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Research based skills training for healing wounded couples. A one day skills training for practical application based on Gottman's research

Event Details
Date: 11th Oct 2019
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
CPD hrs: 7

Standard fee $288

Student and new graduate rates available

Organiser: The Professional Development People
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This practical one-day training workshop begins with a brief review of historical approaches to couples therapy and how research has revealed the ineffectiveness in those approaches. Ari will then present some of Gottman’s (leading couples therapy researcher) findings about destructive patterns in couple relationships and their predictive validity as well as those aspects that enhance satisfying and enduring relationships. The emphasis of this training; however, is on healing wounded/dysfunctional relationships using research-based techniques. This includes changing the “Big Four” (criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling) that lead to relationship demise to positive interactions that enhance relationship satisfaction. This will include teaching couples how and when to take a break and rather than just learning to apply conflict management skills, participants will also learn to maximise its effectiveness. Ari will include methods for healing past wounds with healthy alternatives to fighting. He will also teach methods for strengthening intimacy and connection which contributes to good sex. This will include stressing the use of open-ended questions and helping couples to create rituals - ways of being together that are comforting and reassuring. Participants will learn by lecture, demonstration, exercises and role plays.

Learning objectives

  1. Becoming familiar with significant approaches to couple therapy and how recent research has revealed their limitations.
  2. Learn techniques that improve couples’ communication and satisfaction
  3. Learning to replace ‘The Big Four’ with positive interactions.
  4. Applying techniques that truly heal: past wounds, fights, misunderstandings etc.
  5. Helping couples to understand each other’s feelings and perceptions around harmful events and developing a plan to prevent similar incidents from occurring.
  6. Becoming familiar with gentle conflict management skills that the therapist can instruct a couple to utilise.
  7. Acquiring skills to support couples in strengthening intimacy, connection and sexual satisfaction.

Learning outcomes

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Become familiar with research about what is and what is not effective in couples work.
  • Take away new skills to enhance your work with couples.
  • Address your anxieties, develop confidence, and feel excited about working with couples.

Presenter details

Ari Badaines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who trained in the United States. In 1980 he obtained a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he studied Group Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy. Later, he undertook further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia. He was twice a keynote speaker for the annual conference of Marriage Guidance Counsellors (now Relationships) in the UK. In 2015, Ari led a two-day workshop for the Psychological Society of Ireland on ‘Action Techniques with Individuals and Couples’ which was so positively received that he has been invited back each year since to present on couples and family therapy. He is renowned as an engaging and popular presenter for PDP and for several European organisations. He has been in private practice for over 45 years, and has led workshops in over twenty countries on group therapy, couple and family therapy, and a variety of trainings on individual therapy including Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Action-Methods

Venue and date

Park Regis
293 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000

11 October 2019

9:15am - 4:30pm


Standard fee $288

Fully catered and all resources provided.

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at half price, apply here

Registration and other information

Register online by clicking here

Ph: 1300 887 622

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