EFFT: Level One Training

An introduction to EFT with families

Join us for an incredible experience to learn from two of the five co-authors of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy.  


By zeroing in on underlying attachment needs, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) offers a powerful process for transformational change. This workshop will show you how to confidently lead family members through distress and past injuries to create new relational patterns, bond with each other, and experience a fuller sense of security. Whether you work with individuals, couples, or families, discover how to:

  • Use EFFT as a guide through a family’s emotional dynamics and key attachment issues
  • Create new patterns of emotional healing that engage a family’s natural ability to repair 
  • Identify protective patterns that block individuals from vulnerability and growth
  • Implement a three-stage process for achieving deeper family connections through creating new alliances, accessing vulnerabilities, and engaging new patterns of positive interaction


Thursday, January 06, 2022 -- 8 am - 3 pm (PST)

Friday, January 07, 2022 -- 8 am - 3 pm (PST)


This training will be offered online via Zoom Video Conferencing.


Earn While You Learn – attendance at this advance-level training can earn you TBA CE credits. The training virtually fulfills the biennial continuing education requirement for license renewal for social workers, licensed marriage and family counselors, and psychologists (a $30 add-on fee applies to receive CE credit for those with a LPC, LMFT, or LCSW license; those with a PhD will be asked to pay $35). CE fees will be correctly separately. 



This workshop provides a practical review of the assessment and treatment of these injuries using the EFT Attachment Injury Resolution Model (AIRM). The workshop will include video and case demonstrations illustrating key moments in the process of Attachment Injury Resolution, and therapist practices necessary for restoring healing and safety to a couple’s relationship after an affair. 

By attending, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how EFFT can help therapists better understand a family’s emotional dynamics.
  2. Create new patterns of emotional healing that unblock a family’s natural ability to repair.
  3. Identify protection patterns that keep clients from opening to vulnerability to improve client engagement.
  4. Develop a better therapeutic focus on creating positive change and repairing inevitable mis-attunement. 
  5. Implement a three-stage process for achieving deeper family connections. 


  • Understanding Attachment Theory & Emotions in Families
  • Stage One in EFFT and Multiple Infinity Loops
  • Getting Parental “Buy-In” to take the lead in creating positive interactions
  • Going Deeper- Stage Two In EFFT
  • Helping children risk sharing their attachment needs
  • Stage Three in EFFT
  • Helping families celebrate secure attachment


George Faller, LMFT, is the founder of the New York Center for EFT. He teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is the coauthor of Sacred Stress, True Connection, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. To learn more, visit: www.georgefaller.com.

Lisa J. Palmer, Psy.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego California. She is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor and is a Founder and one of the Directors of the Emotionally Focused Couples Training and Research Institute at Alliant International University. Lisa completed her dissertation research on how to train and teach Emotionally Focused Couples therapy to professionals. Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of EFT and Dr. Scott Woolley were part of her dissertation committee. Dr. Palmer-Olsen’s primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of couple and family therapy; specifically with those couples and families dealing with trauma and attachment related struggles. She is an AAMFT clinical member and approved AAMFT supervisor. Dr. Palmer-Olsen is also co-founder and clinic director for the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC), San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit therapy clinic. To learn more, visit: http://www.drlisapalmerolsen.com/about-lisa/ 



To participate, you must have the training and educational qualifications to legally practice as a professional mental health practitioner in the area I live OR be currently enrolled in formal training to be a professional mental health practitioner.***

***Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training. Certification in EFT is offered by ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification. Enrollment in this training constitutes an agreement to hold harmless all hosts, presenters and trainers from any and all claims, actions, and judgements, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against the same. I have read and agree to follow the terms for participation.

Confidentiality: You must agree to keep confidential the personal identifying information of case material shared in the training. I agree to not record any part of this training in any format (audio, video, or visual). Personal written notes of non-confidential material are permitted.



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