Cate is an experienced Accredited Supervisor and Psychotherapist with specialised expertise and training in Couples Counselling. She first qualified as an individual psychotherapist with Leicester University UK in 1999 and then further qualified as a Couple Therapist at the University of East London. Cate worked with Relate UK before moving to Ireland in 2002 when she joined Relationships Ireland as a licenced counsellor for a few years whilst establishing her private practice. in County Mayo. She has also studied at the Tavistock Centre for Marital Therapy, London and has completed Advanced Training with The Couples Institute USA.
She qualified as a Trainer in Maynooth University and began Training counsellors in Couples Therapy in 2009.
Couples Therapy Training Course
ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENTAL MODEL
"The Developmental model of Couples Therapy explains normal and natural stages and struggles that growing couples encounter. The model provides a structure for couples therapy by identifying the developmental task, developmental stalemate, diagnosis and specific treatment intervention for each stage of development" (from the Bader-Pearson web site http://www.couplesinstitute.com/about-us/)
Overview of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
Five couples stages - the importance of Differentiation
Attachment theory - why is it relevant in adult relationships?
Couples assessment tools - taking a developmental history
Effective and ineffective goals
Neuroscience- understanding how our brains get triggered in the couple system and ways to soothe this
Structuring treatment within the Initiator-Inquirer process
Helping couples develop effective communication
The effective use of genograms in couples work
Working with hostile-angry couples and conflict avoidant couples
Other Topics - Covered in add on Training Days (If time we may do some of this in the core training days)
Assessing sex issues - how to discuss intimate issues with couples
Affairs and infidelity - helping couples to build a new relationship
Discernment counselling - what to do when a partner is leaning out of the relationship
Divorce and separation - helping couples end their relationship with compassion and dignity. Guiding them to help their children through this process and beyond.
Domestic violence. This is a challenging area requiring specific assessment, techniques and skills
TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES
Lectures//Videos demonstrating skills and techniques//Group discussions//Group exercises//Role play//Skills Practice// Group supervision of clinical presentations//Small seminar reading groups –
Handouts will be sent electronically before each session. Further reading material will be sent in the gaps between training weekends
TRAINER Cate Heffernan MIACP - Counsellor, Trainer, Supervisor
I have been working as a counsellor since 1999. Very early in my career I felt drawn to working and specialising in couples therapy. I moved from the UK to Mayo in 2003 and for several years worked as a licensed counsellor for Marriage, Relationship Counselling Services. I am currently working in private practice seeing couples, individuals and supervisees. I first ran a Couples Therapy Training Course in Dublin in 2010.
I am a real believer in the power of couples therapy and I approach each couple with a vision:
Working with couples can be complex and demanding but it can also be enormously exciting and rewarding. When couples come for counselling they are often highly distressed and feel overwhelmed by many difficult issues they have been unable to resolve. Understanding the developmental stage of each partner and their relationship is essential for effective couples therapy. This is where the Developmental Model shines.
This course is for you if you want to:
Create increased cooperation between partners - even before your first session
Get off to a powerful start
Know how to use the right intervention - and at what time
Understand the importance of differentiation
Learn about attachment and the underlying causes of distress in the relationship
How the fight, flight, freeze brain response impacts the couple relationship - how to calm this
Integrate theory with practical applications
Map out effective treatment plans
Are you a therapist currently working with or interested in working with couples?
Have you taken part in training workshops in the past and enthusiastically tried out new interventions only to find it runs aground and there’s nowhere to turn for guidance?
If so then this is the course for you! To apply please copy and fill in the application form below and send it by email to email@example.com. Or go to the contact us section of this website.
APPLICATION FORM FOR COUPLE THERAPY TRAINING COURSE - 2019 - MAYO
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