw into non-responsiveness and shutting down. Both behaviours become part of a negative cycle that leaves the partners hurt, alone and disconnected.

Using the power of emotion as a target and agent of change, EFT focuses on helping partners re-structure the emotional responses that maintain habitual negative interactional patterns. Once vulnerable emotions are owned and shared by each partner, trust and meaningful connection can be re-established in a safe way through the corrective emotional experience that occurs during the session.

A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists, with research studies finding that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery, and around 90% show significant improvement.

This Introductory training will include an exploration of:

  • The key concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • The language of emotions – core primary emotions and attachment needs
  • Understanding of Internal Working Models, Attachment Styles
  • Most common Negative Cycles of relationship distress
  • Stages and steps of the EFT model including the key change events in the process of therapy
  • EFT interventions on the basis of clinical material including video clips of live therapy sessions
  • How to work with the couple’s vulnerable emotions by tracking their underlying interactional pattern and helping them to flexibly manage their emotional experience

Participants of EFT-Newcomers cohort can proceed to EFT-Trained Cohort at Preferential rates if taken in conjunction with Newcomers Cohort (on understanding that some material may be at a more advanced level).

Dr Sue Johnson, founder of EFT model, will give a talk on the Future of Psychotherapy on the 2nd July (live webinar with Q&As from participants).

A copy of the very 1st edition of Sue Johnson innovative book "Attachment Theory in Practice. EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families" for every participant!


Conferences

Conference

The 5th EFT International Summer School, FROM SHATTERED ATTACHMENT TO RECOVERY AND GROWTH, EFT-Trained Cohort

This exceptional Conference, the 5th EFT International Summer School, gathers the best names in the field of Emotionally Focused Therapy approach, attending both to the needs of therapists new to the model (EFT-Newcomers Cohort) and EFT psychotherapists wishing to enrich their practice by learning more and at a deeper level about various clinical topics (EFT-Trained Cohort).

Dr Sue Johnson, founder of EFT model, will give a talk on the Future of Psychotherapy on the 2nd July (live webinar with Q&As from participants).

A copy of the very 1st edition of Sue Johnson innovative book "Attachment Theory in Practice. EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families" for every participant!

Open to all practicing clinicians working with couples and individuals, psychotherapists, psychologists, ​social workers, counsellors, including those in training, UK and International.

EFT-Trained Cohort Presentations:

*** Fighting for Connection. EFT and Intimate Partner Violence *** with Leiven Migerode, EFT Trainer and supervisor and Jef Slootmaeckers, EFT supervisor, Belgium.

*** The Future of Psychotherapy. Attachment Science in Action.*** with Dr Due Johnson, Founder of EFT model, professor and researcher (live webinar with Q&As from participants).

*** Fostering secure Attachment: Working with Addictions in EFT *** with Michael Barnett, MA, Ed.S, LPC, EFT Trainer, USA.

Each training day will include Didactic presentations, experiential exercises, role plays, skills and intervention demonstrations by the trainers, video clips of real couple sessions with live commentaries from trainers and interactive group learning.

'Get to Know You and Me!' - Thursday the 2nd or Friday the 3rd July Much-loved networking evening of Conversation, Connection and Fun!

Selection of Testimonials from the participants of the past EFT International Schools 2016-2019

"Tons of knowledge from Presenters, felt sense of the material, not just in the head, but in the Heart!" | "Very empowering to see Lorrie working, in her videos, Live session and with an escalated couple" | "What a gift of great learning to see Jim and Lorrie, Therapists from Heaven, working with an escalated Couple from Hell!" | "Superb presenters... Excellent choice of topics, valuable insights..." | "Very stimulating, diverse, engaging, inspiring, challenging, want more..." "Gulya's succinct overview - touching on attachment theory, the EFT model, Stages and steps, through the interventions which feels like I want, and dare, to use in the very next session..." "Gulya, How did you manage to deliver all this valuable and vulnerable material in a package that was so understandable and useful from the start? ...And seem so 'effortless' and natural when you do it!" | "Thank you for organising it. Very, Very worth the time and expense, Highly informative" | "Could not be higher!!! Very stimulating and diverse. Looking forward to the next year event already!" | "Great mix of topics & each of them left me wanting to learn more. Lovely to connect with other EFTers from all over the world!" | "Absolutely excellent! So very practically helpful. (used it in a session with a couple that evening!) Super-useful!" | "An ambitious venture - well planned, well executed and well staged. Congratulations!!!"

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