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A Four Day Externship EFT Training®

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

with ICEEFT Certified EFT Trainer, James Parrin (MIAHIP)


EFT Externship Training®

Online from Wicklow, Ireland

13th – 14th January & 27th – 28th January 2024

9th – 10th March & 23rd – 24th March 2024

19th – 20th October & 2nd – 3rd November 2024


9:30am – 5:00pm Daily

CPD: 30 Hours


Join us in taking the first step towards training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

Are you skilled in relationship therapy but seek a fresh approach enabling you to be more successful with couples? If yes, then Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an effective solution.

Transform the way you work with Couples and earn 30 CPD hours at this 4 day intensive training. The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship, developed by Dr Susan Johnson, is an immersion into the science and power of attachment, emotion and relatedness that can transform the way you understand couples in distress, and change the way you work with families and individuals. This is an experiential and didactic training that will assist your success in your clinical practice as well as strengthen relationships in your own life.

This is an official EFT Externship, endorsed by the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

Pioneered by Dr. Susan Johnson, EFT for couples is a therapy that is rigorously researched, based upon a science of adult love and attachment. EFT gives the therapist a clear guide through the confusing drama of relational conflict and distress in couples, families and individuals. The EFT change process is mapped into a systematic sequence and framework that restructures interactional patterns which bring about positive relationship change.

This structure reliably provides a safe and effective path for long term relational healing. EFT is widely used and is growing very popular worldwide.

Ireland’s EFT Community is a gathering and network of therapists who recognise the value of like-minded support from one another, in the challenging task of working with couples and Emotionally Focused Therapy. So why not join our community of therapists and avail of the dynamic and effective EFT Externship Training®, which is suitable for professional therapists and counsellors who are new to couples’ therapy and also for those who are experienced in this field.


EFT Trainer: James Parrin (MIAHIP)

James Parrin is the founder of the EFT Ireland Community (2012), and is a certified EFT trainer, supervisor and therapist. He is an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor with IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy).James has a private practice in Wicklow, Ireland, working with individuals, couples, EFT trainees, supervisees and learning support groups.

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.

Event Schedule:

This EFT Externship is a 4 day workshop spread over two weekends. Starting at 9:30am and ending at 5:00pm each day, participants will learn using a combination of lectures, videotapes, live case consultations and role play exercises. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • See emotional disorders & relationship distress from an attachment perspective.
  • 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.
  • Delineate the stages of the model, interventions most commonly used, and methods to use with couples’ underlying interactional patterns.

Continuing Professional Development:

Certificates will be awarded for CPD days on completion of the 4 days, totalling 28 hours of training. Participants must attend all four days in order to receive their full 28 hours of CPD points and a certificate of completion from ICEEFT. The EFT Externship is the prerequisite course for certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy.


Cost & Booking Information:

€770 or Early Bird Discounted Rate of €700

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis as places are limited.

  Chose one of the following EFT 2024 Externships   Early Bird Ends   Final Payment Due
  13th – 14th January & 27th – 28th January 2024   30th November   16th December
  9th – 10th March & 23rd – 24th March 2024   30th January   10th February
19th – 20th October & 2nd – 3rd November 2024   31st August   21st September

Cancellation Information

Refund requests will be accepted up to 14 days before the workshop commences. However, all refund requests will be subject to a €50 processing fee. No refunds will be given after two weeks before the start of the Externship. However, transferring funds to the following Externship may be possible. If you need any help, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected]. We’re happy to assist you in any way we can.

We are a heartfelt community, which means we understand there may be difficulty in paying in total initially. Please email us if you’re finding it difficult to pay all the fees at once. We want to support your participation on this workshop.

Registration Form: 

To secure your place in the training, please complete all fields in the registration form and select your preferred payment option: deposit, early bird, or full payment.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via email at [email protected] to ask any questions, make enquiries or arrange a phone call. We are always happy to talk about EFT.

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Educational Objectives for each day:

Day 1: Introduction to Couple Distress, Attachment Theory, Process of EFT, the Model, The Research, and The Map

  1. Describe the nature and causes of relationship distress from an attachment perspective.

  2. Describe basic Attachment Theory and how it informs working with couples in EFT.

  3. Describe the systemic elements of EFT.

  4. Describe change factors involved in a couple moving from distress to recovery.

  5. Describe the 3 stages of EFT.

  6. Practice the basic empathy skills that are central to the therapeutic process in EFT.

Day 2: Assessment, Alliance Stage 1

  1. Describe and practice assessment skills in EFT

  2. Describe and practice how to create a therapeutic alliance using: empathic attunement, validation, acceptance, genuineness.

  3. Describe and practice how to enter the experience of partners to find out how each constructs his/her experience of their relationship.

  4. Describe and practice how to track and frame the sequences of interaction that perpetuate couples’ distress.

  5. Describe the difference between primary and secondary emotions.

  6. Describe and practice how to frame the negative cycle (e.g., pursue/withdraw) emphasizing attachment needs (e.g., closeness, connection, importance of the other, fear of loss).

Day 3: EFT Interventions and Change Events Stage 2  

  1. Describe systemic and experiential theories that underlie EFT interventions.

  2. Describe and practice the basic EFT interventions for working with emotion, i.e. reflection, validation, evocative responding, empathic conjecture and heightening.

  3. Describe and practice how to use RISSSC to access and heighten emotional experience.

  4. Describe and practice how to facilitate interaction between partners by using enactments.

  5. Explain how to put the interventions together to facilitate change events.

  6. Describe the three change events in EFT: de-escalation, withdrawer re-engagement and pursuer softening.

  7. Describe and practice the skills of accessing, exploring and deepening emotion.

  8. Describe and practice the skills of facilitating acceptance.

  9. Describe how to choreograph change events using enactments.

Day 4: Individual Therapy and Attachment Injuries

  1. Explain attachment injuries from an Attachment Theory perspective.

  2. Explain the steps toward resolving attachment injuries, creating forgiveness.

  3. Summarize ways to continue learning EFT and refining skills in this method of therapy.

EFT Ireland is a community affiliated with ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy). ICEEFT’s focus is to foster research in the use of EFT, promote quality training and certification in EFT and as a tool and resource for couples and therapists. ICEEFT has a body of process research that demonstrates the rigorous studies conducted in the effectiveness of EFT. More details of these studies are available on