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

Dates: July 31-August 3, 2024

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

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99508

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. Early bird rate through April 15, 2024.

Cost: $1200 for post graduate and licensed professionals and $900 for students. 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, theresa@tmhc-ak.com, 907-390-0542. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. Requests must be submitted by July 15, 2024.

Contact the organizers: Theresa Hudgins and Carolina Hernandez Powers

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Overview

An Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy® (Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy) 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, 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 view clients in the web of their interpersonal attachments and conceptualize relationship distress and repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.

  • EFT is a relational therapy. The Externship will focus on the model of EFCT laid out in the 2019 book, Attachment Theory in Practice, and teach the model as implemented in couple therapy sessions.

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

  • Participants will develop skills in the 5 moves of the basic macro-intervention – the EFT Tango – in order to change patterns of affect regulation, models of self and other, 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 and so shape 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, successinvulnerability.com, 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 (early bird rate: $950 through April 15, 2024)

General Registration (GR): $1,200.00 (early bird rate: $950 through April 15, 2024)

GR Early Bird Installment Plan

GR Early Bird Installment Plan

Fee: $950 (two installments of $475). First installment deadline: March 1, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time. Second installment due: April 15, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time.

GR Installment Plan

GR Installment Plan

Fee: $1200 (three installments of $400). First installment deadline: April 30, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time. Second installment due: May 31, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time. Third installment due: June 30, 2024 11:59 pm Alaska time.

Student General Registration: $900 (early bird rate: $800 through April 15, 2024)

Student General Registration: $900 (early bird rate: $800 through April 15, 2024)

Extended payment plans available, please contact for more information.

Registration is complete when this form is submitted and payment is made within 2 business days from date of invoice.