Loving african american husband apologizing comforting sad wife, caring man consoling gently touching face of upset woman, compassion, empathy and support in black couple relationships conceptWhen: Friday, September 17, 2021, 11am-6pm ET
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Paul Guillory, PhD
Rates: Early Bird applies until 8/27/21
Regular Rate Full – $175, Regular Rate Early Bird – $150
Student/Agency Clinician* Rate Full — $125, Student/Agency Clinician* Rate Early Bird — $100; Equity Rate** available (base of $25)
Additional Rate for CEs: $20
CEs: 6 CEs pending for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
Target Audience: Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists

This workshop provided an overall theoretical perspective to integrate Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with cultural humility to work with African American couples. This included key concepts of EFT: Attachment Theory, Interventions, Tango Moves, as well as Steps and Stages; in addition to key concepts essential for treating African American couples: racial identity, stress and stress-based racial events, cultural humility, priming for negative appraisals, and priming for harsh behavioral tendencies within and between partners.

These concepts were demonstrated with a number of video tapes and there will be opportunities to discuss & practice. The workshop provided examples of how to bring up race systematically in the early phase of therapy, and how to integrate race matters into each phases of the clinical process.

Prior training in Emotionally Focused Therapy is helpful but not required.

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

  1. Identify 3 basic concepts of EFT
  2. Describe 3 race matters associated with African American couples
  3. Describe 2 ways that cultural humility and EFT interplay
  4. Demonstrate 2 practices to integrate cultural humility and EFT

Schedule (all times in EDT)

11-11:15am Introduction to the  workshop
11:15am-12pm Overview of the EFT Model: Theory and Practice
12-1pm Overview of Race Matters and Cultural Humility
1-1:30pm Break
1:30-2:30pm Integrative Assessment with video demonstrations
2:30-3pm Breakout group practice sessions
3-3:30pm Large group discussion
3:30-4pm Break
4-4:45pm Interplay of EFT and Cultural Humility using video examples
4:45-5:15pm Breakout group practice
5:15-5:45pm Large group de-briefing
5:45-6pm Final remarks, Q&A


Paul Guillory headshotPaul Guillory, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Clinical Science Program, Psychology Department. He has taught courses on Emotionally Focused Therapies at U.C. Berkeley. He is a Trainer-in-Training, certified supervisor and therapist of Emotionally Focused Therapy. His book Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples was published in April 2021. He is the former chairperson of the Northern California Community of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Dr. Guillory was the psychological consultant to the Oakland Raiders professional football team and the National Football League for 14 years. He has also been a consultant to the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team, and is a selected provider for the National Basketball Players Association. He served as Director of the Center for Family Counseling in Oakland California for ten years. He has been in private practice in Oakland California for over 30 years.

Receive 20% off of Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples with the flier below.


*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 certified 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.

This activity is certified by the The Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA) on behalf of the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LMHC/LPC professional continuing education.

This activity is certified by the The National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) on behalf of the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LICSW/LCSW professional continuing education.

This activity is certified by Amego, Inc. (DBA Amego Prepare) on behalf of the American Psychological Association for Licensed Psychologists.


NOTE: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their state boards to determine CE requirements and rules of reciprocity, i.e. to assess whether out-of-state and/or APA-approved certificates can be accepted.

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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