Changing Emotions with Emotions
International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy
Training Standards for Emotion Focused Therapy for Youth (ages 9-17) Training Programs
There are five levels of recognition within Emotion Focused Therapy for youth (EFT-Y)
Level A: Completion of Basic Training in EFT-Y
Registrants having completed this level of training will be listed on the training program website and recognized as members on the isEFT website- providing that membership dues are up to date and members agree to be listed. Registrants must have an active clinical practice in which they work directly with children, adolescents, or families.
Level B: Completion of EFT-Y Supervised Practice
Registrants having completed the EFT-Y Supervised Practice Requirement will be listed on the training program website and the isEFT website as having completed the EFT-Y Supervised Practice Requirement. Completion of this level is sufficient to obtain a certification but does not guarantee competence. Recommendations for Supervised Practice: Complete your supervised hours with at least two individual clients for a total of at least 16 sessions of EFT-Y, including empathy, evocative tasks, and case formulation.
Level C: Certified EFT-Y Therapist
Level D: EFT-Y Supervisor
The local programs will approve supervisors. ISEFT will list supervisors on its website.
As an EFT-Y supervisor, you can guide other therapists who are undergoing training in EFT-Y.
To be approved as an EFT-Y supervisor, you must take a video exam after the following have
*Facilitators assist EFT-Y trainers at clinician trainings. They have completed EFT-Y Supervised Practice (Level B) and facilitate small-group breakout skills practice during trainings. Facilitators are en route to becoming supervisors or trainers.
Criteria for EFT-Y Supervisor status is intentionally strict, as isEFT wants approved Supervisors to maintain a high level of adherence to the model. Candidates must have extensive knowledge and experience with the EFT-Y model in order to be eligible.
In order to maintain EFT-Y supervision approval, you are required to receive a minimum of 8 hours of supervision per year, focused on either EFT or EFT-Y therapy and provide at least 14 hours of EFT-Y supervision to other therapists. Facilitator hours from trainings can be included in the supervision requirement; typically, there would be 1 hour of active supervision for each day of facilitation.
EFT-Y Supervisor Video Examination
Rules for video exams:
Level E: EFT-Y Trainer
Anyone wishing to become a trainer or an Institute Based Trainer from will need to be invited by an EFT-Y Trainer at an EFT-Institute. The EFT-Institutes will certify trainers.
The following are the criteria for becoming a trainer: