2.50 CE Credits Available
EFT Stages 2 - 3: Deepening Engagement & Consolidation
by Rebecca Jorgensen
Once a couple has reduced their reactivity, how do you help them take it to the next level and achieve the safety and intimacy they desire? In the third of our 4-video series with EFT expert Rebecca Jorgensen, learn key techniques for promoting new levels of engagement, acceptance, and consolidation.
Getting a couple to calm their reactivity is a major therapeutic feat—but then what? Once partners have settled enough to start listening to each other, the role of the therapist shifts. In Stage 2, the therapist becomes a choreographer who restructures the clients’ interactions, guiding them through a process of becoming more open and responsive. This process will be illuminated by numerous vignettes of our 6 real couples and 4 therapists demonstrating the intricacies of Stage 2 of EFT.

Learn how to achieve EFT’s critical change events—withdrawer reengagement and pursuer softening—while at the same time promoting acceptance of new positions of the other partner. This leads to partners being able to ask for their needs to be met from a place of vulnerability.

Once healthy, non-attacking, non-defensive communication can occur, clients and therapists are then able to move into Stage 3, consolidation. Clients are able to solidify their gains rather than reenacting their old negative cycle, and now can apply these skills to any unresolved problems.

Experience a master class from leading EFT practitioners and trainers, not only via case vignettes but also with thorough commentary explaining the main objectives of each step. Building upon previous steps of the approach, Jorgensen and colleagues offer a comprehensive educational resource that will keep you engaged with each couple’s journey. 

What therapists are saying…

"Powerful and unique! This in-depth and thorough course is an amazing resource for all couple therapists. Seeing so many examples of seasoned EFT therapists working with real couples is invaluable to really understand the subtleties and depth of this approach; I heartily recommend it."

-- Dr. Sue Johnson, developer of EFT; Director of International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
"I never knew learning can be so much fun. Like a riveting movie, these master therapists engage us, and take therapists on an inspiring journey that will greatly increase their effectiveness and confidence in doing couples therapy. This is a must-see for every therapist working with couples."

-- George Faller, LMFT, founder of New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
In Depth
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Couples therapy is one of the most challenging approaches in our field—yet most therapists spend years winging it before feeling secure in the work. In the interests of helping both new and seasoned therapists navigate these rough waters, we’re thrilled to present this brand-new, original series on Emotionally Focused Therapy with expert trainer Rebecca Jorgensen. Here, you’ll find a reassuring framework for transforming relationships using the evidence-based method’s proven techniques.

Volume 3 offers an in-depth look at the key clinical tasks of Stages 2 and 3 of the method. Jorgensen (as interviewed by Victor Yalom) begins with an overview of the stages’ goals and three steps (5 through 7). You’ll review how to frame couples’ needs and interactions through an attachment lens, how to help each partner access and understand their primary emotions, and then, through a series of didactics plus live case vignettes, learn how to help partners reengage, soften, and consolidate their experience. After doing the foundational work of deescalation (which, says Jorgensen, is an ongoing process), couples can leverage the gains of Stages 2 and 3 to reach new levels of interconnectedness as well as self-awareness.

If you’re in search of comprehensive EFT resources or couples titles in general, enhance your collection with this 4-video series. Be sure to take a look.

By watching this video, you will:
• Understand the objectives and steps of EFT’s Stages 2 and 3.
• Learn core EFT interventions for supporting pursuer softening and withdrawer reengagement.
• Discover ways to help couples consolidate their experiences in order to move forward with relational confidence.

Length of video: 2:45:30

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-526-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-526-7

Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD is Founder and Director of the Attachment Advancement Institute and Co-Director of The Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Supervisor and Trainer. Her focus is on promoting effective attachment for healthy relationships through virtual and in-person educational conferences and workshops as well as training and providing consultation on effective treatment of relational distress. She has developed several streaming conferences and seminars and has hosted and/or co-presented with attachment theorists and researchers such as Sue Johnson, Phil Shaver and Jim Coan. She continues to work to develop effective methods and platforms to transfer science-based treatments to clinicians and those who will utilize prevention services.

As a recognized expert on couple therapy couples and therapists travel to work with Dr. Jorgensen at Couple Workshops, Intensive Couples Therapy, Professional Trainings and Consultation. Her online educational programs and consultation groups are popular all around the globe. This “therapists’ therapist” is known for her presence, clarity and empathy. Dr. Jorgensen lives in Mexico where she maintains a small private practice.

CE credits: 2.5

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the objectives and steps of EFT's Stages 2 and 3
  • Describe the core EFT interventions for modifying the pursuer/withdrawer pattern
  • Utilize EFT methods to help couples strengthen their relationships

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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