The Foundation for the Contemporary Family is dedicated to supporting clinical training, research and treatment, which develop innovative approaches to the problems of contemporary families. In keeping with this mission, we offer continuing education for mental health professionals as an Approved Provider by both the American Psychological Association and the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Please click on the links below to learn more about our programs, current course offerings and grant opportunities.

In collaboration with the UCI Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, we offer continuing education workshops in couples and family therapy based on the most current innovative research and treatment methods. Our invited faculty are among the most respected in the profession, presenting cutting edge clinical approaches to the Southern California professional community. MORE >

With Dr. Judith Zucker Anderson
This popular seminar, co-sponsored with the UCI Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, fills a local clinical training need which provides the practicing therapist an opportunity to gain expertise and confidence in treating couples. In a small group format, it presents an effective, empirically based couples therapy model from an attachment theory framework based on Emotionally Focused Therapy [EFT], Gottman’s marital research and guided by new insights from neuroscience.

The Anatomy of Intimacy conference is a large, multiple faculty, two-day conference held every other year, co-sponsored by the UCI Department of Psychiatry and in collaboration with the Lifespan Learning Institute. The intention of the series is to explore contemporary relationships through the interdisciplinary lens of couples therapy, attachment theory, psychology, interpersonal neurobiology and affective neuroscience. Each conference chooses a main theme and convenes the best and brightest clinicians and researchers in the world to present their work and dialogue with each other.

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Continuing Education
The Foundation for the Contemporary Family is committed to expanding access to seminal clinical methods in couples and family therapy to a broader range of mental health professionals. FFCF grants a number of scholarships to every workshop/conference we offer for professionals eager to receive this specialized training who would otherwise be unable to do so. MORE >

Research Grants for Professionals & Community Groups
We provide grant funding for innovative research projects on parenting, marriage, divorce, remarriage and blending families. MORE >

Dissertation Research Grants
We grant dissertation research funding for promising proposals from doctoral students at APA or AAMFT approved schools which focus on couples therapy or other topics relevant to contemporary couples and families. MORE >


The Foundation for the Contemporary Family is approved by the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.)
to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Foundation for the Contemporary Family maintains
responsibility for its programs and their contents. Credits are provided on an hour-per-hour basis.

The Foundation for the Contemporary Family is a board-approved provider (PCE No. 2688 )
for the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. The Foundation's programs meet the qualifications
for continuing education credits on an hour-per-hour basis for MFT's and/or LCSW's as required by
the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.