Expired Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Core Skills Training [2023-2024]

Completion of an EFT Externship is a prerequisite for this course. 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Core Skills Training presents a set of four, two-day workshops that offer an in-depth opportunity to develop the core skills essential to the practice of EFT. Each segment includes instruction, role play, observation of a live interview, and consultation. To complete the course, each participant will present a short video clip of their own work.

Session 1 will address assessment and identifying the cycle (Elana Katz); Session 2 will be on Cycle De-escalation (Elana Katz); Session 3 will be on Withdrawer Re-engagement (George Faller) and Session 4 will be on Pursuer Softening (George Faller).

Learning Objectives:

  • How to interview for the negative cycle of interaction
  • How to deepen emotion with partners/spouses who share significantly different views of their relationship
  • How to help clients experience success and connection in their vulnerability


    • All participants must complete an EFT externship before enrolling in this course.


Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT is a senior faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She has presented nationally and internationally, offering ongoing trainings in the Midwest and Israel in addition to presentations in Spain, South America, and Australia. She is a co-coordinator of the Diversity Committee for the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and a Board Member of the New York Center for EFT (NYCEFT) where she served on the Executive Board for 12 years. Elana has also applied her knowledge of emotions and disrupted attachment to help clients intercept the recurring patterns that shape high conflict divorce in her work in mediation and collaborative law.

George Faller, LMFTGeorge Faller, LMFT is an Emotionally Focused Therapy Trainer and Supervisor. He merges his backgrounds as a retired Lieutenant of the NYC Fire Department and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (in NY & CT). George embodies the calm, precise & strategic approach of a first responder and the mindful, compassionate and nuanced manner of a seasoned clinician. George was trained by the leaders of couples therapy, including Susan Johnson, John Gottman & Harville Hendrix, as he worked front-line to help support and heal families in the profound aftermath of 9/11. George is an Approved Supervisor for the American Association Of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), Founder and President of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, Director of Training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, CT, Board Member of the Porter Cason Institute for the Family at Tulane University in New Orleans, and teaches courses at The Ackerman Institute in New York City. He specializes in trauma, family therapy (EFFT), and self-of-therapist issues.

Date / Time:

Thursdays and Fridays, October 12, 13, November 9, 10, December 14, 15, 2023; January 11, 12, 2024
Thursdays | 9:00 am–4:30 pm (ET)
Fridays | 9:00 am–3:30 pm (ET)
Zoom link will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Continuing Education:

48 CE Contact Hours
Completion of an EFT Externship is a prerequisite for this course. 

Scholarship Available:

There are a limited number of scholarships available for 10% reduced cost for this course. If you are a therapist working with historically marginalized communities and would like to apply, email communitytraining@ackerman.org to request the application. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Scholarship applications are due no later than Friday, September 1, 2023 and we will notify you by Friday, September 8, 2023.

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  • October 12, 2023 9:00 am - January 12, 2024 3:30 pm

Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT and George Faller, LMFT

48 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Online Event


A link will be emailed to you one day before the event. Online events are held in Eastern Standard Time (ET).

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