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NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Can You See Me? Providing Emotionally Focused Therapy to Middle Eastern and Immigrant Couples.

  • 17 Jun 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
  • 27


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Can You See Me?

 Providing Emotionally Focused Therapy to Middle Eastern and Immigrant Couples

A special interactive panel presentation by NCCEFT and RAHA, Iranian American Nonprofit Mental Health Organization in Northern California

Presented by: 

Jila Behnad, MFT; Nadia Ashjaee, MFT; and 

 Parastoo Mosadeghi


California holds one of the largest populations of Middle Eastern couples in the nation, many of whom have settled in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and the East Bay.  With the stresses of recent times and the decreasing stigma of mental health therapy among this population, increasing numbers of immigrant couples are reaching out for couples therapy. When we consider attachment to a culture, then immigration can be an attachment injury that will show up in a couple’s cycle. EFT is an ideal fit due to our beliefs in connection and belonging as universal needs. 

In this interactive and experimental presentation we will look at what is unique about these populations and how we can use our skills as EFT Therapists to meet the needs of all couples impacted by immigration and upheaval.


- Through an EFT lens, become more familiar with couples challenges unique to immigrants.

- Gain a better understanding of the trauma and loss of immigration in this population and how to integrate that important piece into a couple’s pursue withdraw cycle of disconnect.

- Using EFT to work with challenges caused by different intergenerational cultural values and needs.

- As attachment therapists, gain a deeper awareness of understanding multi-cultural communities and Iranian-American cultural expectations of therapy.


Jila Behnad, MFT: is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Dublin, CA. She works with individuals, couples, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma, and relationship issues. She is also certified in EMDR and in treating eating Disorders. Jila is the Founder and CEO of Raha, a non-profit mental health organization that consists of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers in Northern California.

Nadia Ashjaee, MFT: is a Licensed Marriage & Family therapist and registered Expressive Arts Therapist, with a private practice in San Francisco and Emeryville, CA. She has Advanced training in EFT and works with trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues with individuals and couples. Nadia is the Director and Secretary of the non-profit mental health organization Raha, whose mission is breaking the mental health stigma, raising awareness and improving the mental health of our community by providing services to Persian speakers, and by educating mental health providers about the emotional and relationship needs of Iranian Americans. Nadia is fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi.

Parastoo Mosadeghi: is a psychological assistant pursuing her doctorate degree in clinical psychology. She is passionate about working with children and familiers providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment. She has received training at Alameda Family Services, Berkeley CBT Clinic, Wright assessment Services and School based collaboration.


 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 NOON - Training resumes

    1:00 PM - Training adjourns

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 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.  Payment may be made online at NCCEFT.com/events.  No payments will be collected 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 are subject to a $50.00 processing fee and must be received 14 days prior to be eligible for a refund.

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