Healing Shattered Attachment

  • 2 Mar 2018
  • 3 Mar 2018
  • Atlanta Marriott Century Center, 2000 Century Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30345


  • Special discount for current ACEFT members
  • Special rate for the first 20 paid registrants.
  • Special reduced rate for current students. Please use your .edu email address to register.

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presented by ICEEFT Trainers Michael Barnett & Silvina Irwin

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) has demystified the complex web that couples therapists historically got entangled in. However,the impact of trauma on a relationship often intensely complicates the therapeutic process, and can leave even experienced EFT therapists feeling overwhelmed, helpless, lost, and/or burned out. Safe human connection is necessary for healing shattered attachments, yet trauma at its very essence compromises the ability to trust human connection that is necessary for healing. EFT effectively addresses the factors at play in both the heart of traumatic distress and the process of healing. This two-day, advanced workshop will help participants tailor the EFT model to specifically work with traumatized couples and also explore and address the significant impact of working with trauma on the self of the therapist.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of trauma from a relational/attachment lens
  • Describe the concept of healing within the EFT model
  • Explain how to place trauma-related emotional distress and associated behavioral strategies within a systemic framework
  • Identify ways to implement EFT interventions so as to effectively target relational processes that are shaped by trauma
  • Summarize some the ways that working with trauma impacts the therapist
  • Describe ways to work through therapist blocks and barriers in the treatment of trauma
  • List at least two risk factors for therapists who work with trauma
  • List at least two strategies for monitoring and addressing symptoms of Vicarious Trauma/Secondary Traumatic Stress and burnout


The workshop meets each day from 8:30AM to 4:00PM. At the conclusion of Friday's program, the Atlanta Center for EFT will host a Beat Atlanta Traffic! social gathering with light refreshments at the event venue. All attendees and ACEFT members are invited to attend.

Day 1:


Intro/Overview of the two days

Attachment frame for trauma and healing

Primary components in addressing trauma

The "within and between" of working with trauma


Tailoring interventions to work with stage 1

Skills and Interventions

Working with Emotion

Day 1 Wrap-Up

Day 2:

Overview of day 2

Considerations for Stage 2

Normalize VT


Guided Imagery

Small group Experiential work/Skill Building 2:30

Inoculation against effects of working with trauma 4:30

Wrap Up - Closure

Who should attend?

This workshop is an intermediate to advanced training program appropriate for all mental health professionals including psychologists, professional counselors, clinical social workers and marriage and family therapists. While prior training in or experience with Emotionally Focused Therapy is recommended, it is not required.

About your presenters

Michael Barnett is an ICEEFT certified EFT Trainer in Atlanta. He specializes in working with couples on the addictive continuum and offers advanced trainings for therapists in addiction, trauma, attachment injuries and couples therapy. In addition, Michael co-created a research study of EFT with addicted populations that was completed in early 2017.

Silvina Irwin is a clinical psychologist and ICEEFT Certified EFT Trainer in Los Angeles. She co-founded the EFT Resource Center in Pasadena, CA, which provides psychotherapy services and training to therapists. Silvina specializes in working with survivors of trauma and also offers workshops on Vicarious Trauma of therapists, first responders, and the legal and medical community.

Atlanta Marriott Century Center Room Information - The conference venue is offering a special rate for workshop attendees. Use this link to access their reservation page. 

CE Information

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 12.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 12.5 continuing education hours of credit.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 12.5 CE hours of credit.


Requests to cancel registration must be submitted in writing to aceftllc@gmail.com. Cancellation requests received prior to 30 days before the event will be refunded minus a $50 administration fee. Cancellations received 30 days or less before an event will receive a full credit of the paid registration toward a future ACEFT sponsored event, valid for up to 2 years from date of cancellation. Please note cancellation credits may not be applied toward Externship or Core Skills events. 

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: info@eftatlanta.com


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