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Event Details - WORKING WITH COUPLES - A practical day of active training in essentials skills, interventions and knowledge

Title: WORKING WITH COUPLES - A practical day of active training in essentials skills, interventions and knowledge
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Learning objectives:

  1. Clarify and understand the approach and skills unique to couples work. how to 'be in the room' with a couple.
  2. Setting boundaries with couples.
  3. Understand ‘Systemic’ concepts and how to apply these in couples work.
  4. Learn circular questioning and other useful couples techniques.
  5. Know how to work inclusively with a couple and keep the session progressing whilst managing stuck points.
  6. Manage therapist anxiety in situations of conflict and stress during the course of a couples session.
  7. Develop confidence to work with couples
Course / Workshop Outline:

Morning Session (includes 15 minute morning tea break) 

  • Making a clear distinction between working with couples and working with individuals.
  • Systems Theory and Solution Focused Therapy applied to couples work.
  • Demonstration and practise circular questioning.
  • Essential components for first and subsequent sessions.

Afternoon Session (includes 15 minute afternoon tea break) 

  • Role plays and demonstrations.
  • Further skill and technique development and their applications.
  • Questions, answers and discussion about areas of difficulty and complexity often seen when working with couples.

Evaluation and closing.

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

Working with couples can be very challenging and asks a great deal of the therapist in different ways to working with individuals. This training day is designed to give therapists an opportunity to learn systemic concepts when working with couples and participants will learn practical skills and tools to build confidence in this area of clinical work.

Participants will be introduced to ‘Systemic’ thinking which is central to effective couple work. Additionally, adaptations of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to couple work is included in this workshop with practical applications of ‘Best Hopes’, ‘Miracle Question’ ‘Scaling’ and ‘Exceptions’. The essential skills of ‘Circular Questioning’ will be a key feature of this workshop. Participants will learn how to engage with couples, keep the session progressing and manage many of the difficult and complex issues that can arise.

Training methods: Ari discusses each technique, then provides live demonstrations of the key skills before trainees practise them in structured exercises. The format is designed to be practical with a strong focus on couple skills. 

This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health website for more information. 

Start/End Date: 13/06/2019 to 13/06/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Ari Badaines PhD for PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PEOPLE
Contact Name: The Program Director
Contact Phone: 1300 887 622
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology. Registered Clinical Psychologist, NSW.

Dr Ari Badaines is a clinical psychologist who trained in the United States. He obtained a Post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in 1980 where he studied group therapy and Family and Couple Therapy. Later he did further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London. Ari did additional training workshops and he then began presenting workshops on Sexual Problems: Assessment and Treatment in the UK and Australia. These were well-received and dynamic in their style. He was twice a keynote speaker for the annual conference of Marriage Guidance Counsellors (now Relationships) in the UK. In 2015, Ari led a two-day workshop for The Psychological Society of Ireland on ‘Action Techniques with Individuals and Couples’ which was so positively received that he was invited back to present on couples therapy in 2016. He is renowned as an engaging and popular presenter for PDP and other European organisations.

Address: Park Regis North Quay
Address 2: 293 North Quay
Suburb: Brisbane
State: QLD
Postcode: 4000
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
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Cost ($): Standard registration $288
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