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Saturday Workshop Series: Deep Roots: Attachment and Culture In Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples

  • Sat, September 10, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • online via Zoom


  • Marin CAMFT is offering this program at no charge to students currently enrolled in a master's program to become a MFT, PCC, CSW, etc. No CEs awarded.
  • Please be logged in to your Marin CAMFT account in order for the member rate to be available.
  • Members of RECAMFT, SFCAMFT, and EBCAMFT are invited to join this MCAMFT event at a reduced rate. Please specify your member ID from your sister chapter.
  • Note: No refunds, as our processing fee is the same amount as the event fee for this registration.
  • Code required, please contact the Marin CAMFT Board if you believe you should have access.

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Marin CAMFT is excited to present this extended Saturday workshop

Deep Roots: Attachment and Culture in Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples

4 CEs available

Workshop Description

Over the past couple of years, we have both witnessed the racial inequity in health care that was exposed by COVID-19, and the reemergence of the racial injustice protest movement and White backlash.  These events have alerted Black therapists and their allies to the increased distress experienced by people of color. These inequities have also exposed a critical need to promote effective ways to integrate cultural factors into therapy.

Race is typically treated as a demographic category in case formulations. By extension, the internal working model of racial identity is a clinical blind spot. In his book Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples, the presenter suggests that therapists’ work most effectively with Black couples when they have a conceptual model for race-matters, including racism, racial identity, race-based events, and racial trauma.

This training will demonstrate how to seamlessly integrate cultural factors and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). This integrative model moves well beyond seeing culture or race as neutral and shows with multiple video tapes and examples how therapists can use the power of cultural deep roots. This workshop addresses useful dynamic processes of Black negative priming, racial distress cues, and racial identity. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe an integrative way to explore racial identity.
  2. Discuss 3 ways which EFT interventions can process racist events that occur in the larger context of life, and within the couple interactions.
  3. Describe 3 elements of a conceptual map of cultural identity and integrate into therapy.
  4. Explain how to work with “negative priming” and the invisible influences of racism in the couples’ negative pattern of interactions.

Presenter Paul T. Guillory, PhD

Paul T. Guillory, PhDDr. 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. He has created several clinical online training video tapes that amplify integrating attachment & culture available at

Dr. Guillory has presented at several 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, Attachment & Culture: Deep Roots, NCCEFT Annual 2-day Workshop, April 8 & 9, 2022, “Deep Roots: Attachment & Culture, APA 2022 workshop, Annual Convention.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 Psychologist. 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.

Attendance for the entirety of the Zoom event and completion of the evaluation qualifies for 4 Continuing Education hours.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice and/or image. This recording may be available for review and downloading. By registering for this event, you are agreeing for your likeliness to possibly be used by Marin CAMFT.

Upon registering you will receive a Zoom link and password.

  • Date: Saturday, September 10
  • Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm Pacific (4 hours of instruction plus 30 minutes for breaks)
  • Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

Additional Information

For more information about the Saturday Workshop Series or about joining the Committee, please contact Marin CAMFT's Director of Programs Norman Hering.

  • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The number of CEUs awarded is specified in the event description. These CEUs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full live session and complete the evaluation at the end to receive CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact the Director of Programs for more information.

  • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

  • Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 7 days in advance event, subject to a $20 administrative fee. We're sorry but we do not provide refunds in case of non-attendance by the registrant. To request a refund, please email If you have questions about this policy, please contact the Director of Programs.

  • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Director of Programs.

  • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director of Programs.

  • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CEs are available only with attendance for the entirety of the Zoom session. You must complete the course evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate. Certificates are sent out by email within one week of the event, pending receipt of the evaluation. 

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(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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