Friday, January 27, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
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W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. 
Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 

Winter 2023 - Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Training 

Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) as a theoretical basis, Dr. Sutton will provide an introduction to EFT theory, and discuss how to integrate knowledge from Gottman research, and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing when working with individual issues in a couples context such as ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, and trauma.  

EFT is an effective, evidence based approach to working with couples.  Research studies have found that 70-73% of couples move from distress to recovery and 86% show significant improvements when treated with EFT. This collaborative approach mixes experiential Rogerian techniques with structural, systemic interventions that extend the ideas of attachment theory to romantic relationships.  Advances in the study of emotional regulation support EFT's use of emotion as a primary source of information to the self and to others about needs and motives as a primary route to connecting with attachment figures.  

With the theoretical grounding of EFT, we will discuss how to move between working with individual issues and incorporating partners into treatment, and how to treat individual issues within the context of couples therapy when the clients can not afford multiple therapists.  We will also discuss how to use knowledge from other couples therapy approaches (e.g., Gottman, Languages of Love, Behavioral Couples Therapy, Strategic Couples Therapy, sex therapy), and how they can inform our treatment using EFT with couples.

W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. has been working with couples for the past ten years using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as Gottman Method Couples Therapy approaches.  He is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist. Dr. Sutton primarily uses the techniques and theory of EFT, but finds the Gottman research helpful in understanding couples experiences, thus assisting in tracking the cycle.   He also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR into his work when treating individual issues in the context of the couple.  

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (IAP) which is sponsoring this program. The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, or about CE, contact the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy at info@sfiap.com.