NCCEFT 2022 Fundraiser April 8th and 9th

  • 08 Apr 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 09 Apr 2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • Zoom (Link to follow)
  • 907


(depends on selected options)

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Attachment and Culture: Deep Roots, Courageous Conversations, and Self-Reflections

April 8th and 9th, 2022

Presented by:

Presented by: Dr. Feion Villodas;

Dr. Paul Guillory, certified EFT therapist, trainer and supervisor;

and Dr. Zemed Berhe

*Please note, because we want this important training to be available to everyone, we have added an equity and student rate of $79.00 for those individuals who qualify, with no application or scholarship process required. Simply register under Student Registration. 

*We have also been given permission to record these two days of training to accommodate those who are unable to join us in person on Zoom. Once registered, a link will be sent out post event to access the training.  We hope to see you all at this not-to-be-missed Attachment and Culture event!


Within our psychotherapy clinical communities there are profound training inequalities associated with African American clients. This has created a critical need to integrate more cultural factors into our work with our clients. This two day training will be a phenomenal opportunity to lean into clinical excellence around cultural factors in Emotionally Focused Therapy. 

This event will be a safe way to courageously engage with colleagues around 1) race matters, 2) EFT video demonstrations and discussions with Black clients and 3) exploring our internal worlds associated with cultural identity. 

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

Come take this richly rewarding training journey with us. Come walk with us as we deepen our understanding of cultural influences impacting Black clients and beyond through an EFT lens.  Our clinical skills will expand as we learn more about our Black clients' intrapsychic and interpersonal worlds. 


At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

A). Describe and discuss three different factors associated with cultural humility.

B).Demonstrate and use at least three different ways to process race-matters in therapy.

C). Describe and discuss how race impacts the negative cycle of Black couples.

D). Successfully demonstrate the integration of cultural and race-related matters both in Stage One and Stage Two interventions.

E.) Apply a cultural lens of humility to incorporate cultural values and de-center majority belief  into the EFT process. 

F.) Discuss and demonstrate how Self of the Therapist growth can lead to the development of cultural humility and thus positively impact the therapeutic alliance and EFT interventions with Black clients and people of color.


Dr. Feion Villodas is a clinical psychologist and serves as a clinical supervisor for one of the top Clinical Psychology programs in the nation, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Villodas is also the Executive Director of Graduate Life and Diversity and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University. As the Director of Graduate Student Diversity, she develops and facilitates training on diversity, equity, and inclusion for SDSU graduate students and faculty. She also supports faculty and staff engaged in hiring, diversity planning, and other diversity initiatives. Her research focuses on mental and behavioral health disparities among African-Americans and Latinx populations. She is particularly interested in acculturation, cultural competence, community-based participatory research approaches, and the adaptation and implementation of effective treatments for culturally diverse populations.

Dr. Paul Guillory is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Clinical Science Program, Psychology Department. He has taught courses on Emotionally Focused Therapies at U.C. Berkeley. He is certified trainer, supervisor, and therapist of Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is the author of “Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples: Love Heals,” Routledge, August 2021. Dr. Guillory has presented at a number of recent workshops including “Emotionally Focused Therapy in a time of Racial Reckoning” Couple & Family Institute of New England, Spring Symposium, “Race and Couples Therapy Conference,” Eikenberg Academy For Social Justice, July 2021, and “Deep Roots: Attachment & Culture, LA Center of EFT, November 2021. He has recently produced two EFT training videos that dynamically integrate Emotionally Focused Therapy with a cultural lens for working with race-matters in couple’s therapy. He is the former chairperson of the Northern California Community of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Dr. Guillory was the psychological consultant to the Oakland Raiders professional football team and the National Football League for 14 years. He has also been a consultant to the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team, and is a selected provider for the National Basketball Players Association. He served as Director of the Center for Family Counseling in Oakland California for ten years. He is a life-time member of the Association of Black Psychologists. And he is a life-time member of the USA Masters Track & Field Association. He has been in private practice in Oakland California for over 30 years.

Dr. Zemed Berhe Zemed Berhe, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor that currently works at San Diego State University. She earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University, with a special emphasis in Multicultural Psychology. Dr. Berhe trained at the New Jersey Veterans Affairs for her pre-doctoral internship and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs in Long Beach, with a specialized focus in trauma-related disorders and individuals struggling with emotional dysregulation, suicidality, and interpersonal issues. She has specialized training in trauma-focused treatments and extensive experiences in working with diverse populations, with special emphasis in addressing the mental well-being of people of African descent. Her research and clinical interests include trauma, racial/ethnic identity development, acculturation, bicultural stress, Black women’s health, and addressing health disparities that continue to marginalize communities of color. As a consultant, she has provided various training workshops and presentations with different organizations and communities addressing trauma, stress/anxiety management, refugee mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion, and providing culturally competent care. Dr. Berhe continues to work within the larger EFT community and is one of the contributors for Tuning into Trauma 2.0. She is also the co-founder of the Black EFT group. She is bilingual in Tigrinya and English.


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


***Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training.  Confidentiality: You must agree to keep confidential the personal identifying information of case material shared in the training. By registering for this training, you agree to not record any part of this training in any format (audio, video or visual).  personal written notes of non-confidential material are permitted.

Regular Fee is $350; Early Bird Fee is $320 (By March 25th) Pre-license Fee is $250. NEW: Student fee: $79 Prepayment is made online only through the website at the time of registration. Equity fee: $79

Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for an additional $25 on any ticket type.  


This course meets the qualifications for 14 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences;

Psychologists:  NCCEFT is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

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 (via GoogleDocs sent by email) and for virtual attendance, attest to full attendance, will receive CE credits. A certificate of completion will be provided via email, within three days after completed evaluation is submitted. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop.  


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  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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