This on-demand course is entirely free, including the CE credit; no credit card required to register. Free course access expires 30 days after registration date.


    How can therapists help individual therapy clients find a secure sense of self, particularly after traumatic experiences? In this free on-demand podcast CE course, Dr. Sue Johnson discusses EFIT (the individual version of the well-known Emotionally Focused Therapy model for distressed couples) and the use of empirically-validated EFT interventions with depressed, anxious, and traumatized individual clients in order to help improve their sense of self and reduce mental health symptoms. In this thoughtful interview, Dr. Johnson gives an overview of the theory and interventions of EFIT, placed in the context of clinical narratives and examples; she also explains how EFIT evokes, contains and uses emotion in specific ways to help individual clients grow and thrive.

    Disclaimer: Please note that this episode discusses self-harming behaviors and traumatic experiences, including discussion of redacted case examples.


    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Briefly describe the theoretical basis and goals of EFIT and its clinical implications; Outline the key therapeutic stance of EFIT; Briefly describe two or more EFIT-informed interventions


    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Intermediate


    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Enroll in this free course and create a free Clearly Clinical account (or log into your existing Clearly Clinical account as part of the enrollment process)
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; users can re-test up to three times. After three attempts, users are advised to re-listen to the audio course in its entirety and then subsequently re-test. Psychologists who are seeking CE credit may not be awarded credit if they attempt to pass the post-test more than three times.)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.


    This on-demand course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast which is available for free on all major public podcast platforms, including YouTube, by searching for 'Clearly Clinical'. You can also listen to and download the audio file via our course player. References are available upon request.


    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.

    If reading along while listening is helpful for you, we recommend listening to our podcast on YouTube with the closed captioning feature enabled (to do this, click the button in the YouTube video player with the 'CC' on it).


    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion regardless of a user's paid membership status.


    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content. The instructor references their own resources as a potential option for further learning.


    Please note that you will have access to this free course for 30 days from when you sign up. If your access lapses and the course is still being offered as a free CE course, you are able to re-enroll.

Interviewer and Interviewee

Dr. Sue Johnson

Emotionally Focused Therapy Creator

The late Dr. Sue Johnson was a leading innovator in the fields of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue was the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 35 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Acknowledging her development of EFT and international training and certification program, Sue’s numerous awards include the APA’s Family Psychologist of the Year, Psychotherapy Networker’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Order of Canada.

As the founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Sue trained counselors in EFT worldwide and provides guidance to over 90 affiliated centers. She consulted for the U.S. and Canadian militaries and is a popular presenter and speaker.

Her best-selling book for the general public, Hold Me Tight (2008), has taught countless couples how to enhance and repair their love relationships and now has a companion Hold Me Tight Workbook (2023). The book has since been developed into an interactive relationship enhancement program, Hold Me Tight Online. Both book and program have been translated into numerous languages, with the program also being adapted for specific groups such as for families with teens or adult children, and for couples facing cardiac disease.

Sue’s newest books for clinicians include A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) 1st Edition (2019), and her seminal text, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy — Creating Connection (2020), is now in its third edition.

Sue’s most recent book, Edgar and Elouise, Sagas 1&2, is her first work of fiction and tells the story of a group of fascinating animals who learn to discover who they are, face fear and peril, and come together to fight to save their world.

Prior to her passing in April 2024, Sue lived in Victoria, BC, with her husband and adored Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s lakes and seas.

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT

Interviewer & Clearly Clinical Founder

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Feedback Informed Treatment, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter; Beth was formerly an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. Licensed in California and Oregon, she provides therapy via her private practice to young adult and adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. She has two young children, a super cool spouse who helps out with Clearly Clinical's tech, and a rescue dog.

Why is Clearly Clinical the nation's premier CE provider?

  • CONVENIENT: All courses are 1-hour podcast episodes, available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, and all other free public podcast platforms

  • AFFORDABLE: We offer quality CE courses through a reasonably-priced membership

  • SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE: We make ongoing donations to The Trevor Project for LGBT youth suicide prevention, and have also previously donated to Black & Brown Founders, the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, Black Women’s Blueprint, Feeding America, and The Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • WOMAN-OWNED & QUEER-OWNED: We are founded and run by Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • DIVERSE: We highlight expert presenters from historically-marginalized communities

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