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Couples Therapy Training 2018

Led by Christopher Williams, BACP & UKCP, an internationally renowned trainer and couples therapist working with both Gestalt and Systemic approaches, and Jane James, a highly experienced therapist and coach, with other specialist supporting trainers, including Judith Hemming.

The purpose of this training is to give participants the opportunity to extend their therapeutic practice to include working with couples. It is assumed that participants will already have basic skills in working with individuals, and therefore the course focus is on the shifts and additional skills needed to be of help when working with couples.

The teaching is intended to help therapists ‘see’ and work with systems, including the three interacting systems that are alive in the room when working with a couple, and the wider and deeper family systems that surround the couple and often emerge and influence in hidden ways. Theoretically, we draw on both Gestalt theory as a basic orientation, and the systemic constellation philosophy developed by Bert Hellinger. We will also focus on presence, and an understanding of the many common contexts that bring couples into therapy.

During the four models we will develop:

1: A basic framework:

  • The intimate relationship as a life journey, connecting two separate journeys
  • An understanding of the changing tasks of a relationship over time
  • An understanding of the cultural shifts in the institution of marriage
  • A look at what a relationship is for, and what intimacy consists of
  • Understanding more about the perennial paradox between autonomy and communion

2: The process model of intervening:

  • How a couple ‘dances’ together in real time in the room. This is a hugely helpful but challenging Gestalt model, and forms the practical basis of the therapeutic work
  • Positive framing, even handedness, phenomenological tracking, setting up practice opportunities

3: Systemic thinking and interventions:

  • An understanding of the motivations and action, ways of managing exchange, culture, roles and beliefs, as they develop through personal loyalties and deeper systemic entanglements and burdens
  • Moving the therapeutic focus between the present, the near past and the further past
  • A basic understanding of the ordering forces that support the flow of love and intimacy
  • Using the constellation process in the couples therapy room

4: The therapist as instrument:

  • The special tasks and contributions of presence and stance, capacity to model and teach
  • Self disclosure, provocation
  • The use of sentences to promote primary energy

We will also look at specific topics that often arise with couples:

  • Sex – its power, cost and consequences, the role of advice and training, the impact of pornography and a sexualized and image conscious culture. Affairs, betrayals, aging, fantasy
  • Needing and reaching out – the value of this and how to work with it in the room. Intimacy, contact and withdrawal – the Gestalt interactive cycle as a map
  • Children – fertility issues, parenting and parentification, effect of separation, un-launched sons
  • Families moving together – the issues raised by our in-law relationships, and blended families
  • Earlier relationships – the place of previous partners
  • Embodiment – fantasy, splitting, the body as source
  • Loss – through bereavement, divorce, separation. Grief. Empty nests
  • Cross-cultural issues – race, sex, class, diversity, politics. Age gaps. Money
  • The Individual – and their place in the couple. Using constellating techniques with couples – genograms and desktop mapping

General principles

  • Each area to be learned experientially
  • Exercises and practice in quartets and triads, and desktop practice
  • Live couples to work with
  • A day of constellating couples work

Course dates:

The training will be run over 4 following modules, on Wednesday to Friday:

  • Module 1: 20 – 22 March 2018 (Tuesday – Thursday)
  • Module 2: 14 – 16 May 2018 (Monday – Wednesday)
  • Module 3: 17 – 19 July 2018 (Tuesday – Thursday)
  • Module 4: 16 – 18 October 2018 (Tuesday – Thursday)

Venue:

The Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica Street, Islington, London N5 1JT

Cost:

The full course fee is £2,199. A non-refundable deposit of £380 is payable to secure your place. However, if you would like to take advantage of our early bird option, your course fee will be £1,999 if we receive your deposit by the 31st October 2017.

Once the deposit is received, the remainder can be paid as a one-off payment by the first module, or by monthly instalments.

Please note: The CSC is a Not for Profit organisation and does not therefore charge VAT.

A few bursary places will be available.

Booking Information

Course:Couples Training 2018
Requirements:In order to be accepted on this training you must have a basic knowledge of constellation work (and attended at least one constellations workshop) AND you must be practicing a form of therapy (including homeopathy etc.)
To Book:To secure a place we will need a non-refundable deposit of £380. Please click the green ‘booking’ button at the top of the page and follow the instruction to make this payment.
Cancellation Policies1. This deposit is non-refundable, whatever the reason for cancellation.
2. Cancellations made up to one calendar month before the start of the first module will forfeit the non-refundable deposit, but all other course fees paid to this point will be refunded. Cancellations made after this, but up until the week before the start of the course will receive half the course fee.
3. Cancellations made less than one week before the start of the first module will not receive any refund. The full fees will be required as agreed, whatever the reasons for the cancellation.
Acceptance Interview:If you are not known to CSC, then a short telephone interview may be arranged once we have received your deposit payment.

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Working with Couples Systemically (March – October 2018)

March 20, 2018 - October 18, 2018

| £380.00

Working with Couples Systemically 2018


Led by Chris Williams and Jane James.


The purpose of this training is to give participants the opportunity to extend their therapeutic practice to include working with couples. It is assumed that participants will already have basic skills in working with individuals, and therefore the course focus is on the shifts and additional skills needed to be of help when working with couples.


The teaching is intended to help therapists ‘see’ and work with systems, including the three interacting systems that are alive in the room when working with couple, and the wider and deeper family systems that surround the couple and often emerge and influence in hidden ways.  Theoretically, we draw on both Gestalt theory as a basic orientation, and the systemic constellation philosophy developed by Bert Hellinger. We will also focus on presence, and an understanding of the many common contexts that bring couples into therapy.


Course dates:


The training will run over the 4 following modules:


Module 1:     20-22 March 2018 


Module 2:     14-16 May 2018


Module 3:     17-19 July 2018


Module 4:     16-18 October 2018


Venue:


The Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica Street, Islington, London N5 1JT


Cost:


Full fee:  £2199


Early bird: £1999 if we receive your deposit by the 31th October 2017. 


A non-refundable deposit of £380 is payable to secure your place. 


Acceptance on the course:  In order to be accepted on this training you must have a basic knowledge of constellation work (and attended at least one constellations workshop) AND you must be practicing a form of therapy (including  homeopathy etc) – a short interview may be arranged if you are not known by one of the trainers at CSC.


Cancellation policy



  • This deposit is non-refundable, whatever the reason for cancellation.

  • Cancellations made up to one calendar month before the start of the first module will forfeit the non-refundable deposit, but all other course fees paid to this point will be refunded. Cancellations made after this, but up until the week before the start of the course will receive half the course fee.

  • Cancellations made less than one week before the start of the first module will not receive any refund. The full fees will be required as agreed, whatever the reasons for the cancellation.


 


Please contact Elena for any further information:  info@thecsc.net 

Details

Start:
March 20, 2018 at 9:30 am
End:
October 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Cost:
£380.00
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Venue

Skylight Centre
49 Corsica Street
London,N5 1JTUnited Kingdom

Organizer

Working with Couples Systemically (June 2016 – January 2017)