ICEEFT-certified trainer: James L. Hawkins II, PhD

CONTACT FORM: Contact the sponsor/event organizer via this contact form. Or email Theresa at

Dates: July 31-Aug 3, 2024

Times: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm day 1, 9:00 am-5:00 pm days 2, 3, and 4

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage

Target audience: This training is open to mental health professionals working with individuals, couples, and families, such as a Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, and graduate students studying in one of these professions. 

CE Credits: 28 credits

Registration: open through July 28, 2024. 

Cost: $1200 general registration. See below for discounts and payment plans.

There are a limited number of discounts for participants identifying as members of marginalized communities. Please see Payment Options for more information.

Refund policy: A $100 administrative fee will be charged for all refunds. Refunds for course fees (minus the $100.00 administrative fee) will be issued for requests made up to 60 days prior to the start date of the course (June 1, 2024). Cancellation requests made up to 45 days prior to the start date of the course (June 16, 2024) will be offered a 50% refund (minus a $100.00 administrative fee). No refunds will be offered within 44 days from the start date of the course.

Accessibility: To request reasonable accommodations for this event, please contact Theresa Hudgins,, 907-390-9993. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. Requests must be submitted by July 15, 2024.


In this workshop participants will learn concepts and gain skills for the application of therapeutic techniques that support treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma disorders, as well as resolution of interpersonal and intrapersonal conflict.

An Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy® (EFCT) is an immersive four-day training experience foundational for therapists aiming to specialize in EFCT. Led by certified trainers, it offers a comprehensive introduction to the EFCT model, focusing on the science of attachment and the systematic approach to couple therapy. This training is crucial for therapists because it equips them with the necessary skills to foster secure, resilient relationships in therapy. It’s the first step in formal EFCT training, opening the door to advanced practice and certification and enhancing therapists’ efficacy and confidence in their clinical work with couples.

Objectives for the Externship

Participants will obtain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused” approach to therapy.

Participants will be able to assess and diagram clients in the web of their interpersonal attachments and conceptualize relationship distress and repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.

Participants will develop skills in sharing and maintaining an engaged, open, and collaborative alliance with clients.

Participants will develop skills in the five moves of the basic macro-intervention – the EFT Tango –to change patterns of affect regulation, models of self and others, strategies for engaging others, and interactional patterns.

Participants will develop skills in EFT micro-interventions taken from experiential and attachment systemic models of intervention.

Participants will develop skills in overcoming common blocks and impasses in couple therapy, shaping core corrective emotional experiences that lead to constructive dependency and what Rogers termed ‘existential living.’

Required reading:

The Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy: Creating Connection, 3rd edition, 2020, by Susan M. Johnson. Available at: Routledge and Amazon

Recommended readings:

Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019. Available at: Guildford Press and Amazon

Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition) by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022. Available at: Routledge and Amazon

About the Trainer
Dr. James Hawkins, ‘Doc Hawk’, is a Licensed Counsellor with 11 years of experience and an ICEEFT certified trainer, supervisor, and therapist. He obtained a Master’s in Marriage and Family Counselling and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling. He currently serves as a Clinical Coordinator at a non-profit counseling practice in Northwest Arkansas. James is the founder of Healing Conversations, a training program developed to equip organizations and communities to have productive conversations about race. He is the co-host of two podcasts, The Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and The Leading Edge: Transforming Leadership Through Attachment Science. James is a part of the online training program,, developed to help EFT therapists and supervisors gain more focus in their clinical work. Doc Hawk brings a passion for helping individuals, couples, families, and communities in relational distress. James is married to his wife, Nicola and together they have five daughters.

Registration is complete when the Registration Form is submitted and payment is made within 7 days of invoice being issued.

Equity Discount (Limited Availability)

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General Registration (GR): $1,200.00

General Registration (GR): $1,200.00

GR Installment Plan (Extended; two installments)

GR Installment Plan (Extended; two installments)

Fee: $1200 (two installments of $600). Registration/first installment deadline: June 10, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time. Second installment due: July 15, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time.

Student General Registration: $900

Student General Registration: $900

SGR Installment Plan (Extended; two installments)

SGR Installment Plan (Extended; two installments)

Fee: $900 (two installments of $450). Registration/first installment deadline: June 10, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time. Second installment due: July 15, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time.

Registration is complete when this form is submitted and payment is made within 7 business days from date of invoice.