When: Friday, September 11, 2020, 9am-4:45pm EDT
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
CEs: 6 CEs approved for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, 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. Based on a foundation of attachment theory as a way to understand human bonds, couples distress is seen as a struggle to restore a sense of closeness and security. The EFT model provides a road map for guiding couples to de-escalate conflict and strengthen their bond.

Participants will:

  1. List three assumptions made in Emotionally Focused Therapy about the nature of relationships
  2. Identify key elements of the systemic feedback loop present in a couple conflict cycle
  3. Describe the behaviors of each partner when feeling a threat to their bond
  4. List two underlying attachment needs that drive relational dynamics
  5. Identify three contraindicators for EFT couples therapy
  6. List the three stages of EFT couples therapy


9-10:30am Lecture covering basic tenets of attachment theory as applied to adult romantic bonding
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45am-12:15pm Video demonstration and break out group discussions
12:15-1:30pm Lunch break
1:30-3pm Introduction to components of EFT model
3-3:15pm Break
3:15-3:30pm Video demonstration
3:30-4pm Role play exercise in small groups
4-4:30pm Debriefing from role play and review of concepts
4:30-4:45pm Final wrap up, Q&A



Nancy KnudsenNancy Knudsen, LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Northampton, MA with over 35 years experience in the field. She uses a family systems orientation to work with individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of issues. Over the past 10 years, Nancy’s primary clinical modality has been Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is a certified EFT therapist as well as a certified EFT supervisor, and serves on the planning committee of the New England Center for  EFT. Nancy has taught a number of workshops on EFT for professionals. Additionally, she is a Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is co-founder and co-director of the Couple and Family Institute of New England.

*Agency Clinician/Student Rate: We offer this discounted rate to enable students and clinicians working in community mental health settings on a full-time basis to be able to participate. Group practices are not eligible.

**Equity Rate: This registration option is for participants with historical/institutional barriers to access. Please choose equity pricing only if you are a member of one or more historically marginalized communities.

This activity is approved certification by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education.

Continuing Education Credit is approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

  • Psychologists:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Social Workers:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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