Once More With Feeling: The EFT Model and Couples Therapy

This Alumni Lecture is presented by the Ackerman Alumni Association. Alumni Lectures are open to all mental health professionals. Alumni Association members with dues in good standing may attend free of charge. Admission includes a light dinner reception.


This Alumni Lecture will provide a frame to both understand and shift the recurring patterns that erode love and connection in many distressed couples. Using lecture, an experiential exercise and a videotape of clinical material, participants will see Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) come to life as a process that can come alongside the pain and reactivity of relational distress and help clients replace their disconnection with cycles of attunement and responsiveness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the foundation of attachment and the good reasons for attachment protest
  • Learn three techniques to utilize with distressed couples
  • Learn the specific meaning and impact of enactments in EFT


Elana Katz

Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT, is a senior faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family where she has supervised in the advanced training program, directed the family mediation program, and brought EFT training to New York City. She has presented nationally and internationally on family therapy, mediation, and collaborative divorce.

Ms. Katz was one of the first therapists in New York to become certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Now a certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer, she finds that her attachment based work in therapy anchors her understanding and effectiveness as a divorce professional.

Ms. Katz has been quoted by the New York Times, the Associated Press, and other media outlets, including National Public Radio. A prior board member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, she serves on the Executive Board of the New York Center for EFT where she is also a founding member.

Date / Time:

Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:00–6:30 pm | Dinner Reception
6:30–8:30 pm | Lecture

Continuing Education:

2 CE Contact Hours

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