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Registration closes on 10/29/23!

Note: New times to make BCS accessible for those on the East Coast of the US and in many Eastern Hemisphere nations...



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 securing 32 CEUs through Alliant University, provided for an additional charge of $40 to be collected by Alliant at the end of the course.

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. 

Stage One Course

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.


In addition to the 32 hours of class time, you will have access during the duration of the course to at least five hours of prerecorded teaching on subjects such as the Tango, Elements of Emotion, Assessment and Alliance, Working with Trauma, Affair Discovery, the Components of De-escalation, 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 3 and 4, 2023

Module Two: January 5 and 6, 2024

Module Three: March 1 and 2, 2024

Module Four: May 3 and 4, 2024


Fridays 8 am - 12 pm PT

Saturdays 8 am - 12:30 pm PT

Note: New times to make the course more accessible for those on the East Coast of the US and in many Eastern Hemisphere nations...

Location: Online via Zoom!


$1,600 in full or 8 monthly payments of $225

Early Bird Discount: $1,500 by 8/1/23 (must pay in full)

Pre-Licensed Discount: Save $250 off of the above amounts

BCS Grad Discount: Save $250 off the above amounts

CEUs: Application pending for 32 CEUs through Alliant University, approved by APA and California BBS.* An additional $40 fee will be charged for CEUs at the end of the course. 

See info below on a special Equity Rate for those from underrepresented communities. Also, for those therapists in countries where therapist fees are significantly lower than in the US, please contact us if the cost of the course is prohibitive for you. 

* Alliant International University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Alliant International University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 32 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Note that it is common for states to accept continuing education courses offered by CE Sponsors for APA, or to accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling. 

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 is a Certified AEDP therapist as well as a Certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist. 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 at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC.

Register BCS Stage One
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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.

After you click the "Submit" button below, you will be taken to the Kajabi payment page where you can select BCS Stage One.

Purchase S1 Tango Video
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Purchase a sample Teaching Video:
Stage One Tangos

Interested in BCS, but unsure about making such a big investment? For $50, you can purchase "Stage One Tangos," one of our many BCS Teaching Videos. You will get a feel for us and our approach, and learn a lot about the Tango in the process! 

Our 75-minute "Stage One Tango" Teaching Video walks through how to perform each move of the Tango in detail, as well as discussing common challenges, how to somatically feel the natural rhythm of the EFT Tango for more intuitive learners, and more. 

And for those who purchase this video and then go on to register for the 2023-2024 BCS: Stage One, you will receive the $50 back through a discount code for course registration! 

Note: No CEs are provided for this sample video. Video will be available for streaming for one year from the date of purchase.

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