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Couples Therapy – a practical online masterclass
3rd March @ 09:15 - 16:00 GMTGBP145
Why take this course
Relationship issues are one of the most common causes of emotional distress – and often the reason people seek help. A solid understanding of why difficulties arise, and what can be done about them, is extremely useful therefore for all caring professionals, not just those working with couples.
Drawing on pioneering research, Jennifer Broadley’s one-day couples counselling course gives you this important knowledge, along with a range of strategies and proven tips for working effectively and ethically with more than one client. She shares the practical guidelines and skills she has acquired over many years of successfully helping couples using the human givens approach to build and maintain supportive and mutually rewarding relationships.
Presented without psychobabble, and making good use of insightful case histories, Jennifer demystifies an area of counselling that many find daunting or fear is complicated.
The day covers: the most effective ways to help and build rapport with couples in conflicted relationships; the sex differences in processing emotions; non-blame talking styles; the long-term impact of parenting; past conditioning, including psychological traumas, that can give clues about why difficulties arose; and what we can learn from the way successful couples facilitate mutual needs satisfaction.
Well worth attending – and the money. I’m going back refreshed and well resourced, with lots of new skills and strategies to try.
What will you learn
Essential skills for building and maintaining rapport with two emotionally-aroused people
Ways to encourage both partners to engage in solving their difficulties
How to teach non-blaming communication skills and explain the differences in male and female behaviour to clients
What to do if one or even both parties are having an affair
How to deal with issues specific to couple counselling, such as confidentiality
The key points you need to bear in mind when working with more than one client at a time
How to structure effective therapy sessions and goal setting with two people
Effective ways to help each partner begin to cooperate in helping the other get their emotional needs met
The key ingredients for a healthy and mutually rewarding relationship
An insight into the many common relationship problems – and how to help clients overcome them (illustrated with case histories)
Tips and techniques for staying objective and empathetic, whilst calming your clients’ high emotional arousal
How to recognise and interrupt disruptive behaviour patterns
How to use Solution Focused Questioning to initiate change
How to manage setbacks and keep the partners motivated
How to tell when the relationship isn’t the problem – and what to do about it
How to use Guided Imagery with two people
Information regarding the latest research into effective couples therapy
How early life experiences can influence our relationships, and what to do about this now
Creative ways to develop effective interventions, including using tasks and metaphor
Asperger’s syndrome – how to work with couples if one or both show Asperger traits, a common cause of relationship problems
Considering the wider picture, including other family members
Course notes, CPD Certificate and more…
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The ‘Couples therapy – a practical masterclass’ counselling course starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm (GMT+1hr).
The common problems couples present with and how therapists can help resolve issues such as: trust and jealousy (especially after an affair); the stress faced by working parents; boredom; lack of communication; loss of sexual desire etc.
Illuminating facts from brain science regarding male and female differences and how these impact on relationships
Why explaining to couples the basic biological differences in the way men and women perceive emotional and practical problems is often so helpful
The known ingredients of a healthy, long lasting relationship and how they inform the way human givens therapists work
Dispelling the myths about relationships
Why working from human givens principles facilitates rapid change (when couples want to stay together)
Exercise: Getting to know each other again.
‘Using the Emotional Needs Audit to get to grips with the problem/s and ascertain which emotional needs are not being met for each partner
The rule of five’
The role upbringing can have on our behaviour
Case histories from the tutor’s own work with couples
How to build rapport with two distressed people
Getting to know your clients. How to build rapport quickly by giving equal support to both partners from the start and encouraging both of them to engage with you
Tips and techniques to help you to stay balanced and empathic whilst calming the emotional arousal in the room
How to encourage both partners to engage in solving their difficulties
How to use the RIGAAR™ model with two people to structure your sessions and create successful interventions
How to teach couples to talk to each other in a non-blaming way, listen reflectively and learn to understand and accept their partner’s feelings
Exercise: improving communication
Teaching couples how to lower their own emotional arousal and to use a ‘diffuser’ to prevent negativity from escalating
How to work directly with poor childhood attachment issues: case histories
How to help couples to feel less criticised, less defensive and more co-operative
How to use Solution Focused Questioning with couples – one of the most useful therapeutic skills you can learn
When to use individual sessions
What to do when the relationship itself is not the problem
How to recognise and interrupt typical problem patterns
How to then seek, highlight and encourage solution patterns
Setting tasks in between sessions – case histories
How to use guided imagery with couples to keep them motivated, activate their resources and facilitate a process of positive change
Exercise: how to separate the couple from the problem, encourage each to see things from their partner’s perspective and reframe problems in terms of needs not being met
What you can change and what you can’t – we look at how to recognise right and left-brained Asperger’s Syndrome (Caetextia), which often cause difficulties in relationships
How to work with couples where one or both are caetextic – including case histories
Many couples are so busy that they don’t have time to think about themselves – we discuss getting across the importance of evaluating individual emotional needs, as well as the needs of the relationship and the wider family
Considering the needs of any children and the wider family – when the needs of all involved are being met as well as possible then most problems evaporate
Life always puts obstacles in the way so we look at how to help couples to manage setbacks successfully by using humour, tolerance, compromise and acceptance
Ethical dilemmas and general discussion
Who is this course suitable for?
Anyone working with couples or families, including psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, teachers, GPs, health visitors and those involved in mental health
Anyone who is interested in learning solution focussed, brief therapy interventions, working with the human givens, to facilitate a rapid process of change for couples in distress.
Anyone wanting to overcome their own insecurity in a relationship