Quarterly Seminar

  • 15 Jan 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


nyceft quarterly seminar

part 2: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with African American Couples

Presented by Marjorie Nightingale JD, lMFT

When: Friday, January 15th, 2021

3:00PM-5:00PM EST

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: Non-member rate – $32; NYCEFT Member rate – $26; Full time agency, active or former military, graduate students, VA employees $16 

In this Part 2 of her well received workshop based on her dissertation research and an award-winning article, Marjorie Nightingale will continue explore the use of emotionally focused therapy with African American couples.  In Part 1, she discussed the importance of self of the therapist work regarding race as a precursor to working with African American couples and encouraged participants to consider the impact of their own identities on the work.  Marjorie reviewed how racial oppression and patriarchy uniquely impact African American couple functioning and how to begin naming these issues in Assessment Stage of the EFT model.  In Part 2 of this workshop, Marjorie will briefly review main points of previous workshop and will focus in more depth on each stage of EFT process and adaptations she used to weave in the impact of racial and intersectional trauma for African-American or cross racial couples. She will provide examples and opportunities for experiential discussions and reflections during this seminar.


Marjorie Nightingale JD, LMFT

   Marjorie Nightingale is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in couples and sex therapy in a private practice in Washington, D.C.    She received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at LaSalle University and is a doctoral candidate in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Drexel University where her research focuses on interventions for African American couples.   She holds a post master’s certificate in Sex Therapy from the Council for Relationships, and a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.  She has taught in MFT programs at Drexel, Virginia Tech, Jefferson Health Programs and The Council for Relationships.  Before entering the mental health field, Marjorie spent seventeen years practicing child welfare law and family law in Baltimore.  She recently received the 2020 AAMFT Foundation’s Outstanding Research Publication Award for her first academic article: Emotionally Focused Therapy: A culturally Sensitive Approach for African American Heterosexual Couples.

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