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The NCCEFT has four regular community meetings and one two-day fundraiser each year. Additional gatherings may be organized by members on an informal basis, usually on a Saturday.

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    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
    • 49

    NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting--Fall Kick-off

    Attachment Therapist as Fellow Traveler:

    Attunement in EFT

    Presented by:

    Sam Jinich, PhD, Certified EFT Trainer


    Emotions tell us where to focus our attention and they are also our most important tool to bring about change in our clients. In EFT, vulnerable emotions are accessed, explored, and expanded to facilitate client shifts toward more adaptive integrated emotion and need expression in relationships. This involves greater experiential involvement in therapy as clients focus inward on their meaning-making process.  As a client’s level of experiential involvement deepens, the client’s discourse shifts from superficial and impersonal to more internal self-referenced statements. Deeper levels of engagement have been associated with positive and successful therapy outcomes in EFT for couples (Johnson & Greenberg, 1988; Makinen & Johnson, 2006).Evoking vulnerability in our clients requires that we remain finely attuned to their underlying emotional and physiological experience. Integrating both attachment principles and brain science has led therapists to understand that social relationships fundamentally shape how our brains develop, construct reality and adapt to psychological stressors throughout life. It is through the communication of emotions that attachment experiences organize the brain. An emotionally rich connection with another person can change both brains. In this presentation we will discuss how accessing and opening ourselves to stimuli that impacts us emotionally can prime and fine tune our emotional capacity to resonate better with our clients.


    Participants will:

    A) Participants will describe how Attachment Theory principles and advancement in brain science supports the importance of developing greater attunement skills.
    B) Participants will be able to discuss and explain core therapeutic practices in EFT to attune to and evoke attachment emotions, longings and fears.
    C) Participants will develop andemonstrate attunement skills through didactic instruction, evocative music, video clips, poetry and experiential exercises and consider whether as therapists their own experiential involvement deepens their client’s discourse and in turn shifts it from the superficial and impersonal to more heartfelt expressions of vulnerability.


    Sam Jinich, PhD is a Certified Emotionally Focused Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist, and the Director of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT) 

    Dr Jinich received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University’s Joint Doctoral Program. He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Sam is one of the Founders of the Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) and he is Past President of the San Francisco Psychological Association.

    Sam has been an Individual and Couples Therapist in San Francisco for over 25 years. 

    Sam co-facilitates the Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples  with Michelle Gannon, PhD., Clinical Director of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and Certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist

    Sam teaches EFT in the SF Bay Area as well as internationally in both English and Spanish.

    10:00 AM - Networking and Professional Socialization (not included in CE credits)
    10:30 AM - NCCEFT Announcements (not included in CE credits)

    10:50 AM - Training begins
    11:50 AM - 10-minute break (not included in CE credits)

    12:00 noon - Training resumes
    1:00 PM - Training ends

    This training is appropriate for mental health practitioners who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.

    This presentation is appropriate for mental health professionals who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.  Level is introductory to intermediate.

    This training is free to members, who will receive Continuing Education (CE) credit at no charge.  This training is available to non-members for $10, and CE credit is available for an additional $25.  Prepayment is made online through the website at the time of registration.  Payments are not accepted at the door.

    This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences;

    Psychologists:  The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)

    NCCEFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider # 93337

    Those who attend this workshop in full, complete the course evaluation and sign in/out will receive CE credits. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the workshop. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.


    NCCEFT meets all applicable local, state and federal standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)). We hold events only at professional venues that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)

    ADA NEEDS: We will be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please contact us at NCCEFT.programs@gmail.com  at least two weeks prior to the seminar date.


    The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. NCCEFT will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.  The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the CPA PAS CE Program Director in consultation with the Board of Directors (Steering Committee).

    While NCCEFT works to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which will require intervention and/or action on the part of NCCEFT. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such complaints.

    When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

    1. If the complaint concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the complaint will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Program Director will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the aggrieved individual.

    2. If the complaint concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the CE Program Director will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action during a workshop or conference, the CE Program Director or his/her representative will:

    a. attempt to rectify the situation, and/or

    b. provide a credit for a subsequent presentation, in the event of a program having an attendance fee or

    c. provide a partial or full refund of the registration fee, in the event of a program having an attendance fee.

    Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the aggrieved individual.

    3. If the grievance concerns the business practices of the NCCEFT CE program in a specific regard, the CE Program Director or Administrator will attempt to arbitrate.


    In the event that a program presentation has an attendance fee, CANCELLATIONS should be made 48 hours prior to the event.

    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
    • 100

    NCCEFT Daylong Event: 

    Integrating Sex Therapy and EFT through Case Studies

    Presented by:

    Adam Eigner, PhD, Certified EFT Therapist and EFT Supervisor Candidate

    Shana Ree Gann, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist and EFT Supervisor Candidate

    Further details to be announced.

    Registration to open Sept. 2019

    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
    • 100

    NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting:

    Affect Theory and EFT: 

    Welcoming Secondary Emotions and Reactive Behaviors

    Presented by:

    Karen Rogers, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist

    Further details to be announced.

    • 06 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM (PST)
    • 07 Mar 2020
    • 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612
    • 100

    NCCEFT Fundraiser


    High Conflict Couples

    Presented by:

    George Faller


    Preservation Park, Oakland, CA

    Exact times and further details to be announced.

    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
    • 100

    NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting


    Deepening Somatic Awareness in EFT (working title)

    Presented by:

    Leslie Kirby, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist

    Lisa A Kully, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist

    Further details to be announced.

Past events

22 Jun 2019 Affect Theory and EFT: Welcoming Secondary Emotions & Reactive Behaviors
27 Apr 2019 Integrating EFT and Sex Therapy Through Case Studies
22 Mar 2019 NCCEFT Fundraiser--Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Healing Relationships and Promoting Resilience
02 Feb 2019 Robert Solley, PhD; EFT on a Spectrum
01 Dec 2018 Very Attached Holiday Party
27 Oct 2018 EFT with High Conflict Couples
08 Sep 2018 Back to EFT Basics with Sam Jinich, Ph.D.
16 Jun 2018 Leading, Being Led, Walking Beside: Collaboration with the Couple in EFT
14 Apr 2018 Shoring up the Emotional Bonds from the Inside Out Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EFT - Partners in Intimacy
02 Feb 2018 NCCEFT Fundraiser: Sex as a Safe Adventure: Connecting Sexually and Emotionally Through EFT
06 Jan 2018 EFT for New Parents: Navigating the Attachment Minefield
02 Dec 2017 NCCEFT Very Attached Holiday Party
23 Sep 2017 STEP 3: The Challenges of Accessing Emotions When the Withdrawer and the Pursuer are Highly Cognitive
17 Jun 2017 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Can You See Me? Providing Emotionally Focused Therapy to Middle Eastern and Immigrant Couples.
07 Apr 2017 NCCEFT Annual Fundraiser
04 Mar 2017 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: The Dreaded "S" Word
14 Jan 2017 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Unlocking the Mystery of Pursuer Softening
10 Dec 2016 NCCEFT Very Attached Holiday Party
01 Oct 2016 Step 2 of EFT: Tracking the Reactive Negative Cycle
18 Jun 2016 Making Peace with Pursuit
07 May 2016 EFT and Grief
08 Apr 2016 How Sharing Emotions Calms the Traumatized Brain and Heart: The Application of EFT with Trauma Couples
23 Jan 2016 Roadmap to EFT Certification
05 Dec 2015 NCCEFT Very Attached Holiday Party
26 Sep 2015 Stage 1: Attuning to the Relational Bond with EFT Interventions
27 Jun 2015 Working with Men in the EFT Model
24 Apr 2015 Addressing Addictions while Fostering Secure Attachments with EFT
28 Mar 2015 EFT with Same-Sex Couples: An Open Discussion
31 Jan 2015 The Joy of Sex: A Therapists’ Guide to Sex and Self of Therapist in EFT
06 Dec 2014 NCCEFT Very Attached Holiday Party
20 Sep 2014 Stuck Places in EFT
28 Jun 2014 Withdraw-Withdraw Couples: Moving into Increased Engagement
30 May 2014 Journey into Your Self as a Therapist: Self-Exploration, Discovery and Transformation
29 Mar 2014 The EFT Tango Map

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