Four Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy – September 2016

September 29 – October 2, 2016
Thursday – Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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 and their movement from disconnection to a deep, loving bond so effectively as when I learned EFT.”

Murray Armstrong

Emotionally Focused Therapy offers:

  1. A Method Validated by Empirical Research: You can have confidence in a method that has over 30 years of scientific research attesting to its high success rate. Over 90% of couples improve their level of satisfaction in the relationship after completing EFT.  Between 70 to 73% of couples recover on standard measures of marital distress and the relapse rate is very low.
  2. An Attachment Framework: EFT is based on a comprehensive and well-researched theory of adult love that helps you to formulate the couple’s presenting issues through an attachment lens to get to the ‘heart’ of the matter and to work with a clear target in sight: – a secure emotional bond.
  3. A Comprehensive Roadmap to Heal Distressed Relationships: EFT is a healing process that produces lasting results in nine steps, divided into three stages.  The stages are:
    1. Stage 1: Cycle De-escalation focuses on helping couples unhook from negative patterns of conflict and distancing, ease tension, and diffuse power struggles. The frequency and intensity of conflict decline markedly, creating safety for the Second Stage of therapy.
    2. Stage 2: Restructuring Interactional Positions and Patterns focuses on creating deeper emotional intimacy by structuring new interactions that shape attachment security.  During Stage 2 partners engage with their attachment emotions and needs in a manner that creates closeness and enhances responsiveness to each other.  The new ways of interacting are integrated in Stage 3.
    3. Stage 3: Consolidation where partners resolve long-standing issues in their relationship, create a clear narrative of moving from distress to security and prepare to end therapy.
  4. Grounded Therapeutic Methods that Work with even the Most Challenging Couples: The empirically validated interventions and change events of EFT enable you to overcome hurdles known to impede the effectiveness of other therapies. For instance, research finds EFT to be highly effective with couples who present with poor prognostic indicators such as couples ready to separate or partners lacking awareness of their feelings.
  5. Effective Interventions for Breaking Through Relationship and Therapeutic Impasses: Intervention techniques are specifically designed to break through highly stuck relationship impasses (e.g. both partners have given up trying to be heard) or attachment injuries (e.g. affairs).

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.

Overview of Externship

Day 1

  • The Field of Couple Therapy: The Place of EFT
  • Theory of Relationships – Adult Attachment Theory – A Map for Change
  • Basics of the EFT Model – Experiential & Systemic
  • Theory of Change -Working with Emotion
  • Overview of the process of change – Stages and Steps

Day 2

  • Stage 1: Assessment, Alliance, Identifying the Cycle, Steps 1 & 2
  • Steps 3 & 4
  • Discussion & Role- Plays
  • Live or Video Session

Day 3

  • Overview of EFT Interventions
  • Change Events – Stage 2
  • Live or Video Session

Day 4

  • Live or Video Session
  • Therapeutic Impasses
  • Attachment injuries and Forgiveness Process
  • Becoming an EFT Therapist

Participants will learn through:

  1. Presentations of theory and clinical skills
  2. Practice exercises
  3. Video recordings of EFT with couples
  4. Observation of live interviews
  5. Presentation of case examples and clinical issues.

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.

What Training Follows the Externship?

The Externship is a prerequisite for Advanced Core Skills Training which is a 48 hour small group Training offered over 4, 2-Day workshops. The Externship and Advanced Core Skills are prerequisites for EFT Therapist Certification.

Preparation for the Externship:

Before coming to the Externship, participants are strongly encouraged to read The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy:  Creating connections (2004), Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, and/or Love Sense all by Dr. Sue Johnson.

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The Externship Leader:

Dr. T. Leanne Campbell
Registered Psychologist (#1320)
Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer

Dr. T. Leanne Campbell Registered Psychologist (#1320) Certified EFT Supervisor and TrainerLeanne Campbell is co-founder and director of the Vancouver Island Centre for EFT, and Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group in Nanaimo, B.C.  From 1994-2004, Leanne worked as a Professor of Psychology at Vancouver Island University, and remains an affiliate with that institution.

She was trained by Dr. Sue Johnson in the early 1990s, and was involved as a therapist in the early EFT studies aimed at establishing what is now the well-known efficacy of EFT.  In her more than 20 years of practicing EFT, Leanne has been well-regarded for her ability to quickly develop strong therapeutic alliances with clients, and to use that secure base to explore, discover, and share their deeper emotional experiences in ways that shift them from distressing cycles of interaction to new levels of closeness and understanding.

In addition to focusing on EFT therapy within her own clinical practice, Leanne offers training and clinical supervision in EFT to mental health professionals both locally and abroad, and has been involved in the development of a variety of training materials, including DVDs.  In addition to training on Vancouver Island and other parts of Western Canada, Leanne has collaborated with a number of EFT trainers in Canada and the United States, most recently conducting training at the Ackerman Institute in New York City in October 2013, in Calgary, Alberta in November 2013, and in Slovenia, Europe in March 2014.

Assisting the Leader:

Murray Armstrong  MSW, RSW is a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor-in-Training.


This Externship is the first step toward certification as an EFT Therapist.  Once you register, you will get a letter explaining the next step toward certification which is Core Skills Training.


  • $825

Please send your cheque or email transfer to:Murray Armstrong.  You are not officially registered till your fee is fully paid.

Cancellations received in writing 14 days prior to event: full refund minus $50.00.
Cancellation within 14 days of event: no refund unless there is someone to take your place. In the event a course is cancelled due to low registration, a full refund will be issued.


The Externship will be held at: Armstrongs’ Counselling Services

Armstrongs’ Counselling Services
10027 – 166 Street,
Edmonton, AB,
T5P 4Y1

For More Information, contact: Murray Armstrong, 780 – 444-4399,

Four Day Externship Registration (Sept. 2016)
(If you are have questions please email Murray Armstrong.)


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