Introduction to emotion efficacy training (EET)

Empowering clients to harness emotions and take valued action

4 hours (4 CE credits)
Introductory level skills workshop
Recording available for 6 months
Suitable for mental health professionals (and students under supervision), behaviour analysts, professional coaches and other interested healthcare professionals.

Course Description

Emotions are our primary motivational system, influencing the 35,000 moments of choice we encounter every day. The way we process and respond to our emotions plays a key role in shaping our decision-making and behaviours. When clients lack emotional efficacy, they end up stuck in a trance of reactivity that can lead them away from what they care about and how they want to show up, personally and professionally. Instead of designing their actions based on what matters most, they are at the effect of automatic default reactions.

Low emotion efficacy has been shown to negatively impact client behaviour, wellbeing, and performance, and can lead to both mental health challenges and languishing.

Since an estimated 75% of therapy clients and 38% of coaching clients struggle with low emotion efficacy, it’s essential that professionals can help their clients harness their emotional experience while staying focused on what matters—even in the face of stress, challenge and pain.

Help your clients nurture high emotional efficacy by giving them the broadest range of tools possible to thrive. Multiple studies suggest that emotion efficacy skills can significantly increase distress tolerance, emotion regulation and values-based choice-making and action.

About this workshop

Join Dr Aprilia West, developer of emotion efficacy training (EET), as she introduces you to this novel intervention, grounded in neuroscience, learning theory and contextual behavioural science. She will introduce you to: the philosophical assumptions and principles for the EET model; basic psychoeducation on emotions; and, the 4 core emotional efficacy skills. You’ll also observe a professional demo of Dr. West working with clients using structured exposure-based practice.

Through emotion efficacy training, your clients will learn how to:

  • Decode emotion triggers (defaults + values)
  • Observe all parts of emotional ‘STUF’ (sensations, thoughts, urges and feelings)
  • Ride the waves of emotion instead of just reacting to them
  • Clarify and act on values in moments of choice
  • Regulate emotions when needed to take values-based action
  • Track the function of behaviour using the WTF? (What’s The Function?) inquiry
  • Practice skills in an activated state so the learning ‘sticks’

This introductory course will utilise didactic, a video demo, experiential learning  and Q & A to give you an overview of emotion efficacy training and how they can use the four core skills and experiential practices with clients. Emotion efficacy training (EET) can be used as a stand-alone intervention or integrated with other therapy or coaching approaches as an adjunct to helping clients increase their wellbeing and performance.

What will you get out of this workshop?

This introductory workshop will help you understand the role of emotions in mood, motivation, learning and decision-making, and why it’s so important for professionals to help clients increase emotion efficacy to promote mental health and well-being.

You will learn to recognise common presentations of low emotion efficacy that lead to mental health problems and languishing. You’ll also learn to identify underlying psychological processes that inhibit emotion efficacy.

You’ll leave the training able to explain emotions and emotion efficacy and apply psychoeducation for four core evidence-based skills to help clients expand their behavioural repertoires.

And, you will be able to differentiate traditional cognitive behavioural approaches to working with emotion from a process-based approach to behaviour change. In addition,

Who would benefit from this workshop?

This introductory webinar is designed for mental health professionals (and students under supervision), behavioural analysts, professional coaches and other interested healthcare professionals.

After this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the theoretical approach of EET (emotion efficacy training) from traditional cognitive behavioural approaches to working with emotion and behaviour change
  2. Describe the role of experiential avoidance and distress intolerance in low emotion efficacy
  3. Recite the four core evidence-based emotion efficacy skills
  4. Explain the importance of structured experiential practice for increasing behavioural repertoires

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 4 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 4 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 4 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Check out Aprilia’s book, Emotional efficacy therapy

McKay, M., & West, A. (2016). Emotion efficacy therapy: A brief, exposure-based treatment for emotion regulation integrating ACT and DBT. Context Press/New Harbinger Publications.



Abdi Sarkami F., Mirzaian B, Abbasi G. The Effectiveness of Emotion Efficacy Therapy on the Level of Depression and Self-Care Ability of Non-Clinical Depressed Elderly. IJNR 2021; 15 (6) :65-74 URL:

Asadi, M. M., Akbari, M., Mohammadkhani, S., & Hasani, J. (2022). Emotion Efficacy Improves Prediction of HIV/AIDS Risky Behaviors: A Modified Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Model. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. 40(2), 234-251.

Bayrami, Mansour & Abad, Touraj & Esmaeilpour, Khalil & Shiri, Ali. (2021). Effectiveness of Emotion Efficacy Therapy on Internet Dependency and Psychological Vulnerability in Students with Symptoms of Internet Addiction. 10.22054/jcps.2021.56400.2459.

Bozkurt, F., Uzun, R. B., & West, A. (2024). Psychometric Properties of the Turkish Version of the Emotion Efficacy Scale – 2 in a Sample of Turkish Emerging Adults. Emerging Adulthood, 0(0).

Craske, M. G., Treanor, M., Conway, C. C., Zbozinek, T., & Vervliet, B. (2014). Maximizing exposure therapy: an inhibitory learning approach. Behaviour research and therapy, 58, 10–23.

McKay, M., & West, A. (2016). Emotion efficacy therapy: A brief, exposure-based treatment for emotion regulation integrating ACT and DBT. Context Press/New Harbinger Publications.

Shannon, M. 2018. Measuring Emotion Regulation, Psychological Flexibility and Valued Living through the Emotion Efficacy Scale: A Validation Study. The Wright Institute, Berkeley California.

Sloan, E., Hall, K., Moulding, R., Bryce, S., Mildred, H., & Staiger, P. K. (2017). Emotion regulation as a transdiagnostic treatment construct across anxiety, depression, substance, eating and borderline personality disorders: A systematic review. Clinical psychology review, 57, 141–163.

West, A. (2021). What you feel is not all there is: Free your choices and your life from the default world of the emotional matrix. EnMasse Media.

Zareie Faskhudi, B., Karbalaee Mohammad Meigouni, A., Rezabakhsh, H., & Ghelichi, L. (2021). Comparison of the Effect of Unified Transdiagnostic Treatment from Emotional Disorders and Emotion Efficacy Therapy on Emotion Regulation among Adults with Stuttering. Journal of Applied Psychological Research, 12(2), 185-209. doi: 10.22059/japr.2021.312232.643672

Introduction to emotion efficacy training (EET)
19th Mar 2025
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (New York time) change timezone
$64.00 (+ VAT if applicable). Early-bird rate valid until 29th Nov 2024 and then the normal price of US$80.00 + VAT will apply.
Student price US$40.00   Select:


To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

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Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

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