Welcome to the Couple & Family Institute of New England

The Couple & 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 wellbeing.

We are committed to promoting social justice and freedom from oppression, including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism. We aim to embody this commitment in each of the educational programs and clinical services we offer. One concrete step is our Equity Pricing option, available for many of our programs.

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. In-person services will be limited to fully vaccinated individuals.

Antiracism Supervision

Black people in a circle, focus on hands
When: Friday, October 8, 2021, 12-3:15 EDT (originally scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2021)
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Yamonte Cooper, EdD, LPCC
CEs: 3 CEs approved for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
Antiracism supervision requires action beyond cultural competence and humility. This workshop will provide supervisors and supervisors-in-training with an introduction to antiracism supervision.
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Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Level 1

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Level 1
When: Mondays, October 18, 2021; November 8, 2021; November 29, 2021; and December 13, 2021; 12-3:15 ET
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT
CEs: 12 CEs pending for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
This workshop will demonstrate how the EFT model of working with couples is extended and modified to fit the family context. Attention will be given to how EFT practice with families is different and what additional skills are needed.
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The State of Therapy 2021—NEAFAST Annual Conference

The State of Therapy 2021—NEAFAST Annual Conference
Host: The New England Association for Family & Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST)
When: Fridays, October 29 & November 5, 2021, 9am-12:30pm ET
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT; David Haddad, EdD; Jacqueline Gagliardi, MEd, David Treadaway, PhD
CEs: 6 CEs for LMFTs, LICSWs, and LMHCs
NEAFAST's State of Therapy Conference is a two day-long, 6 CE conference that combines components of the practice of group therapy with collaborative language systems theory to explore how therapists in Massachusetts can participate in advocating for the practice of family and systemic therapy to larger systems.
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Core Skills Training in EFT

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Dates: Session 1: Thursday & Friday, September 23 & 24, 2021; Session 2: Monday & Tuesday, November 15 & 16, 2021; Session 3: Friday & Saturday, February 4 & 5, 2022; Session 4: Sunday & Monday, April 3 & 4, 2022
Times: 12-7pm ET (Day 1), 9am-4:30pm ET (Day 2)
Location: Sessions 1, 2 & 3 on Zoom; Session 4 in Northampton, MA (exact location TBD)
Instructor: Lorrie Brubacher, MEd, LMFT, RMFT
CEs: 48 CEs pending for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
Core Skills Advanced Training is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of EFT theory and translate it into more effective and deliberate interventions with your couples. Currently full.
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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, March 4-5, 2022, 9am-5pm EDT
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 49 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Instructor: George Faller, MS, LMFT
CEs: 12 CEs pending for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, 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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Working Effectively with Black Couples

When: Any (Distance Learning/Home Study)
Instructor: Marjorie Nightingale, JD, LMFT
CEs: This program does not offer CEs
This workshop examines the importance of Self-of-the-Therapist work regarding race as a precursor to working with African American couples and encourages participants to consider the impact of their own identities on the building of therapeutic trust.
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Sexual Identity, Gender Identity: Staying Current in a Rapidly Changing Landscape — Home Study

Sexual Identity, Gender Identity: Staying Current in a Rapidly Changing Landscape — Home Study

When: Any (Distance Learning/Home Study)
Keynote Speakers: Sidney Trantham, PhD and Acey Mercer, LMSW
Case Presentation Co-Moderated by: MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng Ham, EdD, LMFT and Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
Panelists: Sidney Trantham, PhD; Acey Mercer, LMSW; Steffani Brandenburg, LCSW, LICSW, CST; Julie Mencher, LICSW; Joseph Winn, LICSW, CST-S; and Jane Fleishman, PhD, MS, MEd, CSE
Workshops by: Acey Mercer, LMSW and Joseph Winn, LICSW, CST-S
CEs: This program does not offer CEs
This distance learning/home study program is from the Couple & Family Institute of New England's 2019 Fall Symposium "Sexual Identity, Gender Identity: Staying Current in a Rapidly Changing Landscape" featuring a keynote presentation, case study, and two workshops.
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Tales From the Licensing Board: Ethical Issues Facing Couple and Family Therapists — Home Study

Tales From the Licensing Board: Ethical Issues Facing Couple and Family Therapists — Home Study

When: Any (Distance Learning/Home Study)
Instructor: I. Scott Cohen, LICSW, LMFT
CEs: 6 CEs approved for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
This online program brings to life the AAMFT Code Of Ethics as well as some of the ethical guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of MA, in an engaging and thought-provoking way. An interview with I. Scott Cohen has been added to make this course relevant to the time of COVID-19.
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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
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 case study, drawing upon their own theoretical perspective and particular approach to family intervention.
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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. Currently offered online as well as in-person.
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*CANCELLED* The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection

*CANCELLED* The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection
When: October 2-3, 2021, 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. This program has been cancelled due to uncertainty regarding COVID-19.
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The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection

The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection
When: February 12-13, 2022, 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® Program: Conversations for Connection

The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection
When: May 6-7, 2022, Friday 1-5pm & 6:30-9pm and Saturday 9:30am-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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