Changing Emotions with Emotions
International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy
Minimum Training Standards for Individual Therapy Training Programs(12 June 2015 Version)
1. The ISEFT Board has created minimum standards for training programs in order for the program to be recognised as an ISEFT certified training that meets criteria for training in EFT.
2. Approved training institutes need to ensure that the minimum criteria are met. They also determine any additional criteria specific to the needs of their training program. They also administer the issuing of certificates of levels of training and supervision attained and if they choose any certification of therapists who come under their training program according to the standards set by the training program as relevant to their context.
3. There are six levels of recognition and also the possibility of certification.
Level A: Completion of Basic EFT Training4. Given the many years it takes to train as a therapist and more specifically as an EFT therapist and the numerous general and specific components of being a good therapist, we believe that a process of certification requires in-depth training. Given that some people in some contexts are interested in getting certification as quickly as they can it is important for training programs to note that training in EFT to the level of basic training will take the equivalent of a minimum of 8 days depending on people’s background training, while training to the level of supervised practice will take at least a further 16 hours of direct personal supervision. ISEFT recognises people who have been supervised as EFT therapists as able to offer EFT therapy but does not certify them as competent or not. Training to be a certified EFT therapist, a supervisor or trainer, however, attests to an evaluation of competence and involves further intensive in depth training and supervision beyond minimum basic training and supervised practice. This will take many years involving a significant amount of supervision, practice, and personal experience. Those people who have undergone certification will have been evaluated as demonstrating competence.
Level B: Completion of Completion of EFT Supervised Practice
Level C: Certified EFT Therapist
Level D: Supervisor
Level E: Trainer
Level A: Completion of Basic EFT Training
Individuals who have completed this level of training will be listed on the training programme website and in the ISEFT website as iSEFT members on the basis of having Completed Basic EFT Training (as long as their dues are currently paid up and they agree to be listed). Completing training does not guarantee competence.
1. Participants should have a minimum prior training: Must have a professional training in some form of therapy and be an accredited practitioner. If not humanistic-experiential therapy (eg person-centered, focusing-oriented, gestalt), recommend additional empathy and person centered training. It is recommended that for therapists who have no prior training in humanistic-experiential therapies, a module focused on empathic tracking, listening, and responding be included in the training.
2. Basic didactic/experiential workshop training (=Levels 1 & 2): Minimum 8 days (but can be longer), run by certified or approved EFT trainers, covering at least:
Empathy/relational skillsEmotion theory, emotion change principles and emotional deepeningBasic markers/tasks: focusing/clearing a space, unfolding, two chair (conflictand self-interruption splits, self-soothing), empty chairEFT case formulation
3. Initial Supervisory Experience: (a) At least 3 days group supervision (with presentation of at least one client for 1 hour); or (b) five hours of individual supervision of own work with at least 2 clients,
Level B: Completion of EFT Supervised Practice
Trainees who have completed this level of training will be listed on the training programme website and in the ISEFT website as Completion of EFT Supervised Practice Requirement. Completing Supervised Practice does not guarantee competence.
1. Completion of Basic EFT Training [Level A]
2. Direct Personal Supervision of own work (review of recordings of sessions): minimum 16 hrs, with at least 2 clients, in group or individual format
3. Recommended Practice: See at least two individual clients for a total of at least 60 sessions of EFT including empathy, deepening, tasks, and case formulation.
Level C: Certified EFT Therapist
1. EFT Level B: Completion of EFT Supervised Practice
2. Evaluation of EFT Therapist Skills
- Marker identification
- Emotional deepening
- Appropriate use of EFT tasks, such as focusing, reprocessing, enactment/active expression work, alliance/interpersonal/relational work
- Ability to think about clients in EFT terms (case formulation, process identification, marker identification, use of experiential formulation responses)
Level D: Certified EFT Supervisor
The local programs will approve supervisors. ISEFT will list supervisors on its website.
- Level C: Certified EFT Therapist
- Prior accreditation as a supervisor; or supervision of supervision; or one or more rounds as assistant trainer (facilitator for skill practice) for level A (EFT 1 or 2)
- Accreditation/approval by an approved EFT Trainer per their judgement
Facilitators assist EFT trainers at training workshops. Facilitators have completed EFT supervised practice (Level B). They facilitate and supervise the small-group breakout therapy skill practice groups during EFT workshops. Facilitators are en route to becoming supervisors or trainers.
Level E: Certified EFT Trainer
Note: Grandparenting of previously trained EFT therapists and graduate students will at present be done on a case by case basis.