Core Skills Advanced Training in EFT

  • 14 Sep 2017
  • 9:00 AM
  • 15 Sep 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • 122 W. 26th Street, Suite 701
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EFT Access Program

Core Skills Advanced Training In EFT

This training is open to trainees who attended either the EFT Access Externship in March or the annual June Externship sponsored by Ackerman.

Get the experience and supervision from  different trainers and several supervisors!

Core Skills training consists of four, two-day trainings (12 hours each) that will focus on the core skills of each of the EFT steps/stages. The trainings will offer instruction, live case consultations, group supervision and experiential exercises as set forth by the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Participants are required to have completed an EFT externship. Core Skills training can be applied towards certification. Final decision regarding readiness for certification is determined by the ICEEFT (
). EFT Externships and Advanced Core Skills trainings are designed for mental health professionals and trainees. Participants are required to note their professional affiliation on registration.


All trainings will be held on:
Thursday and Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Session 1: September 14-15, 2017
Steps 1-3 Assessment and de-escalation with Zoya Simakhodskaya

Session 2: November 2-3, 2017

Steps 3-4 De-escalation with Elana Katz

Session 3: November 30-December 1, 2017
Steps 5-7 Withdrawer Re-engagement with Zoya

Session 4: February 15-16, 2018
Steps 5-7 Pursuer Softening - with Elana Katz and Zoya Simakhodskaya

Session 5: March 29-30, 2018 (Optional, separate registration, must complete sessions 1-4)

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy - with George Faller


CATA Training Room at 122 W. 26th Street, Suite 701 between 6th and 7th Avenues, New York City


Participants must commit to all 4 sessions.  Group size is limited to 16 participants. Payment for each workshop is due 2 weeks before.

Regular participants: $440 per session or save $100 when paying for all 4 sessions - $1660.

EFT Access participants: if you attended EFT Access Externship in March of 2017, you are eligible for discounted fee of $500 for all four sessions (typically $1660). 
Participants must commit to all four weekends
For different payment-plan arrangement, please contact after registering.

Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D.
Elana Katz, LMFT

Elana Katz, LCSW 

is a senior faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family where she teaches advanced family therapy and directs the Family Mediation Program. She has presented nationally and internationally (Argentina, Chile, Israel and Mexico), including annual meetings of the American Family Therapy Academy, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Psychotherapy Networker.

One of the first therapists in New York to become certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ms. Katz is now one of forty-five Trainers in EFT worldwide. She is responsible for bringing the EFT Externship to New York where, under her direction, more than 1000 therapists have now studied EFT. In partnership with George Faller she has been teaching innovative courses in EFT at Ackerman since 2009. Most recently she developed the very successful EFT Certification Bootcamp, a program that helps therapists deepen their emotional awareness and effectiveness in practicing this model.

Ms. Katz has also completed advanced training in AEDP as well as the immersion course in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Dan Hughes. She has published a number of articles and has been quoted by the New York Times, the Associated Press, and other media outlets, including National Public Radio. Ms. Katz currently serves on the Executive Board of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy as well as the Board of Directors of the New York Association for Collaborative Professionals. Her private practice is in Manhattan.

Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D.

is a licensed psychologist and certified EFT therapist, supervisor and trainer. She has a full-time practice in Chelsea, NY with adults and couples, specializing in cross-cultural and bilingual population. Zoya is one of the founding members, Vice President and Executive Director of the Board of Directors, and Chair of Education Committee for NYCEFT. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Zoya has many years of experience providing crisis intervention in a psychiatric emergency service. She continues to teach as a voluntary faculty at NYU School of Medicine, CUNY and Rutgers University. Zoya presents and teaches nationally on EFT and now is bringing EFT training to therapists in Russia and Italy. She loves helping therapists master EFT model and get through their learning blocks.  She has particular interest in intersection of EFT and sexuality.

Coordinated and assisted by NYCEFT Community:

Peggy Wu and Katherine Stavrianopoulos, Coordinators

"I have just completed Core Skills with Debi Scimeca-Diaz and George Faller, who, along with their helpers Zoya Simakhodskaya, Benjamin Seaman, Judith Kellner, and Wendy Tomkiel, provided an extremely safe and encouraging environment for all of the participants to  risk using our EFT skills in role plays so that we could benefit from critiques by master trainers.  The expertise, warmth, and support of the team has helped bring my therapeutic approach to a far more effective level."   Carolee Kallmann, MA, LPC, LCADC

Video/Case Presentation Requirements:

In order to receive Certificate of Completion, each participant will present a case during one of the 4 weekends. Each case presentation needs to include a 10-minute video or audio recording along with a case presentation form.


Cancellations are subject to a $25 administrative fee and must be made in writing at least one month prior to the first session to qualify for a refund of the balance paid. Register online and pay by PayPal or mail payment to:

352 7th Avenue, Suite 1005
New York, NY 10001

Contact Information: or Peggy Wu at

"The Core skills training has deepened my understanding of all of the steps in EFT and helped me feel a more solid foundation. The steps are explained clearly and the role plays are very effective in getting us to experience what our clients feel, and practice being there for them. I also liked the way the two day sessions were spaced out by several weeks. That gave us time to integrate the information and try on using it."  Carolyn McIntyre, LCSW

Continuing Education Credits

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.  To receive credits you must attend all 4 sessions.  No partial credit given.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (48) CE hours

Social Workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive (48) continuing education clock hours.

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social
Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is
approved for (48) contact hours live

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (48)
clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees.
See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (48) hours.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (48)
clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 (48) CE hours.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the
event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we
recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
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