Working With Couples: The Foundations of Relationship Therapy Practice

Working With Couples: The Foundations of Relationship Therapy Practice


20/02/2023 - 21/02/2023    
8:45 am - 5:00 pm


Bookings closed


Sorrento in the Park
670 Manukau Rd, Royal Oak, 1023, Auckland

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Working with couples requires specialist skills.  Even experienced therapists can feel at sea when trying to meet the needs of two clients simultaneously, let alone when they are in conflict!

This two-day workshop will help you apply your existing clinical skills in a couple therapy context. It does not teach a specific model of therapy (although it does introduce you to the Stages of the Developmental Model) but looks at common issues that arise when a couple bring relationship difficulties to your practice.

In this training you will learn how to:

  • stay in charge of process and structure; keeping you and your clients safe
  • why intimate relationships get harder to do over time and what to do about it
  • how clients protect themselves out of a relationship and what they can do instead
  • how to begin therapy with impact to maximise your credibility and your client’s hope
  • avoid common traps regarding confidentiality and getting off-side with one partner
  • how to prevent and de-escalate unproductive conflict
  • the use of a systemic, non-blaming conceptualization in practice with couples
  • how to empathically confront, especially where clients lack self-awareness
  • how to address sexual issues as a normal part of adult intimate relationship
  • keys to working across cultures and power differences
  • & much more!

This workshop is intended for all practitioners regardless of how much or little training they have had in working with couples.  Perhaps you are quite experienced in working with couples but are always looking for a fresh perspective. Maybe you have had some training in a couple’s therapy model, but are lacking confidence in actually working with them.  Perhaps you are considering moving into couples’ work and want a sound grounding.  Wherever you are coming from, this workshop will be of value to your practice.

This is a stand-alone training, requiring no previous couple therapy experience or training.
Completion of this training (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for enrolling in the “Core Skills & Theory of the Developmental Model” training.

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