Pricing, Dates, Time & Location

Date: September 26-28, 2024
Time: 9am-6pm 

First Presbyterian Church of Berkely
2407 Dana Street Berkley Ca 94704

Continuing Education Units:

CEUs have been approved for all disciplines. If you purchase CEU's, your CEU certificate will be mailed to you approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the training series. CEU's are purchased directly here.

Course curriculum

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    EFT Externship with EFT Trainers

    • September 26, 2024

    • September 27, 2024

    • September 28, 2024

EFT Externship with EFT Trainers

Sam Jinich and Lisa Palmer-Olsen

General Objectives of the EFT Externship:

To gain a clear understanding of the systemic concepts and basic experiential moves of an “Emotionally Focused Therapy” approach.

To hold an attachment view clients coping with their interpersonal dilemmas so you can conceptualize relationship distress and repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.

The focus of this training is on the general model of EFT as presented in the 2019 book, Attachment Theory In Practice, and how you can implement the model in couple and individual therapy sessions.

To provide the opportunity to develop skills in sharing, maintaining and engaging in an open and collaborative alliance with your clients.

To develop skillful use of the 5 moves of the basic macro-intervention “the EFT tango” in order to improve clients’ affect regulation, models of self and other strategies for engaging with others and changing interactional patterns.

To develop an ability to utilize systemic and experiential models of interventions applied as EFT micro interventions.

To participate in skills development to overcome common blocks and impasses across EFT therapy modalities so you can shape core corrective emotional experience that leads to constructive dependency and what we conceptualize as ‘secure attachment’.

This training includes an overview of the entire model of Emotionally Focused Therapy including steps and stages, interventions, adult attachment theory, and application of EFT with couples and individuals. The externship is recommended for all types of mental health clinicians to counsel or want to cancel couples.

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your registration anytime before August 1, 2024, a nonrefundable fee of $75 will be withheld from your refund for processing and administrative fees. Any cancellations after August 1, 2024 will incur a $150 non refundable fee. Email [email protected] to cancel and request a refund.


Sam Jinich and Lisa Palmer-Olsen

Sam Jinich, PhD

Sam Jinich, PhD is a Certified Trainer in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT). He has been a clinical psychologist in private practice since 1995, specializing in working with couples from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Jinich was born in Mexico City and received his PhD from the University of California/San Diego State University’s Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology where he focused on couples and family therapy. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. In 2013, he founded the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy where he is the Director. More recently, he co-founded (with Natalia Gilabert,EFT trainer for Argentina) EFT Academiain Argentina, providing EFCT Master Classes, workshops, webinars, and supervision to clinicians around the world. As a bilingual and bicultural trainer in EFT, Dr. Jinich has been responsible for establishing EFCT in Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Chile and Spain through mentoring and supervising therapists in these countries toward becoming EFCT practitioners, supervisors, and trainers. He was involved in the planning and supervision of therapists in the first-ever multi-national randomized clinical-trial research study in Spanish on the effectiveness of couples therapy in general, and specifically of EFCT. Dr. Jinich is particularly known for his creative and passionate presentations on EFCT.

Lisa Palmer-Olsen

Dr. Lisa J. Palmer-Olsen, Psy.D. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in San Diego, California for over twenty years. She is also a Certified International Emotionally Focused Therapy Trainer and AAMFT approved Supervisor. Dr. Palmer-Olsen’s primary clinical and research interests are in the area of family systems and high conflict couple work, specifically with clients dealing with trauma and attachment related injuries. As a founder and Co-Director for Renova San Diego Inc, a non-profit 501(c)(3) based out of San Diego, she is committed to providing quality San Diego services accessible to all who seek it. Dr. Palmer-Olsen is passionate about providing affordable, high caliber training to mental health clinicians around the world. Dr. Palmer-Olsen completed her dissertation research on how to train and teach Emotionally Focused Therapy to professionals. Lisa was trained directly by the founder of the EFT model Dr. Susan Johnson.

Hanna Levenson, PhD

Hanna Levenson, PhD, is a Professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, and is a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor. She sees individuals and couples for therapy and professionals for consultation through her private practice in Oakalnd. Dr. Levenson has specialized in brief dynamic therapy and supervision for 40 years, and is an expert in the use of deliberate practice for training. She has authored over 90 professional papers and six books (Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy, Brief Dynamic and Interpersonal Therapy, Brief Dynamic Therapy, Deliberate Practice for Psychodynamic Therapy, Deliberate Practice for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Deliberate Practice for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), and has released five professional videos illustrating her approach, as well as hosted 11 DVDs and edited 11 books for APA’s Essentials of Supervision Series. Dr. Levenson received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession Award given by the California Psychological Association.

Endorsed by Therapy Originator

Dr. Sue Johnson

Author, Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, Professor

Sue Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.