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Couple Counselling Training

Enhance your therapy tool kit with our cutting-edge ‘Working with Couples’ course…

We have been speaking to Trainer and Therapist, Graeme Armstrong about the relevance of couple counselling today; how our new course, “Working with Couples”, is suited to the experienced therapist; what the skills learnt here can accomplish compared to individual counselling methods.

What’s the difference?

Working with a couple is very different to working with an individual – and not simply because there are two people in the room!  The counsellor’s perspective must change, and we will be addressing this during the course, asking the question – Who is the client?  Is it the couple, the relationship, the individual?

The counsellor’s approach must also change, and Graeme suggests that couple counselling requires a much more direct approach, stating that “You need to know and be able to talk about human sexuality.”  He also points out that you must be aware of the “you” in the room, as often the couple system can triangulate the therapist during the work.

What are the benefits?

Often, people think of couple counselling as being helpful in terms of ‘shared issues’ such as marital and sexual problems.  However, couple counselling can also get to the root and truth of individual issues, sometimes more quickly than individual work, this is because there is also another person present who acts as a check and a balance in a couple conversation.

When asked about the personal benefits of working with couples, Graeme says that “Seeing people’s relationships move from a place of devastation, to a much more robust and intimate position” is an incredibly rewarding aspect of the role.

 

A photograph of a couple in dispute, with coloured text overlayed indicating some of the topics that will be covered in the Couple Counselling Training course. Who is the Client? The Couple? The Individual? The Relationship?

 

The Course

“Working with Couples”, a six module course, was developed by Graeme alongside the Jesmond Therapy Centre, to fill a gap in the market as far as Couple Counselling Training is concerned.  If you are an individual counsellor who wants the ability to work with couples as an adjunct to your existing work, the options currently available often involve undergoing expensive and time consuming training, which can feel like you’re starting from the beginning, covering a lot of familiar ground.

This training aims to provide essential but additional skills, building on what you already know while giving you the skills required to work with a couple, a relationship, or ‘half a couple’.

Graeme has worked from our centre for a number of years, and has been an active contributor to our Training Programme, receiving consistently encouraging feedback in all of his CPD contributions.  He has had particular success in the last 12 months, with the development of The Mindful Therapy Programme (unique to the North East), alongside several other Mindfulness and Couple Counselling courses.

See his previous feedback in our recent blog post, here.

Working with Couples – NCFE Accredited* is a Couple Counselling course, which teaches experienced therapists the appropriate skills that are required to work therapeutically with couples.  Working across three weekends, and accruing 36 CPD hours, the course will provide essential skills underpinned by evidence based theory.  It’s 6 modules will cover:

  • Exploring the core models used in couple therapy
  • Looking at stages of relationships and the object relations approach to therapy
  • Couple fit and further techniques / strategies for working with couples
  • Applications of mindfulness and compassion as cutting edge interventions
  • Exploring working with couples where power and control presents
  • A look at the work of David Snarch and Esther Perel on how to work with sex, intimacy and the meaning of affairs.

This course marks a real expansion in the JTC Training Programme, with it spanning 3 full weekends of skill development, theory and practise.  The additional option of being accredited in this field is something exciting and new for the centre, and we are sure many participants will be eager to be involved.

For more information on this course, or to book online, please click here.