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This four-weekend online 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 32 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.


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: November 5 and 6, 2021

Module Two: January 7 and 8, 2022

Module Three: March 4 and 5, 2022

Module Four: May 6 and 7, 2022


Fridays 3 pm - 7 pm PT

Saturdays 9 am - 1:30 pm PT

Location: Online via Zoom!


$900 in full or 4 installments of $250

Early Bird Discount: $825 by 8/1/21 (must pay in full)

Pre-Licensed Discount: $750 in full

        or 4 installments of $200

CEUs: $30 for 32 CEUs, pending approval. This additional fee will be charged at the end of the course. 

See info below on a special Equity Rate for those from underrepresented communities. 

Equity Rate

We are committed to supporting the growth and development of therapists who are underrepresented in the EFT community.


If you identify with an underrepresented group, such as but not limited to therapists of color, please use the promo code "EQUITY" during check out, and you will receive a 40% discount off of the course price. Please contact us if you have any questions about this discount. 

Meet the Teaching Team

Sarah Ackerman

Certified EFT supervisor

Sarah Ackerman (LMFT 28883) has had a private practice in Berkeley for more than 30 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 (LCS 23644), 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.

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Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification. Enrollment in this training constitutes an agreement to hold harmless The San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI-EFT), and all presenters and trainers from any and all claims, actions, and judgements, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against the same. I have read and agree to follow the terms for participation.

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(NOTE: If you wish to pay with a payment plan, you do not need to complete a purchase on the screen that appears after you submit this form. You may simply close the window that opens upon submission of this form, and await an email link within 24 hours that will allow you to enter your credit card to be charged in four equal payments. You must pay in full to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount.)

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After you click the "Submit" button below, you will be taken to a page where you can select BCS Stage 1. PLEASE NOTE: You will see BCS Stage 2 as an option on that page; however, you must have taken the Stage 1 course in order to sign up for the Stage 2 course.


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