EFT Core Skills

EFT Core Skills

With ICEEFT Trainer ryan Rana, Arkansas Center for EFT

Live in Missoula, Montana

Core Skills 1&2: Thursday-Saturday, December 8-10, 2022 

Core Skills 3&4: Thursday-Saturday, February 23-25, 2023 

Take it to the next level! This accelerated series of advanced, small-group trainings for mental health professionals are coming soon, in person in Missoula, Montana. Registration is expected to fill up shortly after opening. Registration will open on September 24, 2022 for Missoula externship participants, and will open on September 25, 2022 for all other participants. To register, participants must have completed an EFT Externship.  

Successful completion of Core Skills training is a major step on the path to EFT Certification. Core Skills training takes a closer, more in-depth look at the steps and stages of EFT,  moving  therapists to a deeper level of understanding and higher levels of proficiency and confidence in EFT. Core Skills training is highly experiential, including live demonstrations of EFT by the trainers, watching expert sessions on videotape, and numerous small and large group experiential exercises.

Core Skills training is intimate, safe and supportive, with the deeply held belief that by supporting each other, we can all grow to become accomplished EFT couple therapists. Core Skills participants often “bond” with each other and their trainers, forming long-term supportive relationships. Participants are expected to be actively engaged in some couples work and to regularly videotape and review their own work. As a requirement of Core Skills training, each participant will bring a 10-15 minute segment of  their work on videotape to one of the workshop weekends for feedback and case consultation.

We are prepared to deliver this training on-line in an engaging, connecting, and experiential way that mimics the power of meeting in person.  

If you will not be at our September, 2022 externship with Ryan Rana and would like to register for this Core Skills, please contact Jennifer Walrod at jenniferwalrod@pm.me.


More Details

Benefits of attending this EFT Core Skills:

  • Become more confident in your skills, and have greater outcome success, working with couples, individuals and families.
  • Do a deep dive into couple work, including exploring your own barriers to relationship security.
  • Develop strong relationships with a small group of cohorts.
  • Grow your practice and reputation.
  • Earn 48 CEUs for mental health professionals.
  • Find more happiness in your own life by changing how you see and are in relationships!
Training Overview

This in-depth training will be highly experiential, teaching Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples largely through demonstration, video clips, and experiential participant exercises. This training is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding and appreciation for the EFT model, and begin the process of expanding and honing their skills. Weekend 1 expands and deepens EFT assessment, alliance development, and tracking the cycle (Steps 1 and 2 of EFT). Weekend 2 expands and deepens participant’s ability to work with vulnerable, primary emotions, and to reframe the cycles as attempts to meet unmet attachment needs (Steps 3 and 4). Weekend 3 helps participants to work more successfully to help the more withdrawing partner change their position in the cycle to become emotionally accessible and assertive (Steps 5-7, Withdrawer Re-engagement). Weekend 4 helps participants to work more successfully to help the pursuing partner change their position in the cycle to become emotionally vulnerable when reaching for comfort and connection (Steps 5-7, Blamer Softening).

Meet Ryan

Ryan Rana, PhD

Dr. Rana, a former counseling/marriage and family university faculty member, did much of his psychotherapy training in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson and George Faller. After years of experience practicing in community mental health and private practice, Ryan restarted his clinical orientation with EFT training in the early 2000’s – later designated as a Trainer by Sue Johnson and ICEEFT. Ryan is currently the president, after founding, the Arkansas EFT community in 2012-13.  Additionally, Ryan and his wife Anne cofounded The Joshua Center in Arkansas, in which he practices and is the Executive Director.  He maintains a clinical practice specializing in work with: couples, trauma, sexuality, anxiety, depression, family problems and executive leadership – as well as other similar areas.  He also does intensives with couples in addition to his passion to advance EFT via education and trainings in areas around the world.  Before being a therapist, Ryan was a collegiate athlete and pitching coach in baseball.  Ryan also spends significant time studying military training and practice and how it relates to the process of strategies of change and healing in therapy – as well as commonly working with military and first responder members/couples. Ryan also is a cofounder and host of two training platforms.  The Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy podcast, The Leading Edge: Transforming your Leadership Through Attachment Science, and a large internet based training site called www.successinvulnerability.com.  


Pricing, Payment, and Location

Cost is $1800 for 2 intensive weekends, plus a $50 fee for snacks, beverages, and bag lunches (optional, if you prefer to bring your own).

We will meet in a TBD location in Missoula. Training cost includes printed materials. On completion of each three-day weekend, 24 CEU’s are awarded to mental health professionals. Your registration will be confirmed when payment is received. Pay by credit card or PayPal below.

All times are 10 am-5 pm, including an approximately hour-long lunch break.

Advance study materials

Reading Sue Johnson’s latest textbook, Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples and Families, 2019 is required for this training. 

We also recommend studying Sue’s 2004 textbook, and working through the accompanying workbook. 

  • The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection Susan M. Johnson, 2nd Edition, 2004
  • Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook Susan M. Johnson, et al, 2005
Skill and Dexterity are Key

Michelle Pittack, LCPC, Billings

My journey into an EFT Externship followed by Core Skill trainings has absolutely transformed my work as a therapist! EFT has
changed me as a mom, wife, friend and human being as well. This opportunity has expanded my skill base, my consciousness and my ability to connect on a deep level with couples as well as with my individual clients. EFT inspires me! This training is the best investment I have made in my professional and personal growth.

Jennifer Walrod, LCSW, Missoula

The Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship and Core Skills has, without a doubt, been the most valuable, rewarding and beautiful experience of my 25 year career. This training as grown me in ways I could not have imagined, both professionally and personally. I truly believe every therapist who has a desire to deepen, polish and enhance their therapeutic skills will profoundly benefit from training in EFT. What a gift this has been to my clients and….to me!”

Joe Keller, LCSW, LAC, Kalispell

My private practice has changed so much. I feel much more effective. Clients are naturally drawn into the process. Real change is happening. I’m so glad I’ve committed to learning EFT.”

Cyndi McNeil, LMFT, Hamilton

“The EFT Externship and Core Skills is an absolute game changer and a “must do” if you want to work successfully with couples! My couples are actually healing, therapy is more succinct, and I have a ‘road map’ which is an unbelievably empowering tool! I have transformed as a person and as a therapist.”