An Intensive in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Harnessing Attachment and Emotion to Effect Change

Often therapists experience a divide between EFT and meaning based treatments, including Ackerman’s Relational Therapy. While each approach has different conceptual underpinnings, this course will explore and suggest ways to include EFT practices in your familiar ways of working.

Making extensive use of videotapes and experiential exercises, participants will both see and practice the skills of EFT. Therapists will learn to regulate the reactive emotions that can hijack sessions and access the primary emotions that can repattern relationships in the here and now. In addition to the foundational work of Sue Johnson, we will also touch on work from Bruce Ecker, Mona Fishbane and Rick Hanson to better understand and access the emotional brain.


Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT, is a Senior Ackerman Faculty and EFT Trainer is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy for more than twenty years, she has presented nationally and internationally on family therapy, mediation, and collaborative divorce coaching, including annual meetings of the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, The Psychotherapy Networker and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Ms. Katz was one of the first therapists in New York to become certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Now a certified EFT therapist, supervisor and trainer, she teaches and supervises in a number of innovative EFT courses at Ackerman. Ms. Katz was previously on faculty at the Yale School of Medicine where she supervised psychiatry residents, co-directed a weekly seminar in family therapy, and consulted to research on family treatment for patients in the general hospital setting. She has published a number of articles and a book chapter on topics such as mediation and a family systems approach to health care, and has been quoted by the New York Times, the Associated Press, and other media outlets, including National Public Radio. Ms. Katz is active in professional organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors of both the New York Association for Collaborative Professionals and the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. Her private practice in psychotherapy, mediation, and collaborative divorce coaching is in New York.

Date: 6 sessions, starting October 31st, November 7th, 21st, and 28th, and December 5th and 12th, 2016
Time: Mondays, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m
Tuition: $500
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 12
CE Credits for NASW: 12

The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

If you would like to apply online, click below.

If you would like to mail or fax in your application form, download a printable application here.

If you are an Ackerman alumni or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department directly to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111
training@ackerman.org