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EFT Core Skills

EFT Core Skills

With ICEEFT Trainers Roy Hodgson, Seattle Center for EFT, and Sharon chatkupt lee, portland center for EFT

Thursday-Friday September 23-24, 2021, November 4-5, 2021

January 27-28, 2022, March 3-4, 2022. Times are 1o am-5 pm Mountain Time.


Take it to the next level! This advanced series of four, intensive, small-group trainings for mental health professionals only are coming again soon. The next series of Core Skills trainings will start September 23-24 and November 4-5, 2021 with Roy Hodgson, and will continue in January, 2022 with Sharon Chatkupt Lee, all in Bozeman.  

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.  

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 Roy

Roy Hodgson, MA, LMFT, LMHC

Roy Hodgson is an ICEEFT trainer and supervisor. He has been involved in EFT trainings throughout the US, most recently doing a joint master class with Susan Johnson, Ed.D. Roy trained for over a decade in EFT, including a year of teleconferences with Susan Johnson. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed mental health counselor in Seattle, and a certified counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors. He has been a guest lecturer and instructor at Antioch University’s couples and family therapy program. Roy was the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy  2014 supervisor of the year. He founded the Seattle Community for EFT. More information about the community and Roy can be found at www.seattleeft.com.


Meet Sharon

Sharon Chatkupt Lee, PsyD

Sharon Chatkupt  Lee, PsyD is an ICEEFT trainer and a psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. Sharon fell in love with EFT and began studying seriously to be an EFT therapist in 2006 along side of advanced gestalt training. Sharon became a founding member for the Oregon Community for Emotionally Focused Therapists, a lovely community of people learning and growing together. Sharon has special interests in supervision and self of therapist challenges in EFT as well as EFT treatment of trauma. Sharon also studies yoga therapy, further developing her work with trauma and the body. Sharon lives with her husband, two teens and a labrodoodle named Huckleberry Finn who works in the office with her. When out of the office you will find her with family, walking in the woods, doing yoga, kayaking, knitting or working on social justice issues.


Pricing, Payment, and Location

Cost is $1800 for 4 weekends.

We will meet in a private residence in Bozeman, or online, depending on the COVID situation this fall. Training cost includes printed materials, snacks, and beverages, if we are meeting in person. On completion of each weekend, 12 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.”

Sign Up/Register

12 CEU's will be provided separately for each weekend.
Payment plan is 3 payments of $610. The second payment will be due 10/15/2021; third payment is due 1/15/2021.
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As an training participant I affirm that I have training and educational qualifications to practice legally as a professional mental health practitioner or am currently in a formal training to be a professional mental health practitioner. I also agree to abide by a mental health professional code of ethics. I will follow legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client and participant information shared in the training. I understand that certification in EFT is offered by the ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification. Enrollment in this training constitutes an agreement to hold harmless Trusted Journeys, Inc. and all presenters and trainers from any and all claims, actions, and judgements, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against claims.
Tuition may be transferred to another colleague by contacting Lori Marchak at trustedjourneys@gmail.com. Refunds are available, less an administrative fee, up to one month before the externship. Five months or more before the training the fee is 20%. Four months up to one month before the training the fee is 40%. No refunds are available within a month of the training.