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New Mexico Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy presents 4-Day Externship in
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT)

Trainer: Sam Jinich, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Transform the Way You Work with Couples/Relationships

Thursday, October 31, 2024 - Sunday, November 3, 2024
Albuquerque, NM

28 CEs

Conceptualize distress and relationship repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.

Practice EFT interventions to overcome therapeutic impasses with relationships.

This is an official Externship® endorsed by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)


About the Training:

A 4-day Externship includes presentations of theory, clinical techniques and skills, training exercises, video recordings, observation of live sessions, and discussion of specific cases and clinical issues. Along with didactic presentation, this training will incorporate participant role plays in small group settings to practice this experiential model. The externship is a pre-requisite for Master classes and advanced Core Skills training in EFT.

Learning objectives: 

  • Participants will obtain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused” approach to therapy.

  • Participants will be able to view clients in the web of their interpersonal attachments and conceptualize relationship distress and repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.

  • Participants will develop skills in sharing and maintaining an engaged, open, and collaborative alliance with clients.

  • Participants will develop skills in the 5 moves of the basic macro-intervention – the EFT Tango – in order to change patterns of affect regulation, models of self and other, and interactional patterns.

  • Participants will develop skills in EFT micro interventions taken from experiential and systemic models of intervention.

  • Participants will develop skills in overcoming common blocks and impasses and shaping core corrective emotional experiences that lead to more secure relationships.


Special Focus: Deliberate Practice          

Deliberate practice is the best technique for achieving expert performance in every field, including writing, teaching, sports, programming, music, medicine, psychotherapy, chess, and even business. Deliberate practice is what turns amateurs into professionals. Across every field deliberate practice is what creates top performers, and what they use to stay at the top of their game. As a general concept, “practice“ means preparing. It’s the act of repeatedly performing certain activities with the intention of improving a specific associated skill. We rehearse what to do in low pressure situations so we will be better when we use a skill in situations when something is actually at stake, such as in a psychotherapy office with a couple. Deliberate practice means practicing with a clear awareness of the specific components of a skill we are aiming to improve and exactly how to improve them. Unlike regular practice deliberate practice is a laser focused activity.


At the EFT Externship, Deliberate Practice exercises, provide trainees and students an opportunity to build competence in essential emotionally focused couple therapy skills while developing their own personal therapeutic style. During the training, students will engage in role-playing scenarios in which two trainees act as a client and a clinician switching back-and-forth under the guidance of a supervisor. The clinician improvises appropriate and authentic responses to client statements following specific criteria established for each skill. 

The Trainer

Sam Jinich, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Sam is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, licensed in California since 1995. His areas of professional practice include online psychotherapy, clinical supervision for therapists, and training mental health professionals internationally to become Certified Emotionally Focused Therapists. He has expertise working with couples, families, and individuals experiencing emotional distress and a desire to deepen their understanding of themselves, improve in the areas of parenting, connection, work satisfaction, communication, commitment, forgiveness, sexual satisfaction, attunement, relationship-building, emotion regulation and conflict resolution. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.



Early Bird Fee (until July 31, 2024)

$995 Professional

$895 Military 

$845 Student (2024/2025 full-time students, proof required)

$547.50 Repeating the Externship (please provide us with a copy of your Externship certificate)

Regular Fee (until October 31, 2024)

$1095 Professional

$995 Military

$945 Student (2024/2025 full-time students, proof required)


Some reduced fee places available, please see below for more information.

Pay by check and save

Pay by check to avoid 3.49% credit card fee. Make checks payable to New Mexico Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy. Please mail checks to the treasurer at:

Catharyn Fite

1505 15th Street, Suite A

Los Alamos NM, 87544

28 CEs Available

If you want CEs, there is a $40 fee. You will have the opportunity to register for CEs prior to the training.


Diversity and Widening Participation:
We actively welcome therapists in all their diversity and recognize that being a member of one or more minoritized groups and/or working for minority groups may result in the cost of the course being prohibitive. We offer several widening participation, reduced fee places and invite you to see below to find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

We welcome donations to support us offering these reduced fee places.



NMEFT actively supports widening participation in EFT training and EFT therapy to those in groups that are marginalized and with limited resources. 

We offer several reduced fee places in our EFT Externships for people who meet the following criteria:

  • You belong to one or more groups underrepresented in EFT therapy training, for example - counselors/MFTs/psychologists who are: Black, Asian, Latinx, mixed race, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, disabled;

  • and / or

  • where a substantial part of your work is with minoritized and/or disadvantaged groups in society and you intend to continue with this work for a minimum of 2 more years;


  • where having a 25% or 50% reduction of the standard course fee ($1095) makes the difference between you being able to come on the course or not.

To apply for a reduced fee place please provide:

1) a brief essay (approximately 750 words) explaining:

- how you are eligible for the fee reduction and what difference having a fee reduction will make to your ability to attend;
- why you want to attend the course;
- anything else you think would be helpful


2) any supporting evidence e.g. a reference from your supervisor/employer/other confirming your eligibility and supporting your application; information about your work with minority or disadvantaged groups.

To ask about a fee reduction / to send in your application, please contact Rae Littlewood, PhD

If you are unsure if you are eligible you can get in contact and check it out.

The Training team will review the applications and their decision will be final.

Participation Requirements:
Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in this 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 New Mexico Community 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.


Cancellation Policy: If you wish to withdraw from the Externship, you must do so in writing. Cancel six weeks prior to the Externship to receive a full refund of your registration fee. We are sorry that no refunds will be available for cancellations made within six weeks of the Externship due to administrative costs, materials, fees and other expenditures made by NMEFT in advance of the training. If unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending the Externship, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another NMEFT training within 2 years of the registration date. There is a 20% administrative fee for all transfers. The remaining credit will be applied to the cost of the future NMEFT training. The balance for the remaining cost of the replacement training will be charged to you. All workshops are enrolled on a first come, first served basis.


Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Confidentiality Agreement

Participants agree to keep confidential the personal identifying information of case material shared in the training. Participants agree to not record any part of this training in any format. 

*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.  


Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodation, please contact NMEFT 10 days or more before the Externship We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.


Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

In the unlikely event that NMEFT needs to cancel or postpone this training, you will receive a full refund or, if you prefer, your tuition will be transferred to the next scheduled Externship.


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Join us for our next NMEFT Community Meeting! Community Meetings are free and made available to all mental health providers and students, through the support of NMEFT memberships and generous donations.

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1.5 CEs available for free to all New Mexico Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy Members!

1.5 CEs available for purchase at $30 for non-Emotionally Focused Therapy members

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Rio Rancho, NM

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