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2024 EFT Externship

September 4 - 7, 2024

In Person in Seattle, WA   -   $1150

Join us for an official externship in EFT endorsed by Sue Johnson, Ed.D., and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). The externship is the first training requirement towards certification in EFT.

We’re pleased to announce that the 2024 Seattle externship is planned be held in person. It will provide the safety we all seek while enjoying a fantastic learning opportunity.  James Furrow and Veronica Kallos-Lilly will teach live sections. We will meet from 9:00am to 4:30pm each day. September 4-7, 2024.

Looking Forward to Seeing You!

The Workshop

EFT continues to have the best outcomes and research support of any couples therapy. Over the course of four days you will gain understanding of the basic tenets, processes, and interventions of EFT. You will be given a map to lead your couples out of negative cycles into bonding and connection. It’s not unusual for therapists to report the externship as a groundbreaking change to the way they see relationships and the couples they treat.

Learn about the “tango,” which is how we process emotion and make sense of it. Discover new ways to help your clients past their blocks and stuck places. You will see examples of EFT with couples, individuals, and families.

The externship combines various learning approaches: Lectures to gain a basic understanding of EFT. Experiential exercises to help bring the material alive and ground you in it. Video of sessions to strengthen awareness of the model. Whenever possible, one of the trainers conducts a live session with a couple. If we meet online videos of live sessions will be shown instead.

The live session is a wonderful way to watch EFT in action. It brings in a couple who is in therapy with one of the externship participants, to work with one of the workshop presenters. The couple’s current therapist does a very short presentation of the couple to the group, about 10 to 15 minutes. Then the trainer works with the couple in a standard session in a closed room, with the session broadcast to the participants in the main room. Afterwards, the group prepares positive feedback for the couple, which is provided to them in the therapy room. Finally the group has a chance to ask questions, raise issues, and discuss the session with the trainer.

For the live session we look for couples who can maintain enough safety that the trainer is able to demonstrate EFT while working with them. If you are working with a couple who would be good subjects, the trainers will help prepare and guide you through the presentation. Many people report the live session as the most engaging experience in the externship.

Presented by ICEEFT Trainers


James "Jim" Furrow, PhD

James Furrow, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader and contributor to the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples and families. Together with EFT originator Susan Johnson, Ed.D, Jim co-authored Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook and The EFT Casebook. He is co-author of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for Dummies, a practical resource for couples and therapists seeking an everyday understanding of EFT principles and practices. Jim maintains an active research program examining the process of EFT and its effectiveness with couples and families. Jim is an ICEEFT certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. 

Formerly Jim served as the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena California, where he trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple and family therapy for over two decades. He is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Educator.  Jim served as co-founder and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy before relocating to the Seattle area.

Veronica Kallos-Lilly, PhD

The first qualities that will strike you about Veronica are her warmth and genuineness. You will be put at ease by her solid, calm presence. As a psychologist, Veronica’s naturally intuitive questions will engage you to explore your inner world and life experiences as she helps you resolve your problems. You will be held by Veronica’s compassion as she guides you to self-reflect, tune into your feelings, and make sense of your personal obstacles so that you can overcome them. During counselling sessions, Veronica is often heard saying “I want to help you become who you are, not turn into someone you’re not!” You will be encouraged to use the self-knowledge you’ve gained to create fulfilling relationships and follow solid, life decisions that nourish you.

Veronica has been practicing as a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia since 1997. In 2005, she co-founded the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute (VCFI) where she continues as a Director. Apart from realizing a professional dream for Veronica, VCFI has earned a reputation within the community it serves for providing exceptional clinical service and training to therapists.

Regarded as an expert in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Veronica is sought after as a clinician, educator, and consultant to therapists around the globe. Her first book, co-authored with Jennifer Fitzgerald, An Emotionally Focused Workbook for Couples: The Two of Us, is receiving high praise and being recommended by counsellors across the continent. It has been translated into six languages, including Dutch, German, Polish, Hungarian, Korean and Japanese. As a Certified EFT Trainer, Veronica travels within Canada, the United States, and Australia to provide training. She offers long distance consultation electronically and presents her work at professional conferences and in scholarly journals. Veronica enjoys presenting relationship education workshops based on EFT, such as Hold Me Tight® for couples and Hold Me Tight – Let Me Go® for families with teens to public audiences. Veronica is also a Registered Circle of Security® Parent Facilitator. She delights in helping parents, along with their infants and toddlers, to bond deeply and securely.

Veronica brings her experience and expertise to individuals, couples, and families who wish to resolve their struggles and enhance their lives.



Full Fee:


Early Bird Fee:

$1050 (use code EARLYBIRD at Registration)

Student Rate:

$750 Limited to ten students (use code STUDENT at Registration)


24 CEUs (pending)

Cancellation Policy:

  • A $50 flat administration Fee will be charged for all refunds for Externship

  • Refunds of course fees (minus the $50 administrative fee) will be issued for requests made up to 14 days prior to the start date. Cancellations within 8-13 days of the start date of the event will be offered a 50% refund (minus a $50 administrative fee). No refunds will be offered within 7 days of the start date of the event.

Externship Location

Exact Venue to be announced

Greater Seattle Area (WA State)

Sue Johnson Discussing the Externship

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