Introduction to Couples Work

A 35 hour, 7 week professional development unit for counsellors & other allied health professionals*

Presenter: Sue Hinchcliffe

The aim of this unit is to equip attendees with an understanding of when couple work is indicated, and with a framework of principles, behaviour, meaning, belief and emotion with which to explore a couple’s presenting issues.

The focus of the unit is on couple therapy as a higher order and integrative intervention which involves knowledge of [i] couple dynamics, including assessment of these dynamics; [ii] lifecycle development and the impact of nodal points at times of transition (birth, illness, death, adolescence, children leaving home, marriage, ageing etc.), which affect the couple dyad from a systems perspective, taking into account cross-cultural perspectives; [iii] key themes commonly presented in couples counselling sessions (e.g., intimacy, love, power, sex, infidelity, finances, balancing family and work responsibilities, domestic violence, separation and divorce, management of children, etc.); [iv] contemporary models of couple therapy; and [v] the couple counsellor’s role in managing their own reactivity in the face of heightened emotion, issues of safety, and both overt and covert invitations to side with one partner against the other.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to develop core couple skills in how to conduct couple assessments and how to assess and intervene in common issues which present in couple therapy. Attendees will also be required to consider ethical dilemmas that emerge when working with couples in order to develop their reflective capacity to manage the often complex ethical issues which can arise in the context of couples work.

Unit Period: Saturday, 23, 30 May, 6, 13, 20, 27 June & 4 July

Cost: $500
Final Payment Date: 23 May 2020

This event counts as 35 hours however only 20 hours of category A CPD is required for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements. (20 hours can be claimed for 2019 – 2010 and 5 hours for July 4 can be claimed in 2020-2021 renewals)

Details can also be viewed on the website

23/05/2020 - 04/07/2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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