Working with separated couples and families

Course presenter: Jacqueline McDiarmid

Course Details:
They’re seeing you for Couples Counselling and have decided to separate, but want help to ‘break up well’.

They want post-separation counselling to minimise damage to children or other affected parties.

A separation has occurred but the hostility or lack of communication between exes is impacting the children, and/or there’s an adolescent acting out and the separated parents need help to manage it.

All of these scenarios require careful management. Couples Counselling is not the same as post-separation work, and a therapist needs an additional suite of knowledge and skills to manage sessions well and get the best outcomes.

How do you set up sessions? Who should attend and when? What preparation or activity is required of the Therapist? Do you have a sufficient knowledge about the developmental stages for children and legal process to do this work? Are you confident you can be directive where required and engage all parties appropriately?

Working with separated couples and families is a two-day seminar where participants will learn how to manage these complex cases. Jacqueline McDiarmid who is facilitating this training is a Family Therapist with over 20 years in private practice. She has vast experience working with complex separated families and will show you how to navigate the pitfalls and crises that often occur in this work. Systemic theory is the grounding for this training. You will learn by real case presentations and activities that bring to life the skills Jacqueline will be supporting you to develop.

Day one: When a couple decides to separate

Day two: Working with families who have separated

Although this is designed as a two-day training course, each day is distinct and you may choose to only attend one day.

Jacqueline McDiarmid MCFT, B.Couns., Dip. Psych, is the Director of the Sydney Couple and Family Specialists, a private practice in Sydney and the Director of The Couple and Family Training Centre where she runs professional development training sessions and a mentoring program for those who wish to work in couple and family therapy. She currently lectures in the Masters program at the Jansen Newman Institute and guest lecturers at various universities. Jacqueline is well known for her work with couples and families and is passionate about offering clients the opportunity to experience a safe and productive place to work with well trained Couple and Family Therapists. Jacqueline is a Clinical Member of the Family Therapy Association of Australia and a Clinical Member of PACFA.

Normally Priced at: $310.00 + GST (Per day)
Earlybird price (Ends 31st May 2019) $259.00 + GST

This event counts as 7 hours for one day or 14 hours for two of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For a full description of this event please go to the website

21/06/2019 - 22/06/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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