Specialist Course In Couple Therapy

The Specialist Course in Couple Therapy (SCCT) provides students with in-depth training in a range of theoretical approaches and practices for effective couple therapy. It presents an integrative therapeutic model, offering a range of theoretical approaches to working with conjointly couples in couple therapy sessions using a variety of teaching and learning methods.

The SCCT is an accredited component of the Swinburne University Master of Counselling at the second year level. It can be also completed as a stand-alone course (non-accredited) over five months. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have developed knowledge and skills in assisting couples experiencing a range of difficult issues. This course helps individual therapists enhance their skills and awareness in the couples therapy discipline.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Psychodynamic, Systemic and Integrated Behavioural Theory presentations and readings
  • Application of theory and methods through case discussion and live demonstrations Hands-on couple therapy skills development in clinical practice workshops Experiential learning through reflective practice in ‘therapeutic self’ workshops

Special topics

  • Emotional regulation and the brain
  • Intimacy and sexuality
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Working with same sex couples
  • Gender issues in couple counselling
  • Separation and loss
  • Re-partnered couples and blended families
  • Working with high conflict couples
  • Assessing for intimate partner violence and coercive power and control

The SCCT is a prerequisite requirement for application for The Relationships Australia Victoria Couple Therapy Internship Program (1 year; 180 hours contact)

The course and post-course options can be applied towards meeting prerequisites for registration and accreditation with the College of Relationship Counselling in PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).  It can also form part of postgraduate tertiary degree programs with Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne.  For students completing the Swinburne University Master of Social Science (Couple Counselling), the course has industry accreditation with the Australian Counselling Association.  Membership of professional counselling organisations provide eligibility for a provider number with some private health insurance funds.

The duration of this event is 120 hours however only 20 hours of category A CPD is requered for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

For full details regarding the event please go to the website

04/02/2020 - 23/06/2020
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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