Legal entity

The Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy Pty Ltd (IEFT) ACN 085 501 837 is a wholly owned subsidiary of Foundation Education Holdings Pty Ltd and forms part of the Foundation Education Group. This entity is established as an Australian Proprietary Company limited by Shares with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and by the Institute’s Company Constitution.

Board of Directors

IEFT’s Board of Directors has a majority of well-qualified and experienced independent directors. The Board has oversight of the strategic direction and management of IEFT.

Academic Board

The Academic Board provides academic leadership of IEFT and oversight of all academic matters. The Board ensures that the required policies, procedures and processes are in place to monitor and protect the academic integrity of the student experience. The Board sets and monitors academic standards and oversees a range of academic processes, including oversight of admission standards, recognition of prior learning and credit transfer policies; alignment of course assessment processes to academic standards; and fair and reasonable student grievance processes. The Academic Board is comprised of senior academic staff from other higher education institutions, industry practitioners and members of professional associations, members of the Institute’s academic staff, and representatives of the alumni.


Course Advisory Committee (CAC)

The Academic Board delegates responsibility for industry and discipline-specific advice and guidance for the development and ongoing review of IEFT’s higher education courses to the Course Advisory Committee (Emotionally Focused courses). The CAC provides additional quality assurance and ensures that the courses are relevant and current. The CAC seeks advice from a variety of sources, including external senior academics. External membership is drawn from senior academics with expertise in this discipline.


 As Group CEO, Kylie Fahey reports to the Board of Directors and oversees the strategic management of IEFT.

The Executive Management Committee (EMC) is responsible for the efficient conduct of IEFT’s business and as such, is the primary operational decision-making body of the Institution. It functions to:

  • Implement policies and procedures to enable the efficient running of the Institution
  • Implement business plans that ensure that the Institution maintains a quality assured teaching and learning environment for all stakeholders including students, academic trainers and staff
  • Conduct regular reviews of academic and operational performance
  • Provide a high level of management coordination to support the CEO in achieving the Institute’s plans and strategic objectives.

IEFT academic teaching staff members are highly regarded academic teachers and practitioners in private practice, who have come together to develop and teach the Emotionally Focused approach to counselling, therapy and supervision. Each academic specialises in other modalities which have been integrated with the Emotionally Focused approach. Staff members are committed to a supportive, practical and respectful learning environment. Our current academic teaching staff includes: