This integrative course (60 hours) is for Counsellors and those working in pastoral care. The course builds skills for those who wish to help couples have a more vibrant and connected relationship.
The course contains experiential learning including triads practice in couple work, group discussion, didactic teaching, media presentations and lots of fun and energy! The work of the following writers will be integrated into the Course and students will develop skills and a professional way of being with couples.
Module 1: “Hold Me Tight” Day 1 & 2
7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love- Adult Attachment Wounding
Based on material from Dr Sue Johnson (Emotional Focussed Therapy With Couples)
Interventions: Demon Dialogues, Raw Spots, Revisiting Rocky Moments, Engaging and Connecting, Forgiving Injuries, Bonding through Sex and Touch
Module 2: “The Conscious and Unconscious Marriage” Day 3 & 4
Based on material from Dr. Harville Hendrix.
Interventions: What is Imago Relationship Therapy, the Conscious and Unconscious Marriage, Childhood Wound, Power Struggles, Maximising and Minimizing in Relationships, Exit Strategies, Expressing Appreciations and Frustrations, Plans for Change and Shared Vision.
Module 3: “Bridging the Couple Chasm” Day 5 & 6
Based on material from Dr John and Julie Gottman PhD:
Interventions: Love Maps, Nurturing Fondness and Admiration, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and how to stop them! Solvable and Unsolvable Problems, Overcoming Gridlock, Turning Towards, The Sound Relationship House and Shared Meaning.
Module 4: “Sexuality / Helping Couples Get Past the Affair” Day 7 & 8
Based on the work of Douglas Snyder.
- A three stage approach in both theoretical understanding and treatment interventions.
- To help couples to understand and cope with what they are experiencing in the moment.
- To help the couple develop a clear and complete understanding of how they reached the crisis.
- To offer couples an explicit strategy for how to work through the crisis and move on.
Sex : Love and Intimate Relationships
Based on the work of Diamond and Robert Firestone (Voice Therapy)
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