Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) [Online]

Ackerman’s 2020 Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) program will be held online.

Space in this training limited in order to foster a more personal, experiential learning environment. EFT therapists will be present at the online training to assist with learning and practice in virtual groups.

About the EFT Externship:

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.

Presented by Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT with George Faller, LMFT

Learning Objectives:

  • See emotional distress from an attachment perspective
  • Overcome therapeutic impasses
  • Help partners recognize the emotional responses that maintain the relational distress
  • Shape key bonding events that redefine the relationship as secure
  • Help couples repair attachment injuries, fostering healing within and between each partner

Dates & Location


September 8-11, 2020
9:00 am – 5:00 pm


This training will be held online.

Tuition & CEUs

Tuition Rates:

Early Registration I:  $995
Rate Ends 01/31/20

Early Registration II:  $1095
Rate Ends 03/31/20

Standard Registration: $1150
Rate Begins 04/01/20

A discounted rate is available for participants who have completed an ICEEFT Externship in the past. Please contact our training department for more information.

Continuing Education:

28 CE Contact Hours for NYS / NASW CT

Continuing education contact hours / CEUs are available for mental health practitioners who hold LCSW, LMSW, or LMFT licensure in New York State, and LMFT in Connecticut. 


Applicants for the EFT Externship must hold a Master’s degree in social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology or any other mental health profession OR must currently be enrolled in a related graduate degree program.


Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT

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.

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 has taught and supervised in a number of innovative EFT courses in New York and the Midwest, in addition to teaching EFT in Israel, Spain, South America, and Australia.

She has a particular interest in the therapist’s role in understanding and addressing the impact of marginalization on family relationships and she co-leads a work group on Diversity and EFT for the International Center for Excellence in EFT. Ms. Katz has been quoted by the New York Times, the Associated Press, and other media outlets, including National Public Radio. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy where she is also a founding member, and her private practice is in Manhattan.

George Faller, LMFT

George Faller

George Faller is a retired Lieutenant of the NYC Fire Department, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and Connecticut, and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is the founder and President of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). As an EFT trainer, George teaches several classes at the Ackerman Institute for the Family (the oldest family institute in the United States) in NYC, is a board member of the Porter Cason Institute for the Family at Tulane University in New Orleans and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, CT. Specializing in trauma, family EFT, and self-of-the-therapist issues, George is committed to bringing EFT to underprivileged populations and pushing the leading edge of effective therapy. George hopes his books True Connection, Sacred Stress, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy contributes to the EFT movement of making our world a more secure place.

Suggested Reading

The following books are recommended for those who would like to 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, Third Edition, Susan M. Johnson (2019)
  • Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook, Susan M. Johnson (2005)
  • Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Furrow, Palmer, Johnson, Faller, Palmer-Olsen (2019)
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