Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy

Educating counsellors, social workers, psychologists, and therapists in Emotion Focused Therapy throughout Australia

The Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy is a specialist psychotherapy training program, accredited by the Australian Counselling Association, designed to develop the knowledge and skills of Emotion Focused Therapy in practitioners working in counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, social work, and related disciplines. A full description of Emotion Focused Therapy can be found on this website under “Emotion Focused Therapy”.
Emotion Focused Therapy is an evidence-based treatment model firmly grounded in deep relational engagement with a focus on an expanded understanding of empathy. EFT is well established internationally and is gaining traction in Australia.
The heart of the Emotion Focused Therapy approach, which is covered in detail in the Graduate Diploma program, involves the healing of emotional pain that is said to underly client difficulties. This healing process involves the development of awareness of emotional pain, accessing and expressing inner experience, regulation of emotion, coming into relationship with parts of the self, working with underlying needs, differentiating between a variety of inner experiences and transforming of emotion, self-experience, and relationships with others, resulting in personal and relationship well-being. Emotion Focused Therapy works with the inner experience of individuals and couples and seeks to access, understand and map, and transform clients’ emotion schemes.
The focus of the Graduate Diploma course is on understanding the theory and philosophy of Emotion Focused Therapy whilst giving students a strong grounding in practice. Students are expected to work with their own material in practice sessions. Guidelines for recognising task markers and facilitating therapeutic tasks and interventions using verbal and creative methods with individuals and couples are provided in each unit.
Students will cover the theory and practice of the Emotion Focused Therapy active experiencing tasks, re-experiencing and reprocessing tasks and relational tasks. Working with narrative and the creation of meaning in Emotion Focused Therapy will be covered. In the final stages of the Graduate Diploma in Emotion Focused Therapy, students will examine the EFT conceptualisation, treatment and transformation of anxiety, depression, and trauma.
The Institute’s Practicum requirements are robust to ensure complete immersion in Emotion Focused practice and case formulation. Students are expected to undertake 250 hours of client practice hours in Emotion Focused Therapy and undergo 60 small group (6) supervision hours with an Emotion Focused Therapy Supervisor where they present both skills-based videos and written case formulations. Students present a final case formulation of 7,000 words following a format for EFT Case Formulation which is developed in a series of tutorials that run along side their final supervision semester.
Please refer to the Course Brochure for a more detailed outline of each of the units.
Summary
Degree Name:
Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy
Degree Code
GradDipEFT
Level of Qualification:
Postgraduate AQF Level 8
Duration:
1.5 years full-time Three years part-time
Number of Subjects:
13
Credit Points
52
Study Load:
Full-time: 2 Subject per semester

Part-time: 1 Subject per semester
Study Mode :
Blended Delivery
Award Title:
Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Name Credit Points
EFT 102
Foundations for Emotionally Focused Work
EFT 116
Emotion-Focused Work
2 CP’s
EFT 117
Working with Experience
2 CP’s
EFT 118
Experiencing Emotion
2 CP’s
EFT 122
Clinical Day 1: Working with Feelings
1 CP
EFT 103
Individual Counselling
EFT 119
Focusing
2CP’s
EFT 120
Emotion Schemes
2 CP’s
EFT 115
Multiple Chair
2 CP’s
EFT 123
Clinical Day 2: Working with Patterns
1 CP
EFT 121
Adult Child Polarity
2CP’s
EFT 124
Multicultural Emotion Focused Therapy Perspectives
2CP’s
EFT 104
Assessment in Couple Work
2CP’s
EFT 113
Working with Shame
2CP’s
EFT 106
Supervised Practice 1
5 CP’s
Total Credit Points for the Graduate Certificate in Emotion Focused Therapy, 27 CP’s
Unit Code
Unit Name
Credit Points
EFT 201
Individual Therapy
EFT 202
Emotion Focused Therapy
2 CP’s
EFT 203
Self-Interruptive Processes
2 CP’s
EFT 214
Healing in Attachment
2 CP’s
EFT 209
Therapy Day 1: EFT Advanced Integration
1 CP
EFT 212
Advanced Therapy
EFT 215
The Therapeutic Relationship
2 CP’s
EFT 207
Emotions in Couple Work
2 Cp’s
EFT 208
Couple Dialogue
2 CP’s
EFT 216
Therapy Day 2: Group Process
1 CP
Working with Specific Populations
EFT 230
Working with Anxiety
2CP’s
EFT 231
Working with Depression
2 CP’s
EFT 232
Working with Trauma
2 CP’s
EFT 206
Supervised Practice 2.
5 Cp’s
Credit Points for second half of the Graduate Diploma
25CP’s
The Graduate Diploma in Emotion Focused Therapy. Total 52 Credit Points
*1 credit point is equivalent to 6 hours of timetabled face to face class time
For further information on the Course Structure click here

List of Elective Subjects

Subject Code Subject of Study Credit Point
110
Working with Anxiety
2
111
Working with Anger
2
112
Working with Sadness, Loss and Grief
2
113
Working with Shame
2
114
Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse
2
132
Emotions in Couple Work
2
231
Working with Depression
2
232
Working with Trauma
2
233
Creative Couple Work
2