Two chimpanzees embracingDates: Session 1: Thursday & Friday, September 23 & 24, 2021; Session 2: Monday & Tuesday, November 15 & 16, 2021; Session 3: Friday & Saturday, February 4 & 5, 2022; Session 4: Sunday & Monday, April 3 & 4, 2022
Times: 12-7pm ET (Day 1), 9am-4:30pm ET (Day 2)
Location: Sessions 1, 2 & 3 on Zoom; Session 4 in Northampton, MA (exact location TBD)
Instructor: Lorrie Brubacher, MEd, LMFT, RMFT
Rates: Full Rate – $1,700 for all 4 sessions; Equity Rate* available – self-selected increments of $100, base of $800
Additional Rate for CEs: $25
CEs: 48 CEs pending for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
Target Audience: Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists
Level: Intermediate; prior completion of 4-Day EFT Externship required

Currently 1 space available.

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Core Skills Advanced Training is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of EFT theory and translate it into more effective and deliberate interventions with your couples. The training involves a combination of didactic instruction, demonstrations from training tapes, live demonstrations with couples, and opportunities for formal and informal case supervision.

Completion of Core Skills Training in EFT can contribute significantly to obtaining a certified EFT therapist designation. Check the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) website for further details.

See Core Skills Learning Goals

Schedule (all times in EDT)

Session 1 — Thursday & Friday, September 23 & 24, 2021
Focuses on Steps 1-4, with particular attention to assessment, alliance building, empathic attunement and basic EFT Skills, as well as identifying the negative interactive cycle.

Session 2 — Monday & Tuesday, November 15 & 16, 2021
Continues with the Stage 1 of EFT with a focus on formulating the cycle, fostering de-escalation, accessing primary emotion and associated skills.

Session 3 — Friday & Saturday, February 4 and 5, 2022
Emphasizes working with primary emotion, teaches associated skills and focuses on withdrawer re-engagement.

Session 4 — Sunday & Monday, April 3 and 4. 2022
Continues to focus on working with primary emotion, and places special emphasis on blamer softening. The Stage 3 of EFT (steps 8 and 9) is also addressed.

Participants will be asked to present their own work through a case presentation at least once during the 4 sessions.



Lorrie Brubacher bio photoLorrie Brubacher, MEd, LMFT, RMFT is the Founding Director of the Carolina Center for EFT. She is certified with the International Centre for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT) as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer. She is author of Stepping into Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Key Ingredients of Change (2018). She has worked in private practice in couple and family therapy since 1989, and currently practices in Greensboro and Winnipeg, Canada. She has an adjunct faculty appointment at UNC Greensboro, and has previously served as an instructor at 3 Canadian universities. She publishes and presents frequently on the topic of EFT, often publishing with Dr. Sue Johnson, the originator of EFT for couples. Lorrie has co-authored six chapters with Dr. Sue Johnson, published in the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, in the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy and in Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies and is on the editorial board for the ICEEFT newsletter. Additionally, she teaches Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy and is co-developer, with Dr. Lillian Buchanan, of the first EFT interactive video training program, accessible at For additional information about Lorrie and her work, please see,, and

*Equity Rate: This registration option is for participants with historical/institutional barriers to access. Please choose equity pricing only if you are a member of one or more historically marginalized communities.

This activity is pending certification by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education.

Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

  • Psychologists:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Social Workers:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

This program is being offered independent of any commercial support or conflict of interest. The 4-Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy is a prerequisite to participate.

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