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Working with Difficult Couples - step by step skills and processes

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Jacqueline McDiarmid for The Professional Development People
Description This is a one day course designed to give both new and experienced therapists the confidence and skills to work with a couple - particularly a couple who has presented in crisis. Couple work can be confronting and challenging to new and experienced therapists alike.
Many therapists do not feel they have the confidence or the necessary skills to take the leap to couple work. Students will learn how to engage a couple, manage both the couples' and the therapist's anxiety when the couple is engaged in high conflict, and manage escalation of the conflict in both the therapy room and outside of it. This will be a practical course drawing on systemic ideas, in particular Milan and Solution Focused Theory. Learning will be by class discussion, group work, and case presentations.
By the conclusion of this event participants will be able to:
1. understand systemic ideas and the difference between interpersonal work and intra-psychic work.
2. understand how to manage a first and second session where a couple has presented in a volatile way and is in crisis.
3. follow a step by step process to working with couples.
4. skills they can immediately implement in their couple work.
5. understand how to engage a couple and keep the session balanced.
6. understand how to manage their own anxiety and potential trigger responses to crisis situations.
7. feel more confident approaching couple work.
All course notes, case-studies and resources
are provided.
An introduction to couple therapy and potential challenges.
An overview of systemic theory; Milan and Solution-Focussed in particular.
Case presentation and discussion.
An introduction of practical tools used in couple work.
Role plays and group work.
Somatic responses as cues to reflection.
Conclusion to theory and practice. Participants will have an opportunity to ask the presenter questions about common couple problems.
About the presenter(s) Jacqueline McDiarmid is a Family Therapist and supervisor who works with individuals, couples adolescents and families. She holds a Masters of Couple and Family Therapy (UNSW), Bachelor in Counselling and Human Change and a Diploma of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Jacqueline has been in private practice for nearly 15 years and lectures in the field of Family and Couple therapy at various universities and runs training programs. Jacqueline is known for her work with couples and families and is regularly referred clients who are considered challenging by other therapists. Jacqueline is a clinical member of AARC and the NSW Family Therapy Association.
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue Aerial UTS Function Centre
Level 7, 235 Jones Street,, Ultimo

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 2 Jun 2013
Time 9am - 5pm
Cost Early bird $198 including lunch, morning and afternoon tea
Notes Students and New Graduates may apply to register for half price at
Contact Name Carmen Nicotra
Telephone 1300 887 622