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Step 2 of EFT: Tracking the Reactive Negative Cycle

  • 01 Oct 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Lafayette Public Library 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd Lafayette • CA • 94549
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Step 2 of EFT: 

Tracking the Reactive Negative Cycle

Presented by:
Sam Jinich, Ph. D., Certified EFT Trainer

It is natural for EFT therapists to want to explore, access and uncover the deeper attachment-related emotions and meaning that often lies hidden beneath the couple’s repetitive conflict (Step 3 of EFT). Getting to the richer emotional material is what typically draws us to this model. In our desire to “do EFT”, we often rush past the earlier assessment steps of the EFT map hoping to get to “the heart of the matter.” In this presentation, Sam will guide us through an explanation of the importance of taking our time in Step 2 to patiently explore the various aspects of the reactive cycle. We will focus on the key interventions and moves used during this step to clarify the positions of each partner in the negative cycle and to make sense of their intrapsychic and interpersonal responses (Johnson, 2004).

Participants will have opportunities to practice 

1) tracking and making sense of the couple’s cycle, 

2) introducing the idea of a repetitive negative cycle and 

3) reframing the cycle in attachment terms.

We will offer time for Q & A followed by an opportunity to practice EFT interventions and attunement skills.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

1. Organize and explore relational distress and negative patterns of interaction as a repetitive reactive cycle.

2. Practice using evocative inquiry and reflections to track the negative cycle.

3. Focus on the intrapsychic and interpersonal responses of the couple and make meaningful connections that validate the reactive experience of each partner.

4. Recognize and practice clinical techniques and skills used in step 2 of EFT such as tracking the negative cycle, empathic attunement, reflecting the clients secondary emotions, evoking emotions, validating their reactive experience and reframing their conflict in attachment terms.

Sam Jinich, Ph.D. is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.

He is the Director of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT) and the Instituto de Terapia Focalizada en las Emociones (ITFE).

Dr Jinich received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University’s Joint Doctoral Program. He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Sam is one of the Founders of the Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) and he is Past President of the San Francisco Psychological Association.

Sam has been an Individual and Couples Therapist in San Francisco for over 20 years. He specializes in working with clients who are experiencing emotional distress and a desire to deepen their understanding of themselves and improve in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, commitment, relationship-building and parenting. Sam is active and engaging in his approach with clients.

Sam loves helping couples at the Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples that he co-leads with Michelle Gannon, PhD in San Francisco, Tiburon and Esalen. The SF Center for EFT offers Forgiveness Training for Therapists, Intros to EFT, the EFT Externship, EFT Core Skills and the EFT Refresher. The SF center is actively planning and developing other special topic trainings that will be offered to the EFT community. For more information, please visit SFCEFT.com

Sam is bilingual and bicultural in Spanish and has led EFT Externships and Core Skills in Spanish in Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Costa Rica. 

10:00 AM - Networking and Professional Socialization (not included in CE credits)
10:30 AM - NCCEFT Announcements (not included in CE credits)

10:50 AM - Training begins
11:50 AM - 10-minute break (not included in CE credits)
12noon    - Training reconvenes

1:00 PM - Training adjourns

This training is appropriate for mental health practitioners who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.

This presentation is appropriate for mental health professionals who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.  Level is introductory to intermediate.

This training is free to members, who will receive Continuing Education (CE) credit at no charge.  This training is available to non-members for $10, and CE credit is available for an additional $25.  Payment may be made by cash or check made out to NCCEFT.  As payment is collected at the door, no refunds or cancellations are available.

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences;

Psychologists:  The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)

NCCEFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider # 93337

Those who attend this workshop in full, complete the course evaluation and sign in/out will receive CE credits. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the workshop. 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.


NCCEFT meets all applicable local, state and federal standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)). We hold events only at professional venues that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)

ADA NEEDS: We will be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please contact us at NCCEFT@programs@gmail.com  at least two weeks prior to the seminar date.


The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. NCCEFT will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.  The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the CPA PAS CE Program Director in consultation with the Board of Directors (Steering Committee).

While NCCEFT works to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which will require intervention and/or action on the part of NCCEFT. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such complaints.

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

1. If the complaint concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the complaint will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Program Director will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the aggrieved individual.

2. If the complaint concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the CE Program Director will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action during a workshop or conference, the CE Program Director or his/her representative will:

a. attempt to rectify the situation, and/or

b. provide a credit for a subsequent presentation, in the event of a program having an attendance fee or

c. provide a partial or full refund of the registration fee, in the event of a program having an attendance fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the aggrieved individual.

3. If the grievance concerns the business practices of the NCCEFT CE program in a specific regard, the CE Program Director or Administrator will attempt to arbitrate.


In the event that a program presentation has an attendance fee, CANCELLATIONS are subject to a $50.00 processing fee and must be received 14 days prior to be eligible for a refund.


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