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  EFT Course Brochure for a more detailed outline of each unit.

Summary
Degree Name:
Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy
Degree Code
GradDipEFT
Level of Qualification:
Postgraduate AQF Level 8
Duration:
Three years part-time
Number of Subjects:
13
Credit Points
52
Study Load:
Part-time
Study Mode :
Blended Delivery
Award Title:
Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy

Course detail

Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy

The Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy is a specialized postgraduate course which engages experienced and qualified practitioners from counselling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, health and human services disciplines in developing knowledge and skills in the Emotion Focused Therapy approach with individuals and couples with a broad range of presentations.

Emotion Focused Therapy works by supporting people to process experience by using a variety of therapeutic tasks for accessing and working with emotion at somato-bodily, cognitive, behavioural, emotional, experiential and creative levels in order to develop awareness and to enter deeply into inner bodily felt experiencing. Emotional experience that is often out of awareness is processed and transformed for the development of emotional health and wellbeing and the enhancement of relationships by understanding, assessing, and transforming emotion schemes. Students acquire a broad range of interventions for working in depth with emotion and are presented with a comprehensive model for case formulation.

Emotion Focused Therapy is a holistic and experiential psychotherapy that draws on humanistic, person-centred and experiential therapy, contemporary emotion theory and research into affective neurosciences. Its focus is on experiential body awareness and emotional healing.

 

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Blended Learning

3 years Part time

Accredited by ACA

UNIT DetailS

There are 13 units (52 credit points) in total in this course. Students may choose to exit at a graduate certificate level after completing the first 7 units.

Credit points: 7       Duration : The unit runs over one semester (19 weeks)

Set text :

1. Elliott. R., Watson, J.C., Goldman, R. N., and Greenberg, L.S. (2004) Learning Emotion Focused Therapy. The process-Experiential Approach to Change. Washington, D.C: APA

2. Greenberg, L.S. (2015). Emotion focused Therapy. Coaching clients to work through their feelings. (2nd ed). Washington D.C: APA

Foundations for Emotion Focused Work is an introductory core subject. The unit is made up of   four   smaller   sub-units, 

 (116)   Emotion   Focused   Work, 

 (117)   Working   with Experience,

 (118)  Experiencing  Emotions  and  

(122)  Clinical  Day  1:  Working  with Feelings.

Credit points: 7       Duration : The unit runs over one semester (19 weeks)

Set text :

1.Cornell, A.W (1996) The Power of Focusing. A practical guide to self healing. C.A: New Harbinger Publications

2.Cornell, A.W (2013) Focusing in Clinical Practice. The essence of change. New York, London: W.W Norton & Company

3.Elliott. R., Watson, J.C., Goldman, R. N., and Greenberg, L.S. (2004) Learning Emotion Focused Therapy. The process-Experiential Approach to Change. Washington, D.C: APA

Individual Counselling is an introductory core subject  made up of four nested sub-units,

EFT119 Focusing,

EFT120  Emotion  Schemes,

EFT115  Multiple Chair  and  

EFT123  Clinical  Day  2:  Working with Patterns

Credit points: 2       Duration : 6 weeks

Set Text :

Webster, M.A. (2019). Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy. A Practitioners’ Guide. Australia: Annandale Institute

Adult-Child Polarity is a 2 credit point unit. Adult-Child Polarity examines the theoretical foundation for understanding individuals presenting with diminished assertiveness, a collapsed self, and high levels of reactivity and whose immediate felt experience i s the experience of the child. The Emotion Focused model draws on the concept of parts of the self in order to conceptualize and work with adult, parent, and child aspects, developed from past childhood and adult experiences. You will learn how to work with clients to strengthen their adult aspect and hold their inner child. Verbal and creative interventions will be demonstrated and applied in practice sessions. This work i s an important foundation for experiencing work, as clients become aware of their reactivity and identify inner adult-child polarities.

Credit points: 2       Duration : 6 weeks

Self-Interruptive Processes i s the second sub-unit in the subject Individual Therapy. We will focus on identifying and working with clients’ interruptions to their authentic, experiencing self, by supporting them to identify and change their underlying emotion processing difficulties to regain personal agency and take empowered action. We will understand how, when emotional experience and expression i s interrupted, core attachment and identity needs cannot be met leading to helplessness, passivity, and other personal and interpersonal difficulties.

This sub-unit will focus on the self-interruptive split, the conflict between two parts of self where one part performs an interruptive process against the self. You will learn to facilitate two chair work to soften the self-interruptive and self-controlling aspect of self and strengthen the experiencing, expressive self, to increase self-agency and the expression of need.

Students will learn skills for transforming the self through demonstrations by academic teaching staff and in practice sessions.

Credit points: 2       Duration : 6 weeks

Set Text:  Sue, D. W. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse: theory and practice (7th ed. ed.). Wiley.

Multicultural Emotion Focused Perspectives i s an individual subunit in the Graduate Certificate of EFT. The subunit equips students with multicultural knowledge, skills and attitudes for working with a wide range of clients. As EFT practitioners there are ethical underpinnings to individual world views which often create prejudices and biases which are socialised and are on the whole unconscious. By engaging in a pedagogy about culture, valuing independence, autonomy, philosophy, religion and family, we seek to understand the influence and versatility of embedded identities and their influence on our beliefs and values both positive and negative. Increased awareness of stereotyping, privilege, poverty, racism, ageism, misogyny, homophobia and other forms of oppression, prepares the EFT practitioner in working with special challenges that may be important to specific client groups. For instance, how minority stress contributes to trauma, shame, interpersonal difficulties, self-criticism, lack of personal agency, anxiety and depression which are important variables for inclusion in the EFT treatment plan and building of the therapeutic alliance. The cross-cultural skills important in working with First Nations Indigenous Anangu – Koori Australians will teach us how to flexibly approach their needs sensitively. How a practitioner conveys their awareness of learnt biases, as well as historical suffering, often informs our clients of whether they can trust and communicate with us

Ethical behaviour goes beyond having an awareness of individual and cultural differences, to embracing a commitment to eliminate unconscious bias and discrimination in one’s EFT work. This commitment involves actively examining ourselves, advocating for those with less power, and working for social change.

Credit points: 2       Duration : 6 weeks

Working with Shame will provide you with an in- depth understanding of the Emotion- Focused formulation of shame as a relational yet often invisible experience. Primary maladaptive and secondary shame will be distinguished and explored, drawing on personal and professional experiences.

 

Shame i s seen as a painful experience which can lead to depression, anxiety, addiction, perfectionism, poor li fe functioning, rage, and family violence. Antidotes to shame such as r ighteous anger at violation and neglect, sadness at loss, fear at the prospect of humiliation, annihilation and abandonment and compassion towards self with the development of authentic self-agency will be explored. Interventions for working with the self-critic, slippery and unclear narratives of self, interruptions to the authentic self and attachment trauma will be demonstrated.

 

You will develop Emotion-Focused interventions for effectively working with client presentations of shame and with inner experiences of humiliation, guilt and embarrassment, and related interpersonal difficulties. Advanced empathy and ‘Compassion Chair Work’ will be demonstrated to support the client to reduce defensiveness and experience an antidote to shame. You will explore, in practice, how experiences of shame can disrupt the capacity for relationships with self and others, and you will learn the implications of therapist shame for therapists as well as clients.

 

 

Credit points: 5       Duration : Runs over 2 semesters

Supervised Practice 1 i s the means of assuring the quality of connection with clients, and skill development. Supervision ensures ethical practice, including maintaining client confidentiality and managing r i sks to the safety of clients and others.

Supervised  Practice  1  will  be  taken  alongside  your  125  hours  of  Clinical  Practice  in  the  Graduate Certificate of Emotion Focused Therapy. The process i s designed to ensure that you will develop skills in EFT interventions and ensures optimal outcomes for clients. This subject will support supervisees in client assessment, case formulation, skilled application of emotion- focused interventions, and empathic attunement. Supervision will be provided in small groups of 6 or less via zoom conferencing software from your own home or office with an Institute employed clinical EFT  supervisor.  Students  who  have  not  completed  their  125  EFT  client  contact  hours  at  the  end  of supervised Practice 1 will undertake to either continue supervision via group supervision or can opt for individual sessions with an approved EFT.

You will present audio or video recordings of counselling sessions with client consent and identify the focus for supervision. Skills in case formulation and identifying clients’ emotional responses will be demonstrated and developed.

Upon completing the above units students can choose to exit with Graduate Certificate in EFT.




continue with the below units to complete the Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy

Credit points: 7       Duration : The unit runs over one semester (19 weeks)

Individual Therapy is a subject made up of four nested sub-units,

EFT202 Emotion- Focused  Therapy,

EFT214 Healing in  Attachment,

EFT215  The Therapeutic Relationship and

EFT209 Therapy Day 1: Advanced EFT Integration.

Credit points: 7       Duration : The unit runs over one semester (19 weeks)

Advanced Therapy is a subject that is made up of four smaller nested sub- units,

EFT205 Assessment in Couple Work,

EFT207 Emotions in Couple Work,

EFT208   Couple   Dialogue   and 

 EFT216  Therapy  Day 2:   Group Process

Credit points: 2       Duration : 6 weeks

Working with Anxiety is a subject that focuses on the Emotion Focused understanding of anxiety and associated worry and fear. Anxiety can be understood as incorporating primary, secondary, adaptive, or maladaptive emotion. The neurobiological, physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioural impacts of anxiety will be explored. We will learn how to work experientially with clients to deepen their attention to internal cues, differentiate experience and clarify and order narrative. Focusing, enactment, imagery, and unfolding of experience will be utilized. Chair Work for working with and resolving the ‘Worry Split’ will be demonstrated and practiced. In addition, methods for working with negative appraisals of self, including negative self-talk and the processing of early experience will be demonstrated and practiced.

 

Credit points: 2       Duration : 6 weeks

Working with Depression i s a subject that will provide you with knowledge and skills in working within an Emotion-Focused theory of depression. When people who experience depression can articulate their inner experience, i t i s seen that they experience either problematic self-relations such as a strong self-critical aspect, shame and identity i ssues, perfectionism and self-bullying or alternatively self-other difficulties such as abandonment, annihilation, invalidation and being bullied into submission by another where they experience a loss of self, loss of another and deep insecurity.

Emotion Focused therapists provide a safe and soothing environment to reduce distress, support emotion regulation and reduce avoidance associated with difficult circumstances and emotions and process and transform self-self and self-other difficulties.

This subject applies the phases of emotion processing such as developing emotional awareness, regulating emotion, understanding unhealthy emotional responses, and using healthy emotions to drive action, to transform depression, validate a new sense of self and reduce the r i sk of relapse. Factors associated with poor outcome and contraindications for EFT in depression will also be explored.

 

Credit points: 2       Duration : 6 weeks

Working with Trauma i s a subject that will provide you with a theoretical foundation for understanding and assessing trauma symptoms within the Emotion Focused approach. Type 1 trauma which refers to single episodes of traumatic exposure and Type 2 trauma that relates to complex attachment trauma which may or may not be overlaid with further single episodes, will be covered. This subject explores neurobiological, physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioural impacts of trauma on the experience of self, relationship to others, behaviour and upon awareness. You will learn how to establish safety, regulate distress and work with experiences of anger at violation and betrayal and sadness at loss. You will learn to assess for the sadness and grief underlying trauma.

 

You will learn to support your client to process losses associated with the traumatic event, encounter, or attachment injury. Working with secondary depression will also be covered. Emphasis will be on facilitating emotional experiencing. Working with the somatic and the sensory will be highlighted.

 

A feature of this sub-unit will be learning and practicing the imaginal confrontation (IC) procedure  of  Paivio  &  Pascual-Leone  (2010)  for  working  with  trauma.  Contraindications  for  EFT for trauma will be considered.

 

Credit points: 5       Duration : Runs over 2 semesters

Supervised   Practice   2   is   taken   alongside   your   125   hours   of   further   clinical   practice   in   the Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy year. You will join a small supervision group (6 or less) via zoom software conferencing where you will participate in supporting others with ideas for formulating their client material and with identifying markers and applying methods for client emotion processing work.

You will present audio or video recordings from your own clinical sessions, with client consent. In addition, you will present written case formulations to the group. Supervision will support you to formulate clinical maps and recordings will enable the supervisor and your group to analyze task markers, examine your working methods, your EFT skills, client processes and therapist processes in the session.

Visual Recording : Students will need to have a visual recording of their work for the duration of the course so will need to check with their employer to see what needs to be put in place to ensure that this is possible. Internationally EFT training requires visual sessions to be presented.

Course Learning Outcomes

• Demonstrate in depth integrative understanding of the Emotion Focused Therapy approach and its foundations in Person-Centred, Attachment, Focusing, Gestalt, Existential and relationship therapy models and theories

  • Critically evaluate similarities and differences between the diversity of approaches encompassed by emotion Focused Therapy
  • Conceptualize and identify emotion schemes in their work with individuals and couples
  • Interview, assess and work with a broad range of individual client presentations, including psychosomatic complaints, relational difficulties, and mental disorders
  • Interview, assess and work with couples with a broad range of concerns, including interactional problems, communication disorders, ambivalence about commitment, infidelity and other couple presentations
  • Evaluate the need to refer, and make referrals, to other appropriate services and organisations, including medical, psychiatric, child protection and domestic violence, in the best interests of clients’ welfare
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  • Skilfully apply theoretical knowledge of the Emotion Focused Therapy approach to practice with a wide range of individual and couple presentations.
  • Analyse, assess, develop, execute and evaluate assessment and intervention in the Emotion Focused Therapy approach, including family of origin and childhood experiences
  • Work effectively with a broad range of client presentations by applying strategies to access clients’ inner experience, and work collaboratively with clients’ emotional aspects
  • Demonstrate capacity to self-reflect on practice and to identify ethical contraindications for working with clients’ emotional experience and couple work

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission as a domestic student to an EFT postgraduate course at BIA, an applicant needs to:

Have

An AQF Level 7 qualification (bachelor’s degree) or higher from a recognised sciences,

Psychology, social work, counselling, education, welfare, medicine, or health sequence of study

AND

Membership or eligibility for membership of a professional association relevant to the qualification

AND

Be working in a role that requires the provision of counselling (paid or voluntary)

A Vocational Education and Training (VET) AQF Level 5 or 6 Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a relevant field

AND

Membership or eligibility for membership of a professional association relevant to the qualification.

AND

At  least  12  months of working in  a  role that  requires the provision  of counselling (paid  or voluntary)

Or

A 2-year minimum, non AQF professional training of at least 250 hours of face to face course work in counselling or psychotherapy where the program is accredited by PACFA or other

recognised counselling or psychotherapy association

AND

Membership or eligibility for membership of a professional association relevant to the qualification.

AND/ OR

Long term employment in a clinical role in an organisation designated by the Federal Attorney General’s Department

OR

Five years’ work experience in a role that requires the provision of formal counselling (paid or voluntary) with regular formal supervision

Clinical practice hours:

It is expected that students will have their own clients or will arrange placement or volunteer work to obtain the 250 hours of clinical practice for this course. At this stage BIA is not offering any placements for students, however this is an area that we may consider in the future. 

Postgraduate Degree In Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

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Graduate Certificate in Emotion Focused Therapy :$7000

Remaining year of Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy :$6,525

Total fee for Graduate Diploma of Emotion Focused Therapy : $13,525

 

Students can pay semester by semester using our payment plan.

We offer 2 semesters every year. 

Semester 1 : Feb-Jun

Semester 2: Aug- Nov

For most units you will need to buy a text book. You can find the text book details in the UNIT details section.

Whilst we appreciate every student is different, in general we recommend 6-9 hours study per week including online synchronous sessions.

All our classes are offered by blended learning. The classes are 2 hour long offered via zoom (Synchronous sessions) each week. There are face to face requirements that are met by attending week long intensive workshops. 

*Intensive workshops have been postponed till January 2023 due to covid 19.

All our classes are offered by blended learning. The classes are 2 hour long offered via zoom (Synchronous sessions) each week. Therefore anyone can study our courses from anywhere in Australia.

There are face to face requirements that are met by attending week long intensive workshops. We aim to offer these workshops in major cities in Australia.

*Intensive workshops have been postponed till January 2023 due to covid 19.

If you have a Diploma of Counselling, you may be eligible to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Emotion Focused Therapy, given that you meet the below requirements :

A 2-year minimum, non AQF professional training of at least 250 hours of face to face course work in counselling or psychotherapy where the program is accredited by PACFA or other recognised counselling or psychotherapy association

AND

Membership or eligibility for membership of a professional association relevant to the qualification.

AND /OR

Long term employment in a clinical role in an organisation designated by the Federal Attorney General’s Department

OR

Five years’ work experience in a role that requires the provision of formal counselling (paid or voluntary) with regular formal supervision

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