We are thrilled to have Ellen Safier, LCSW, LMFT onsite to provide our August CEU Event.  Ellen Safier, LCSW, LMFT, is a social worker and family therapist in private practice in Houston, TX. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as the Director of Social Work Education at the Menninger Clinic before moving to Houston in 2003. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, faculty at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and senior consultant in family therapy at the Menninger Clinic.

Attachment, Mentalizing and Epistemic Trust

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30pm
A program offering 2.5 CEU credits for LPCs and LCSWs.

Attention to the fundamental role of attachment as an organizing principle for both our earliest relationships within the family and our capacity for trust and intimacy in adult relationships has profoundly influenced the way we understand couples and families.  This understanding has also significantly shaped the ways in which we conduct treatment.  This presentation will discuss the journey from attachment to mentalizing to the development of the capacity for epistemic trust.


  1. Participants will understand the relationship between secure attachment and the capacity to use effective mentalizing in relationships.
  2. Participants will understand the concept of epistemic trust, how it develops and how it can be challenged.
  3. Participants will be able to integrate this understanding into their clinical work.

Recommended Readings:

For couples:
Lerner, H.  (2012)  Marriage Rules:  A Manual for the Married and Coupled Up.
New York:  Gotham.

For Participants:
Fonagy,P. and Alllison, L.  (in press)  The Role of Epistemic Trust and Mentalizing in the Therapeutic Relationship.

Safier, E.  (2013)  Dialogue on Neurobiology, Attachment and Couples Therapy.
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Family Therapy Academy.

Register Here!