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Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Level 2 Certificate Course

Continue your EFIT journey with this dynamic, comprehensive on-demand training featuring treatment developer Dr. Sue Johnson and master trainer Dr. Leanne Campbell! For clinicians who’ve already completed EFIT Level 1, you’ll sharpen your skills and get advanced tips for helping clients deepen their engagement in a process proven to create corrective emotional experience in every session. Get the confidence you need to dissolve shame, self-blame, and self-loathing to set your clients on a path of healing. EFIT Level 2 will grow you and your clients! Completion of this course gives you a Level 2 EFIT Certificate from the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) which is a required educational component for EFIT Certification. Register now to make each of your sessions life-changing!

Program Information


  1. Summarize the research supporting Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT).
  2. Describe at least two key treatment goals of EFIT.
  3. Describe indicators that clients have moved through EFIT stages 1, 2, and 3.
  4. Assess clients’ attachment histories and pivotal developmental moments contributing to the presenting problem.
  5. Employ the five moves of the EFIT Tango. 
  6. Demonstrate tools for reprocessing emotion including reflection, validation, and interpretation.
  7. Apply the C.A.R.E model.
  8. Utilize The Experiencing Scale to monitor clients’ emotional engagement.
  9. Practice using voice, tone, and metaphor to deepen clients’ emotional experience.
  10. Communicate comfort, affirmation, and support to clients as they encounter core emotional vulnerability.
  11. Create imaginal encounters with key attachment figures to help clients more clearly identify and express their emotional needs.
  12. Summarize imaginal encounters reorganize clients’ sense of self and other.
  13. Make a plan for management of triggers, anniversaries, exposure to new trauma, and any other situation that may cause symptom aggravation.


Part 1: The EFIT Map: Attachment-Based Humanistic Experiential Therapy

  • The EFIT map to understanding emotion and creating corrective emotional experiences
  • Importance of attachment and humanistic theories: growth-oriented, non-pathologizing
  • Differences between EFIT and other models of individual therapy
  • Research basis – process and outcome change
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
  • Goals of EFIT and how to get there
  • EFIT stages – stabilization, restructuring attachment, and consolidation
  • 10 ways EFIT brings attachment science into every session
  • Tools for reprocessing emotion – reflect, validate, ask, heighten, interpret
  • How to respect reluctance to take risks and contain negative messages to create new interactions
  • 5 moves of the EFIT Tango:
    • Mirror/reflect present process
    • Affect assembly and deepening
    • Choreographing engaged encounters
    • Processing the encounter
    • Integrating and validating
  • Exercise – EFIT Skill Development and Competency Check-In
Part 2: Finding Focus and Maintaining Momentum
  • How and why to stabilize clients before exploring core emotions
  • Initial and ongoing assessment – how to pace and adjust type, focus, and intensity of interventions
  • Five orienting frames
  • Learn to tune in with C.A.R.E. - context, attachment, relationship, emotion
  • Core features of emotional disorders
  • How to listen for pivotal developmental moments and emotional handles
  • Validation as psychoeducation
  • Problems as disordered versions of what is otherwise a healthy response
  • Move clients into and through frightening, alien, and unacceptable emotion
  • Resourcing clients to support therapeutic process
  • Monitoring client progress – The Experiencing Scale
  • EFIT in the overall treatment plan – when and how to integrate other modalities
  • Contraindications and safety considerations
  • Exercise – Assessment to Find Focus and Chart the Course 
  • Exercise – Tuning in with CARE
  • Exercise – Tracking the Session
Part 3: Moving Clients into Core Emotional Vulnerability
  • Expected outcomes/indicators of stabilization
  • Goals for restructuring self and system
  • How to effectively deepen emotional experience 
  • Therapist as process consultant
  • Restructure and re-organize the self with corrective emotional experiences 
  • Shift conceptions of self and other to become more fluid
  • Modulating clients’ levels of absorption in emotional experience
  • Constriction to expansion - what change in EFIT looks like and how to monitor it
  • Exercise – Dancing the EFIT Tango in Stage 1
  • Exercise – Dancing the EFIT Tango in Stage 2
  • Exercise – Stage 3, Consolidation
Part 4: Consolidation to Create New Solutions for Old Problems
  • Consolidation to create new solutions for old problems
  • How to celebrate and validate clients’ new confidence and sense of agency
  • Increasing clients’ ability to identify and express needs
  • Help clients accept and provide attuned caring and support
  • Management of daily stressors and major life events
  • Navigate interpersonal relationships and conflict
  • How to identify clients’ personal and social resources
  • Management of triggers, anniversaries, exposure to new trauma, and potential for symptom aggravation
  • Exercise – EFIT Skill Development and Competency Check-In
Bonus Exercises:
  • Bonus Exercise 1 – "Well I guess I am depressed”
  • Bonus Exercise 2 – Role Play – Assembling Emotion in Pairs
  • Bonus Exercise 3 – Role Play – Assembling Emotion Individually
  • Bonus Exercise 4 – Expanding the Sense of Self
  • Bonus Exercise 5 – Tsunami of Disapproval

Target Audience

  • Psychologists 
  • Physicians 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Nurses 
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals 

Copyright : 06/27/2022