Training Topics: Couples
If your organisation is interested in approaching me for teaching on couples, please review the descriptions below of the one or two day presentation topics. You might prefer to use a combination of these workshops or presentations in order to meet the particular needs of your group.
We talk, we listen but do we understand?
A 2 day workshop for practitioners working with couples.
We often meet couples who are struggling to find any common ground in respect to understanding past events. Consequently, we can find ourselves managing a conversation shaped by accusation and counter-accusation. In this workshop I will discuss and demonstrate a conversational process that allows us to step away from accusation in order to find a third way. The third way incorporates each person’s experience while exploring the sometimes complex and contradictory moments which occur within relationships.
By using a process that emphasises a relational perspective, we can explore and renegotiate the taken-for-granted notions which act to shape relationships.
Throughout this presentation I will demonstrate a therapeutic process where I engage couples in addressing serious concerns such as, significant betrayals of trust, longstanding conflicts, the impact of losses and grief, and the negotiation of change in relationships.
Change-Making Conversations with Couples
A one day workshop for practitioners working with couples.
In this workshop we will practice generating change-making opportunities by working with the tensions and differences that occur in the room. I will emphasis the practical skills I use to generate experiences of movement for couples. This sense of movement inevitably creates opportunities for therapists to highlight agency, ideas and practices that are supportive of change.
I will demonstrate that new story-lines can come into existence as we notice, name and explore these moments of direct experience.
Constructively Talking About ‘Affairs’
A two day workshop for practitioners working with couples.
This workshop will provide participants with strategies to assist people to acknowledge the hurt they've caused and feel whilst also taking up responsibility. I will demonstrate how we can use this acknowledgement to weave a new relationship fabric that incorporates the injury that occurs when one person has an affair.
During the workshop participants will practice the following: