2024 Toronto Externship Training - 24 Hours

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In Person with ICEEFT Trainers

Robin Williams Blake and Dr. Senem Zeytinoglu-Saydam

The Toronto Centre for EFT presents an 
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) Externship In Person

May 13-16, 2024

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy® is a training in the  EFT for Couples (EFCT) stream.

The Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy® Externship is an immersive four-day (24 - hour) training designed for therapists seeking specialization in EFCT. Facilitated by certified trainers, it delivers a thorough initiation into the EFCT model, emphasizing the science of attachment and a systematic approach to couple therapy. This training holds paramount importance for therapists, providing essential skills to cultivate secure and resilient relationships in therapy. Serving as the initial training in larger certification process, it paves the way for advanced practice, significantly boosting therapists' effectiveness and confidence in their clinical work with couples. 
Our four-day Externship provides an overview of the entire EFCT model, including stages of treatment and the moves of the EFT Tango. Gain the tools to see which patterns keep clients stuck in distress, and learn how principles of attachment theory translate to organic, on-target interventions. Backed by 30 years of empirical research, guide your individual, couple, and family clients to see change in every session.

Convenient Location 
175 Bloor Street East 
(at Church Street )
Toronto, ON

4- Day 24-hour Training Schedule

10:00 am – 5:30 pm (includes lunch and two breaks)
 First Day Registration - 9:30 am

Training Fee

$1075 + HST (Early bird fee before Apr. 10th)

$1200.00 + HST (Full fee after Apr. 10th)

$820 + HST (Student fee)

Space is Limited

Transform and deepen the way you work with clients to produce real change in every session.

This experiential training is presented in person and includes:
recorded therapy sessions demonstrating how to employ the EFT Tango methodology
recorded therapy sessions for discussion
presentations of theory and clinical techniques
skill training exercises
discussion of cases

Course Objectives

  • Participants will gain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy” approach.
  • Participants will be able to view clients in their negative interpersonal attachments and conceptualize relationship distress and repair based on theories of attachment and emotion
  • EFT is a relational therapy. The externship will focus on working with couples general model of EFT (romantic relationships including CNM) as laid out in the 2019 book, Attachment Theory and Practice, and present the model as it is implemented in couple therapy sessions.
  • Participants will develop skills in sharing, maintaining an engaged, open and collaborative alliance with clients.
  • Participants will develop skills in the 5 moves of the basic macro-intervention – the EFT tango – in order to change patterns of affect regulation, models of self and other, strategies for engaging with others and interactional patterns.
  • Participants will develop skills in EFT micro interventions taken from experiential and systemic models of intervention.
  • Participants will develop skills in overcoming common blocks and impasses in all three therapy modalities and so shaping core corrective emotional experience that lead to constructive dependency.

Who is this training for?

All mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, family physicians, social workers, psychiatric nurses, counsellors (including couples and family therapists), pastors and clergy, and students training in these professions. School counsellors are permitted to attend if they are licensed and belong to a professional body that has standards of practice for psychotherapy/counselling. EFCT works across cultures and sexual orientations. 
Life coaches are not permitted to attend unless they also meet one of the mental health professional categories listed above.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Careful attention will be given to the selection of case examples to include minorities cultures. The C.A.R.E framework of EFT assessment will be discussed illustrating, how understanding a client's cultural context, is important in understanding attachment and affect regulation strategies.



Here are a few testimonials from participants regarding their 2023 Externship training experience.

  • I appreciated the experiential learning throughout the training which helped to solidify the concepts.
  • The trainers and team created and modelled a safe space where  participants could be vulnerable
  • I loved that we got to see the theory, tapes and then discuss ourselves in smaller group.
  • Senem and Robin worked well together - bring their knowledge and their hearts to the training.
  • Great to see different ethnicities and Queer clients represented in the case material. 
  • The you for the special attention and care in all details including printing out the slides. 
  • I appreciated the organization of material and how it was relayed
  • The printed workbooks, the well presented material, the professionalism of the trainers and the fun graduation in the last hour - thank you for a wonderful experience. 

Recommended Reading

  • “Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families” by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
  • Save 25% thanks to Guilford Press with promo code ZFEFT. This publication is available in hardcover or eBook.
  • “Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)” by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.
  • This publication is available on Amazon in paperback or eBook.

At this time you can choose an Early Bird or Student fee (proof of enrollment in a graduate course will be required). Then click on blue button below to fill out registration form. Thank you.

Meet your ICEEFT Trainers

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Dr. Zeytinoglu-Saydam

Dr. Senem Zeytinoğlu Saydam worked as an assistant professor at Ozyeğin University’s Department of Psychology and the program director of the its couple and family therapy masters program in İstanbul, Turkey until recently.  Currently living in Toronto, Senem is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an AAMFT and CAMFT clinical fellow and AAMFT and CAMFT approved supervisor. She is a certified EFT therapist, supervisor and trainer. She holds a private practice where she sees individuals, couples and families and provides supervision to clinicians. 
Senem received her Masters’ degree from Columbia University Teachers College in counseling psychology and her doctoral degree from Drexel University in couple and family therapy. Her dissertation was on experiences of parents raising a child with cleft lip and/or palate. She is the recipient of Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy Social Justice Award from Drexel University. Her research and clinical interests include person of the therapist, couples issues, medical family therapy and coping with illness and trauma. 
She is the co-founder and the president of Turkish Emotionally Focused Individual, Couple and Family Therapies Association. She is currently serving on the boards of Turkish Couple and Family Therapy Association and International Family Therapy Association. 

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Robin Williams Blake

Robin is a registered psychotherapist and a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy trainer and supervisor. Presently he is a faculty member in the graduate program for Sir Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches EFT Externships and Core Skills as well as serves as a guest speaker in their continued education program. In the past few years Robin has taught EFT at York University in their graduate social work program as well as been invited by Mount Sinai Hospital to present in their level two trauma clinic. Robin is a former adjunct faculty member of the Living Institute of Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy with he taught an introduction to EFT for 4 years. Robin trains EFT in Fredericton, Cambridge, York region, and Toronto and is pleased to add Edmonton to his list of Canadian cities this fall. He is the co-founder of the Toronto Centre for EFT and has been a director since 2005. Robin has been in private practice in Toronto for 20 years where he sees individuals, couples and families with adult children using the EFT model as well providing EFT consultation to psychotherapists working towards EFT certification.

For more information, questions or concerns please contact:

Robin Willliams Blake