Welcome to the Couple & Family Institute of New England

The Couple and Family Institute of New England is committed to enhancing people’s lives and their relationships to one another. We believe that healthy relationships with those we love are the foundation of our well-being.

Our vision is to offer state-of-the-art:

  • Workshops and training programs for mental health professionals interested in working with couples and families
  • Couple and family therapy services
  • Educational programs for couples’ enrichment

COVID-19 Alert:

CFINE is committed to adhering to current public health standards due to the coronavirus outbreak. Services may be converted to online formats or postponed. Full refunds will be delivered if necessary.

*Cancelled* Our Stories and Theirs: Fully Engaging Ourselves and Our Clients in In-Home Therapy

*Cancelled* Our Stories and Theirs: Fully Engaging Ourselves and Our Clients in In-Home Therapy
When: *Cancelled until further notice*
Where: Brightside for Families & Children, 1233 Main Street Holyoke, MA
Instructor: Janine Roberts, EdD
CE's: 6 CE's approved for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
Co-Sponsored by NEAFAST and Brightside
This experiential, strength-focused workshop is specifically designed for the unique challenges of doing family therapy in client living spaces.
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Self of the Therapist: Exploring, Healing, and Growing using Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy

Self of the Therapist: Exploring, Healing, and Growing using Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy
When: Friday, May 15, 2020 9am-4:30pm
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA
Instructor: Julia Feeney, LICSW
CE's: 6 CE's approved for LMFT's, LICSW’s, and LMHC’s
This workshop focuses on experiencing the power and usefulness of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy; and exploring what we as therapists/individual selves bring to our clinical work from the inside out.
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Save The Date — Attachment Theory in Practice

Save The Date — Attachment Theory in Practice
When: Friday, June 12, 2020 9am-5pm
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
CE's: 6 CE's pending for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
More info coming soon.
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Follow the Emotion: The Challenges of De-escalation—A Refresher Course on Stage I of Emotionally Focused Therapy

Follow the Emotion: The Challenges of De-escalation—A Refresher Course on Stage I of Emotionally Focused Therapy
When: Friday, September 25, 2020 9am-5pm
Where: Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA
Instructor: Danielle Green, LICSW and Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
CE's: 6 CE's pending for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
This workshop is designed for those who have already received the basic training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, but would like to review theory and practice.
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Going Into The Fire: Working with Highly Escalated Couples

Going Into The Fire: Working with Highly Escalated Couples
When: Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24, 2020 9am-5pm
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 49 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Instructor: George Faller, MS, LMFT
CE's: 12 CE's approved for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
Do escalated couples make you want to quit being a therapist? Join us as we explore those moments of greatest difficulty for couples, from still-face to high reactivity to despair and rage.
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Save The Date — Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Save The Date — Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
When: Wednesday-Saturday, June 9-12, 2021 9am-5pm
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Instructor: Lorrie Brubacher, MEd, LMFT, RMFT
CE's: 28 CE's pending for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
The Externship in EFT is the basic four-day training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. It is a pre-requisite for certification & follow-up advanced training in EFT. More info coming soon.
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On Becoming a Family: Clinical Approaches to Fostering Healthy Relationships—Morning Panel

On Becoming a Family: Clinical Approaches to Fostering Healthy Relationships—Morning Panel

When: Any (Distance Learning/Home Study)
Presenters: Carolyn Broudy, MD; Annette Cycon, LCSW; Charles Daniels, Jr., LICSW; Nancy Knudsen, LMFT; and Mirza Lugardo, LMHC
Rate: Free
This distance learning/home study program is from the Couple & Family Institute of New England's 2018 Fall Symposium "On Becoming A Family: Clinical Approaches to Fostering Healthy Relationships" morning panel consisting of five speakers who each address a hypothetical case study, drawing upon their own theoretical perspective and particular approach to family intervention.
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Home Study Programs TBA

Home Study Programs TBA

Stay tuned for more Home Study programs coming out soon.
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The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection

The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection
When: May 30-May 31, 2020, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
This program teaches couples to become more attuned, trusting, and open with each other and to more easily handle day-to-day stress and conflict.
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The Hold Me Tight®, Hold Me Just Right Program: The Dance of Touch and Sexual Connection in Intimate Relationships

The Hold Me Tight®, Hold Me Just Right Program: The Dance of Touch and Sexual Connection in Intimate Relationships
When: September 12-13, 2020, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
This workshop uses variations of the Hold Me Tight® conversations to explore how the emotional obstacles to closeness get in the way of our sending clear signals about our fears and longings for physical and sexual intimacy.
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The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection

The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection
When: December 5-6, 2020, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
This program teaches couples to become more attuned, trusting, and open with each other and to more easily handle day-to-day stress and conflict.
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Couple Therapy Intensive

Couple Therapy Intensive
Sometimes there is just no time to waste. For couples in crisis or couples just wanting to get down to work in a concentrated time frame, we offer several options for more intensive couples therapy. Schedule your 1-day (6 hours) or 2-day-plus intensive.
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