Certificate in working with Couples and other Relationships
This 8-day certificate course is designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to become more skilled in working therapeutically with couples and other relationships.
“This workshop has given me a useful insight in to working with couples, (what to expect, useful interventions and ways to cope when things get difficult). This will enabled me to start working with couples, an area that I have wanted to work in but until now was unsure of what extra skills I might need to move from 1-2-1 work.”
Dates: 4 weekends, 8 days in total (48 CPD hours)
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Tutor: Cabby Laffy has over 25-years’ experience as training facilitator and psychotherapist with individuals and couples and is author of LoveSex: An Integrative Model for Sexual Education (Karnac 2013).
Venue: Spiral Therapy Centre, 2 Shelburne Road, London N7 6DL
Fees: £1,100 + VAT = £1,320 payable by instalments
The course fee includes all training materials and the CPD-certificate. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided during the course. Lunch is not included in the course fee. There are many shops and cafes nearby offering refreshments and lunches.
2017 Spring intake
4 & 5 March; 1 & 2 April; 6 & 7 May; 3 & 4 June
This intake is fully booked.
2017 Autumn intake
16 & 17 September
21 & 22 October
18 & 19 November
16 & 17 December
This 8-day certificate course, facilitated by Cabby Laffy, is designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to become more skilled in working therapeutically with couples and other relationships. Through teaching and experiential work, including role-plays and skills practice you will gain some insights and tools to work with the dynamics of relationships, as well as common issues arising in couple therapy.
The course will include an introduction to working with sexually diverse couples, common presenting problems, such as differing sexual desire and managing conflict in relationships, a consideration of the therapeutic meaning of clients’ presenting issues, what may be achievable and a presentation of different models of working with relationships.
The programme will include:
- Presentations of the theory and material by trainer Cabby Laffy
- Discussion in the full group of the material being presented, including opportunities to ask questions and check understanding.
- Experiential exercises to embed understanding of the material.
Work in small groups (dyads, triads) as skills practice using the taught material.
Theory ✓ Experiential components ✓ Skills Practice ✓
Through teaching and experiential work, including role-plays and skills practice you will gain some insights and tools to work with the dynamics of a couple client, as well as common issues arising in couple therapy.
1. Introduction to working with relationships: Expectations, for therapists and for couples. Awareness of counter transference
2. Beginnings: Assessments. Contracts. History taking.
3. The Dynamics of working in Triads: Triads, Drama Triangle. Psychosocial development.
4. Philosophies and beliefs: Theories about working with relationships. Stages in relationship and life issues.
5. Working with Difference: Sexual diversity. Shame. Transference.
6. Desire, differentiation and conflict: Sexual desire and its connection with differentiation. Managing conflict in the therapy room.
7. Communication: Teaching and modelling Communication skills. Winner’s Triangle and Assertiveness.
8. Endings: Importance of Endings. Review of what you have learnt.
This course has a biopsychosocial underpinning – whereby the body’s physiology and the client’s psychological process are considered within the sociological context.
This course has a sex-positive philosophy, in which sex has a valid place within therapeutic work.
Assessment & Certificate
Learning is absorbed by attendance and participation on the course. There is no assessment other than attendance and participation. Although a reading list is provided, there is no formal requirement for further reading – although additional reading is recommended to enhance your professional development subsequent to the course.
We also recommend that anyone undertaking couple therapy seeks supervision from a suitable qualified professional, to support this important area of work.
Cabby Laffy has been a facilitator of trainings and workshops since 1991. She has also worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples, and a supervisor for individual and couple work, for twenty-five years. She is a UKCP registered and NCP accredited psychotherapist, a COSRT accredited psychosexual therapist, a supervisor, a group facilitator, and a member of PCSR. Cabby’s book LoveSex: An Integrative Model for Sexual Education (Karnac 2013) presents a model for psychosexual health. Cabby is available for one to one and couple therapy, training and supervision.
Cabby has created a Homeodynamic Model for Psychosexual Health, which offers an integrative understanding of human relationships and sexuality encompassing the physical, emotional, spiritual, and our social and cultural environment. This approach includes research from neuroscience, complementary and alternative health therapies and cognitive behavioural therapy, and draws from eastern sexual healing practices as well western approaches to psychosexual therapy. The Homeodynamic Model is taught at Cabby’s Centre for Psychosexual Health –www.psychosexualhealth.org.uk – primarily through a two year Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy. She is an experienced practitioner in her client work and training roles, with a speciality in psychosexual therapy.
Who is this course for
This weekend workshop for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who are experienced in working with individual clients, but who would like to become confident in offering couple counselling.
Testimonials from previous course participants:
I found the workshop in Therapy Today; the whole workshop was useful with the most useful bit being to focus on the relationship and associated skills practice. I have put much of it in place already and will build up this acquired knowledge through supervision and CPD. Course leader was very good and facilitated learning.
This workshop has given me a useful insight in to working with couples, (what to expect, useful interventions and ways to cope when things get difficult). This will enabled me to start working with couples, an area that I have wanted to work in but until now was unsure of what extra skills I might need to move from 1-2-1 work.
I learnt a lot, had a great time and feel it was very worthwhile. Cabby was a great facilitator/lecturer, I am going away feeling empowered and excited about couple working, something that I have wanted to do for a few years. I would recommend this workshop to anyone interested in the subject.
I enjoyed Cabby’s style she is very knowledgeable. I would have found it more useful to have had a more detailed discussion regarding specific interventions when working with couples. The networking was good and the role plays.
I found the workshop via the Internet. I probably put couples therapy training into the search engine, but can’t quite remember. I thought it was excellent. Our group worked very well together and was of a high standard of professionalism. Cabby was really good at facilitating and engaging us. I learned lots, not just about working with couples, but it has also enhanced my understanding of the relational dynamics in my own practice with individuals. The handouts were clear and helpful : I have already followed up certain aspects and bought some of the suggested books.
Spiral Therapy Centre
2 Shelburne Road
The entrance to Spiral is actually in Annette Road on the corner with Shelburne Road, at the back of the Waitrose car park.
Spiral Therapy Centre