EFT-Trained Programme

5th EFT International Summer School 2020 in London, UK

From Shattered Attachment to Recovery and Growth

EFT-Trained Cohort

1st July – 4th July

1st & 2nd July (full day + morning)

‘Fighting for Connection: EFT and Intimate Partner Violence’

with Lieven Migerode, EFT Trainer, and Jef Slootmaeckers, EFT supervisor, Belgium.

Research shows that intimate partner violence is rather frequent, even more so in couples seeking couples therapy. However, the subject of violence often remains hidden for the therapist. Where it is clear that there is intimate partner violence couples seeking therapy may not be accepted, at least until there has been individual treatment of the violence.

The vision of this workshop is that, in many couples, the underlying strong, heavy negative interaction patterns have a key role in the violence. We stress how these patterns can be understood in an attachment frame.

When the violence between the partners becomes the subject of the therapeutic process it is remarkable that these couples mostly want us, therapists, to work towards a safer relationship where they can stay together and where the violence stops. How can this be approached when violence is often seen as a contraindication for couple’s therapy and EFT? Based on new scientific knowledge about intimate partner violence and their clinical experience, Lieven and Jef have worked together to come to a better understanding of this difficult relational drama. Our work is based on EFT because, as an attachment based psychotherapy, EFT is well suited to help the couples to stop the violence and find connection again.

In this workshop we outline a theoretical roadmap to understand intimate partner violence from an attachment focused point of view. In this we still exclude Intimate Terrorism because its underlying control mechanism makes it unsuitable for couples work. We refine the art of working with EFT towards a therapy process where hope and taking responsibility go hand in hand with emotion work, cycle work. Accepting the humanity of the partners while at the same time holding every person accountable for his or her actions is key. We outline specific interventions to use and discuss important topics such as assessment, de-escalation, the attachment meanings of violence, and the self of therapist.

We will work with video material, role play, personal exercise and make space for discussion.

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. (2019). EFT and Intimate Partner Violence. A roadmap to de-escalating violent patterns. Family Process DOI: 10.1111/famp.12468

2nd July (afternoon)

‘The Future of Psychotherapy – Attachment Science in Action’

featuring Dr Sue Johnson, Canada, developer of EFT, live webinar with Q&As  from participants.

It has been acknowledged for many years that the field of psychotherapy is in chaos – so many therapy models, diagnoses and disorders, and micro-interventions. Attachment theory and science offers us the long awaited straight path home to clarity, integration and order in our field. Attachment now offers us a map, an empirically tested map, to the emotional life and stuck places of adults and the dramas that shape their sense of self and how they relate to others. This presentation will outline the implications of attachment theory for psychotherapy and use the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy with individuals, couples and families to illustrate those principles. A series of key interventions will be outlined.

Sue Johnson presentation will be based on her exciting and innovative new book, Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families.

There will also be time for questions to Sue and further discussion supported by Gulya Diyarova and Sandra Taylor.

3rd & 4th July (full day + morning)

‘Addressing Addiction, Fostering Secure Attachment with Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples’

with Michael Barnett, EFT Trainer, USA.

Psychotherapy with couples is both multi-layered and complex, often challenging the most skilled of therapists. In this fast-paced, technology-driven era that we live in, where true connection is often at a premium, substance use has escalated to epidemic proportions. It is not uncommon for couple’s therapists to be confronted with the additional challenge of contending with a pernicious “third-party” that lurks within the shadows of distressed relationships: Addiction. Although we have the superb modality, EFT, to help couples find their way to genuine, loving communion with one another, addictions present very significant obstacles to effectively working with couples that seek our services. In this experiential training, we will explore specific, and necessary ways to tailor EFT skills and interventions in order to better address the impact that addiction has on the couple therapy process.

This interactive workshop will use role-plays, video clip demonstrations, and didactic material for discussion and exploration.

EFT Therapists will learn:

  • An overview of addictive processes; physical, relational, and emotional
  • How to understand addiction through the attachment lens
  • How addiction impacts the system: Ways to place addictive behaviours into the negative cycle
  • The impact of addiction on emotional fluency and process
  • Leveraging attachment processes to break through addictive denial
  • The high prevalence of attachment injuries and other relational trauma where addiction is present.

Program Objectives:

  1. Describe the relational, and emotional function of addictive processes
  2. Describe and identify addiction through the lens of attachment theory
  3. Describe how addiction organises the relational system
  4. Describe how to integrate addictive behaviours into the negative interactional cycle
  5. Identify the impact of addiction on emotional processing
  6. Describe working within the window of tolerance to safely process emotion
  7. Utilise EFT to break through addictive denial without shaming and confrontation
  8. Utilise an attachment-based understanding of the impact of addiction on the brain and relationships.
  9. Describe how to clinically alter the basic EFT assessment process to better work with addictive processes
  10. Demonstrate how to assess for contraindications when addiction is present in the couples process.
  11. Identify personal biases that alter presence when working with clients on the addictive continuum

Times: Days to run from 9.30am till 5pm on all days.
Registration and the Schedule
– Registration for 4-Day and Block 1 participants – Wed 1st July at 8.30am
(the training will run 9.30am till 5pm),
Thurs 2nd July – 9.30 till 5pm,
– Registration for Block 2 participants – Thurs 2nd July at 1pm
(the training will run till 5pm)

– Friday 3rd July – 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 4th July – 9.30am-1pm


We normally take a decision as to whether we have sufficient numbers to run an event six weeks prior to the event.

If you are having to travel to London, we suggest that you bear this in mind when making your travel and accommodation arrangements as we cannot be held liable for any costs incurred if we have to cancel an event.
​Please take care of your personal safety and your belongings while at our training events. We are not responsible for any accident or personal injury that occurs during our training events or items that are lost or stolen during our courses and workshops.
EFT International School reserves the right to amend, change or cancel workshops or trainers at its own discretion due to circumstances beyond our control.

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