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An EFT Masterclass:

Fighting for a Safer Connection

Facilitated by EFT Trainer, Lieven Migerode & Jef Slootmaeckers, EFT Trainer in Training


AN EFT Masterclass: Fighting for a Safer Connection

Online for the Irish EFT Community

Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th June 2021
9:30am – 5:00pm Daily

Research shows that intimate partner violence is rather frequent, even more so in couples seeking couples therapy. However, the subject of domestic violence often remains hidden for the therapist. These couples are often refused couples’ therapy unless they have undergone a primary treatment for violence.

The premise of this workshop is that the underlying strong, heavy negative interaction patterns are paramount in the violence. These patterns undoubtedly present a particular challenge for many therapists. What is often remarkable is the fact that many of these couples want us therapists to work towards a safer relationship, where they can stay together and where the violence stops. This poses the important question… how can we do this when violence is often seen as a contraindication for couples’ therapy and EFT? Based on new scientific knowledge about intimate partner violence and their experience, Lieven and Jef worked together to come to a better understanding of this most challenging relational drama.

In this workshop, we outline a theoretical roadmap, demonstrating how we can understand intimate partner violence from an attachment focused point of view. We also explore how EFT be used to help these couples create a safer and more fulfilling connection with one another. We outline specific interventions to use and discuss several important topics including; assessment, de-escalation, the attachment meanings of violence, and the self of therapist.

We will work with video material, role play, personal exercises and make space for conversations.
The workshop offers a mini roadmap that can be inserted into the larger EFT map for couples’ therapy.
Ideally, participants should have a basic training in EFT or should read relevant basic works that we can build on throughout this masterclass.

If possible, you may also wish to read:

Slootmaeckers, J. & Migerode, L. (2018). Fighting for Connection: Patterns of Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 17, 294-312.

Slootmaeckers, J & Migerode, L. (2020). Eft and intimate partner violence. A roadmap to de-escalating violent patterns. Family Process, 59, 2, 328-345, DOI: 10.1111/famp.12468

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Lieven Migerode, certified EFT supervisor and trainer

Lieven introduced Sue Johnson to Belgium on the occasion of the Good Enough Couple Congress in 2006. Lieven has published on the subject of “partner violence and love” along with articles and a book on the subject of love. Migerode,L (2015). Hoe blijf je gelukkig in je relatie. Tielt: Lannoo. (I love you: how to stay happy in your relationship). He is a member of ICEEFT


Jef Slootmaeckers, certified EFT therapist, and EFT Trainer in training

Jef has worked for 15 years with partner violence and specializes in the topic of EFT and Couple Violence. Over the last few years, Jef has trained several teams in working with couples who are highly reactive and violent. Jef and Lieven have worked together for many years & have published several articles about partner violence and couples’ therapy. Jef is also a member of ICEEFT.

Jef Slootmaeckers & Lieven Migerode (2018): Fighting for Connection: Patterns of Intimate Partner Violence, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, DOI:10.1080/15332691.2018.1433568


Early Bird Fee: €300

Full Fee: €330 (After 31st May 2021)

Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th June 2021
9:30am – 5:00pm Daily

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

IBAN: IE48AIBK93355425542012

Please e-mail [email protected] for further electronic transfer details if needed.

Payment can be made by PayPal.
Please use your name as the reference for electronic transfers so that we can identify your payment.

Booking Information:

Welcome to our Fighting for Connection Workshop

A €100 deposit is required to secure your place, and also to ensure that your training event takes place.

Your payment is required in full by Saturday May 29th (4 weeks prior to the workshop commencing). This is so we can prepare and manage the hosting of your event.

Cancellation Information

Until May 15th – Six weeks prior to the Workshop
Cancellations are possible and we will provide a full refund.

After May 15th
Cancellations are possible, and the fee will be refunded with the exception of the deposit, €100.This is due to the sourcing and preparation of the materials, speaker(s) fees, travel expenses, venue bookings and much more.

After June 5th
Fees and deposits cannot be refunded.

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 at once. We want to support your participation on this workshop.

Pre-requisites for Attendance:

Completion of an EFT Externship 

CPD’s and CEU’s

We do not offer CEU’s. We do issue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) attendance certificates of 14 hours.

Registration Form: 

Contact James Parrin to register by phone: 087 202 9755

To secure your place please complete the registration form details below accompanied with the booking deposit. All fields are mandatory.

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