Emotional Availability

EA® System (BASIC) Self-Paced Online Training/Certification (Newborn – 17 years)

(Authorized training is required to use the EA System; trainings conducted by Zeynep Biringen and authorized trainers)

To get a sense of an EA Training, please check out this video.





*4.1 Edition* manuals now available: 

This is not a new edition, but simply more “hand holding” of the sorts of issues we have heard from EA users and seen mistakes EA users often make.  4.1 should substantially enhance your learning experience.  If you have been trained in the 4th edition, getting a copy of 4.1 is included in refresher trainings, and modifications have been highlighted in yellow so that previously certified professionals can easily spot these.  Have an updated version of the manual used is highly recommended for any evidence-based tool.

EA BASIC Training and Certification (0-5 years)

All professionals using the EA System need to go through this foundational training—EA BASIC. Copyrighted EA materials are available solely with the authorized training. The online, or more accurately the hybrid, training is 2 ½ -3 days of a filmed live workshop, followed by a virtual (Zoom) meeting with me or an associate, and then the release of the reliability test.

As you will see, EA Training conducted in a ‘group setting’ (‘group’ refers to 2 or more people who sign up for the training at the same time and who plan to meet together on occasion to discuss the EA Training) is viewed as most optimal, and incentives for this view have been created, as there is much learning and improvement in learning that occurs within group and community settings.

Procedures for Application: Professionals who are working in the field are eligible for this training. Steps to follow include:

  • A copy of a letter from a senior person in your organization. This letter should be with a signature on professional letterhead, if at all possible, detailing your (and those of others in your group) educational background, current post, and the intended use of the system (research, clinical). A brief summary of the projects you plan to use the system with would be appreciated.
  • If you are a practitioner, the same information on your letterhead would be appreciated.  Finding another practitioner who can be part of your “group” is highly recommended, even though. you will not be getting inter-rater reliability outside the training process with us.  Such a “group” can be very useful to you in getting a “second opinion” as you work to understand a child custody or child welfare case.  Please ask us about a standard template you can use to develop your EA findings for the courts.
  • Send back the “transfer of agreement” (completed and signed) which addresses agreement about confidentiality to protect children.  This form should be completed and signed by each person to start the training.  To obtain this form, please send a quick note via the ‘contact’ tab, or email zbiringen@eaparentchild.com.

For the EA Training, group rates are available to establish EA communities; please contact us for the rates. Additionally, you will need to decide on whether you would like the EA 0-5 training or also the older child/youth training.  (There are separate manuals for 0-5 and the older child/youth versions, as well as separate training tapes.  You will  need to go through first the 0-5 training to gain access to the older child/youth cases, even if you are working only with older children/youth.)

NOTE:  Because only EA learners can have access to any of these proprietary training materials, please be sure that you want the training prior to sending any payment; after receipt of payment, we assume you are embarking on the training process and will not issue any refunds or transfer to alternate professionals.   If you do not receive any component of the training system (e.g., materials), it is your responsibility to alert us immediately by email.  Although we try to be helpful to your unique situation if you will let us know, with this tuition, the guarantee is 6 months of access to the secure site and, therefore, 6 months for your training process (the full training includes:  3 days for the workshop, usually an hour of virtual consultation, and then 7-10 hours for the reliability testing, which is all done based on your schedule).  Although we try our best, there can be no guarantee that any professional will reach reliability, that you will have meaningful findings in your projects, or that you will be satisfied.

The certification is for one year.  Recertification in some form is needed on a yearly basis.