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DECIPHERING CONTROLLING BEHAVIOURS IN RELATIONSHIPS - Effective assessment and responsive strategies to support couples in distress.

Event Details
Date: 25 Jun 2020
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

Many couples seeking counselling are struggling with one or both person’s controlling behaviour. As clinicians we are required to accurately assess and respond to controlling behaviours. Most clinicians can correctly identify physically violent relationships as unacceptable but even physical violence within relationships can stem from different sources and require different approaches to be effectively resolved. Clinical competence can be even more challenged by controlling behaviours that do not manifest physically. Such behaviours can include: chronic criticism, defensive responses to requests for change, isolating a person from their friends and family, signalling contempt and snooping. These controlling behaviours can also stem from different sources and deciphering which you are working with can be challenging. This course will provide clinicians with the latest research about different types of control and violence including characterological and situational domestic violence and will explore how the impacts of trauma on one or both partners can manifest in behaviours that are controlling. Treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships are explored enabling most effective interventions for clients. Clinicians will be immediately equipped to implement their learnings in their work with clients.

Learning objectives

  • An understanding of the many faces of control in relationships
  • Ability to assess the source of controlling behaviours in couple interactions
  • Indications and contraindications for couple therapy
  • Effective treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships

Presenter details

Jackie Burke is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling and supervision services. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW and has directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She is an awarded researcher, and her training programs about trauma, sexual and domestic violence, clinical supervision, trauma informed practice, and vicarious trauma are popular nationally and internationally.
After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established her own private practice and consultancy business in early 2017. She is a published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University. When not working, Jackie tries to maintain a regular yoga practice and enjoys a good murder mystery.

Location and date

UTS Short Course Rooms
Level 7, Building 10,
235 Jones Street,
Ultimo, NSW 2007

25 June 2020

9:15am - 4:30pm


Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


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