Grand Rapids, MI Externship April 20, 22-23 and 26-27, 2021


The EFT Externship is the first step toward EFT Certification, and it is required that you participate in an Externship before attending Core Skills.



Step 1

EFT Externship
Grand Rapids, MI

Please note: This training will be online.  The dates of the training are April 20, 22-23 and 26-27. April 20th is the 3 hour kick-off to get started and to shorten the time we spend online for the 4 main training days.  We will met from 9 to 4:30 on April 22-23 and 26-27. 

The EFT Externship, as developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and presented by ICEEFT-Certified Trainer Debi Scimeca-Diaz, LMFT, LCADC, is more than just an introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy: It is an educational immersion experience which enables participants to deeply learn and apply this empirically validated method for working with couples.

This EFT Externship is not simply multiple days of lectures and slides. Debi Scimeca-Diaz is a powerful, passionate presenter who believes in “teach, show, do,” which means you will learn through a variety of modalities, including: watching and discussing clinical videos of EFT therapists working with couples; practicing through role plays and experiential exercises that will help you “feel” the model in a safe, supportive way through the assistance of advanced EFT clinicians; and processing through daily small-group “homeroom” sessions.  The homerooms provide a supportive place for questions and group discussion.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to witness Debi Scimeca-Diaz practice the model through TWO LIVE CONSULTATIONS, working with two different volunteer client couples.

You will leave the Externship with a new way to conceptualize your work with couples and a road map for how to work in the moment, in the room with them, so that you are more confident in helping your couples reconnect and repair. As often reported by attendees, you may also leave the Externship with a more compassionate view of the relationships in your own life.


The EFT Externship is the first step toward EFT Certification, and it is required that you participate in an Externship before attending Core Skills.

Externship Learning Objectives:

Describe the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “emotionally focused” approach to couples therapy.
Describe couple distress and relationship repair based on the EFT model and attachment theory.
Assist partners in reprocessing the emotional responses that maintain relational distress.
Assist partners in shaping new interactional patterns and in creating bonding events.
Identify interventions to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples.

Comments from past Participants:

“Debi was great fun and brought a sense of life and excitement to the entire experience. The relationships and encouragement were the highlights of the training for me.”

“I’ve been to so many trainings over the past 20 years in my career and this by far was the best.”

“LOVED it! Can’t wait to practice it! Debi was amazing — felt she was understanding.”

“The content is really well balanced between learning and experimenting. A well run workshop, thank you.”

“Debi is the best teacher EVER – clear, concise, supportive (and I’ve been to Gotmann 2x, Hendrix 2x and even learned from Sue herself).”

“The topic and training is top caliber and the value is extensive”

“This was absolutely amazing! Very grateful.”

“Debi was very engaging, empathic, vulnerable and firmly planted in her beliefs, which made it easy to take a risk, be vulnerable, and quickly develop my belief in EFT”


This course, Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship, Approval #200303-1854, provided by Debi Scimeca-Diaz, LMFT, LCADC (Director of NJ Center for EFT) is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 through August 31, 2022. This training is also approved by APA and provided by AIU for licensed psychologist.

Please note there is a$35 charge for those in need of CEU’s.

The training will be online via ZOOM
Hours for Kick off on April 20th: 9 to 12
Hours for full training DAYS April 22-23 and 26-27 will be 9 am to 4:30 pm

Please note hours may change slightly by 30 minutes if needed.

Please contact Cheryl Cooper at with any questions.

Cancellation Policy: There are no credit card refunds, only vouchers to apply to future trainings with Debi Scimeca-Diaz.  All cancellations are subjected to a 20% administrative fee. Cancellations received 45 days prior to the training will be given a voucher minus the 20% administrative fee. Cancellations received 44 days or less will be given a voucher of 50% of what was paid, minus the 20% administrative fee. Vouchers can be applied to the next externship in the same location led by Debi Scimeca-Diaz.