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Core Skills

Advanced Training Programme


Core Skills Advanced Training Programme

Online from County Wicklow, Ireland


Dates (Saturdays/Sundays)

9:30am — 5:30pm Daily

Core Skills 1 29th – 30th April 2023 Assessment – Creating Alliance & Identifying the Negative Cycle
Core Skills 2 8th – 9th July 2023 Cycle De-escalation
Core Skills 3 16th – 17th September 2023 Withdrawer Re-engagement
Core Skills 4 11th – 12th November 2023 Blamer Softening

EFT Core Skills: From Concepts to Experiential Mastery

We all may love and “know” a great therapeutic model and yet, without practice and experience, our ability to effectively implement the model is limited. EFT Core Skills creates experiential and participative opportunities to deepen your knowledge and skills of the EFT model.

Core Skills takes what you have learned in your Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship and creates a safe and supportive learning environment, allowing you to expand and deepen your confidence, your knowledge, and your own felt sense of what you are capable of when using EFT. The Core Skills training takes place over a period of four, two-day modules. Each workshop provides twelve hours of training – forty eight hours in total.

Our EFT Core Skills programme is very much about creating a team of like-minded participants who encourage and support themselves and one another. This will allow you to venture out a little beyond your familiar styles and therapeutic models in order to discover interventions and skills that will enhance your couples’ therapy and practice in general.

In order to optimise your learning, there will be a maximum of 12 participants (or up to 16 participants, if there is a second Trainer or a Certified EFT Supervisor present). Each module will contain instruction and experiential practice according to the guidelines set out by the international Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). We will be using videos, PowerPoint, experiential exercises, group work, skills practice, role-plays and sharing case presentations over the four weekend modules.


Participants are REQUIRED to have completed an EFT Externship and be willing to participate in role-plays, skills practice and discussions. You are also REQUIRED to present one video recording of your own work with a couple. This provides opportunities for group consultation and feedback about working with the EFT model and enhances the learning for all (see below for further details). For preparation, we encourage everyone to read “Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families” written by Sue Johnson.


The goal of Core Skills Training is to provide EFT immersion in a small group. Training occurs on the following levels:

  • Instruction and review of the EFT model (Stages & Steps & EFT Tango)
  • Demonstration of the skills through exercises and role-plays
  • Discussion of cases as relevant to the content material of workshop
  • Practice of skills through exercises and role-plays
  • Supervision of cases through formal presentation and informal case discussion


The fees for each module are €350. A total of €1400.

There are only 12-16 places available on the EFT Core Skills Training. I would really encourage you to book as soon as you can. Please do not leave your EFT Core Skills registration until the last minute, as places are held on a first come, first serve basis.

Paying by Instalments:

In order to book your place on the EFT Core Skills Training, the full payment of € 1400 can be paid. In order to make payments as easy and as fair as possible for everyone who wishes to attend the EFT Core Skills Program, a payment plan may be the easiest option and help to keep your costs down. It is important to understand that if you sign up for EFT Core Skills, you are committing to complete, and pay for, all four modules.

For those wishing to commit to EFT Core Skills, a deposit of €250 is acceptable to hold you a place. In order for EFT Core Skills to be financially viable enough to go ahead however, the full payment for each module will be required prior to the commencement of each weekend (please see below for payment dates).

Payment Dates:

Core Skills Modules Payments Due: Amount Due:
Core Skills 1: 29th – 30th April 2023 18th March 2023 €350
Core Skills 2: 8th – 9th July 2023 27th May 2023 €350
Core Skills 3: 16th – 17th September 2023 5th August 2023 €350
Core Skills 4: 11th – 12th November 2023 30th September 2023 €350

We do hope this makes things a little easier for everyone. We are a heartfelt community, which means we understand there may be difficulty in paying. Please email us if you’re finding it difficult to pay all at once. We want to support your participation and the advancement of your therapeutic skills. [email protected]

Bookings can only be confirmed when payments are received. As there is a maximum number of only 12 -16 participants in EFT Core Skills, it is very much a team effort in commitment. In order to preserve continuity, we regret that we will not be in a position to offer any refunds unless a replacement is found for your booking.

Payment Methods:

Bank Transfer: IBAN: IE48AIBK93355425542012

For international electronic transfers and further banking details, please email me directly for this information: [email protected]

Payment can also be made by PayPal

Registration & Enrolment Forms:

To register, please print and sign the following PDF along with your payment. We will confirm your place as soon as we have received both your registration form and payment:

EFT Trainer: James Parrin (MIAHIP)

James Parrin is the founder of the EFT Ireland Community, an EFT trainer, supervisor and therapist. Before specialising in EFT, James originally studied Process-Oriented Psychotherapy and is a Process Work Diplomate {an internally recognized level of excellence within the larger Process Work learning community and the International Association of Process-Oriented Psychology (IAPOP)} and an accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).

He has a private practice in Wicklow, Ireland, working with individuals, couples, EFT trainees, supervisees and learning groups. James’s focus is on the continuing development of training opportunities and supervision for the ever expanding Irish EFT community of therapists, their communities and clients.

James has a deep and caring motivation for the transformative nature of relationships.  He considers the ability to develop a fluid, relational awareness to be a profoundly psychological and spiritual path.  This underlies his love for EFT and the development of a supportive community of therapists who are dedicated to mastering their relational and therapeutic skills and interventions.

James Parrin

Sharing Your Work:

One of the reasons that EFT Core Skills only has a limited number of participants is that you are asked to share your work with each another. Each participant is required to present a video recording of their work with a couple. The segment only has to be 15-20 minutes long and must be accompanied by a written transcript. The transcript helps us all keep track of what is being said. Viewing each other’s recordings makes for very good learning opportunities and helps us in our bonding together.

I am aware that some of you are not yet working with a couple; but in order to obtain your EFT Core Skills Training Certificate that is consistent with the requirements of ICEEFT (International Centre of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy), you will be required to have and present a recording of your work with a couple. Those of you who do have couples and are able to share your work with us, I recommend that you share your work in EFT Core Skills sooner rather than later. If everybody waits until EFT Core Skills Module 4 we will not be able to get through them all in one weekend. PLEASE let me know ASAP when you intend to share your work. This will help me to plan each module. If anyone has any concerns please just contact me. Don’t be put off by the thought of presenting your work, contact me with your thoughts and concerns.
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Last But Not Least

I am really looking forward to meeting you all again and having the opportunity to create stronger connections and go deeper with our EFT learning. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any thoughts or questions.My phone number (WhatsApp is best) is 00353 87 2029755

Warm regards,