At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:

Session One: Steps 1-2 of EFT – Alliance and Assessment

  1. Describe the primary goals of Steps 1 and 2 of EFT.
  2. Identify 2 ways EFT helps build therapeutic alliance through empathic attunement.
  3. Identify 3 ways to repair ruptures in the therapeutic alliance through EFT.
  4. Describe 2 ways to assess the appropriateness of using EFT for couples presenting for treatment.
  5. Describe 3 questions used to explore attachment history and identify attachment strategies.
  6. List 2 skills used for identifying, tracking and reflecting negative cycles.
  7. List 2 skills used for structuring the beginning of therapy.
  8. Identify 3 appropriate interventions to use in Steps 1 and 2 of EFT.
  9. Describe 2 components of the intervention “catching the bullet” to de-escalate escalating interactions.

Session Two: Steps 3-4 of EFT – Cycle De-escalation / Relationship Stabilization

  1. Describe 2 features each of Steps 3 and 4 of EFT.
  2. List 3 skills used in validating secondary emotional reactions and exploring each partner’s underlying core emotional experience.
  3. Describe 2 ways to actively engage with and focus on tracking sequences of emotional experience occurring in the here and now.
  4. Describe 3 ways to assist a partner in expanding their emotional experience using “RISSSSC” skills.
  5. Describe 2 ways to monitor the alliance with the “observing” partner and keep that partner engaged in the process.
  6. Describe 3 ways to appropriately apply the interventions to Steps 3 and 4 – such as validation, evocative reflections and questions, heightening, empathic conjecture, tracking and reflecting cycles, reframing the problem in terms of context and cycles, and choreographing encounters.
  7. List 4 ways to create positive attachment reframes for negative cycles of interactions.
  8. Identify 3 indicators of Stage 1 de-escalation that distinguish it from Stage 2 change events.

Session Three: Steps 5, 6, and 7 of EFT – Withdrawer Re-engagement

  1. Describe 2 features each of the first round of Steps 5, 6 and 7 of EFT.
  2. Define and describe 3 features of the process flow of the change event – Withdrawer Re-engagement.
  3. Explain 2 features each of these basic aims: to help withdrawers engage with unformulated or disowned attachment emotions and fears, and to express these emotions to their partner.
  4. List 3 common withdrawer behaviors, experience, emotions, fears and needs.
  5. List 3 ways to use EFT Interventions (especially RISSSSC & Encounters) to facilitate Withdrawer Re-engagement.
  6. List 3 ways to help withdrawers express fears and needs.
  7. Describe 2 elements of an encounter in withdrawer re-engagement.
  8. Describe 2 ways to facilitate and promote acceptance in the “observing” pursuing partner.

Session Four: Steps 8-9 of EFT – Pursuer Softening and Stage Three Consolidation

  1. Identify 3 common pursuer behaviors, experience, emotions, needs, and fears.
  2. Describe 3 features of the process flow of the change event – pursuer softening.
  3. Describe 3 ways to use EFT Interventions and RISSSC to facilitate a softening.
  4. Describe 2 skills to use in helping the pursuer express fears and needs.
  5. Describe 2 skills to use in choreographing pursuer softening with encounters.
  6. Describe 3 ways to facilitate and promote acceptance in the “observing,” previously withdrawn partner.
  7. Describe 2 ways to facilitate new solutions to old problems.
  8. List 1 way to help partners consolidate new interactional positions.
  9. List 2 ways to identify and resolve common impasses with couples.

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