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"Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples - Zoom Meeting"

  • June 06, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • On-line via ZOOM - Pre-Registration link to be sent in confirmation e-mail.


  • Available to members of the Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita Chapters. Membership will be verified.

Membership Meeting

with Lisa Blum, PsyD

"Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples"

Note:  Presented on Zoom.

The proven effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) has made it a go-to approach for working with couples, families, and now, individuals as well. EFT is a research-validated, attachment-based approach to working with a diverse range of clients, as it offers a map for understanding our deepest relationship needs and struggles. This introductory seminar will combine didactic presentation, case vignettes, and videotaped excerpts of EFT in action with distressed couples. The seminar will provide a brief overview of the EFT model, key EFT techniques and interventions, and current research and practice applications, as well as information about how to pursue further training in the approach, if desired.

The goals of this seminar include: to introduce mental health professionals to one of the few research-validated forms of couples therapy; to broaden therapists’ understanding of EFT as an attachment-based approach to healing couples’ distress; to increase therapist’s interest in pursuing further training in a research-validated form of therapy that is effective with couples, families, and individuals.

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize basic adult attachment theory as it is utilized in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
  2. Describe the 3 stages of EFT treatment with couples.
  3. Conceptualize a couple’s “negative cycle” by decoding a partner’s primary and secondary affects, behaviors, cognitions, and attachment needs.


Lisa Blum, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in promoting healthy couple and family relationships through an attachment lens. Dr. Blum is an ICEEFT-Certified Therapist and Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), one of the few research-validated therapies for helping couples and families strengthen relationships and build stronger connections. Dr. Blum is in private practice in Pasadena, where her work includes individual, couples, and family therapy, and supervision, training, and public speaking on family, marital, and parenting issues. Since the beginning of her career, Dr. Blum has been involved in teaching, research, and practice in the field of sexuality, and currently co-facilitates weekend workshops for couples who want to deepen and enrich their sexual connection. In addition, Dr. Blum and her close colleague Dr. Silvina Irwin lead consultation groups for mental health professionals who are refining their skills in integrating sexuality into their couples’ therapy work. Dr. Blum’s previous experience includes: Supervising Psychologist at the Institute for Girls’ Development in Pasadena; Supervising Psychologist for Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles; Staff Researcher at the UCLA Center for Adolescent Health Promotion; and Director of Education for the HiTOPS Teen Health Center in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Blum holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology with honors from Cornell University.

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       Sunday, June 6, 2021


  8:45am-9am Check-In*

  9am-9:30am Membership Meeting/

      Chapter Announcements*

  9:30-11am CEU/Speaker Presentation

  11am-11:15am Opportunity Drawing/

      Private Practice Announcements*

  11:15am-11:30am Break*

  11:30am-1:30pm Board Meeting*

This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

* = non CEU portion of course


Online via Zoom. See registration message - below.


$15  SFV-CAMFT chapter members  (online , including day of event)

$25 Non chapter members   (online, including day of event)

$20 (STUDENTS ONLY - (online, including day of event)

No phone or email RSVP.
No cash or check, credit card only (we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover).

Email us for Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, and Santa Clarita Valley chapter reciprocity.

To Register: 

Please click on the register button at the top-left.  At the completion of (and paying for the event), you will receive the first of 2 links in a confirmation e-mail. 

1). Click-on this 'link' and you will be pre-registered for the event.  You will then receive another 'link'.  2). On the day of the event - click on the new link and you will be connected to the event.  

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Refund Policy 

Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT before one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund, email

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

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