Relationship Therapy Training

Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Process-oriented Relationship Therapy & Couples Counselling

“There is no house like the house of belonging.”

David Whyte

Relationship Therapy is informed by various models of Western Psychotherapy and has evolved to address different layers of human relatedness: a very personal expression of need and longing for connection, the security of knowing each other and the development of boundaries and the negotiated experience of love and care. Relationships sketch is a rich interplay of yearning desire and personal fulfilment.

The training is designed to develop effective skills in Process-oriented Relationship Therapy. The 3-module structure of the training will provide a contextual understanding of Process-oriented Psychology skills and the development of Emotional Focussed Therapy for Couples and the Gottman Method as current practice in Couples Counselling.

It will cover the complete relationship training as outlined in Diploma curriculum for Process-orient Psychology. Both phases 1 and 2 levels, will be covered in Modules 1 and 2, while Module 3 will focus on research to evaluate skills as well as supervision of practice.

The format of the training will be a 4-day intensive and in-person training followed by fortnightly online group meeting consisting of training, therapy practice and supervision.

Starting: August 2022 | Venue: Pune, India

Relationship Therapy Training

Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Process-oriented Relationship Therapy and Couples Counselling

Module 1

12th August – 15th August 2022

Metaview of Relationships

This module will distil from various models of couples/relationship therapy and the knowledge and skill contributions made to current therapeutic practice for families and couples.

Module 2

15th December – 18th December 2022

Skill Development

This module will look at relationship interventions using a process-oriented approach: experiencing yourself as the other, and the essential longing that supports the person and the relationship.

Module 3

9th March – 12th March 2023

Advanced Skills

This series of 6 sessions will focus on specific interventions to explore Intimacy, Desire & Despair, Grief & Loss, Spectrum of Contact, Being Fluid in Dissent, and Welcoming Difference.

Course Objectives

The training will explore the different therapeutic schools that look at relationships and is informed by Alan’s experience of teaching relationship topics in the university and the rich tapestry of relational dynamics he has witnessed in his therapy office.

At the end of the course, participants will be:

  • Competent to work with clients’ in significant relationships, such as primary caregivers, romantic partnerships, marriages, close friendships, family, etc.
  • Have skills beyond a content based interactional counselling mode.
  • Able to develop a systems-based understanding of generational legacies,
  • Trace internalized and familial patterns to seek the clients’ dreams and aspirations of themselves and their world.
  • Bring awareness to the clients’ innate individual principles that inform their world view and work with their deeper nature.

Course Content

Module 1: Metaview of Relationships

4-day intensive (12th August – 15th August 2022)

This training will distil from various models of couples/relationship therapy and the knowledge and skill contributions made to current therapeutic practice.

Starting with the pivotal work of Buber’s powerful book I and Thou (1923)and contribution of dialogue and communication in the development of various therapeutic models. Especially the importance of family and couples therapy impacted by traumas from wars in Europe & the Pacific, the partitioning of India and creation of Israel within the middle east. Subsequently the decades following focused on the need for relationships between couples to help heal the individual.

Today the skills developed across time and current paradigms of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, and the Gottman Method inform therapy skills needed in the complexity of relational dynamics and personal needs. 

Module 2: Skill Development

4-day Intensive: (15th December – 18th December 2022)

This phase of training will teach relationship interventions using a process-oriented approach. The embedding of a relational dialogue approach with accessing the hopes and dreams that strive to be made alive somehow and also the deeper sharedness that is beyond being polarity.

Module 3: Advanced Skills

4-day Intensive: (9th March – 12th March 2023)

This series will focus on specific interventions for Intimacy, Desire & Despair, Grief & Loss, Spectrum of Contact, Being Fluid in Dissent, and Welcoming Difference. People who would like to design and conduct research using these skills will be encouraged and supported with the help of international researchers.


When parents offer their children empathy and help them to cope with negative feelings like anger, sadness, and fear, parents build bridges of loyalty and affection.

John Gottman

Training Fees

India and Global South: INR 150,000 | AUD 2,700 | USD 1,900

Global North: INR 225,000 lacs | AUD 4,050 | USD 2,850

Eligibility

This training is open for psychotherapists, counsellors, and teachers of different modalities. The course requires for the participants to have a therapeutic practice wherein they can practice and study the skills taught during the training.

If your are interested, fill your application form here.

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