Behavioural couple therapy for alcohol dependence - 4-day practitioner training (Bristol)
About the training
Training in BCT-AD will take place over 4 days (18th,19th,27th, 28th November 2019). It comprises formal teaching (including films, discussion, experiential learning, role play, and lecture) and 20 sessions of 'remote' supervision via Zoom which will enable practitioners to practice with couples (parents) where alcohol dependence is causing distress in the relationship. Successful completion enables practitioners' names to be held on Tavistock Relationships' and OnePlusOne’s Learning and Practitioner Hub, as successfully completing training in BCT-AD.
About the training provider
Training in BCT-AD was developed by Tavistock Relationships. This training has been commissioned by the Department of Health in a pilot project to be delivered in Bristol, Leeds, and London, along with a bespoke training for front line workers (along with Adfam) and an online training support platform (working with online charity OnePlusOne). Tavistock Relationships is a centre of excellence for training, practice, and research in couple therapy and publishes widely, both in the UK and internationally, training across the country and abroad in a wide variety of couple therapy specialisms, as well as researching and evidencing efficacy of treatment.
What is BCT-AD?
BCT is cited in NICE guidelines as an effective therapy for alcohol dependence and is a brief integrative, behavioural treatment where one of the partners is experiencing relationship distress linked to alcohol dependence which will, in turn, be affecting their children.
BCT-AD has been developed by identifying best practice in a range of behavioural, cognitive, systemic, emotionally focussed and psychodynamic couple treatments, all evidenced in RCT effectiveness trials. BCT-AD focuses on the relational aspects of alcohol dependence and looks for the bi-directional causal and maintaining factors in the relationship that are contributing to the problematic use of alcohol. The model focuses on factors that reduce stress and increase support within the couple, using the relationship as a resource for recovery and relapse prevention.
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