Short Courses



The Institute offers courses as 'stand-alone' subjects or as part of a postgraduate program. Each course is skills-based, integrating clinical skills with theory using an adult learning approach, personal and professional reflection, discussion, video demonstrations and role-plays. Participants are required to purchase a training manual for each course. A certificate of attendance or completion can be awarded on completion of the subject.



  • Courses scheduled for 2017:
  • · EFT-Being
  • · Couple Therapy

  • Courses scheduled for 2018/2019:
  • · Individual Therapy
  • · Advanced Therapy
  • · Couple Psychotherapy


  • Professional Development
  • The Institute offers courses and workshops as 'stand-alone' subjects for professional development for health practitioners. Please contact the Institute to express your interest.


  • Applications
  • To apply for any of our courses or workshops, you can do so by visiting our applications page and following the instructions there.





  • EFT-Being



  • How to be as a practitioner in EFT?
  • How do we balance following and leading as a practitioner?
  • How can I be authentic and therapeutic?

  • While there has been much written about the treatment protocols and the therapeutic relationship, there has not been as much written on the practitioner. The relationship in Emotionally Focused work has been described as a crucial aspect of treatment from forming a therapeutic alliance to being the 2nd source of change for working with emotional experience. What does this mean for us as practitioners? How are we supposed to be in our various roles of leading, following, facilitating, coaching, providing a corrective emotional experience and being authentic and symbolic?


  • In this program of reflection and study there will be an opportunity to reflect on being a practitioner. We will draw on the essential work of the early Humanistic writers, the current writings of Leslie Greenberg and associates as well as the new contemporary thinkers.

  • We will explore how to be in the role of practitioner within the context of theory and protocols in Emotionally Focused work. We will consider the self of the practitioner in order to consider how we influence the process. There will be an exploration of clinical work via audio and video tapes. This course of study will be facilitated by Clare Stapleton and Dr Michelle Webster.


  • Participants: Practitioners who have completed the therapy courses are invited to express interest in attending this course. Practitioners need to be working medium to long-term with clients.
  • Dates: 9.30 - 5.00pm, 17 February, 27 October (includes Psychotherapy) & 9.30 - 4.30pm, 31 March, 19 May, 28 July, 15 September
  • Costs: Fee: $930 (+ GST if attending for CPD)



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    Couple Therapy



    Couple Therapy is a suite of four workshops designed to give practitioners an opportunity to develop ways to work more deeply with couples. This couple therapy program focuses on interventions, particularly those relating to the emotional process in the session. Protocols for intervening with couples at the site of ongoing interactional impasses, current attachment injuries and past unresolved trauma will be outlined and demonstrated.

  • The four couple therapy workshops are:
  • 1 Creative Couple Work
  • 2 Current Attachment Injuries
  • 3 Impasse
  • 4 Past Couple Trauma



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    Individual Therapy



    The Individual Therapy course is designed for counsellors and therapists who wish to understand and work with the effects of trauma and attachment injury on their clients. These courses utilise the concept of emotional signatures - how clients relate to themselves and others - to be more effective in relating to clients as well as matching interventions with clients' processes. For practitioners, these courses provide a comprehensive understanding of the subjective effects of past emotional trauma and how to utilise this information in short-term work. For practitioners who are working medium to long-term with clients these courses provide ways of intervening that begin the healing of past traumas and developing new emotional signatures through both emotional processing and therapeutic relationship.


  • The central theme of this course is working with the past adult and childhood effects of trauma. Trauma based on neglect and abandonment is differentiated from trauma based on emotional, physical and sexual abuses.
  • The course will begin by working with emotional patterns in the present, developing links to past experiences and patterns, and working with childhood material. Emotion schemes and emotional signatures will be explored using the adult-child polarity in order to chart a therapy that fits with the subjectivity of the client. An important aspect of this course is understanding and developing a therapeutic presence, a way of 'being with' the client that is respectful, caring and real while also honouring the transferential aspects of the relationship.


  • Prerequisite: Individual Counselling subjects (1-6) & 2 Clinical days
  • Participants: 10-12 practitioners having successfully completed the Individual Counselling course or the suite of Individual Counselling workshops.
  • Dates: To be scheduled in 2018
  • Points: 6



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    Advanced Therapy



    This course builds on the Individual Therapy course to provide participants with the opportunity to focus on how to heal and modify the client's internal world.


  • The development of the false self and internal configurations will be explored using the metaphors of adult, child and parent. The course provides practitioners with a place to increase their understanding and ways of working with a client's psychology.

  • The development of the false self and internal configurations will be explored using the metaphors of adult, child and parent. The initial work involves disempowering the critical energy and beginning to develop self-care. Ways to acknowledge the responding child, healing work with the wounded and discovering the free child are demonstrated. Understanding regression work and what is required for healing is examined. A crucial aspect of this course is the ongoing development of the therapeutic relationship, especially the duality of the real and symbolic aspects.

  • Specifically, the course will focus on:

  • The Internal World: Thorough examination of a client's psychology, how they have survived childhood experiences, the development of patterns of relating, and true/false self dichotomy.
  • The Internalised Parent: Assessing and working with internalised parent-child polarity, exploring the enlightened witness aspect. The critical energy from the abandoning and annihilating experiences will be investigated.
  • Healing through Re-experiencing: Employing corrective emotional responses in directed and spontaneous regressions, healing and internal psychic development.
  • The Inner Child aspects: Healing from childhood attachment injuries, exploring the development and transformation of the childhood false self.
  • Therapeutic Nurturing: Exploring the real and symbolic nature of the therapist's response and the development of the client's real self.


  • Prerequisite: Individual Therapy course
  • Dates: To be scheduled in 2018
  • Points: 6



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    Couple Psychotherapy



    The couple psychotherapy course is an intensive course designed to give Emotionally Focused practitioners an opportunity to develop ways to work emotionally deeply with couple issues as well as each partner's different psychologies. The aim of the Couple Psychotherapy course will be to present a comprehensive approach to couple therapy, which prioritises emotional experience as a focus in order to ultimately access the inner child aspects that require attention or healing.


  • Areas covered will include understanding attachment needs and defences, assessing each partner's psychology including their emotional signature and their internalised emotional world, using the metaphor of the adult-child polarity. This course focuses on interventions, particularly those relating to the emotional process in the session. Protocols for intervening with couples at a relational or individual level will be outlined and demonstrated. Working with the inner child via emotion regulation or working with the emotional matters that emerge will be explored. Real clinical material will be used where possible.


  • Dates: May be scheduled in 2018/2019



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