Couple looking out over ocean
CPD Credits
10
Event Type
Live Online Event
Location
Zoom & Recording for 365 days
Time (UK)
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Standard
£550.00
Trainee/NHS
£467.50
Book Tickets
Couple looking out over ocean
Saturday, September 28, 2024 - Sunday, September 29, 2024

Developing Skills for Working with Couples in Therapy

Online Weekend Course

With Andrew Balfour, Liz Hamlin, Judith Jamieson & Sonia Dalal

This online weekend course is open to those interested in learning about how to work with couples in therapy from a psychodynamic perspective. The course is appropriate for individual counsellors and psychotherapists, child, family, group psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, clinical psychologists, social workers, and other helping professionals.

The course aims to introduce central concepts for understanding unconscious processes in couple interactions. It will offer a framework for understanding both conscious and unconscious communication in couples, grounded in theory, clinical case examples, and seminar discussions. Participants will learn how to work with psychosexual cases from a biopsychosocial perspective and consider the psychological processes involved in the end of intimate couple relationships, such as divorce or separation. Clinicians will become more confident and effective in clinical work across race, difference, and culture. Overall participants will learn to use psychodynamic concepts in formulating and understanding relationship aspects in their work with couples or individuals.

The course is limited in numbers to make room for depth discussion. There will be four clinical discussion groups with a maximum of eight students per group. There will be an opportunity for some participants to present their work and learn from the facilitator and others in the discussion groups.

Seminars and clinical discussion groups will be led by TR Senior Clinical Staff members.

Programme

10.00 Andrew Balfour, Liz Hamlin, Judith Jamieson & Sonia Dalal
Introductions to Tavistock Relationships and the weekend training team.

10.15 Andrew Balfour, CEO Tavistock Relationships
What is Couple Psychotherapy? 
People talk about ‘couple therapy’ and, these days, can even watch it on TV.  But what is couple therapy?  What does it aim to do?  How does it differ from individual therapy?  From ‘giving relationship advice’ or the kinds of things you see in magazines.  This seminar discussion will describe the approach to couple psychotherapy developed over 75 years at Tavistock Relationships and with case examples will give a ‘feel’ for what this is like.  There will be the opportunity to think together about these ideas, which will set the stage for this introductory weekend.
11.00 Q&A

11.15 Break

11.30 Clinical Discussion Groups 
Andrew Balfour, Liz Hamlin, Judith Jamieson and Sonia Dalal 

12.30 Break

13.15 Judith Jamieson 
Psychosexual Aspects of the Couple Relationship
In couples, problems in sexual intimacy and specific sexual difficulties are common, but they can be very difficult to talk about or seek help for.  We will consider why this is and look at the history of sex therapy, the range of sexual dysfunctions commonly presented and why an integrated approach which includes biopsychosocial factors, a behavioural programme and a psychodynamic foundation works well for optimum outcomes.

14.15 Break

14.30 Clinical Discussion Groups 
Andrew Balfour, Liz Hamlin, Judith Jamieson and Sonia Dalal

15.30 Integration of the day 
Andrew Balfour, Liz Hamlin, Judith Jamieson and Sonia Dalal

16.00 End of Day One

 

10.00 Liz Hamlin 
Divorce and Separation: Finding Meaning at the End of a Relationship  
This presentation considers the psychological processes inherent at the end of an intimate couple relationship, an ending that will herald not only significant external change but also significant internal psychological change, which coincide and interact over the same period of time.  The psychological processes will comprise of what would be considered ‘normative’ responses such as a bereavement reaction but filtered through the subjective psychopathology of each partner.  Consequently, the external world e.g. children, family finances and the legal process are at risk of becoming the vehicle through which much of the psychological experience of separation and divorce may be expressed.

11.15 Q&A

11.30 Break

11.45 Clinical Discussion Groups 
Andrew Balfour, Liz Hamlin, Judith Jamieson and Sonia Dalal 

12.45 Break

13.30 Sonia Dalal 
Understanding & Application of Psychoanalytic Theory to Cultural and Racial Dynamics with Couple Work
Addressing the complexities of race and culture effectively within couple work can offer a lens into understanding the challenges present in a couple dynamic. This discussion is designed to empower those in the helping profession by developing the confidence and efficacy required to consider issues related to racial and cultural differences. The session aims to enrich their understanding and application of psychoanalytic theory when considering cultural and racial dynamics in practice.

14.15 Q&A

14.30 Break

14.45 Clinical Discussion Groups 
Andrew Balfour, Liz Hamlin, Judith Jamieson and Sonia Dalal

15.30 Integration of the day 
Andrew Balfour, Liz Hamlin, Judith Jamieson and Sonia Dalal

16.00 End