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Facilitating the Function of Attachment in Distressed Adult Romantic Relationships: An Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Framework

James Hawkins, PhD, LPC

July 15-19, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person or Live-Online

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Course Description

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), founded by Dr. Sue Johnson, is a cutting-edge, tested, and proven couple intervention developed in tandem with the science of adult attachment. Research indicates that secure attachment and emotionally fulfilling relationships are integral components of mental and physical health and that emotionally focused interventions have the power to establish and recreate supportive bonds among individuals.


In this learning experience, Dr. Hawkins will bring his expertise and creativity to help clinicians improve their focus and efficacy in working with couples stuck in emotional and relational distress and move from rigid cycles of self-protection to flexible cycles of connection.


In this experiential course, learners will journey through the flow of attachment in adult romantic relationships with a particular focus on guiding couples toward the beacon of secure connection. Through the use of clinical tapes, role plays, and experiential exercises, special attention will be given to helping clinicians address common blocks and detours that occur in the treatment of clinically distressed couples.


This course is open to seasoned couples therapists and individual, child, and family therapists interested in learning more about EFT and how applying the language of attachment and emotion-focused interventions can effect change in challenging and stressful relationships and moments.

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: James Hawkins receives compensation fees from Success in Vulnerability and the International Center for Excellence in EFT where he is a team member. He receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: James Hawkins has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

James Hawkins, PhD, LPC, brings a wealth of experience and passion as a clinician, counseling educator, and communicator. Dr. Hawkins is a part of Sue Johnson’s EFT trainer team and trains internationally in helping clinicians learn Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is also the co-host of “The Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy” podcast and a part of the “Success in Vulnerability” online training program, a program aimed at helping clinicians get more focus on working with clinical and relational distress.

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What Alumni are Saying...

"It was very positive, educational and fun--a great introduction to using EFT in working with couples!" - 2023 Participant

"This instructor was one of the best trainers that I have experienced at the Institute or elsewhere. His deep knowledge and presentation skills made EFT come alive." - 2023 Participant

"I am so grateful for his (Dr. Hawkins) expertise- he is an excellent teacher. This was the best course I have taken so far at Cape Cod Institute." - 2023 Participant

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