Sold Out Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Core Skills Training [2022-2023]

Completion of an EFT Externship is a prerequisite for this course. 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Core Skills Training presents a set of four, two-day workshops that offer an in-depth opportunity to develop the core skills essential to the practice of EFT. Each segment includes instruction, role play, observation of a live interview, and consultation. To complete the course, each participant will present a short video clip of their own work.

Session 1 will address assessment and identifying the cycle (Elana Katz); Session 2 will be on Cycle De-escalation (James Hawkins with Elana Katz); Session 3 will be on Withdrawer Re-engagement (George Faller) and Session 4 will be on Pursuer Softening (George Faller and Elana Katz).

Learning Objectives:

  • How to interview for the negative cycle of interaction
  • How to deepen emotion with partners/spouses who share significantly different views of their relationship
  • How to help clients experience success and connection in their vulnerability


    • All participants must complete an EFT externship before enrolling in this course.


Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT is a senior faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She has presented nationally and internationally, offering ongoing trainings in the Midwest and Israel in addition to presentations in Spain, South America, and Australia. She is a co-coordinator of the Diversity Committee for the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and a Board Member of the New York Center for EFT (NYCEFT) where she served on the Executive Board for 12 years. Elana has also applied her knowledge of emotions and disrupted attachment to help clients intercept the recurring patterns that shape high conflict divorce in her work in mediation and collaborative law.

George Faller, LMFTGeorge Faller, LMFT is an Emotionally Focused Therapy Trainer and Supervisor. He merges his backgrounds as a retired Lieutenant of the NYC Fire Department and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (in NY & CT). George embodies the calm, precise & strategic approach of a first responder and the mindful, compassionate and nuanced manner of a seasoned clinician. George was trained by the leaders of couples therapy, including Susan Johnson, John Gottman & Harville Hendrix, as he worked front-line to help support and heal families in the profound aftermath of 9/11. George is an Approved Supervisor for the American Association Of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), Founder and President of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, Director of Training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, CT, Board Member of the Porter Cason Institute for the Family at Tulane University in New Orleans, and teaches courses at The Ackerman Institute in New York City. He specializes in trauma, family therapy (EFFT), and self-of-therapist issues.

James Hawkins II, PhD, LPC,  ‘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 Counseling and a PhD 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. He brings a passion for helping individuals, couples, families, and communities in relational distress. He is married to his wife, Nicola and together they have five daughters.

Date / Time:

Thursdays and Fridays, October 27, 28, November 17, 18, December 15, 16, 2022; January 26, 27, 2023
Thursdays | 9:00 am–4:30 pm (ET)
Fridays | 9:00 am–3:30 pm (ET)
Zoom link will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Continuing Education:

48 CE Contact Hours
Completion of an EFT Externship is a prerequisite for this course. 

Scholarship Available:

There are a limited number of scholarships available for 10% reduced cost for this course. If you are a therapist working with historically marginalized communities and would like to apply, email to request the application. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Scholarship applications are due no later than Friday, September 16, 2022 and we will notify you Friday, September 23, 2022.

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  • October 27, 2022 9:00 am - January 27, 2023 3:30 pm

Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT, George Faller, LMFT, and James Hawkins II, PhD, LPC

48 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Online Event


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