EFT: Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

  • Fri, January 23, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • San Gabriel Country Club - 350 East Hermosa Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91775


  • A licensed member of SGV CAMFT.
  • Licensed members of nearby regional chapters of CAMFT. (We have a parity agreement).
  • Allied professional not currently a member of our chapter or nearby chapter.
  • MFT Interns or Associate CW's, or students/Trainees who are not yet members of our chapter.
  • A pre-licensed member of SGV CAMFT or another CAMFT chapter.

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"Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples"

SGV-CAMFT Networking Brunch and Presentation


Lisa Blum, Psy. D.   &  Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a research-validated, attachment-based approach to working with a diverse range of couples.  EFT offers a map for understanding our deepest relationship needs and struggles. This presentation will combine didactic  
presentation, case vignettes, and videotaped excerpts of EFT in action with distressed couples.  The presenters will provide a brief overview of the EFT model and illustrate key EFT techniques and interventions.


Attendees 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” including primary and secondary affects, behaviors, cognitions, and attachment needs.

When: Friday, January 23, 2015
8:30am - 9:00 am Registration/Breakfast/Sponsor/
9:30 am - 11:30pm Presentation 
Registration includes: Breakfast, Dedicated Table for Members Marketing Material and 2.0 CEU hours (PCE #295).
Licensed Members $25
Licensed Members LA, SFV, IE, OC $25
Non-Members, Licensed $30
Pre-licensed/Students $20
 Pre-licensed, Non-Members  $25
Dress Code: No Jeans per San Gabriel Country Club's guidelines.
Location: San Gabriel Country Club
350 East Hermosa Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91775
(click here for a map)

This event proudly sponsored by:

DBT Center – San Gabriel Valley, founded by Patricia Gieselman, MFT is located in Sierra Madre and offers comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 
programs for both adults and adolescents. DBT skills have been significantly related to improved pre to post-treatment ratings of depression, hopelessness, general
distress, well-being, anger, aggression, and impulsivity. DBT Center-SGV also offers DBT Skills psycho-educational classes to individuals in the community as adjunct to 
existing treatment. We offer consultation and training for professionals in DBT and Motivational Interviewing. Contact us for professional training and clinical services

DBT Center – San Gabriel Valley
37 Auburn Avenue, Suite 1
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
email: info@dbtcenter.co

Cancellation Notice and Policy

  • Cancellation notices may be sent to Natasha Morisawa at natasha@MindfulMFT.com or 626-321-5869 NO LATER THAN 72 hours PRIOR to the event.
  • Requests for special consideration due to illness or emergencies can not be honored as the Chapter must pay for all lunches ordered.
  • Thank you for your understanding, we'll see you there!

Speaker's Bios:

Lisa Blum, Psy.D. (PSY#19790) is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in promoting healthy family relation-ships since 1987. Currently Dr. Blum is in private practice in Pasadena and West Hollywood, with individual, couples, family therapy, and consultation, training, and public speaking on family, marital, and parenting issues. She has worked with parents and children, teachers and staff both in clinical practice and in community settings, and she consults to public and private schools and organizations to develop programs that support families. Dr. Blum is an Advanced Practitioner of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)m one of the few research-validated therapies for helping couples and families strengthen relationships and build stronger connections.

  • 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; 
  • Director of Education for the HiTOPS Teen Health Center in Princeton, NJ

Silvina Irwin, Ph.D. (PSY#19710) is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, working with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, healing and recovery at the individual level, as well as addressing the impact that 
traumatic experiences have on couples. Dr. Irwin also provides treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, and relationship and family distress. She works across the lifespan, including: children, teens, and adults. Dr. Irwin is a Certified Therapist and Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy. In addition to providing clinical services, Dr. Irwin conducts trainings and workshops for professionals in the community, including the police department, Office of the District Attorney, therapists and psychology trainees at various centers, and medical staff at local hospitals.

Prior to her work in private practice, she was a psychologist at the University of San Francisco providing clinical services, supervision, teaching and training, as well as conducted research on best-practices in the treatment of child trauma.

Drs. Blum and Irwin together founded the EFT Resource Center as a home for EFT-related psychotherapy services, workshops for couples, professional training, and supervision and training opportunities for interns interested in developing their EFT skills and experience.

Together they have offered dozens of professional training seminars and weekend events for couples. In February, 2015 they are offering a special weekend workshop for therapists and their partners. For more information, see www.EFTResourceCenter.com.

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