The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training Course October 2017

Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience
Trainers Cate Heffernan and Nancy St. John

 Four Weekends That Will Transform the Way You Work with Couples

Are you or is someone you know interested in training in couples therapy?

If you are The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy training course will provide you with an opportunity to learn about a wide range of important principles in couple therapy which will enable you to competently expand and develop your practice.

The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy explains normal and natural stages and struggles that growing couples encounter. The model provides a structure for couples therapy by identifying the developmental task, developmental stalemate, diagnosis and specific treatment intervention for each stage of development.

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Attachment, Differentiation and Neuroscience – Essential Components of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy


It’s essential to understand the attachment styles of each partner when working with couples. The study of mothers and infants in laboratory settings (what happens when the mother is taken out and the reunion experience when she comes back in) gives us a clear understanding of the attachment behaviours that are activated by fear, pain, fatigue, or thinking that the parent is not going to be accessible.

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Limited Places Left – Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Course

I’m presenting on the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy.  This is a 9-month course that meets once a month for the academic year.

We’re meeting in St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly and our first session begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 13 September 2016.

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Relationship Questionnaire

These questions are designed to save time during the assessment sessions and to give you insight into your relationship. If you are coming as a couple, each person is required to complete this information separately. Copy and paste the questions into a word document and then take some time to complete this questionnaire. It will help to remind you of what brought you together and what may be driving you apart. You do not need to share your answers with each other.  Return your completed questionnaire back to me before our first session.

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Developmental Model of Couples Therapy – September 2016

The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience Training Course. 

This course begins in September 2016 and is open to counsellors and psychotherapists who are currently working with couples or are interested in adding couples therapy to their practice.

I was in my mid-40s when I trained as a couples counsellor so I’m a late starter in the world of therapy. Working with couples quickly became my passion but it didn’t take long before I began seeing that while I worked effectively with some couples I really struggled and felt inept with others.

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