Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Core Skills Advanced Training

Core Skills Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)

Advanced Core Skills training is composed of four two-day modules (Core Skills 1-4) focusing on the core skills of each of the EFT steps. Each day will include practical instruction, experiential exercises, video examples, and case consultation and trainer/group supervision of EFT work according to the guidelines set out by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Each workshop provides 12 hours of training. Those who complete Core Skills Training meet part of the requirements necessary to apply for certification as an EFT therapist. Participants also are required to present their own work through videotape – a requirement for EFT Certification. Final decision regarding readiness for certification is determined by ICEEFT.


Core Skills 1&2: 16-19.03.2019

Core Skills 3&4: 28.06-1.07.2019


Those interested in participating in Core Skills training are required to have formerly completed Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Applications should be sent to lps@lps.pl

Core Skills training will be conducted by dr. Leanne Campbell and dr. David Fairweather.

Dr. T. Leanne Campbell

Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1996. Her doctoral dissertation, which was aimed at understanding gender differences in the association between stress, anxiety, and depression among adolescents, was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award.

Dr. Campbell has worked in private practice in the Nanaimo area since 1996. She utilizes evidence-based cognitive-behavioural, educational, emotionally-focused, and experiential therapeutic interventions to assist clients in overcoming difficulties in areas such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and marital/family distress. In the area of anxiety, she is particularly interested in assessing and treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has received extensive training in this area. She also trains and supervises other mental health professionals in clinical psychology generally and in EFT (i.e., Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families) in particular. She is a certified EFT trainer and supervisor. In terms of forensic work, she has experience in providing assessments and treatment of injured workers and in cases of personal injury. She also has extensive experience and interest in working with law enforcement agencies, as well as Canadian Forces members and veterans.

Dr. Campbell has ten years experience teaching university courses in the areas of adult and developmental clinical psychology and psychological distress. She has served as a reviewer for various scholarly journals in the area of psychology and publishing companies have sought her consultation and review of primary research articles and textbooks in the area of abnormal/clinical psychology. During the course of her studies and tenure as a Professor of Psychology she has been involved in numerous studies aimed at understanding depression, stress, and anxiety across the life span. She has numerous scholarly publications in these areas and has presented her work at professional conferences and in the community.

Dr. David R. Fairweather

Dr. David R. Fairweather received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1996. Over the course of his graduate studies, he published a number of papers in the area of psychotherapy process research. His doctoral thesis, which focused on how exemplary, distinguished therapists facilitate positive client changes in psychotherapy sessions, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, as well as a National Distinguished Dissertation Award.

From 1996 until 2006, he worked as a psychologist and supervising psychologist within the federal correctional system. He also has taught child development at the university level, and has co-authored and presented additional publications in the areas of psychotherapy research, social skills, and violence/risk assessment.

Dr. David R. Fairweather has been in private practice in Nanaimo since 1998. He has extensive experience and a particular interest in working with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), injured workers, law enforcement agencies, Canadian Forces members and veterans, and vocational/career issues. Dr. Fairweather specializes in the area of forensic assessment including personal injury, trauma, as well as violence/risk assessment. He also specializes in providing EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) to couples and families, and more recently has also served extensively as a certified EFT trainer and supervisor to other mental health professionals. His evidence-based therapeutic approach emphasizes cognitive-behavioural, emotionally-focused, and experiential elements, with a goal to help clients to better understand the situations and times in their lives where they feel stuck, discontented, and unfulfilled, and to help them discover new choices, potentials, and ways-of-being to enhance their level of enjoyment and life satisfaction. He has been qualified as an expert witness in a variety of areas including clinical psychology, forensic psychology, psychological assessment, and risk assessment.

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