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Wed, Mar 09


Vallydale Church

C4C Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (Alabama)

4-DAY EXTERNSHIP WITH A “CREATED FOR CONNECTION” FOCUS We're meeting in person! March 9 - 12, 2022 9:00am - 5:00pm Central Time Lunch break (approximately) 12pm - 1pm daily Led by ICEEFT Trainer, Kenny Sanderfer, LMFT & Trainer-in-Training, Teri Murphy, PhD, LMFT

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C4C Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (Alabama)
C4C Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (Alabama)

Time & Location

Mar 09, 2022, 9:00 AM CST – Mar 12, 2022, 5:00 PM CST

Vallydale Church, 2324 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham, AL 35244, USA

About the Event

Innovative and inspiring, this 4-day Externship provides you with an in-depth and practical introduction to the practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). EFT remains a leading empirically supported treatment of couple distress. The Created for Connection Externship is designed to prepare therapists to reach couples who value a faith sensitive approach to couple therapy. The Externship offers a unique opportunity to incorporate key insights from Dr. Sue Johnson and Kenny Sanderfer’s recent book Created for Connection, a hands-on resource designed for Christian couples.

This unique training experience brings together four days of practical demonstrations, experiential exercises and dynamic presentations walking you step by step through the EFT process of change. The Externship is approved by the International Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and provides the first level of training required for certification as an Emotionally Focused Therapist. In addition, this training explores the integration of EFT principles and practices with theological insights and experiences common to Christian couples.

The Externship is led by ICEEFT-Certified trainers Kenny Sanderfer and Ryan Rana. These trainers have each developed spiritually-oriented resources for applying EFT to couples seeking to strengthen their relationship through their Christian faith.

Participants will:

•  Learn primary EFT concepts based on attachment and emotion theory.

•  Identify EFT stages and steps and related interventions.

•  Practice EFT interventions used to promote de-escalation and restructuring relationships.

•  Explore the process of creating emotional bond through corrective emotional experiences.

•  Examine EFT concepts and practices and their value to Christian couples.

*We aim to have TWO live sessions during this training.  These sessions will be worked in at the couples' convenience, thus the event schedule is simply an outline of topics that will be covered each day.  

28 CEs will be awarded after the successful completion of all requirements.

**Payment plans are available with a $200 non-refundable depost.  Please contact us at for more information.

COVID-19 Policy:

In the event that a COVID-19 spike occurs and/or the health authorities change their directives just before or during the event, the event will be transferred to an online format.  Anyone not wishing to participate in this online format will receive a full refund.

In an effort to minimize potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting the number of attendees to 75 participants and will provide adequate space for social distancing.  Proof of vaccination is not required to attend.  Face masks are recommended, but again, not required.  


  • 8 hours

    Day 1: Key Concepts

  • 8 hours

    Day 2: Stage One: Assessment & Cycle De-escalation

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