Working with the conventional couple relationship and beyond. This training is a 6 month/6 module course for counsellors and psychotherapists who want to develop the skills, techniques and stance to work with people or couples looking for support in their relationships. The course covers diverse developmental models and is underpinned by a psychospiritual understanding.

Who is it for?

This training is for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, with a minimum of 250 clinical hours or 2 years post-qualification experience.

What do I get from it?

    Participants will get the skills and confidence to work with couples, equipped with a theoretical framework drawing on psychosynthetic and psychodynamic concepts. This course is a balance of theory and practice, the content is experiential, underpinned with theoretical learning.

    The course is designed to give participants:

  • An understanding of the nature and psychodynamics of relationships through a psychosynthesis and psychospiritual lens
  • An insight into the influence the wider family system has upon relationships
  • An opportunity to explore working creatively with couples, through the nature of archetypes, stories, fairy-tales and myths
  • An ability to work with diversity within relationships
  • Increased awareness of personal prejudices and assumptions in connection with what is considered healthy or desirable in relationships
  • Competence and confidence in couples and individual work

Entry Requirement

Counselling or Psychotherapy qualification, with a minimum of 250 clinical hours or two years post qualification experience.

Programme Structure

Module 1: Foundations of working with people in relationships

  • Introduction of a framework for working with couples: contracting; confidentiality; identifying and agreeing on issue(s) to work on; how is couples’ work different from working with individuals. The nature of love and unlove.
  • A psychosynthesis perspective on relating and relationship as spiritual practice. The art and challenge of navigating everyday reality with a partner when love and relationship have been romanticized

Module 2: The psychodynamics of relating

  • This module is underpinned by an object relations perspective, exploring templates of relationship, partner expectations, splitting and unconscious marriage. It will examine the issues couples face when negotiating their place on the autonomy-intimacy spectrum.
  • The phenomena of transference, projection as well as the need for mirroring and idealization will be framed in the context of intimate relating. The psychosynthesis concept of primal wounding and how it informs our capacity to form and sustain relationships will be introduced.

Module 3: Communication: being with another whilst staying in relationship with oneself

  • The focus of this module is communication between couples, providing a theoretical framework and practical ways of identifying what blocks and what facilitates the flow of communication. It will introduce psychosynthesis models for understanding relational dynamics, which couples can learn to put to practice. It will present the concept of right relations and how to manage difference in emotional intelligence and in ability to articulate emotions between partners. It will explore the connection between narcissistic wounding and capacity for relating with another.

Module 4: Sex and relationships

  • In this module the focus is on the partners as sexual beings, examining some of the sexual issues arising at different junctures of the course of love; such as childbearing; ageing and navigating changes in sexual desire. In addition, this module will explore issues specific to people engaging in what can sometimes be perceived as ‘non’ conventional relationships, which encompass the expression of diversity in genders, sexualities and relationships, such as: same sex relationships; polyamory; bisexuality; asexuality and open relation. Participants will be invited to look ‘outside the box’ when it comes to gender identities and roles and reflect on how societal and cultural pressures and expectations impact upon relationships, as well as their blind spots.

Module 5: Beyond the couple

  • This module aims to integrate some principles from systemic thinking into couples work. Drawing on the systemic constellations approach, it will explore some of the ways each partner’s family system impacts upon the relationship and how a couple can find their place in the wider field they are held by.

Module 6: Addressing specific challenges and endings

  • Building on what has been covered so far, the last module will be focusing on specific challenges, such as the counsellor's agenda, entanglements that involve children, betrayal and restoring trust, as well as working with un-coupling, separation and relationship endings.
Fee £2250

Earlybird discount:£1995

This course will be led by UKCP Psychotherapists and Trainers Sophia Prevezanou, Adrian Bickers and Alannah-Tandy-Pilbrow.

Course Requirement
Counselling or Psychotherapy qualification, with a minimum of 200 clinical hours or two years post qualification experience.
Duration & Attendance
6 months / 6 weekends
Next course dates:TBC

"Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends" Hafiz

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