Speakers EFT-Trained Cohort

5th EFT International Summer School 2020 in London, UK

From Shattered Attachment to Recovery and Growth

EFT-Trained Cohort

1th July – 4th July

Dr Sue Johnson, founder and director of ICEEFT, Canada, live webinar with Q&As ‘The Future of Psychotherapy – Attachment Science in Action’

Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
Sue’s newest book, Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families, shows the promise of attachment science in terms of making sense of and repairing our most precious relationships and thriving as strong resilient individuals. Attachment science offers us the most potent model for therapeutic change, especially when dealing with anxiety and depression, and that, of all models of intervention, EFT most closely captures the essence of the attachment perspective. It targets the defining feature of survival-oriented human connection, namely strong emotion, and systematically shapes core bonding interactions with others.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue was appointed in 2017 as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour recognising outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honoured by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them. This best seller has been adapted and developed into a relationship education and enhancement program. This Hold Me Tightâ program has been translated into numerous languages and also adapted for specific groups such as for couples facing heart disease, for families with teens, and for Christian couples, and is also offered in an online format.

Her book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains counsellors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 65 international institutes and affiliated centres who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs, the U.S. and Canadian military, and New York City Fire Department.

She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband. She adores Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.


  • Order of Canada – Awarded 2017
  • Family Psychologist of the Year award – American Psychological Association (APA), Div. 43 – 2016
  • Invited to give the 21st John Bowlby Memorial Lecture at the John Bowlby Memorial Conference 2014, London, UK
  • Professional Training Award – American Association for Marriage And Family Therapy – 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Awarded by the Belgium Association for Couple and Family Therapy – 2009
  • Research in Family Therapy Award
    Awarded by the American Family Therapy Academy-2005
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage & Family Therapy Award
    Awarded by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy-2000
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Family Division)
    Susan Johnson was made a Fellow in recognition of her contribution to this area-2003
  • Excellence in Education Teaching Award
    Awarded by the University of Ottawa-2002
  • YMCA Women of Distinction Award

Awarded for work in Health and Well-Being-2001

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Lieven Migerode, clinical Psychologist, LMFT, certified EFT supervisor and trainer, presentation ‘Fighting for Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and EFT’ with Jef Slootmaeckers.

Lieven is the founder and president of EFT – Belgium. He trained EFT in Belgium, The Netherlands, Romania, Italy, Iran, South- Africa and Poland. He has more than 40 years experience as a couple therapist. He is a MFT trainer and supervisor for the Belgian association of Couple and Marital Therapy (BVRGS). He was the president of the BVRGS from 2008 until 2015. He is co-director, therapist and supervisor at Context: centre for couple and family therapy UPCKULeuven and co-director with Prof dr. P. Rober of the postgraduate training in MFT of the Catholic University Leuven. He published earlier on the subject of partner violence and love. He also published 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). Lieven is a member of ICEEFT

Jef Slootmaeckers, Social Worker, LMFT, certified EFT therapist, and EFT Supervisor, presentation ‘Fighting for Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and EFT’ with Lieven Migerode.

Jef has more than 12 years experience working with partner violence. He is specialized in EFT and couple violence. He worked in a shelter for women and children and later he worked for years in a specialized centre for couple therapy with violent couples. Now, he has a private practice for EFT-therapy, supervision and training. Over the last few years, Jef trained several teams in working with highly reactive and violent couples.  Together with Lieven Migerode he published several articles about partner violence and couple therapy. He is member of ICEEFT. Recently Jef and Lieven wrote a book in Dutch about EFT and partner violence. Together, they trained their approach in Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, New York and Ireland.

Michael Barnett , USA, MA, Ed.S, an ICEEFT certified supervisor and EFT trainer, the founder and director of the Atlanta Center for EFT, Presentation Working with Addictions in EFT.

Michael Barnett, MA, Ed.S, LPC, EFT Trainer, is a licensed psychotherapist in Atlanta, Georgia with over 30 years of clinical experience. Michael is an EFT trainer and is the founder and director of the Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is also a partner at Pine River Psychotherapy Associates, a highly respected and visionary private practice in Atlanta since its inception in the 1970s. Prior to starting his private practice in 1993, Michael worked in inpatient addiction treatment centres, experiential outdoor training facilities focusing on the healing of addictive processes, and in intensive outpatient addiction programmes. By the time that he began his training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples in 2005, he had led dozens of trainings for psychotherapy professionals, and business leaders alike. By 2008 Michael became an ICEEFT Certified Trainer in the model and was leading EFT certification trainings, workshops and speaking engagements on EFT across North America, and Canada. Michael has ardently worked toward integrating working with addictive disorders through both traditional and experiential processes.

This humanistic, attachment-based work culminated in a systematic creation for tailoring the EFT model to more effectively treat couples who present on the addictive continuum. In doing so Michael has offered a unique addition to this wonderful body of EFT education. In February 2017, he and several colleagues completed a 3-year research project implementing EFT into the treatment regime at a metropolitan inpatient addiction hospital in Atlanta. The data is currently being analysed and will hopefully be completed within the next eighteen months. In September 2017, Michael was selected to co-present at the EFT Summit with Dr. Gabor Mate, where they had the opportunity to share their personal and clinical insights about working with addictions from a humanistic perspective to a broad audience of psychotherapists from around the world. Michael and Dr. Silvina Irwin were also invited to co-present at the LACEFT and ACEFT masterclass series on working with trauma through the EFT model. They have added a special emphasis to the secondary traumatisation that can impact therapists working so closely with traumatised clients.
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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 at 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 4th July – 9.30am-1pm


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