Therapist Training Courses

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

Beginning Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Course highlights include:

  • Overview of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Five Couples Stages: how recognising each stage helps the therapist to provide effective treatment
  • Couples Assessment Tools: taking a developmental history
  • Effective and Ineffective Goals
  • Failed Differentiation: hostile-dependent and conflict-avoidant couples
  • Helping Couples Develop Effective Communication through Psycheducation
  • The Initiator-Inquirer Process
  • Working Actively with Breakdowns in each Role
  • The Role of Empathy in Increasing Partners’ Differentiation
  • When and how to work intrapsychically with partners

This course will include written lessons, case presentations, video demonstrations, and time for questions and discussion.

  • Create increased cooperation between partners before your first meeting
  • Inspire clients as they are forming their first impressions of couples therapy
  • Get off to a powerful start
  • Know how to use the right intervention – and at what time
  • Understand the importance of differentiation
  • Recognise four attachment styles and the underlying causes of their distress
  • Integrate theory with practical applications
  • Map out effective treatment plans


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