The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council
Counselling and Training Centre

The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council
Counselling and Training Centre

(An EFT Institute accredited by the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy)

Certified Training Program in
Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals


Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is based on the findings that have now garnered ample empirical evidence that emotions influence thought and behavior and contrary to the view that the best way to change emotions is by changing thoughts. EFT proposes that the best way to achieve enduring change in cognition, behavior and interaction is by changing emotion with emotion. EFT has developed methods based on over 30 years of research on how people change in therapy to help people become aware of, express and regulate emotion in order to better tolerate and utilize its offerings, reflect on emotion to make sense of it, and transform it by both accessing alternate opposing emotion and having corrective emotional experiences. EFT is now recognized as evidence based treatments for depression, trauma, generalized anxiety disorder, and couple conflicts.


The Certified Training Program in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals aims at equipping trainees with a solid grounding in the theory and clinical competence in working with individuals within the framework of EFT. Throughout the course of the training program, the trainees are expected to :

-Build abilities in empathic attunement to client’s emotion processes
-Develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings, emotion theory and perspectives in doing emotion assessment and in facilitating emotional processing and changes in clients
-Develop conceptual and perceptual skills in addressing psychological issues of clients
-Acquire intervention frameworks and skills in the use of emotion-focused psychotherapeutic interventions with clients in local context


The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council
Counselling and Training Centre

The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council ( is a non-governmental organization established in 1965. The aim of HKCMAC is to provide professional services for the promotion of happy marriages and responsible parenthood. The HKCMAC has been providing counseling service for individuals, couples and families for nearly 50 years. We are committed to promoting the well being of individuals, joyful and life-long marriages, happy families and responsible parenthood with professionalism. In recent decades HKCMAC has dedicated to providing high quality professional training to social workers and other practitioners to advance their counselling practice to serve clients with efficacy and effectiveness. In addition, HKCMAC started organizing EFT workshops in 2004, and has organized yearly training programs in Emotion-Focused Therapy since 2007.

Officially established in 2012 the HKCMAC Counselling and Training Centre has become the key service unit of HKCMAC in the provision of Emotion-Focused Therapy training. The HKCMAC Counselling and Training Centre has been organizing EFT workshops for practitioners to keep abreast of EFT development and to enhance effectiveness of their clinical practice. Over years HKCMAC Counselling and Training Centre has been providing EFT training for in-service staff training in a number of social service agencies in Hong Kong.

Joining the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy ( in 2016 as an Institute Member, the HKCMAC Counselling and Training Centre provides EFT training in accordance with the ISEFT Training Standards for Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy Training Programs.


The HKCMAC Certified Training Program in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals (2019-2020) is recognized by the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT). The completion of this Certified Training Program is qualified as attaining "Level A: Completion of Basic EFT Training" of ISEFT.


Rhonda N. Goldman, PhD

Dr. Rhonda N. Goldman is a professor of Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, and a therapist affiliate of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she conducts psychotherapy with both couples and individuals. She has co-authored/edited five texts on Emotion-Focused Therapy including Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy (2004), Case Studies in Emotion-Focused Treatment of Depression (2007), Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power (2008), Case Formulation in Emotion-focused therapy: Co-creating Clinical maps for Change (2015), and the Clinical Handbook of Emotion-Focused Therapy (2018). She has also co-authored a number of book chapters as well as research articles establishing empirical support for Emotion-Focused Therapy. She teaches and conducts research on emotional processes and outcomes in Emotion-Focused Therapy, and has written on empathy, vulnerability, depression, and case formulation.

Dr. Goldman is the past-president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. She is the recipient of the Carmi Harari Early Career Award from Society of Humanistic Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. She is a co-founding board member of the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT). Dr. Goldman has over 20 years of experience, practicing and training clinicians in practicing Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). She travels internationally to conduct EFT trainings and workshops.

Mr. Jay Tse

Mr. Jay Tse is a marriage and family therapist at the Counselling and Training Centre of The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council. He earned a Master of Family Therapy degree and completed two-year training in Gestalt Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Also, he is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Sex Therapist, and an Accredited Family Mediator in Hong Kong.

Mr. Jay Tse has been trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy with Professor Leslie Greenberg since 2004, as well as receiving training from Dr. Serine Warwar, Dr. Wanda Malcolm, Dr. Alberta Pos, and Dr. Rhonda Goldman over the years. He is a Certified EFT Trainer (Individual Therapy) and a Certified Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy Supervisor and Therapist recognized by the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT). Mr. Tse has been involving in skills coaching in the module workshops and supervision groups in the yearly Training Programs in EFT since 2007. He will be involved in presenting module workshops and conducting supervision groups in this Certified Training Program in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals (2019-2020).

Course Curriculum

Training Components

-Four module workshops on theoretical framework and skills training, totally 12 days
-Supervision Group (10 three-hour group supervision sessions)
-Peer Practicum Group (8 three-hour peer practicum group sessions)
-Two written assignments: (transcripts of 20-minute segment of videotaped individual therapy sessions)

The trainees will receive in-depth skills training through the four intensive module workshops in which a combination of didactic lectures, video illustrations, live modeling and coaching, supervised role-playing practice, and case discussions will be used. Besides, supervision group and peer practicum group are used to enhance trainee’s integration of theory and practice in EFT throughout the certified training program.

Medium of Instruction for Module Workshops and Supervision Group

- Cantonese for Module I, II & III workshops
- Cantonese for supervision group
- English for Module IV workshop

Workshop Content

Module I—EFT Theoretical Introduction (Individual Therapy) and EFT Skills Training (I) (4 days)

Date: 29-30 April 2019 (Day 1 & 2)
Presenter: Mr. Jay Tse
-An overview of Emotion-Focused Therapy
-Emotion Theory
-Emotion assessment: Different types of emotional responses
-Dialectical Constructivist Theory
-Principles of emotional change
-Phases of treatment
-An overview of therapeutic tasks
-Marker identification and Tasks
-Therapeutic relationship in EFT
-Empathy: Functions and various empathic responses

Date: 13-14 June 2019 (Day 3 & 4)
Presenter: Mr. Jay Tse
-Emotion assessment
-Emotion awareness and emotion regulation
-Allowing, accepting and owning emotions
-Evocation, arousal and exploration in emotion processes
-Task intervention: Experiential focusing
-Task intervention: Systematic Evocative Unfolding
-Task intervention: Two-Chair Dialogue for Self-Criticism

Module II - EFT Skills Training (II) (3 days)

Date: 19-21 September 2019
Presenter: Mr. Jay Tse
-Evocation and exploration of emotion
-Emotion transformation
-Assessing and accessing core maladaptive emotions & primary adaptive emotions
-Supporting the emergence of primary adaptive emotions and needs, and restructuring core emotion schemes
-Emotion reflection and meaning making
-Task intervention: Empty Chair Work for Unfinished Business
-Task intervention: Two-Chair Enactments of the Self-Interruption of emotion

Module III—EFT Skills Training (III) (2 days)

Date: 27 & 29 November 2019
Presenter: Mr. Jay Tse
-Promoting task-specific work in optimal emotion processing
-Marker identification and task interventions
-Accessing core maladaptive emotions & primary adaptive emotions
-Task intervention: Working with worry and anxiety splits
-Task intervention: Self-soothing and emotion transformation

Module IV—EFT Advanced Skills Training & Consolidation of Theory & Practice

(Part I) 15 April 9:30am—12:00pm & 16 April 2020 9:30am—12:00pm presented by Dr. Rhonda Goldman. There would be class discussion to be facilitated by Mr. Jay Tse at 12:00pm—12:30pm.
(Part II) 22 April 2020 at 9:30am—5:00pm presented by Mr. Jay Tse
(Part III) Two small group skill training sessions facilitated by Mr. Jay Tse; to be scheduled with supervision groups on or before 30 June 2020
Advanced Emotion Assessment
-Identification of Productive emotion & Unproductive emotion
-Case Formulation: Stages of case formulation

Further Advanced EFT Intervention work including:
-Advanced work with the Two-Chair Dialogue for negative self-evaluation, and Empty Chair for Unfinished Business
-The interruptive process
-The letting go process
-Self soothing
-Resolving stuck points in split chair work
-Application of EFT to specific disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma
-EFT Supervision

Supervision Group
The supervision group of the certified training program aims at providing trainees with in-depth skills training to work with individuals in accordance with the EFT approach. Each supervision group will hold 10 three-hour supervision sessions over the program year. The formats of the group supervision include skills training, reviews of audio-/ video-taped case sessions, and case consultation.

Mr. Jay Tse will be involved in conducting supervision groups in the Certified Training Program in EFT for Individuals (2019-2020).

Peer Practicum Group
The peer practicum group is an interactive process with emphasis on peer role-playing practice and case reviews for integrating case conceptualization into practice within an EFT framework. Each group of trainees will hold 8 three-hour peer practicum group sessions over the program year.

Clinical Practice
The trainees are encouraged to apply the EFT approach to working with individual clients. They are recommended to audio-/video-tape their case sessions with clients' consent, for the purpose of self-reflection and having consultation in group supervision and module workshop. It requires to complete two written assignments with transcripts of 20-minute segment of videotaped client sessions with the EFT approach.

Completion of the Certified in Training Program in Emotion-Focused Therapy (2019-2020)
The trainees are required to complete two written assignments of transcripts of 20-minute video clip of clinical practice with the application of EFT for individuals. The trainees also need to fulfill at least 80% of the attendance in 1) the Module I, II, III & IV training workshops totally 12 days, 2) 10 three-hour sessions of supervision group, and 3) 8 three-hour sessions of peer practicum group respectively. By completing the assignments and attendance requirements of the certified training program captioned above, the trainees will be granted a certificate in completion of the "Certified Training Program in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals" that is qualified as attaining "ISEFT Level A: Completion of Basic EFT Training". The certificate will be issued by the HKCMAC Counselling and Training Centre as an EFT Institute accredited by the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Who should attend
Social workers, psychologists, counsellors, and other mental health professionals.

Prerequisites for Application
-A recognized degree in social work, psychology, counselling or other mental health related disciplines
-At least two years of clinical experience in working with individuals
-Actively involving in current clinical practice
-Preferably with prior knowledge of Emotion-Focused Therapy

Program Fee
Two-person Companion Registration (submitted on or before 12 April 2019)
HK$23,500 each
Early Bird Registration (submitted on or before 12 April 2019)
Regular Registration (submitted on or after 13 April 2019)

Application and enrollment procedures
1. Please send the completed application form to HKCMAC by email:
[email protected] (Re: EFT 2019-2020 Application)
2. Applicants will be invited to attend an enrollment interview.
3. Successful candidates will receive an email notification of admission and payment of program fee. A confirmation of admission will be granted by email after payment is received. The program fee payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.

For the details and course curriculum of the Certified Training Program in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals (2019-2020), please visit the program webpage at

The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council
Counselling and Training Centre
Room 101, 1/F., Low Block, Grand Millennium Plaza,
181 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong.
Tel: 2810 1104
E-mail: [email protected]

More information on HKCMAC Counselling and Training Centre

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Peer Reviews of the work of Emotion-Focused Therapy

"Greenberg is both a pioneer and the field's premier investigator in the important work of applying the basic research on emotions to the process of psychotherapy.”

— Marsha M. Linehan, PhD

"Most psychotherapists and theories of psychotherapy recognize, in one way or another, the centrality of emotion in both psychopathology and therapeutic change.”

— Morris Eagle, Ph.D.

"Although emotion has long been recognized as playing a significant role in the development, maintenance and change of most clinical problems, the guidelines for working with emotions therapeutically have always left something to be desired.”

— Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD

"…challenged clinicians and researchers to reconsider the role of emotions in psychopathology and how best to integrate feelings into psychotherapy."

— Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

"…providing an in-depth explication of the moment-by-moment process of emotion-focused treatment of trauma."

— Catherine C. Classen, PhD

"…a unique, empirically supported approach to the treatment of depression…it utilizes client-centered relationship principles, gestalt exercises, and cognitive theory to present an integrative, growth-oriented, whole-person approach."

— Arthur C. Bohart, PhD

"Emotion-focused therapy has long been recognized for its strong theoretical foundations, powerful technical interventions, and broad empirical support…By delineating clear and logical phases of case formulation and by illustrating them with captivating clinical materials, [in their recent co-authored publication] Goldman and Greenberg launch the humanistic-experiential tradition into new territories and make a significant contribution to the entire profession-wide shift to evidence-based practice."

— Louis G. Castonguay, PhD

"A major contribution to the continuing evolution of emotion-focused couples therapy by providing a conceptually rich new methodology for helping couples improve their capacity for affect regulation.”

— Alan S. Gurman, PhD

"Outlining an approach to emotion-focused couples therapy broadly informed by the latest research on emotion, motivation, self- and other-affect regulation, even affective neuroscience….a work of theoretical and practical value to both practicing clinicians and active scientists.”

— James Coan, PhD