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James Hawkins, PhD, LPC

Facilitating The Function Of Attachment In Distressed Adult Romantic Relationships: An Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Framework

July 17th - July 21st, 2023

This course is also available Live-Online!






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15 Hour In-Person & Live-Online Course

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

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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.


What is Our Beacon for Adult Romantic Relationships

  • Foundations of EFT: core tenets of attachment theory and working with emotion

  • Going from Rigid Cycles of Self-Protection to Flexible Cycles of Connection


Accessing Vulnerability: EFT Process

  • Skills to help partners reach and share

  • Understanding the cycles and moving past reactivity

  • Reflection and validation

  • Review a clinical session highlighting the process and interventions


Accessing Vulnerability: Experiential Practice

  • Layering Interventions: Reflection, Validation, Conjecture, Evocative Questioning

  • An experiential approach to restructuring emotional experience


Accessing Empathy: Responding with Comfort

  • The use of parts work

  • Empathic Conjecture

  • Review a clinical session highlighting the process and interventions


Accessing Empathy: Experiential Practice

  • Creating corrective experiences

  • Use of Therapist

  • Re-organizing key emotional responses and organization of self

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