When: Friday, March 19, 2021, 9am-4:45pm EDT
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Danielle Green, LICSW and Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
CEs: 6 CEs approved for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
Rates: Full Rate $175, NEEFT Member Discount Full Rate — $155; Early Bird Rate before 2/26/21 $160, NEEFT Member Discount Early Bird Rate $140; Equity Rate* available (base of $25)
Additional Rate for CEs:
Target Audience: Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists

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This workshop was designed for those who had already received the basic training in Emotionally Focused Therapy but wanted to review theory and practice.

Stage 1, cycle de-escalation takes couples through the heightened negative cycle of conflict and disconnection to a place of new possibilities based on an emerging capacity for mutual empathy. Using the 5 basic moves of EFT, known as the EFT Tango, we reviewed therapist interventions that help guide couples to greater security. Some didactic, some video demos, and some experiential exercises kept the day lively and varied.

At the conclusion of this program, participants were better able to:

  1. Name 4 components of the negative cycle
  2. Describe 3 skills used to access and deepen emotion
  3. List the 5 moves of the EFT Tango
  4. Describe 3 components of an effective enactment
  5. Name 3 markers of de-escalation by the end of Stage 1

Schedule (all times in EST)
9-10:30am Review concepts of Stage 1, steps 1-4
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45am-12:15pm Video Demo & Role Play — beginning to track the negative cycle
12:15-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3pm Review EFT Tango
3-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:45pm Video Demo & Role Play — applying 5 basic moves of EFT


Danielle Green, LICSW is a founding partner of the Northeast Contact Center Forum (NECCF).  She received her MSW from Columbia University in 1993 and completed 5 years of further specialist training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, in New York City. She worked and taught at Cornell Medical Center for 10 years before relocating to Boston to serve as Clinical and Training Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program, at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. There, she trained social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists, and taught throughout the Harvard system. Danielle was certified as an EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) therapist in 2010 and as a certified supervisor in 2011. She has studied AEDP and trauma work with Janina Fisher and has recently embarked on studying Peter Levine’s work on Somatic Experiencing.

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.

*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.

For further information, please contact Commonwealth Education Seminars: (800) 376-3345, commonwealthseminars@gmail.com.

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

This program is being offered independent of any commercial support or conflict of interest. Clinicians with any level of experience are welcome to participate.

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Accessibility: Accessibility options can be arranged for the Zoom platform. Those needing special accommodations, please email admin@coupleandfamilyinstitute.com.