Ways into working with couples

Course Dates: 30/04/19 - 21/05/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This course is aimed at Helping Professionals who want an introduction to the challenge of working with couples be they same sex or otherwise.

Clarify what brings two people into relationship, keeps them together or splits them asunder. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees. It is not aimed at people seeking help for the specific course subjects.

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What is the course about?

This course will open up a broad context to understanding the dynamics of relationship: what brings two people together and what causes conflict?
The course will also help clarify core factors in the development of relationship problems and possible breakdown. You will view a DVD presentation to bring these themes alive, and short practical skills development will also support your learning. Please note that this is an introduction and not a course that will equip you to work professionally with couples.

What will we cover?

Choice of partners – accident or fate?
Relationship as a system
Couples in collision
Power and vulnerability
Skills development.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Define the difference between Individual and Couple counselling
Reflect on core theory to couple counselling
Describe at least three causes of conflict.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for practising counsellors and therapists, those working in the helping professions with relevant experience, life coaches, support workers, and students of counselling with at least Level 3 achievement. Please note that the course is an introduction to this very complex subject.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will consist of theory, experiential learning and basic skills practice.You will get hand-outs to support and extend your learning, and you will view a DVD that will bring the theory to life. Finally, you will be asked to keep a reflective journal for the duration of the course. This is for your benefit, self awareness and understand.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in some other courses in our 'working with…' programme:
Working with bereavement and loss (PT511)
Working with anger (PT514)
Working domestic violence (PT507)
Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse (PT508)
Working with gender identity (PT563)
Working with two chairs (PT556)
Working within boundaries (PT546)
Working with survivors of sexual violence (PT518)
Working with self-harm (PT528).

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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I found it was the classes were organized, well structured , research and delivered. Would highly recommend this as CPD course for qualified and trainee counsellors.
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Review by gg / (Posted on 26/06/2015)

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Course Code: PT542

Tue, eve, 30 Apr - 21 May '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

Before booking on this course, please contact us for a chat with our team to check that this course is the right level for you.
Email us to enrol: counselling@citylit.ac.uk
Why do I need an advice session?

Any questions? counselling@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2530

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.