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The Psychological Society of Ireland – Core skills and techniques for working with couples

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The Psychological Society of Ireland – Core skills and techniques for working with couples

February 3rd, 2018 - February 4th, 2018

Foundational skills training and perspectives for effectively working with couples.

Core Skills and Techniques for Working with Couples

With Ari Badaines

Date: 3rd – 4th February 2018

Venue: PSI, Grantham Street, Dublin

Time: 9:30 – 4:30pm

PSI Learning Credits: 8

Admission: PSI Member Rate €170 – Non PSI Member Rate €210



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 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 skill of ‘Circular Questioning’ will be practised as participants learn to engage with more than one person, keep the session progressing and manage many of the difficult and complex issues that can arise.

Training methods will include Ari introducing each technique, demonstrating them in simulations, and trainees practising them followed by questions and discussion.

The format is designed to be practical with a strong focus on clinical skills

Self-reflection on clinical work will be incorporated to allow for integration of new perspectives and skills.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Clarify and understand the approach and skills unique to couples work as distinguished from individual work.
  2. Appreciate boundary setting with couples.
  3. Understand ‘Systemic’ concepts and how to apply these in couples work and enhance your effectiveness with practical applications of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to couple work.
  4. Learn to apply 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. Begin to manage therapist anxiety in situations of conflict and stress during the course of a couples session.
  7. Develop confidence in work with couples.


February 3rd, 2018
February 4th, 2018


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Grantham Street
Dublin 8, Ireland
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