Registration is closed.

2021-2022 registration will open in spring/summer of 2021. 



This four-weekend course on Stage One will help you deepen and fine-tune the complex skills needed to be an advanced EFT practitioner, prepared to move couples through the Change Event of De-Escalation. Through lecture, video review, small-group discussion and extensive experiential exercises, your understanding of the model will take root. 

We are in the process of applying for 30 CEUs. There will be an additional charge of $30 for the CEUs.

PREREQUISITE: You must have completed an Externship and a Core Skills to take this course.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at all four modules of the course is necessary for completion of the course and for the awarding of any CEUs. 


This online course aims to deepen understanding and develop skills to better help couples heal their connection and achieve De-Escalation. We will emphasize the most up-to-date understanding of how to learn and practice EFT as described in Sue Johnson’s new book, Attachment Theory in Practice.  

Additional topics covered will include:

  • idenitfying and working with the Elements of Emotion;

  • moving through the EFT Tango;

  • working with trauma in EFT;

  • working with the crisis of affair discovery;

  • working with issues of safety related to privilege and oppression, and more.


And you will have the opportunity to bring a couple for a live session with one of the teaching team! 


We want this to be a chance for everyone to gain confidence and skill, and to dive into the nuances of this complex work among a supportive community of fellow learners. Enrollment is limited. CEU approval underway; assuming they are approved, CEUs will be provided for those who complete the full course.

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Module One: October 23 and 24, 2020

Module Two: December 4 and 5, 2020

Module Three: February 5 and 6, 2021

Module Four: April 2 and 3, 2021


Fridays 3 pm - 7 pm PT

Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm PT

Location: Online via Zoom!


$900 in full or 4 installments of $250

Early Bird Discount: $825 by 9/18/20 (must pay in full)

Pre-Licensed Discount: $750 in full

        or 4 installments of $200

CEUs: $30 for 30 CEUs, pending approval

Meet the Teaching Team

Sarah Ackerman

Certified EFT supervisor

Sarah Ackerman, MFT, has had a private practice in Berkeley for more than 25 years. Trained initially in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Women's Therapy Center in El Cerrito and subsequently with the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis of Northern California, she has more recently been immersed in attachment based modalities, most notably Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as Diana Fosha’s AEDP model for individuals. She works with adult individuals and couples. She also supervises learners of EFT, and has assisted in numerous Externships and Core Skills.. She has served on the board of the Northern California Community of EFT Therapists. Additionally she has a certification in Mind-Body Medicine from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC.


jamie bachman

Certified EFT supervisor

 Jamie Bachman, LCSW, is in private practice in Oakland. He works with couples and also with families and individuals. Jamie provides individual and group consultation and supervision in EFT, and has assisted in numerous Externships and Core Skills, as well as conducting Hold Me Tight groups with Sarah. He is on the adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley's MSW program, where he has taught Family Therapy and Theory and Practice classes. He is also on the faculty at the Psychotherapy Institute's (TPI) Supervision Studies Program, and is a supervisor for TPI’s postgraduate training program in psychodynamic therapy. Jamie worked for 12 years in hospice, providing clinical supervision and management for social workers serving families facing end of life. Jamie has also received advanced training in AEDP and at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC.