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  • EFT 4-Day Externship – Kansas City, KS Oct 8-11, 2018

EFT 4-Day Externship – Kansas City Oct 8-11, 2018

Emotionally Focused Therapy 4-Day Externship – *Kansas City

  • Training:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm – Registration begins Monday at 8:00am
  • Presented by  – Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT, senior faculty member at the Ackerman Institute and EFT Trainer.
  • $875.00 per person
  • This training is hosted by KCEFT Community
  • Location:  KU Edwards Campus, BEST Building, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66213

    *28 CE Hours are available for purchase through National Marriage Seminars of America for $39.99
  • Lunch is on your own each day.  Snacks and drinks will be provided each day during the training.

The Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is the basic four-day training in EFT and a pre-requisite for all other trainings. It includes an overview of all aspects of the model including steps and stages, interventions, adult attachment theory, and application of EFT with couples. The Externship material is taught with a variety of teaching methods including lecture, interactive discussions, role plays, video demonstrations.  The course includes observation of live, unscripted therapy sessions with real couples, presentations of attachment theory and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and discussion of specific clinical material.

What Is EFT?

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) is based on a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. It recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic adult needs for safety, security, and closeness in intimate relationships. This experiential/systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. Though a series of nine steps, the therapist leads the couple away from conflict deadlock into new bonding interactions.  A substantial body of research now exists on the effectiveness of EFT, showing large treatment effect sizes and stable results over time with many different kinds of couples.

Who Should Attend?

The Externship is intended for mental health professionals who counsel couples including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, clergy, and students training in these professions.

By attending, participants will:

  • Obtain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused” approach to couples therapy.

  • Develop skills in helping partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain relational distress.

  • Develop skills in helping partners shape new interaction patterns and bonding events.

  • Develop skills to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples.

  • Delineate the steps and stages of the model, interventions most commonly used, and methods to use with couples’ underlying interactional patterns.
  • (See below for specific learning objective for each day)

About Your Trainer:  

Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT is a senior faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family where she teaches advanced family therapy and directs the Family and Divorce Mediation Program. She has presented nationally and internationally on family therapy, mediation, and collaborative divorce, including annual meetings of the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Psychotherapy Networker.

One of the first therapists in New York to become certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an approach that helps clients understand and change their patterns in key relationship, Ms. Katz is now one of the forty Trainers in EFT worldwide.

She has published a number of articles and has been quoted by the New York Times, the Associated Press, and other media outlets, including National Public Radio.

Ms. Katz currently serves on the Executive Board of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy as well as the Board of Directors of the New York Association for Collaborative Professionals. Her private practice is in Manhattan.

Disclaimer, Refund, Policy Cancellation Policy Agreement*

Refund and Cancellation Policy:  Those unable to attend this event will need to contact the Denise Parker-Timms at with KCEFT who is hosting training.  There will be a 20% administration plus $150 administrative fee for any cancellations before August 27th, 2018.  There will be no refunds permitted after August 27th, 2018.

This a non-hosted or sponsored National Marriage Seminars training. The individual or entity that made the arrangements to attend a KCEFT hosted event agrees to hold harmless National Marriage Seminars, Inc., its directors, and employees from any and all liability associated with this training.


Grievance Policy: It is the mission of National Marriage Seminars of America to find presenters who serve as a gateway to enhance clinical skills and to produce and distribute their work with integrity. We also believe in creating a learning environment that respects the diversity our attendees bring to these events. If you are dissatisfied with your experience, please email us at or contact us via phone at 813-960-0001 to further discuss your concerns.

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