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In many couples, the underlying strong, heavy negative interaction patterns are paramount in the violence. These patterns form a challenge for many therapists in working with these couples, and often the violence between the partners is central to the therapeutic process. In this case, it is remarkable that these couples mostly want us, the therapist, to work toward a safer relationship where they can stay together and the violence stops. How can this be approached when violence is often seen as a contraindication for couple therapy and EFT?


Based on new scientific knowledge about intimate partner violence and their experience, Lieven and Jef have worked together to come to a deeper understanding of this difficult relational drama. 

In this workshop Lieven and Jef outline a theoretical roadmap how we can understand intimate partner violence from an attachment focused point of view, and how we can use EFT in helping these couples to fight for a healthier, safer connection. Specific interventions to use will be outlined and we'll discuss several important topics such as assessment, de-escalation, the attachment meanings of violence, and common self-of-therapist challenges.  

This two-day workshop will include:

Lecture, Q & A, video material, and exercises with space for participant dialogue. The workshop offers a mini roadmap that can be inserted in the larger EFT map for therapy.


Participants should have a basic training in EFT.

IPV: Couple Violence and Fighting for Connection Online Workshop On

SNVEFT Therapist Anabelle Bugatti, PhD, LMFT President/Director Southern NV EFT
SNVEFT Therapist Lieven Migerode, ICEEFT certified EFT Trainer & Supervisor


Lieven Migerode, ICEEFT certified EFT Trainer & Supervisor introduced Sue Johnson in Belgium on the occasion of the Good Enough Couple Congress in 2006. He published earlier on the subject of partner violence and love. He published articles and a book on the subject of love. Migerode,L (2015). Hoe blijf je gelukkig in je relatie. Tielt: Lannoo. (I love you: how to stay happy in your relationship).







Jef Slootmaeckers, ICEEFT certified EFT therapist, and EFT Supervisor in training, Jef has worked for 10 years with partner violence. He specialized in EFT and couple violence. Over the last few years, Jef trained several teams in working with these highly reactive and violent couples. Together with Lieven Migerode he published several articles about partner violence and couple therapy.

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13 CEU SNVEFT Course for Therapists To Learn About Working With Violence In Relationships

Meet your presenters

Anabelle Bugatti, PhD, LMFT
President/Director Southern NV EFT

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$ 350 Early Bird (Before Dec. 1st, 2020)

$ 395 Regular Fee

$ 300 Post Graduate Interns

$ 200 Students (Must have completed the EFT Externship)

Research shows that intimate partner violence is rather frequent; even more so in couples seeking couple therapy. However, the subject of violence often remains hidden from the therapist. Or due to contraindication, couples seeking therapy are often refused.

SNVEFT Therapist Jef Slootmaeckers, ICEEFT certified EFT therapist, and EFT Supervisor in training

Southern NV Community for (EFT) Emotionally Focused Therapy

Online Via Zoom


Don't Worry-We Will take lots of breaks!