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Working with Couples - A practical grounding

June 10, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Family Action in conjunction with Nic Beets is offering the following training:

WORKING WITH COUPLES - a practical grounding

July 2nd & 3rd

Cost: TBC –$200

Venue: Family Action Te Atatu

Lots of practitioners feel understandable anxiety about inviting the raw emotion of a distressed couple into their therapy room.  A primary aim of the workshop will be to increase your confidence in working with couples.

It will help you apply your existing skills in a couple therapy context. It does not teach a specific model of therapy but looks at common issues that arise when couples present.  Such as;

  • screening your clients well to prevent surprises in the therapy
  • how to prevent and de-escalate unproductive conflict,
  • the important difference between closeness and intimacy,
  • assessing self-awareness and responsibility,
  • how to empathically confront where clients lack self-awareness
  • the dangers of inviting dependence on partner validation,
  • what to do if there are sexual issues,
  • working across cultures and power differences,
  • why feelings are not the most important thing that are going on in a relationship and more.


This workshop is intended for all practitioners regardless of how much or little training you have had in working with couples.  Perhaps you are quite experienced in working with couples but are always looking for a fresh perspective. Maybe you have had some training in a couple's therapy model, but are lacking confidence in actually working with them.  You might have no training in relationship work and just see individuals but would like some insight into the dynamics of couple relationships because many of your clients are struggling in their relationships.    Wherever you are coming from about working with couples this workshop will be of value to your practice.

If you aren't already aware, you will see how having the couple in the room gives you more information and a stronger position to work from therapeutically with both individuals. This workshop is focused on the practicalities of using this fact to demystify couple therapy.   Having said that, much of the learning will also be relevant to practitioner's work with individuals about relationships

In order to make the workshop even more relevant, participants are invited to submit questions or suggest specific topics before the workshop.  All suggestions are be treated in confidence, unless specified otherwise.

For more information see the attached flyer or contact Family Action on 09 837 2491