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Addressing Addictions while Fostering Secure Attachments with EFT

  • 24 Apr 2015
  • 8:30 AM
  • 25 Apr 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
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Addressing Addictions while Fostering Secure Attachments with EFT

Presented by:
    James Thomas, LMFT, Certified EFT Trainer
and Michael Barnett, LPC, Certified EFT Trainer

This workshop provides an invaluable view of addiction and the systemic processes surrounding addictive behavior.  The workshop will expand how clinicians see this common presenting problem.  In the tradition of quality Emotionally Focused Therapy Trainings, "Addressing Addictions, Fostering Attachment with EFT," in a safe learning community combines brief didactic presentations of key concepts, video clips of the presenters working with couples, demonstration, role-play practice, and discussion and interaction.

This 2-Day Workshop is described by attendees as being "highly engaging," "Jim and Michael make a great complementary training team," and there is "an excellent balance of learning technical skills combined with exploration of the therapist issues of self as they relate to working with addiction." 


1. Describe how addictive processes impact a couple's ability to connect.
2. Describe techniques for assessing current and past substance use with couples during Stage One work in EFT.
3. Describe ways that current and past substance use can be addressed in sessions with couples.
4. Describe how Stage One work in EFT can be beneficial in the face of active addiction.
5. Discuss how the neuroscience of addiction, emotions and attachment serve as a foundation for addressing addiction and increasing attachment security with EFT.
6. Practice in role plays placing substance use and partner’s responses to it in the negative cycle.
7. Identify therapist reactions and responses to addiction that can negatively impact working with this population.

James Thomas, LMFT is a Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer who directors Colorado Center for EFT. He has over 25 years of clinical and supervisory experience with a style described by trainees and supervisees as "warm, supportive and encouraging." Jim has worked with difficult and diverse populations from the beginning of his career.  In his own life and in work with at-risk youth and families in inner city Denver to couples struggling at the Denver Family Institute to folks in his private practice, Jim sees the sometimes visible and often invisible thread of alcoholism and addiction that arises from and feeds insecure, incomplete emotional bonds. 
Jim's own healing journey from substance abuse's impact on his family-of-origin, early childhood, his 12 Step work as an adult child of an alcoholic family system and work with John Bradshaw and others to uncover the secrets and shame that so often occur with addiction informs his EFT work, "Addiction can be like a Tsunami wrecking visible damage or more like pollution or a toxin subtly causing havoc in the family or couple's attachment system.  In my life, I have seen both.  As EFT Therapists, we have an obligation to learn about addiction, how it shows up in relationships, can shape or accentuate negative cycles and how the antidote exists in our therapy model."
He brings tremendous energy, deep compassion, and a seemingly natural talent for conveying EFT concepts in a clear and engaging manner.

Michael Barnett, PhD, LPC is a warm and knowledgeable humanistic therapist and presenter who has been in practice since 1988. He has worked in a multitude of settings over the years, with a wide variety of populations. He primarily works with adults and adolescents. His practice is in North East Atlanta where he offers individual, group, and marriage & couples therapy, as well as supervision and training for other therapists. In addition to his psychotherapeutic work, he has consulted with dozens of organizations for executive training development and team building. Michael trained with Dr. Susan Johnson and her colleagues since 2004 and is an ICEEFT Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer offering Marriage and Couples Therapy trainings and workshops throughout the United States. Michael is one of the central components of the current research study on EFT with addicted populations. The study is slated for completion in 2015.

8:30 AM - Check In
9:00 AM - Training begins
12:00 PM - Lunch break
1:30 PM - Training resumes
5:00 PM - Training ends

9:00 AM - Training resumes
12:00 PM - Lunch break
1:30 PM - Training resumes
5:00 PM - Training ends

Breaks will be provided each day as needed in addition to the lunch breaks.

This training is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed clinicians.

Training level is intermediate.

$325 - Early Bird Registration
- Opens to NCCEFT members on December 16, 2014
- Opens to the general public on January 16, 2015
- Closes on February 15, 2015

$375 - General Admission
- Opens to the general public
on February 16, 2015
- Closes on April 21, 2015

Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for an additional $25 on any ticket type. 

Payment may be made online, or by check made out to NCCEFT and mailed to:
4096 Piedmont Avenue #327
Oakland CA 94611-5221

Cancellations are subject to a $50.00 processing fee and must be received 14 days prior to the event to be eligible for a refund. For cancellations, please contact ncceft.programs@gmail.com.

Twelve hours of CE credit are available to licensed Psychologists, LMFTs and LCSWs for attending this program. 

NCCEFT is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Those who attend this workshop in full and complete the appropriate evaluation will receive CE credits.  Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.

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