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Foundations of Couples Counselling

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An introduction to the main features of couples counselling from a psychotherapeutic perspective.

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What is this webinar about?

The joy, support, excitement and sense of validation and growth afforded by relationships sits alongside the potential pain, hurt, disappointments and even abuse that adult romantic attachments can bring. But what help can therapists offer when a couple come to counselling? What are the key techniques and practical skills that be brought to bear to help clients find their best way forward? This webinar will offer an introduction to the key approaches, principles and techniques in contemporary practice and the latest findings from relevant research.

Key Topics (indicative)

  1. The Scale and Scope of Relationship difficulties and Couples Counselling
  2. Similarities and Differences with individual therapy
  3. Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Therapeutic Goals
  4. Types of Challenges and associated therapeutic interventions
  5. 'Mixed' agenda couples (Doherty)
  6. Treatment approaches and techniques
  7. Appreciative Inquiry
  8. Naikan Reflection
  9. Compassion in Relationships
  10. Summary

What have previous delegates said about this webinar?

Thank you, very useful workshop. Lots of information, clearly laid out and easy to understand

A lot of great information when considering the foundations of couples counselling.

Such a great and informative workshop

Great course ... lots learned and further interest sparked. All very well explained ...

Very informative. Lots of different models covered.

This workshop has been brilliant! I have learned so much, and welcome further similar workshops.

Fantastic, informative workshop.

Helpful, good tools and helped with my confidence in exploring this area of work

Really helpful to start to understand how to apply couples counselling interventions.

As a student this has given me valuable insight. Thank you

Comprehensive overview of couples approaches. Lots of new material to investigate.

I'm an experienced counsellor but there is always things to learn and I always get great guidance from these workshops.

Very good.

Workshop was excellent as it is an area I wish to become more involved in. Individual clients frequently highlight relationship problems during their own personal therapy.

A lot of material and techniques. Would definitely need a follow up session. Patrick explains and uses case studies really well. Presentation and interaction is great!

Great introduction with a huge amount of territory covered before going into further depth at the next stage. As usual, very practical and some immediate things to take away and use today.

Who is leading this webinar?

Professor Patrick McGhee is a CBT therapist, psychologist and UK National Teaching Fellow. Educated at the universities of Glasgow and Oxford, he has completed CPD programmes at Harvard Business School and Ashridge. In 2017 he was a Visiting Fellow/Scholar at the universities of Cornell, Yale and MIT in the USA. He has taught, researched or practised in psychology and therapy for 30 years. His first post was a Research Fellow in Psychiatry and Psychology at St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London. He is the author of Thinking Psychologically (Palgrave) and co-editor of Accounting for Relationships (Methuen). He is an occasional columnist for the Guardian, the BBC and the Times Higher. He currently works in private practice in Greater Manchester. He has full accreditation from the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists.

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at therapists, counsellors, advisers, educationalists, health care workers, social workers and students in these areas. It is particularly useful for counsellors who do not normally work within a cognitive or behavioural model but want to explore tried and tested techniques. Similarly, counsellors and therapists working within this tradition are likely to find this workshop a useful refresher in the latest approaches. It is also suitable for anyone with an interest in contemporary practice in this area.


A full set of slides, with extensive clickable links to free online resources, is sent free to all delegates after the event. This also includes references to key sources and further reading. Additionally, an anonymous summary of participant contributions is provided free of charge.


A CPD Certificate of Attendance confirming 2 hours skills CPD is available free on request to all delegates who attend.

Joining instructions

Joining instructions for the webinar will be sent to participants approximately 48 hours, 2 hours and 10 minutes before the start of the event. Please aim to join about 5-10 minutes before the start of the event to check connections.

Please note

The workshop does not itself offer therapy. See NHS website for guidance https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/how-to-access-mental-health-services/

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