EFT Externship – Pasadena, California


Our 2019 externship took place on May 1 – 4, 2019

Stay tuned for 2020 dates.

Trainers: Drs. Lisa Palmer-Olsen & Silvina Irwin


Developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, Emotionally Focused Therapy is a powerful, empirically validated approach to working with even the most distressed couples.

Join Drs. Silvina Irwin and Lisa Palmer-Olsen in this 4-day comprehensive introductory course to EFT for Couples. The course includes observation of live, unscripted therapy sessions with real couples, presentations of attachment theory and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and discussion of specific cases of clinical material. By attending, participants will:

  • Obtain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused” approach to couples therapy.
  • Develop skills in helping partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain relational distress.
  • Develop skills in helping partners shape new interaction patterns and bonding events.
  • Develop skills to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples.

This externship is recommended for mental health professionals, students and clergy that counsel couples including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, and mental health interns.

*This training is sponsored by the EFT Resource Center.
*This is an ICEEFT-approved prerequisite course for certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy.


More Details

Externship Training Schedule

Our externship will run from 9:00 am to 5:15 pm EACH DAY (we will break for lunch each day from 12:15 – 1:30; attendees provide their own lunch).


  • Regular Price: $975
  • Student (ID verification required at check in): $450
  • Repeater Rate: $300
  • Add CE Certificate: $30

CE Credit

Earn While You Learn – this Externship can earn you 28 CE credits. The training virtually fulfills the biennial continuing education requirement for license renewal for social workers, licensed counselors, psychologists and marriage and family therapists.


Stay tuned for 2020 registration details.

NOTE: your space is not reserved until you have paid in full.


Refunds, less a $50 Administration Fee, will be issued for requests made on or before two weeks before the program is scheduled.


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


We aim to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. In all facets of our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world – a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully – where people can embrace their most basic universal human attachment needs without fear of persecution or marginalization as a result of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, class, mental health, physical character or disability. These values are inherent in the attachment science and humanisti approach to intervention that all our work is based on.Specifically, humanistic approaches such as EFT are collaborative and respectful. We create a safe place for people and treat them as persons not problems or types. Our approach is non-pathologizing in practice. Our values are inclusive and egalitarian while viewing human connection as sacred – something to be honoured and cultivated. Our scientific and theoretical base outlines key universals, emotion and attachment, while respecting individual difference