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In Person Summer Quarterly, June 3rd 2023

  • 03 Jun 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
  • 938


(depends on selected options)

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  • NON-MEMBERS ONLY - members CEUS are free.

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How To Become A Better EFCT Therapist: Lessons From Deliberate Practice

Presented by:

Sam Jinich EFT Trainer, Certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist;

Hanna Levenson, Certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist;

Jamie Bachman, Certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist

When: June 3, 2023, 10:00am-1pm

 Where: First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

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As we all know, helping couples to achieve their goals is one of the most rewarding and challenging clinical tasks. While EFCT therapists receive excellent training in theoretical underpinnings coupled with experiential role plays, many hours of doing couples therapy, and a high standard of doing supervision (usually with video review) there still remains too few avenues for practices that are skills-based.

In this presentation we will introduce how deliberate practice (DP) methods support experiential – “learn by doing” - training. The three of us, Hanna Levenson, Sam Jinich, and Jamie Bachman, have combined our expertise as authors, supervisors, trainers, clinicians, and researchers, to present ideas and methods from DP that can help you achieve expertise in EFCT and improve client outcomes.

Deliberate Practice (DP) is defined as the individualized training activities specifically designed by a supervisor/trainer to improve specific aspects of an individual’s performance through repetition and successive refinement. DP involves repetitive cycles of skill-building activities, which are selected on the basis of their ability to help an individual make gradual improvements in performance. It’s how most of us learned to play an instrument or a sport.

The DP framework was derived by studying experts in various domains to see what distinguishes such experts. DP is beginning to be applied to learning and practicing psychotherapy skills. Because EFCT has such a strong tradition of experiential learning as part of the training process, DP holds much promise to improve our development as EFCT therapists, in addition to all the other customary EFCT training activities in which we participate.

In this presentation, you will have the opportunity to learn about DP and try out a skill building EFCT exercise we have designed. We will also give you the tools to try your hand at creating a DP exercise you can use yourself.

This presentation is based on the American Psychological Association book, Deliberate Practice in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, by Hanna Levenson, Sam Jinich, Alexandre Vaz, and Tony Rousmaniere, to be published in 2024, and on a skill-based supervision group lead by Jamie Bachman.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this event participants will be able to:

1. Describe the cycle of deliberate practice with its 5 key activities

2. List the four major principles involved in constructing a deliberate practice exercise for EFCT.

3. Practice one Deliberate practice exercise meeting the criteria

4. Construct a deliberate practice exercise designed for your own skill development.


Sam Jinich Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor.


Hanna Levenson, Certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist


Jamie Bachman, Certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist



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

This training is free to members, who will receive 2 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.  Prepayment is made online through the website at the time of registration.  


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 California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)

Those who attend this workshop in full, and complete the course evaluation will receive a certificate of completion via email following 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 should be made 48 hours prior to the event.

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