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Earn 13 hours of Continuing Education Credits for participating Psychologists, MFT's and LCSW's .
Hold Me Tight: 
A Relationship Enhancement Program -- An Emotionally Focused Therapy Approach
For All Couples
Pasadena, CA

Presenters:  Lisa Blum, Psy.D. and Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.
Developed by Dr. Sue Johnson over 25 years ago and practiced all over the world, EFT has been heralded by Time magazine and the New York Times as among the most highly successful couple therapies, with 75% of couples reporting lasting improvement. EFT has also achieved APA’s gold standard for research demonstrating its effectiveness.  

The Hold Me Tight workshop focuses on strengthening the emotional connection of every relationship by de-escalating conflict, creating a safe emotional connection, and building stronger bonds between partners. Through didactic presentations, guided discussions, demonstration videos, and practical exercises, participants learn how to nurture their own relationships and understand first hand the power of the EFT approach.


Friday October 10th, 2014: 3:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday   October 11th:   9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sunday October 12th: 9:30 - 1:30 pm

Cambria Pines Lodge

Dr. Silvina Irwin: 626.399.4013 or 

CE Credits:  
13 hours for MFT's, LCSW's, and Ph.D.'s .  Please visit for CE's for your license and state. 

$1150 per couple  (plus $30.00 CE processing fee)

Lisa Blum, Psy.D. (PSY#19790) is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in promoting healthy family relationships. Dr. Blum has worked as a mental health professional since 1987. Currently Dr. Blum is in private practice in Pasadena and West Hollywood, where her work includes individual, couples, and family therapy, and consultation, training, and public speaking on family, marital, and parenting issues. She has worked extensively with parents and children, teachers and staff both in clinical practice and in community settings, and she consults to public and private schools and organizations to develop programs that support families. Dr. Blum utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in her work with couples and families. EFT is one of the few research-validated therapies for helping couples and families strengthen relationships and build stronger connections.
Dr. Blum’s previous experience includes: Supervising Psychologist at the Institute for Girls’ Development in Pasadena; Supervising Psychologist for Children’s Hospital¬-Los Angeles; Staff Researcher at the UCLA Center for Adolescent Health Promotion; and Director of Education for the HiTOPS Teen Health Center in Princeton, NJ, where she designed educational programs for teens, parents, and teachers on healthy adolescent development. Dr. Blum holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology with honors from Cornell University.

Silvina Irwin, Ph.D. (PSY#19710) is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Irwin specializes in working with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, focusing on healing and recovery at the individual level, as well as addressing the impact that traumatic experiences have on intimate relationships in her work with couples. Dr. Irwin also provides treatment for mood and anxiety disorders and relationship and family distress. She works with individuals across the lifespan, including children, teens, and adults. In addition to providing clinical services, Dr. Irwin conducts trainings and workshops for professionals in the community, including the police department, Office of the District Attorney, therapists and psychology trainees at various centers, and medical staff at local hospitals to name a few.  
Dr. Irwin trained at Harvard Medical School, and at the University of San Francisco, California Medical School. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to her work in private practice, she was a psychologist at the University of San Francisco providing clinical services, supervision, teaching and training, as well as conducted research on best-practices in the treatment of child trauma.  

Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Illuminated Education maintains the responsibility for this program and its content.

This course meets the qualifications for 13 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The course is presented by Illuminated Education (approval number PCE 4514).

Refund requests may be made by mail or FAX prior to the course meeting start date. Specify preference for refund (minus $25 handling fee) or rain check for an upcoming course. If you require accommodations, please contact Illuminated Education: C. Cooper, PhD (PSY 17395) at 626.744.9472 or email at

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