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    Bonus Video

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Unbroken Bonds

EFT and Relationship Betrayals (offered online) by EFT Trainers Dr. James Furrow and Dr. Lisa J. Palmer-Olsen

Note: You may cancel your registration at any point, but there will be a non refundable fee of $75 withheld from your refund for processing and management fees.


Thursday September 15, 2022 -- 9:00 am to 4:00 pm PST


Thursday September 29, 2022 -- 9:00 am to 3:00 pm PST



This training will be offered online via Zoom Video Conferencing.



There will be a lunch break roughly each day from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm PST.



Couples dealing with major trust betrayals is often the most frequent presenting concern in couple therapy. Although a common reason given for divorce, many couples seek treatment to heal their relationship following an affair rather than pursue its end. This training reviews practices and resources that help couples work through the injury of a betrayal and its collateral impact using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. This advanced Master Class involves a full-day of didactic training including examples of couples working through these injuries. The training also provides opportunity for focused case reviews addressing specific questions and treatment issues focused on repairing relationship betrayals commonplace in everyday clinical practice. Demonstration and discussion of EFT practice based upon clinical cases brought by workshop participants. Our format provides opportunity for moment-to-moment discussions of the EFT process in betrayal repair, as well as experiential exercises that integrate EFT theory and practice.


• Conceptualize issues of deception as a type of "attachment injury" where a fundamental breach of trust inhibits partner's ability to resolve an attachment injury.
• Provide practical direction in treating relational betrayals as attachment injuries.
• Explore the relationship of attachment security and recovery from these betrayals through original research.
• Review steps in an empirical supported approach to attachment injury resolution with a particular focus on recovery from relational betrayal.
• Examine key moments in the process of resolving attachment injuries through video and case demonstration examples by the EFT Trainers.



This workshop provides a practical review of the assessment and treatment of relational betrayals such as porn addiction, affairs, emotional abuse and substance abuse. 

The workshop will include video and case demonstrations illustrating key moments in the process of Attachment Injury Resolution, and therapist practices necessary for restoring safety and healing  to a couple’s relationship after a betrayal of trust. 

By attending, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the impact of relationship betrayal on a couple relationship.
2. Identify the impact of relationship betrayal on the process of couple therapy.
3. Critique partner betrayals and related distress using attachment theory.
4. Identify factors associated with resilience in face of relationship loss, trauma, and adjustment.
5. Describe the process and characteristics of recovery from a relationship betrayal.
6. Conceptualize the treatment of attachment injuries within the EFT process of change.
7. Review process for disclosure of a relationship betrayal.
8. Apply EFT interventions that foster stabilization in the context of heightened distress common following disclosure of relationship betrayals.
9. Practice EFT interventions used in accessing and processing emotional blocks associated with relationship betrayals.
10. Recommend partner’s access and sharing of pain, loss, and remorse associated related to an attachment injury.
11. Practice EFT interventions and practices that enable couples to renew trust and re-engage new patterns of security following a relationship injury.




Day One 


8:30 - 9:00 Early log in (optional) - feel free to join us early to test your settings. Please note that our Zoom platform will record sign on times for CE credits, so be sure to log on on-time to receive credit. Partial credits will not be given.


9:00 – 10:30 Overview: Working with Relational Betrayals  Aftermath of a betrayal; Impact of betrayal on couple therapy; Process of trauma, loss, and relational recovery


10:30 – 12:30 Relationship Betrayals as Attachment Injuries -- When an affair is a betrayal: Implications for attachment; Inside an injury: Differentiating loss for partners; Integrating injury resolution into the EFT process of change


12:30 - 1:30 Lunch


1:30 – 3:00 EFT Process with Attachment Injuries; Assessment of betrayals  as injuries; Stabilization and disclosure; Managing threats and creating safety


3:00 - 4:00 Working Through Betrayals as Attachment Injuries; Facing the impact together; Honoring injuries, sharing loss, and promoting remorse; Creating corrective emotional experience through repair; Restoring trust and seeking growth   


Day Two


8:30 - 9:00 Early log in (optional) - feel free to join us early to test your settings. Please note that our Zoom platform will record sign on times for CE credits, so be sure to log on on-time to receive credit. Partial credits will not be given.


9:00 – 10:30 Live Demonstration and Case Consultations; Case presentation; Live demonstration


10:30 – 11:30 Group discussion


11:30 – 12:30 Case Consultations/Recorded Sessions Review -- Case presentation and video review; Consultation response / discussion; Role play demonstration / EFT exercises


12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 Case Consultations/Recorded Sessions Review -- Case presentation and video review; Consultation response / discussion; Role play demonstration / EFT exercises


2:45 – 4 :00 Case Consultations/Recorded Sessions Review -- Case presentation and video review; Consultation response / discussion; Role play demonstration / EFT exercises; Program Review and Discussion; Wrap Up



James Furrow, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples and families. Together with EFT originator, Dr. Susan Johnson, Jim co-authored Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook and The EFT Casebook, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience. His presentations are well regarded nationally and internationally for their substantive, practical, and inspiring focus. Jim maintains an active research program studying the process of EFT and its outcome with couples and families. His research appears in Applied Developmental Science, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Psychology and Spirituality. Formerly Jim served as the Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology where he trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple therapy for over two decades. He is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Education. He is a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. To learn more, visit:

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:





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 The San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI-EFT), and all 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.



Dagleish, T., Johnson, S. M., Burgess Moser, M., Wiebe, S.A. & Tasca, G. (2015). Predicting key change  events in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41(3), 260-275. 17.

Halchuk, R. E., Makinen, J. A., & Johnson, S. M. (2010). Resolving attachment injuries in couples using emotionally focused therapy: A three-year follow-up. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 9, 31–47.

Johnson, S. M. (2005) An Emotionally Focused Approach to Infidelity. In F. Piercy (Ed.), Handbook on Treating Infidelity, pp. 17- 29. New York: Haworth Press.

Johnson, S. M. (2009) Attachment and Emotionally Focused Therapy: Perfect Partners. In J. Obegi & E. Berant (Eds.), Attachment Theory and Research in Clinical Work with Adults. pp. 410-433. New York. Guilford.

Johnson, S. M. (2019). The practice of emotionally focused couple therapy, Third Ed. New York City, NY: Routledge.

Johnson, S. M. (2019). Attachment theory in practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with individuals, couples, and families. New York: Guilford. Makinen, J. A., & Johnson, S. M. (2006). Resolving attachment injuries in couples using emotionally focused therapy: Steps toward forgiveness and reconciliation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 1055-1064.

Makinen, J. A., & Ediger, L. (2011). Rebuilding bonds after the traumatic impact of infidelity. In J. L. Furrow, S. M. Johnson, & B. A. Bradley (Eds.), The emotionally focused casebook: New directions in treating couples (pp. 247–268). New York, NY: Routledge.

McRae, T. R., Dalgleish, T. L., Johnson, S. M., Burgess Moser, M., & Killian, K. D. (2014). Emotion regulation and key change events in emotionally focused couple therapy. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 13(1), 1-24.

Schade, L. C. & Sandberg, J. G. (2012). Healing the attachment injury of marital infidelity using emotionally focused couple therapy: A case illustration. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 40, 434-444.

Snyder, D. K., Baucom, D. H., & Gordon, K.C. (2007). Treating infidelity: An integrative approach to resolving trauma and promoting forgiveness. In P. R. Peluso (Ed.), In Love’s Debris: A Practitioner’s Guide to Addressing Infidelity in Couples Therapy. New York: Routledge.

Wiebe, S.A., & Johnson, S.M. (2017). Creating Relationships that Foster Resilience in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 65-69.

Zuccarini, D., Johnson, S. M., Dalgleish, T. L., & Makinen, J. A. (2013). Forgiveness and reconciliation in emotionally focused therapy for couples: The client change process and therapist interventions. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39, 148-162.