Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy

January 2020 to November 2020 – London – 19 days

We run a number of dedicated seminars on sex, sexuality, psychosexual therapy and couples therapy, including relationship enhancement. We endorse and collaborate with the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy, a two year training accredited by COSRT, NCP and Middlesex University.

For a direct link to the website of the London Diploma click here.

Our Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy

Psychotherapy with couples requires specific skills rather than those applicable to general psychotherapy work. This course aims to build on existing psychotherapy and counselling skills and to widen these to include systemic and psychosexual skills. We support individual students in building on, enhancing and honing their practice when working with couples. Our intention is to enable participants to work with complex and multi-faceted presentations at a deep level incorporating a variety of psychotherapeutic models within the couple framework.

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Dates

January 2020 to November 2020. Times: 10.00 – 16.30 hrs. 9 weekends, 19 days in total.

Weekend 1: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January 2020
Weekend 2: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020
Weekend 3: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March 2020
Weekend 4: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2020
Weekend 5: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2020
Weekend 6: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2020
Weekend 7: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July 2020
Weekend 8: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020
Weekend 9: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October 2020
Weekend 10: Saturday 21 November 2020

Faculty (tbc)

Bernd C. Leygraf (Course Director),  David Piner, Ana Rhodes, Serge Nicholson, Jean Miller

Location

At NAOS premises, 3 Montpelier Avenue, Ealing – London W5 2XP

Full Course Content

The Curriculum includes

  • The role of the therapist in couples work
  • A psychotherapeutic and developmental framework
  • Stages of Couples Relationship: symbiosis to differentiation, practicing, rapprochement to mutual interdependence
  • Diagnosis of the couple’s stages including stress and anxiety within the couple relationship 
  • Principles for Intervention which will include managing betrayal and affairs
  • A critical review of sexual aversion in the couple 
  • Narcissistic-Borderline couples
  • A synopsis and review of Developmental and Transpersonal models of relationships 
  • Relationship enhancement models vs. couples therapy 
  • Mental health issues in either one or both of the couple 
  • Working with same-sex couples 
  • A culturally sensitive approach to ethnically diverse clients
  • Domestic violence
  • Neuroscience and gendered relationships

Entry requirements
Counsellors, psychotherapists or related professions with a minimum of 2 years training and a minimum of 6 months experience of working with at least one couple

Assessment

  • A case study of a couple of 5000 words which is submitted in March 2020
  • Attendance of no less than 85% is required
  • Course director and faculty feedback
  • Peer and self-assessment

Dates

January 2020 to November 2020. Times: 10.00 – 16.30 hrs. 9 weekends, 19 days in total.

Weekend 1: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January 2020
Weekend 2: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020
Weekend 3: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March 2020
Weekend 4: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2020
Weekend 5: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2020
Weekend 6: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2020
Weekend 7: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July 2020
Weekend 8: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020
Weekend 9: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October 2020
Weekend 10: Saturday 21 November 2020

Accreditation
Students may undertake this training in part fulfilment of the Accredited Register (Professional Standards Board), as a pathway into UKCP registration or BACP accreditation.
The course is accredited with NCS and NCP and faculty members are all accredited with national accrediting bodies (AHPP, NCP, NCS, BACP, UKCP, COSRT)

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Fees
£2950.00 (incl 20% VAT) for the year. Payments can be made monthly by standing order over 10 months. Applicants who are able to pay for the year ahead in one lump sum, are offered a 2.5% reduction in fees.

Enquiries and Application
If you require more information, please fill in an application form (click here). We will contact you as soon as possible.
All applicants are required to complete the application form. This will be followed by a telephone interview. If offered a place, a course contract will have to be completed and an initial non-refundable deposit of £100 to secure a place will be required.

Fees

£2950.00 for the year. Payments can be made monthly by standing order over 12 months. Applicants who wish to pay for the year a one off payment, are offered a 2.5% reduction in fees.

Testimonials

“Another brilliant day facilitated by Bernd. Experiential work hugely beneficial and insightful. Thank you!” Student 2017

“The course has been terribly enriching and thought provoking. I left feeling much better equipped to think about and work with couples. I was also able to integrate the knowledge and use it into my individual work. I recommend this course wholeheartedly.” Dr Yasmine Haimovici, 2016

“Each of the course modules gave me unique insights which is very useful in my work. I learnt the theory but also how to use them practically in therapy. It had enhanced my level of working with couples.” Rima Hawkins, 2016

“The course gave me a great foundation from which to understand the dynamics between couples and tools to assist them. I am much more confident about tackling some of the more complex situations that couples bring to the consultant room” RG, 2016

“I highly recommend the Advanced Diploma Course for anyone currently working with couples or anyone who is interested in working with couple relationships.  The course content was informative and challenging, stimulating and insightful for the couple process and relationship developments.  The course tutors offered their experience and knowledge to inform theory and bring alive practice, which I valued as a real learning resource.  I felt supported and encouraged by the structure of the course, the delivery of the material plus discussion and role play that transformed theory and learning into practice.
I valued and enjoyed my time with you and continue to work with couples in a more confident and, I hope, more competent way than I did before completing the course.” J.M. 2016

“It’s been a pleasure to study with you and get to know you over the year. Many thanks for an enriching experience and allowing me to learn more about myself.” David Piner, 2014

“I was delighted to be a part of it.” Dominic Davies, 2014

“I found this to be an exciting and diverse training, giving me many more skills to integrate into my work with couples.” Priya, 2014

“It was a lovely ending, very graceful, kind and elegant…” Carolyn Cowan, 2014

“Thanks for the ending. I certainly hope it’s the start of some beginnings in terms of keeping in touch. I’d love to catch up and see how things are going with everyone.” Janine, 2014