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

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

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 9am-5pm
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Keynote Speakers: Acey Mercer, LMSW and Sidney Trantham, PhD
Case Presentation Co-Moderated by: MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng Ham, Ed.D., LMFT and Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
Afternoon Workshops by: Acey Mercer, LMSW; Sidney Trantham, PhD; Steffani Brandenburg, LCSW, LICSW, CST; Julie Mencher, LICSW; and Jane Fleishman, PhD, MS, MEd
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
CE's: 6 CE's pending for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
The frameworks of gender and sexuality have shifted dramatically in recent years from discrete categories to conceptualizing both aspects of identity as a spectrum. Many therapists feel the need to play catch-up with these cultural shifts in order to understand our clients’ experiences and struggles.
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Using Improvisation in Relationship Therapy

Using Improvisation in Relationship Therapy
When: Friday, November 15, 2019 9am-12:15pm
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA
Instructor: Daniel J. Wiener, PhD, RDT/BCT, AAMFT
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
CE's: 3 CE's pending for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
Instead of viewing therapy as a way of discovering "who you are," Rehearsals for Growth (RfG) is a therapeutic form that uses theater improvisation to explore and expand the limits of "who else you can be."
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Self-Of-Therapist

Self-Of-Therapist
When: Friday, September 20, 2019 9am-4pm
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA
Instructor: Theresa Bullock Cohen, LICSW, BCC, CGP
Level: EFT Trained
CE's: 5 CE's pending for LMFT's, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
An experiential workshop for EFT couples therapists to explore Self-Of-Therapist learning in a supportive group environment.
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Two of Them, One of Me: The Art of Holding Two  Perspectives in Couples Therapy

Two of Them, One of Me: The Art of Holding Two Perspectives in Couples Therapy

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12-1:30pm (est)
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
CE's: 1.5 CE's approved for Social Workers and Lic. Psychologists
This live webinar with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Nancy Knudsen, explains how doing effective therapy with more than one person in the room is a whole different endeavor from working with an individual. Hosted by the Smith College School for Social Work.
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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 this summer.
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The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection

The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection
When: October 5-6, 2019, 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: December 7-8, 2019, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Instructors: 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: February 15-16, 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® Program: Conversations for Connection

The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection
When: May 30-June 1, 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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