See More

> Events > Browse by Branch/Location > New South Wales > Working with couples. A practical day of active training in essential skills, interventions and knowledge

Working with couples. A practical day of active training in essential skills, interventions and knowledge

Event Details
Date: 26th Jun 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7

Student and new graduate rates available

Organiser: The Professional Development People
Further information

Event date has passed

Working with couples can be very challenging and asks a great deal of the therapist in different ways to working with individuals. This training day is designed to give therapists an opportunity to learn systemic concepts when working with couples and participants will learn practical skills and tools to build confidence in this area of clinical work. Participants will be introduced to ‘Systemic’ thinking which is central to effective couple work. Additionally, adaptations of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to couple work is included in this workshop with practical applications of ‘Best Hopes’, ‘Miracle Question’ ‘Scaling’ and ‘Exceptions’. The essential skills of ‘Circular Questioning’ will be a key feature of this workshop. Participants will learn how to engage with couples, keep the session progressing and manage many of the difficult and complex issues that can arise. Training methods: Ari discusses each technique, then provides live demonstrations of the key skills before trainees practise them in structured exercises. The format is designed to be practical with a strong focus on couple skills.

Learning objectives

  1. Clarify and understand the approach and skills unique to couples work. how to 'be in the room' with a couple.
  2. Setting boundaries with couples.
  3. Understand ‘Systemic’ concepts and how to apply these in couples work.
  4. Learn circular questioning and other useful couples techniques.
  5. Know how to work inclusively with a couple and keep the session progressing whilst managing stuck points.
  6. Manage therapist anxiety in situations of conflict and stress during the course of a couples session.
  7. Develop confidence to work with couples.

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.

Location and date

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

26 June 2019



Standard fee: $288

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

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


Register online by clicking here

Ph: 1300 887 622

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers