Continuing Professional Development



All courses, workshops & studios at the Institute are available for practitioners for ongoing professional development. The Emotionally Focused approach is an evidence-based approach that demonstrates excellent research outcomes in working with emotional experience with individuals and couples. At the Institute we have developed very effective protocols for working in the individual and couple field that harness the technical craft of counselling and therapy without losing the essence of the artistry that is required in our clinical work.


  • Professional Development Options in 2017/2018 include:

  • · Psychotherapy - Difficult Psychotherapy Matters

  • · EFT Studio 1 : Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) - Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • · EFT Studio 2 : Parenting in Therapy

  • · EFT-Being
  • · Individual Therapy
  • · Advanced Therapy
  • · Couple Therapy

  • · Emotion-Focused Work
  • · Working With Experience
  • · Experiencing Emotion
  • · Clinical Day: Working with Feelings

  • · Focusing
  • · Emotional Signature
  • · The Adult-Child Polarity
  • · Clinical Day: Working with Patterns

  • · Anger
  • · Shame
  • · Fear & Anxiety
  • · Supervision Training in Emotionally Focused Work

  • · Couple Assessment
  • · Couple Talk
  • · Creative Couple Work
  • · Current Attachment Injuries
  • · Impasse
  • · Past Couple Trauma



  • Meeting your professional development requirements

  • Psychologists Board Australia (PBA) & Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • The courses and workshops scheduled by the Institute provide active continuing professional development hours for generalist, counselling and clinical psychologists. Successful completion of a course is 42 active CPD hours and a workshop is 12 active CPD hours for generalist, counselling and clinical psychologists.

  • Australian Association of Social Work (AASW)
  • The Institute is licensed with the AASW. Social workers are eligible for 2 PD points per hour of attendance. In addition they are eligible for 1 PD point for every article read. This means that a social worker completing a course at the Institute will be eligible for 84 PD points for attending and 14-16 PD points for the articles that are read during the course.

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CAPA) and Australian Counsellors Association (ACA)
  • Counsellors and therapists who belong to CAPA and ACA are currently eligible for 1 PD point per 1 hour of attendance.

  • Please enquire with your professional association or with the Institute for further information.





  • Psychotherapy



    The Psychotherapy mornings are an opportunity for practitioners to meet and reflect on issues relating to longterm Emotion-Focused psychotherapy. In 2017 the Institute will offer two meetings in order for EF practitioners to meet and explore some of the difficult psychotherapy matters. At times practitioners have to decide how to deal with client requests and ways of relating that can be problematic. How to think about these matters as well as how we deal with them will be explored and discussed. These meetings will be facilitated by Dr Michelle Webster and Clare Stapleton.


  • Participants: Practitioners who have completed the individual and advanced therapy courses are eligible to attend. Please indicate your interest and provide details of your psychotherapy practice in the 2017 application form.
  • Dates: 9.30am-1.00pm, 17th February & 27th October, 2017, with an opportunity to lunch together afterwards.
  • Costs: Fee: $250 (plus GST if attending for CPD), for this meeting and the 'Narrative in Psycotherapy' meeting



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    EFT Studios



    EFT Studios are a venue where practitioners present their ideas and work in Emotion-Focused therapy. Studios are open to practitioners who have completed the individual counselling programs.




    EFT Studio 1 : Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) - Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)



  • · What is Interpersonal Therapy?
  • · How does Interpersonal Therapy fit with an EF approach to our work?

  • This studio begins with outlining Interpersonal Therapy, one of the focussed psychological strategies for treatment. In the studio we will consider how Interpersonal Therapy fits with our Emotionally Focused approach.

  • The Studio will be facilitated by Maria Gray and Dr Michelle Webster.

  • Date: 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 25th August, 2017
  • Cost: $210 (+GST if not undertaking accredited postgraduate studies)


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    EFT Studio 2 : Parenting in Therapy



  • This studio explores working with clients in regression using some of the ideas and techniques drawn from more recent literature on attachment based parenting. The studio will draw upon the teachings of current experts such as Dan Siegal  and Daniel Hughes to explores ways that long term Emotionally Focused therapy can be enhanced by current attachment and child development theory.

  • This studio will be facilitated by Clare Stapleton and Dr Michelle Webster.

  • Date: 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 20th October, 2017
  • Cost: $210 (+GST if not undertaking accredited postgraduate studies)


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    EFT-Online: An online Journal for Emotion-Focused Practitioners


  • We have an online journal for practitioners in Emotion-Focused work. It is an international, peer-reviewed journal which aims to contribute to the practice of counselling and psychotherapy. EFT-Online will publish counselling and therapy articles, case-studies, and practitioner-based research featuring single-case studies, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches. 

  • EFT-Online encourages practitioners to write about their experiences and their discoveries in clinical practice as well as practice-based research. The editorial group will encourage articles that inspire the reader, written in easy English and/or employing creative methods of writing.