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Paul Ekman

“It is our responsibility to learn to become emotionally intelligent. These are skills, they’re not easy, nature didn’t give them to us – we have to learn them.”

Here are the standards for Levels 1, 2, 3 from ISEFT and what our Basic Workshop Offerings are at the Alberta Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy:

Completion of Basic EFT Training

Individuals who have completed any of these levels of training can be listed on the ISEFT training programme website and in the ISEFT website as iSEFT members on the basis of having Completed Basic EFT Training (as long as their dues are currently paid up and they agree to be listed). Completing training does not guarantee competence.

A. Participants Should Have a Minimum Prior Training

Must have a professional training in some form of therapy and be an accredited practitioner.  If not humanistic-experiential therapy (eg person-centered, focusing-oriented, gestalt), recommend additional empathy and person-centered training. It is recommended that for therapists who have no prior training in humanistic-experiential therapies, a module focused on empathic tracking, listening, and responding be included in the training.

B. Basic Didactic/Experiential Workshop Training (Levels 1 & 2)

Minimum 8 days (but can be longer), run by certified or approved EFT trainers, covering at least:

  • Empathy/relational skills
  • Emotion theory, emotion change principles and emotional deepening
  • Basic markers/tasks: focusing/clearing a space, unfolding, two chair (conflict and self-interruption splits, self-soothing), empty chair
  • EFT case formulation

C. Initial Supervisory Experience (Level 3)

  • (a) At least 3 days group supervision (with presentation of at least one client for 1 hour); or
  • (b) five hours of individual supervision of own work with at least 2 clients

Must be signed off on by their approved EFT supervisor on the basis of actually doing EFT to at least a minimal degree and not some other therapy as demonstrated by these these EFT skills:

  1. Empathy
  2. Marker identification
  3. Emotional deepening
  4. Appropriate use of EFT tasks, such as focusing, reprocessing, enactment/active expression work, alliance/interpersonal/relational work
  5. Ability to think about clients in EFT terms (case formulation, process identification, marker identification, use of experiential formulation responses)