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.

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. Full refunds will be delivered if necessary.

When Emotions Run High: Helping Couples Make Sense of Stuck Places With Emotionally Focused Therapy

When Emotions Run High: Helping Couples Make Sense of Stuck Places With Emotionally Focused Therapy
When: Friday, September 11, 2020, 9am-4:45pm
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
CE's: 6 CE's pending for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
This workshop introduces the basic concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy, an evidence-based approach that has been shown to be highly effective in helping distressed couples repair and create a secure bond.
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Becoming a Racially Conscious Therapist

Becoming a Racially Conscious Therapist
When: Thursday & Friday, September 24 & 25, 2020, 12-3:15pm
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Dr. Bukky Kolawole, PsyD
CE's: 6 CE's pending for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
Becoming a Racially Conscious Therapist is a virtual, highly engaging, interactive experience for therapists focused on the exploration of how race and intersectionality matters in their personal and professional relationships. Registration coming soon.
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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
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. Registration coming soon.
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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
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. Registration 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
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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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, March 19, 2021 9am-5pm
Where: Location TBD
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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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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Going Into The Fire: Working with Highly Escalated Couples

Going Into The Fire: Working with Highly Escalated Couples
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7, 2021 9am-5pm (originally scheduled for October 23 & 24, 2020)
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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*Cancelled* The Hold Me Tight®, Hold Me Just Right Program: The Dance of Touch and Sexual Connection in Intimate Relationships

*Cancelled* 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 event has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19, to be rescheduled once in-person events can be held safely.
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
If it's determined that this event should not be held in-person for health reasons, we will convert the program to an online format.
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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