2020 EFT Externship – Chicago, Illinois

Lisa Palmer-Olsen - Chicago EFT Externship
Knowing Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (or, the new “Science of Love”) will help you be successful in working with individuals, couples, and families.  Developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, Emotionally Focused Therapy is a powerful, empirically validated approach to working with even the most distressed couples.  It will even help you improve your own compassion for others and strengthen relationships in your own life.  Imagine improving your therapy skill, having more success in treating couples, earning CE credits, and getting happier in your own life all at the same time.  We know from recent research (Levenon & Sandberg, 2010), attending an EFT Externship can do just that!


New Dates TBA
  • Day 1: EFT-The Model, The Research & The Map
  • Day 2: EFT Stage 1
  • Day 3: EFT Stage 2 – Change Events (Withdrawer ReEngagement & Pursuer Softening) 
  • Day 4: EFT Stage 2 – Withdrawer ReEngagement & Pursuer Softening
*Registration begins at 8:30 am each day
*We will break for lunch each day from 12:15 – 1:30
*Attendees provide their own lunch.)






We typically meet at Loyola University’s Waterpower Campus (Cowboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL 60611). Please check with the Chicago EFT Center for details. 



CE Credit


Earn While You Learn! This Externship can earn you 28 Continuing Education credits. The training virtually fulfills the biennial continuing education requirement for license renewal for social workers, licensed counselors, psychologists and marriage and family therapists. Learn more about CE credits here



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: https://drlisapalmerolsen.com/about-lisa/

Jeff Hickey has over 25 years experience working with couples, about half of that specializing in EFT. In over 5 years as an EFT trainer he has led Externships, Core Skills and Specialized Trainings in Chicago and around the country to consistently high praise. In addition to having a private practice focused on couples Jeff is a Certified Sex Therapist and he has a special interest in bringing improved sex lives to couples and increased awareness of sexual health concerns to the practice of couple therapy. He is the Director of the Chicago Center for EFT, and is certified as an EFT practitioner, supervisor and trainer by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. 



  • Extra Early Bird: $850 until March 14, 2020
  • Extra Early Bird with CEs: $880 until March 14, 2020
  • Early Bird: $900 until April 30, 2020
  • Early Bird with CEs: $930 until April 30, 2020
  • Regular Price: $950
  • Regular Price with CEs: $980
  • Student Price (ID verification required at check in): $625


Visit https://chicagoeft.com/events/externship-june-17-20-2020/ to learn more and register. 



Refund requests will be honored up to 30 days. All refund requests will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds within the 30-day cancellation, but transfer of funds to the following externship year or core skills registration will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Chicago Center for FT for more details. 



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). Personalwritten notes of non-confidential material are permitted.


  • “The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection” BY Susan M. Johnson, 2nd Edition, 2004
  • Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook” BY Susan M. Johnson, et al, 2005
  • EFT for Dummies written by Jim Furrow and Brent Bradley, 2012