Certificate in couples and relationship counselling course
This practical, insightful, experiential and theoretical course offers essential theoretical understanding, experiential and practical skills training into the different dynamics, concepts and therapeutic skills and practice requirements when working within the dynamics of a couples counselling relationship.
Day one: 7th September
Event description: A theoretical and experiential introduction to relationship and couples counselling. This day will explore the relationship fit theory, three-stage model and attachment styles. Mediums of learning will be through lecture, experiential exercises, skills practice, and group discussion.
Time: 10.00 – 4.00pm
Day two: 14th September
Types of relationships and life stages, recognising relationship assumptions and working with conflict and communication difficulties within the relationship.
Event description: Day two involves an exploration of the different types of relationship fits, life stages of relationships, and an exploration of the assumptions and expectations that couples bring to their relationships. Day two will also explore the many different types of family systems and systems theories in couples counselling.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Day three: 21st September
Exploration of Pinch Crunch model. Building on from the previous learning gained from days one and two, day three will continue to explore the different mediums for understanding and helping couples to resolve historical conflict whilst enabling the counsellor to understand his or her role in the triad relationship.
Event description: Day three will explore through role plays and experiential activities the core skills required to facilitate the couples' understanding of how conflict is managed, through an exploration of the ‘pinches and crunches’ which impact their relationship.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Day four: 5th October
Working with couples exploring their intimate sexual relationship and how to assess and understand how to make a ‘good’ referral to a psychosexual counsellor. Day four will also explore the many myths associated with sexual relationships and explore the counsellors understanding and ease when using different types of sexual references when working with couples.
Event description: This day will enhance your ability to communicate more confidently and increase your ability to talk without embarrassment to couples about their intimate relationship. Importantly this workshop will enable participants whom work with couples to recognise, and explore the dynamics of primary and secondary sexual dysfunctions for both male and female clients and develop the ability to make a ‘good referral’ to a sex therapist/psychosexual therapist if needed.
Time: 10.00 – 4.00pm
Day five: 12th October
Event description: Can we repair after the affair?
This practical, insightful, experiential and theoretical masterclass offers essential experiential and practical skills training into the different dynamics, concepts and therapeutic skills required when working as a relationship counsellor when part of the partnership is undertaking or undertaken an affair.
A theoretical and experiential masterclass which will explore the relationship difficulties that couples may be experiencing due to issues related to affair. Areas explored will be communication, developing new rules and boundaries, trust and repair and the use of Fisher's re-building theory. Learning will be through lecture, experiential exercises, skills practice and group discussion.
Day six: 19th October
Endings in couples counselling, life stage issues and how to help a couple end their relationship. Day five will explore the significance of the counsellors' role when a couple choose to end their relationship.
Event description: This final day will explore Fisher's rebuilding theory, and the different dynamics of how to help a couple amicably end their relationship. This day will also explore the blocks to listening to our partners and the impact of the absence of empathy, attachment theories and maintaining a ‘good enough’ relationship, and what happens when a relationship has to end.
In addition to your learning on the course and skills practice, to support your learning and future practice, participants are asked throughout the duration of the course to complete a number of external tasks which are relevant to practicing as a couple and relationship counsellor. These will include a review / research of:
- Contracts in couples and relationship counselling
- Ethical considerations
- Theoretical approaches
- A short book review of your choice.
About Helen Rose
TRAINER / PRESENTER INFO: Trainer: Joan Manville. Counsellor, Psychosexual Therapist & Trainer. Dip Couples Couns. Dip Creative Arts/Therapeutic Process. Dip Management. Cert Teaching.
With over 25 years of experience of therapy and teaching Joan is a relaxed and relational trainer.