two elephants caressing with trunksDates: Session 1: Thursday & Friday, April 28 & 29, 2022; Session 2: Thursday & Friday, June 16 & 17, 2022; Session 3: Thursday & Friday, September 15 & 16, 2022; Session 4: Thursday & Friday, November 10 & 11, 2022
Times: 12-7pm ET (Day 1), 11am-6:30pm ET (Day 2)
Location: Sessions 1, 2 & 3 on Zoom; Session 4 in Northampton, MA (exact location TBD)*
Instructor: Paul Guillory, PhD
Rates: Full Rate – $1,700 for all 4 sessions; Equity Rate for Black/African American Therapists* – $1,000-$1,700 for all 4 sessions

CEs: 48 CEs pending for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
Target Audience: Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists; Limited to 16 Participants
Level: Intermediate; prior completion of 4-Day EFT Externship required

*If, due to Covid-related health reasons, we are unable to meet in person, we will convert Session 4 to an online format.

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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, April 28 & 29, 2022
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 — Thursday & Friday, June 16 & 17, 2022
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 — Thursday & Friday, September 15 & 16, 2022
Emphasizes working with primary emotion, teaches associated skills and focuses on withdrawer re-engagement.

Session 4 — Thursday & Friday, November 10 & 11, 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.

See Full Schedule

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



Paul Guillory headshotPaul Guillory, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Clinical Science Program, Psychology Department. He has taught courses on Emotionally Focused Therapies at U.C. Berkeley. He is a certified Trainer, certified supervisor, and therapist of Emotionally Focused Therapy. His book Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples was published in August 2021. He is the former chairperson of the Northern California Community of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Dr. Guillory was the psychological consultant to the Oakland Raiders professional football team and the National Football League for 14 years. He has also been a consultant to the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team, and is a selected provider for the National Basketball Players Association. He served as Director of the Center for Family Counseling in Oakland California for ten years. He has been in private practice in Oakland California for over 30 years. For more info about Paul, visit

*Equity Rate: This registration option is for participants identifying as Black/African American.

This activity is pending approval by the International Centre of Excellence for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

CE Sponsorship Info:

LMFTs – 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.

LMHCs – This activity is pending certification by R. Cassidy Seminars on behalf of the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LMHC/LPC professional continuing education.

LICSWs – This activity is pending certification by R. Cassidy Seminars on behalf of the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LICSW professional continuing education.

Lic. Psychologists – This activity is pending certification by R. Cassidy Seminars on behalf of the American Psychological Association for Licensed Psychologists.

Evaluations and certificates are available by email and online following course completion at


NOTE: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their state boards to determine CE requirements and rules of reciprocity, i.e. to assess whether out-of-state and/or APA-approved certificates can be accepted.

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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