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This four-weekend course on Stage Two will help you deepen and fine-tune the complex skills needed to be an advanced EFT practitioner, prepared to move couples through the Change Events of Withdrawer Re-engagement and Pursuer Softening. 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 CEs 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 BCS: Stage One to register for this course.

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

Stage Two Course

This course aims to deepen understanding and develop skills to better help couples heal their connection. 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.  

In BCS: Stage Two, we will cover: 

  • Moving from Stage One to Stage Two;

  • Withdrawer Re-Engagement (WRE);

  • Assessing the Completion of WRE;

  • Pursuer Softening;

  • Working with Trauma in EFT. 

In addition, you will have access to over three hours of prerecorded teaching videos during the duration of the course!

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. CEUs will be provided for those who complete the full course.

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Module One: September 27 and 28, 2024

Module Two: December 6 and 7, 2024

Module Three: February 7 and 8, 2025

Module Four: April 11 and 12, 2025


Fridays 2 pm - 6 pm PT

Saturdays 9 am - 1:30 pm PT

Location: Online via Zoom!


Payment Plans available for all of the below pricing: select

"afterpay" at checkout...


Very Early Bird Discount: $1,400 by 6/15/24

Early Bird Discount: $1,500 by 8/15/24

Pre-Licensed Discount: Save $200 off of the above amounts

BCS Grad Discount: Save $200 off the above amounts

CEs: $40 for 32 CEUs by Alliant University, approved by APA and California BBS.* This additional fee will be charged separately by Alliant after completion of the course. 


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

* 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 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 is also certified in AEDP, and has also received

advanced training 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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