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 subjects 2020-2021 Brochure

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

Entry requirements:

  • 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 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 a 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)

Special or Alternative Admission:

  • An AQF level 7 non-related bachelor’s degree qualification from a recognized academic institution and satisfactory completion of a Specialist Pathway Program offered by the Institute for Emotion Focused Therapy


  • 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


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 IEFT is not offering any placements for students, however this could change in the near future.

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Name Sub Unit Credit Points
EFT 102
Foundations for Emotion Focused Work
7 CP’s
Emotion-Focused Work
Working with Experience
Experiencing Emotion
Clinical Day 1: Working with Feelings
EFT 103
Individual Counselling
Emotion Schemes
Multiple Chair
Clinical Day 2: Working with Patterns
EFT 121
Adult Child Polarity
EFT 124
Multicultural Emotion Focused Therapy Perspectives
EFT 104
Assessment in Couple Work
EFT 113
Working with Shame
EFT 106
Supervised Practice 1
5 CP’s
EFT 201
Individual Therapy
7 CP’s
Emotion Focused Therapy
Self-Interruptive Processes
Healing in Attachment
Therapy Day 1: EFT Advanced Integration
EFT 212
Advanced Therapy
7 CP’s
The Therapeutic Relationship
Emotions in Couple Work
Couple Dialogue
Therapy Day 2: Group Process
Working with Specific Populations
EFT 230
Working with Anxiety
EFT 231
Working with Depression
2 CP’s
2 CP’s
EFT 232
Working with Trauma
2 CP’s
EFT 206
Supervised Practice 2.
5 CP’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

*Face to face intensive training : 5 days per year. Usually scheduled for the 2nd or 3rd week of January each year. 

*Intensives can be held in major capital cities or in New Zealand if there are sufficient numbers from each city

For further information on the Course Structure click here 2020-2021 Brochure

List of Elective Subjects

Subject Code Subject of Study Credit Point
Working with Anxiety
Working with Anger
Working with Sadness, Loss and Grief
Working with Shame
Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse
Emotions in Couple Work
Working with Depression
Working with Trauma
Creative Couple Work