THE EFFECTS OF TRAINING IN EFT COUPLE THERAPY. Session 202--EFT Track The Process of Learning EFT Hanna Levenson, PhD Mira Svatovic, MA & Michelle Montagno, MA.
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Session 202--EFT Track
The Process of Learning EFT
Hanna Levenson, PhD
Mira Svatovic, MA &
Michelle Montagno, MA
There are no conclusive data on what makes psychotherapy training effective despite three decades of research on the topic.Even less is known about training in EFT.
We looked at professional and personal correlates of EFT training.
EFT information learned
EFT skills learned
Personal--because EFT is an attachment-based, emotionally-focused, and nonjudgmental model, we looked at therapist’s:
Goals of training--learning to
Understand partner distress from an attachment perspective
Help partners reprocess emotional responses
Shape new interactions/bonding events
Overcome therapeutic impasses
Salt Lake City
110 attendees took measures morning of Day 1 (Pre-training) & afternoon of Day 4 (Post-training)
76 attendees with complete data
FOLLOW-UP -- STUDY 2
Participants mailed measures 8 months (on average) after Externship.
49% sent back measures
N = 29 attendees with complete data
How long practicing
EFT KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY SCALE (EFT-KACS)
Rate yourself (1-7) on how knowledgeable and competent you are on 12 items describing EFT skills
“Creating safety in session and maintaining positive alliance.”
“Using enactments therapeutically.”
EXPERIENCES IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS (Fraley et al., 2000)
Measures romantic attachment anxiety and avoidance
“I am afraid I will lose my partner’s love.”
“I don’t feel comfortable opening up.”
Measures self-kindness, common humanity, mindfulness
“I’m tolerant of my own flaws and inadequacies.”
“When times are tough, I tend to be tough on myself.”
EMOTIONAL PROCESSING INVENTORY (Reid & Harper, 2008)
Measures ability to identify, communicate, & regulate feelings.
“I choose to keep my feelings private.”
“I feel flooded and overwhelmed by my emotions.”
Qualitative and quantitative data on personal relationships with self and others.
“EFT training has changed the way I approach romantic relationships.”
47 years old
In practice almost 13 years
Over 90% had read at least 1 EFT book
Two-thirds had seen at least 1 EFT video
More securely attached than a national sample
Factor analysis of EFT-KACS--
Alliance (2 Items)
Knowledge (10 items)
Competency (10 items)
No effects for training:
“This has certainly given me a map- when I work with couples I’ll have a sense of where we are going and how.” -EFT Externship Participant
“Emotion is an area I naturally tune into but the training helped me to understand how to better heighten and use emotion as a process in therapy.” -EFT Externship Participant
“I will work hard to slow things down, try even harder than I do now to stay out of the content and focus on process.”-EFT Externship Participant
Participants entered the training with mid-range levels of self-compassion with participant’s average score being 3.4 on a 5 point scale.
There were no direct changes in Self-Compassion scores related to training.
Participants entered the training with moderately high levels on emotional processing with participant’s average score being 3.9 on a 5 point scale at pretest.
As participants’ competence increased they became more open to processing their emotions.
“I understand much better why I am so deeply affected by things that happen in my relationship. I feel less inclined to be harsh with myself.”-EFT Externship Participant
Average of 8 months post externship
N = 29
Participants rated the greatest impact of training was on:
“I have a model now from which I not only see other romantic relationships, but also my own.”
“EFT has improved my understanding of my past relationships and relationship history.”
“EFT has helped me link my own internal dynamics to an understanding of my early attachment experiences. These understandings have helped me in my marriage and other relationships.”
Our study suggests that the EFT externship creates positive and enduring changes in therapists’ professional and personal lives.
Future work is needed to demonstrate the clinical relevancy of these findings.