A Systemic Approach to Sex and Relationships
A Systemic Approach to Sex and Relationships – expanding perspectives
With Dr Joanne Collins
A 6 day-training that integrates systemic therapy with relationship and psychosexual therapy
NCP: 42 hours CPD
It could be argued that psychosexual and relationship therapy, aiming to be a specialisation within psychotherapy, is currently a poorly defined discipline in its own right; as a result it (conventionally) leans into medicine, more recently into a social justice issues and at best borrows generic psychotherapy skills such as CBT.
This training aims to integrate systemic therapy understanding with the various discourses that inform sex, gender and relationship expressions. The purpose of this training is to enable you to include more and more levels of complexity that are present within relationships. A relationship cannot be seen isolated from its context, but can be truly seen as (socio-)political.
Together we will reflect on the following:
- From a systemic perspective we will consider ‘multiple voices’ that are at play in a relationship, including issues of power and difference.
- Around relationships we find multiple contexts: work, friendships, family, country, religion etc. These contexts are impacted and influenced by a number of forces: culture, gender, race, age and income, to name but a few. What kind of framework would help us to map all of these?
- Our identity and ‘the self’ are being shaped in relationship. We relate to others and we form relationships with these others. We will explore what changes in our assessments of self-in-relationship when we make systemic thinking our central perspective.
- We will examine how the socio-political (including power and privileges) is a legitimate force that frames and shapes these relational experiences and are thus enmeshed with our ‘meaning-making’ in life.
- We will also explore together social-constructivist approaches and how language is used to construct reality (therefore also creating multiple meaning) in any relationship.
The course will be structured, using theory, self-reflection, case discussions and role play.
For Whom is This Training
Applications are invited from accredited counsellors, therapists, and psychologists but also couples therapists in training working towards accreditation.
The training is especially attractive for those who want to work with diverse, multicultural and marginalised groups of clients.
Please complete the your application form via this link: application form