Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)


The Ackerman Institute’s Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship is a four-day immersion in the EFT model developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. Through a combination of lecture, exercises, video, and role plays, participants will learn to help couples move from distressed to secure relationships.

Participants will see EFT in action by observing live therapy interviews during the training.

Faculty: George Faller, LMFT and Elana Katz, LCSW with Zoya Simakhodskaya, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • See emotional distress from an attachment perspective
  • Help partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain marital distress
  • Shape key new interaction and bonding events
  • Overcome therapeutic impasses

Recommended Reading:

The following books are recommended materials for study in advance of the externship.

Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families, Susan M. Johnson (2019)
The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Connections, Susan M. Johnson (1996)
Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook, Susan M. Johnson (2005)

Date / Time:

June 24–27, 2019
9:00 am–5:00 pm

Tuition Fees:

Early Registration I:  $975.00
Rate Ends 01/31/19

Early Registration II:  $995.00
Rate Ends 03/31/19

Standard Registration: $1050.00
Rate Begins 04/01/19

Continuing Education:

28 CE Contact Hours for NYS / NASW CT


UJA Federation
130 East 59th Street
7th Floor Conference Center
New York, NY 10022
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Details Price Qty
Early Registration I$975.00 (USD)  
Early Registration II$995.00 (USD)  Goes On Sale
February 1, 2019
Standard Registration$1,050.00 (USD)  Goes On Sale
April 1, 2019

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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, licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0049, and has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by NASW-CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT social work licensure renewal.

Alumni of the Ackerman Externship Program and all current Ackerman trainees are eligible for discounted workshop tuition. Please contact the Training Department to register.

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