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EFCT Core Skills

Core training requirement for certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  Next level of training after EFCT Externship completion.

2024 EFCT Core Skills

with ICEFFT Trainer
Dr. James L. Hawkins II

Training Series Dates:

June 13-15, 2024    
September 26-28, 2024
November 1-2, 2024

EFCT Core Skills Training

About the Training:

Core Skills Advanced Training is a series of modules aimed to develop your skills as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist. Within a safe, supportive community, Core Skills participants engage in in-depth learning of the EFCT model, building skills and growing in confidence as emotionally focused therapists.

This small group experience consists of two 3-day workshops and one 2-day workshop held over the course of six months. Through didactic instruction, experiential exercises and case presentations, all aspects of the EFT process are covered. The first 3-day events are dedicated to specific steps of the model and the therapeutic tasks and interventions characteristic of those steps; the final 2-day event is dedicated to presentations of video recorded therapy sessions.

The size of each Core Skills cohort is limited to allow for hands-on, individualized guidance from the EFT Trainer and supporting Training Team members and to encourage participants to form lasting connections with each other as they deepen their understanding of the model. 

Registration is for the entire Core Skills series of two 3-day workshops and one 2-day workshop. 

Training dates are:

June 13-15, 2024: Modules 1 & 2 Assessment & Cycle De-escalation    
September 26-28, 2024: Modules 3 & 4 Withdrawer Re-engagement &  Pursuer Softening
November 1-2, 2024: Module 5: Presentations / Group consultation

Each training day begins at 8:30am and ends at 5:30pm. (Participants will receive a detailed schedule prior to the first module.) 48 CEs are available for completion of the entire series. 


Core Skills Advanced Training requires that participants have completed the EFT Externship. This training is appropriate for all licensed mental health providers including Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists as well as students in those disciplines.

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, develop 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. 

Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing Education for the full series (48 hours total) has been applied for. Details will be provided here as soon as they are available. The one-time cost for CEs will be $35.


This series will take place in person at The House Next Door at The Link Counseling Center, 348 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328.  


Advanced Core Skills Training is a series of workshops spread out over six months with each one building on the previous module(s); therefore, registration is for the entire five module series. The fee for Modules 1 & 2 is $850; the fee for Modules 3 & 4 is $850; and the fee for Module 5 is $450. A discount of $200 is available when you pay in full for all five modules; the discounted fee for payment for the entire series is $1,950. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship:

Clinicians who have found cost to be a barrier to continuing their training in EFCT yet are passionate about bringing the power of EFT to under-served populations in the Atlanta area are invited to apply for one of three DEI Scholarships available for this Core Skills series. (Please note that three spots in this series have been set aside for DEI Scholarship recipients; applications submitted by clinicians who are already registered for the series will not be considered.) To apply for the scholarship and learn more about what it includes click on  2024 Core Skills DEI Scholarship Application. 


Requests to cancel registration must be submitted in writing to Cancellation requests received prior to 30 days before the event will be refunded minus a $50 administration fee. Cancellations received 30 days or less before an event will receive a full credit of the paid registration toward a future ACEFT sponsored event, valid for up to 2 years from date of cancellation. 

Grievance Policy

ACEFT seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to ACEFT at  Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

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