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Our approach to couple conflict and domestic violence considers the importance of the couple relationship in the context of intimate partner violence and abuse. It examines whether it is possible to think about violent relationships, as well as violent people, and if work with the relationship can be undertaken in a safe and effective way.

We offer specialist training to local authorities and organisations who work with couples and who wish to develop their capacity to think relationally about couple conflict, intimate partner violence and abuse. 

This training can be delivered as a Two-day Training model.  

Our two-day model, which includes two Skype consultation sessions for managerial/supervisory staff, is designed to optimise learning and help embed it in practice. In our experience this offers real value for money as it allows for supported development over a period of time.

This is a package of two training days delivered by senior consultant clinical staff with training in specific aspects of DV/risk and in the Mentalization Based Therapy model with space between so we can adapt the second day in the light of the conversations from the first, and two Skype consultations with up to 5 managers/supervisors (one between day one and day 2 of the training, and one approximately 6 weeks after day 2)

This model incorporates follow-up opportunities to consolidate learning over a period of time and allows participants to apply what they learn and bring current practice and other dilemmas for consultation.

Aims

To develop -

  • Understanding and exploring relational aspects of conflict and DV
  • Effective skills in identifying and assessing risk and level of risk
  • An understanding when a situation is safe/not safe
  • How risk assessment informs planning and support of the couple
  • Awareness of cultural and societal influences that can lead to couple conflict and domestic violence
  • Ways of addressing issues of conflict and DV with couples
  • An introduction to ways of fostering thinking in the couple about their relationship based on TCCR’s experience of Mentalization-Based Treatment for couples (for those who find that their arguments can get very heated and stormy). The aim is to help couples to understand their emotional responses to situations better, and to help with ‘reading’ the partner’s response to them by specifically focusing on understanding the partner’s feelings and reactions as well as their own. This can help couples become more aware of how they affect each other and also how their relationship may affect people around them
  • How to support staff undertaking this work
  • Supervision skills

To find out more, contact Damian McCann: dmccann@tavistockrelationships.org