Working with Couples – 6 day Programme for 2018
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Working with Couples – 6 day Programme for 2018

A 3 weekend course created specifically for trained and experienced therapists, seeking to add the theory and practice of relationship and couple counselling to their existing skill set.

Early Booking Offer – Pay only £643.50 (Discount of £71.50) by entering code Couples at checkout.   Offer expires 31st January 2018

Jesmond Therapy Centre has developed a course for relationship and couple counselling specially for trained and experienced therapists, seeking to add the skills and theory of couple work to their existing counselling skill set.

Whilst not qualifying the participant to be an agency trained and placement completed Couple Therapist, this Couple Counselling course is unique to the North East in that it combines affordable, cutting edge training in relationship counselling, from psychodynamic, systemic and mindfulness perspectives without the need for agency placement or strict modality adherence.   This approach provides participants with the skills and practice they require to counsel couples (under appropriate supervision).

This 6 module course will be delivered over 3 weekends (6 days), one weekend per month between February and April 2018, providing 36 CPD hours.   Actual dates are:

Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th February 2018
Saturday 17th /Sunday 18th March 2018
Saturday 28th /Sunday 29th April 2018

An overview of the course content includes:

  • Psychodynamic and systemic models as core models in working with relationships
  • Why we relate and what’s a relationship for?
  • Who is the client in couple work?
  • Exploration of ‘Couple Fit’ and the object relations theory of Henry Dicks
  • The work of Esther Perel
  • The work of Harville Hendrix and John Gottman in couple work
  • Working with genograms as a primary tool in assessment
  • Stages of relationships
  • Mindfulness and compassion as potent components that go to the heart of couple work
  • The use of mindfulness to sustain practitioner wellbeing and prevent burnout
  • Couples, sex and power: Dallos and Dallos’ domains of power in relationships
  • Risk and understanding the dynamics and approach to take with domestic violence in couple work
  • Intercultural couples: the challenges to come as a new culture emerges
  • The construction of human sexuality: couple counselling with a sexual focus and how to (and why you should) talk to your clients about their sex life
  • Relationship breakdown: why does it hurt so much?  Approaches to working with affairs and loss; affairs as relationship trauma
  • Half a couple: working with individuals in relationship
  • Contraindications in the work
  • Irreverence to modalities: the use of direct and gutsy conversations in couple work
  • Pulling it all together: the 7 C’s of Successful Couples ™© 

The course will make use of role play and participant case studies throughout, linking theory to practice, and will utilise a range of academic source text and papers exploring relationships from multiple perspectives.   Participates will be provided with a google drive link to a library of articles, books and academic papers to supplement and deepen therapeutic knowledge over time.

Outline of Course Modules

Module 1: The Well and The Web: underlying theory

  • psychodynamic and systemic models as the core models when working with relationships
  • Unconscious drives
  • The systemic approach to relationships
  • John Burnham’s Social GRRAACCESS
  • looking at relationships
  • Why relate?
  • Helen Fisher’s work on relationships
  • Working with a genogram as primary tool in relationship counselling
  • Case study(s)
  • Practice
  • Half a couple
  • Reflections on theory

Module 2: When The Music’s Over: exploration of couple fit

  • Henry Dicks Couple Fit model
  • After the honeymoon period: the necessary illusions model
  • Stages of relationships: the work of Bader and Pearson and others
  • Attachment styles
  • A short history of marriage
  • Who is your client?
  • Half a couple
  • Case study and practice

Module 3:  Make Me a deal, and make it straight: patterns of relating

  • Relationship styles: the pursuer-distancer dynamic
  • Patterns of Relating
  • The Work of John Gottman: The Four Horseman and The Sound Relationship House
  • The Work of Harville Hendrix
  • Case Study and practice
  • Transference and projection: some reflections when working with relationships
  • Practice
  • Half a couple
  • Reflections on theory

Module 4: You do not have to be good: mindfulness and compassion

  • Mindfulness in relationship counselling
  • The mindful therapist
  • The Guest House
  • Settling the mind, grounding and resting in the simple feeling of being
  • Compassion and acceptance in relationships
  • The work of Kristen Neff, Paul Gilbert and Choden in self compassion
  • Why are we not more compassionate?
  • Compassionate relationships
  • Gregory Kramer’s Insight Dialogue: the interpersonal path to freedom
  • Tara Brach’s RAIN practice
  • Practice
  • Half a couple
  • Reflections on theory

Module 5: When everything falls apart: challenges to the work and contexts that present

  • Intercultural couples: an emerging trend that bucks the models?
  • Do we need new ways of understanding couples to fit the digital age?
  • Couples and power: discourses and the Work of Dallos & Dallos
  • Contraindications in the work 1: situational couple violence and intimate terrorism
  • Contraindications in the work 2: other reasons to refer on
  • Practice
  • Half a couple
  • Reflections on theory

Module 6: Irreverence, sex and Oedipus wrecks

  • Talking about sex-why you must, and how you do
  • The PLISSIT approach
  • Affairs: as relational trauma and offering a treatment path
  • The 7 C’s of Successful Couples ™©: integration and tools for your tool box
  • The work of Cecchin: irreverence and ways of constructing conversations and being (nicely) direct
  • Practice
  • Reflections on theory

Please note, our training room is on the first floor and is accessed by stairs.     If you have any special requirements, or if you need to advise us of anything before booking or attending the training, then please contact us.


Jesmond Therapy Centre, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
7 Holly Avenue West, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 2AR United Kingdom
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0191 281 2167

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