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    • 16 Jun 2023
    • 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • 17 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Via Zoom (Link to follow)
    • 889

    Granularity and Specificity: Key Ingredients in Move 2 of the EFT Tango with a Mexican Couple

    Presented by:

    Sam Jinich, EFT Trainer, Certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist 

    Presented via Zoom

    Link to be provided in Reminder emails


    In this presentation, we will watch an EFT certification tape with a Mexican couple done in Spanish (subtitled into English) by Argentinean EFT Supervisor and Trainer in Training, Natalia Gilabert. In this lovely session you will see how granularity and specificity serves to deepen a couple’s experience. You will see how the EFT therapist lingers, how she validates and repeats until she has a clear emotional message prior to enacting it.

    The U.S. culture continues to transform into a multicultural community in which diverse ethnic groups are growing. We know it is essential for us as EFT clinicians to 1) respectfully lean in to validate these differences and 2) explore the meanings of differences and similarities rather than make assumptions based on ethnicity and race when working with our couples. 

    During this presentation we will be watching a lovely Stage One video by clinical psychologist and EFT Trainer-in-Training Natalia Gilabert who resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In this video she is working with a Mexican couple from Southern California and she will be sharing with us some of the couple’s traumas that were directly related to immigration and poverty that negatively impacted their relationship. This session was part of Natalia’s application to become an EFT Trainer for Argentina. It has been subtitled into English. We will be watching and breaking into groups to discuss and share impressions of what was observed around cultural differences when EFT is being conducted in another language, and will be coming back for a large group discussion around EFT interventions, specificity, and cultural implications in Stage One. 

    Cultural differences with our couples are subjective, complex, and dynamic, and based on that, how do we open up dialogues around asking about the meanings and importance (or not) that couples ascribe to their cultural differences? This dynamic presentation will invite audience participation and we will be very interested in hearing from our members who identify with any type of cultural, ethnic, or racial differences into what they consider important nuances to be addressed by therapists when in session. 

    The pursuit of cultural competency is a lifelong learning process and this presentation will be an invitation to lean in, listen, share, and learn with the addition of the newest RISSSSC “S for Specific” (soft, slow, & simple) in EFT. 

    Learning Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this event participants will be able to:

    1.  Describe key elements of assembling and deepening affect in the EFT Tango that includes emotional presence, attunement, safety, curiosity, specificity, and timing in preparation for the engaged encounters.

    2.  Explain and discuss ways to stay focused when couples are struggling in session by backing up, slicing things thinner, and trying again.

    3.  Describe cultural sensitivity considerations that emphasize the therapist's understanding of a couple's background, ethnicity, and belief system.  


    Sam Jinich, PhD, Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor. Sam Jinich, Ph.D is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.  Sam is the Director of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT) and the Instituto de Terapia Focalizada en las Emociones (ITFE).  Sam is one of the Founders of the Northern California Community for EFT (NCCEFT).  

    Sam has been in Private Practice in San Francisco for over 20 years.  Sam leads the Hold me Tight Workshop for Couples with Michelle Gannon, Ph.D. in San Francisco, Tiburon, Esalen Institute and Costa Rica.  The San Francisco Center for EFT offers Introductions to EFT, EFT Externships, EFT Core Skills, Forgiveness Training for Therapists, EFT Certification Intensives, EFT Consultation Groups and Attunement Training.  For more information, visit SFCEFT.com

    Sam is bilingual in Spanish and also leads EFT Externships and Core Skills in  Spanish in Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and Panama.

    Natalia Gilabert is a clinical psychologist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer in Training. Natalia first began training in EFT in 2015 and became a Certified EFT Supervisor in 2020. She was the 2020 recipient of the John Douglas Award by ICEEFT for her service bringing EFT to South America. Along with her colleague Silvina Goso, she co-facilitates Hold Me Tight workshops and is responsible for coordinating all EFT trainings in Argentina. She was selected to be a therapist in the first EFT Clinical Trial in Spanish. This is a multi-site international research study with therapists from Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina and Spain sponsored by the University of Navarra in Spain. Natalia has been in private practice since 2002. She teaches and supervises in Spanish and Portuguese and is active in helping to build EFT communities in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Peru. 


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

    This training is free to members, who will receive 2 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.  


    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 California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)

    Those who attend this workshop in full, and complete the course evaluation will receive a certificate of completion via email following 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.

Past events

16 Apr 2021 NCCEFT 2021 Fundraiser April 16 - 17, 2021
06 Mar 2021 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Embodying EFT: Enhancing the Somatic Dimension
30 Jan 2021 NCCEFT Quarterly ON-LINE Training: EFiT with Sam Jinich, PhD
18 Dec 2020 Very Attached ZOOM Holiday Party
10 Oct 2020 NCCEFT Day-long Training with Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD
26 Sep 2020 NCCEFT Quarterly Fall Kick-Off Event
23 May 2020 Doing EFT Online: A Conversation with Rebecca and Sam
06 Mar 2020 NCCEFT 2020 Fundraiser--High Conflict Couples with George Faller
01 Feb 2020 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Affect Theory and EFT
07 Dec 2019 Very Attached Holiday Party
02 Nov 2019 NCCEFT Daylong: Developing Confidence in Addressing Sexual Issues Within Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
07 Sep 2019 NCCEFT Fall Kick-Off--Attachment Therapist as Fellow Traveler: Attunement in EFT
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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