Dear Community,

Due to the coronavirus, we have decided to reschedule our First Ever New Mexico Externship and are now offering it online via Zoom video conferencing.  Click here to read an update we sent out on July 10th and click here for our most recent update from August 7th.   

For questions, online EFT support, and offerings, please email

Stay safe, be well and we look forward to being in touch soon!

Transform the way you work with Couples and earn 28 ceu’s at this 4 day intensive training! The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship, developed by Dr. Susan Johnson,  is an immersion into the science and power of attachment, emotion and relatedness that can shift the way you understand couples in distress, and change the way you work with families and individuals. This is an experiential and didactic training  that will help your success in your clinical practice as well as strengthen relationships in your own life!


This is an official EFT Externship, endorsed by the Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

Download a flyer here.


DAY ONE: "EFT-The Model, The Research & The Map"

October 30, 2020 from 9:30 am-4:30 pm MT

DAY TWO: "EFT Stage One"

October 31, 2020, 9:30 am-4:30 pm MT

DAY THREE: "EFT Stage 2:Change Events (Withdrawer ReEngagement & Pursuer Softening)"

December 4, 2020, 9:30 am-4:30 pm MT

DAY FOUR: "EFT Stage 2 – Withdrawer ReEngagement & Pursuer Softening"

December 5, 2020, 9:30 am-4:30 pm MT

DAY FIVE: "Stage 3: EFIT, Attachment injuries, Trauma, Becoming an EFT Therapist"

January 16, 2021, 9:30 am-4:30 pm MT


*Registration begins 30 minutes prior so registrants can work out technical issues and connect prior to the training.   


Optional In-Between Externship Bonus sessions:

Join our Trainers for a live online meeting to help you stay connected to the material. This session will include a review of EFT video sessions followed by a facilitated discussion and/or review.


Session #1: November 13, 2020, 9:00 am - 10:00 am MT

Session #2: December 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

About Our Trainers

About Dr. Robert Allan 


Dr. Robert Allan has more than two decades of experience helping couples, individuals, and families improve their most important relationships, health, and well-being. He has been practicing psychotherapy since 2004 in a variety of settings including community mental health, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and private practice, and is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver. In his private practice, he works with individuals, couples, and families dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, infidelity, adjustment to life transitions, trauma, addictions, and couples struggling in their relationship as well as others.

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About Dr. Lisa Palmer-Olsen


Lisa J. Palmer, Psy.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego California. She is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor and is a Founder and one of the Directors of the Emotionally Focused Couples Training and Research Institute at Alliant International University. Lisa completed her dissertation research on how to train and teach Emotionally Focused Couples therapy to professionals. Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of EFT and Dr. Scott Woolley were part of her dissertation committee. Dr. Palmer-Olsen’s primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of couple and family therapy; specifically with those couples and families dealing with trauma and attachment related struggles. She is an AAMFT clinical member and approved AAMFT supervisor. Dr. Palmer-Olsen is also co-founder and clinic director for the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC), San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit therapy clinic.

Note: Lisa’s full participation requires a minimum participation of 25 registrants. 

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  • General Registration Before 8/31/2020: $700

  • General Registration Before 9/30/2020: $750

  • General Registration After 10/1/2020: $800

  • Student Registration: $400 Flat Discount (ID required)

  • Add CEs: $30 add on (28 CE Credits Available)

*Discount for military, externship repeaters, and groups of 5, please contact for rates.

Cancellation Policy

Refund requests will be honored up to 30 days. All refund requests will be subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds within the 30-day cancellation, but transfer of funds to the following externship year or core skills registration will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email Jen Siladi at for questions and requests. (Please allow Jen at least 5 business days to respond.)


CE Credit

Earn While You Learn! This Externship can earn you 28 Continuing Education credits. The training virtually fulfills the biennial continuing education requirement for license renewal for social workers, licensed counselors, psychologists and marriage and family therapists.


To participate, you must have the training and educational qualifications to legally practice as a professional mental health practitioner in the area I live OR be currently enrolled in formal training to be a professional mental health practitioner.***

***Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training. Certification in EFT is offered by ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. 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.

Confidentiality: You must agree to keep confidential the personal identifying information of case material shared in the training. I agree to not record any part of this training in any format (audio, video, or visual). Personal written notes of non-confidential material are permitted.

Reference Materials for Study: 

  • The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection” BY Susan M. Johnson, 2nd Edition, 2004

  • Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook” BY Susan M. Johnson, et al, 2005

  • EFT for Dummies written by Jim Furrow and Brent Bradley, 2012

© 2019 Marcelle Grant, LISW