Behavioural Couple Therapy for Alcohol Dependence Practitioner Training

Dates: The training runs for 4 days on: 17th, 18th, 26th, 27th June 2019

Venue:  Tavistock Relationships, Chiefton House, 10 New Street, London EC2M 4TP

Fees: Training is free to trainees.

Course code for admin purposes:  2019JUNEBCTADLONDON

About the Training

Training in BCT-AD will take place over 4 days. It comprises formal teaching (including films, discussion, experiential learning, role play and lecture) and 20 sessions of ‘remote’ supervision via Zoom which will enable practitioners to practice with couples (parents) where alcohol dependence is causing distress in the relationship.  Successful completion enables practitioners’ names to be held on Tavistock Relationships’ and OnePlusOne’s Learning and Practitioner Hub, as successfully completing training in BCT-AD.

About the Training Provider

Training in BCT-AD was developed by Tavistock RelationshipsThis training has been commissioned by the Department of Health in a pilot project to be delivered in Bristol, Leeds and London, along with a bespoke training for front line workers (along with Adfam) and an on-line training support platform (working with on-line charity, OnePlusOne).  Tavistock Relationships is a centre of excellence for training, practice and research in couple therapy and publishes widely, both in the UK and internationally, training across the country and abroad in a wide variety of couple therapy specialisms, as well as researching and evidencing efficacy of treatment.

What is BCT-AD?

BCT is cited in NICE guidelines as an effective therapy for alcohol dependence and is a brief integrative-behavioural treatment where one of the partners is experiencing relationship distress linked to alcohol dependence which will, in turn, be affecting their children.

BCT-AD has been developed by identifying best practice in a range of behavioural, cognitive, systemic, emotionally focussed and psychodynamic couple treatments, all evidenced in RCT effectiveness trials. BCT-AD focuses on the relational aspects of alcohol dependence and looks for the bi-directional causal and maintaining factors in the relationship that are contributing to the problematic use of alcohol.  The model focusses on factors that reduce stress and increase support within the couple, using the relationship as a resource for recovery and relapse prevention. 

Who is eligible for the training?

An interest in developing and extending their practice to work with couples where one or both has a problem with alcohol use.  All applicants need to be able to access appropriate couple referrals, approximately 3 from the outset of the course. Experience of working with couples (parents) and of working with alcohol addiction is beneficial, although this is not a prerequisite. 

Each application must include:

  • a completed ‘Applicant’s Details’ form (below)
  • a statement of support from a current supervisor (below)
  • a statement of support from your line manager (below)
  • a passport sized photograph

What are the supervision requirements?

Trainees will be expected to participate in 20 fortnightly supervision sessions.  These are group supervisions held remotely, via video conferencing, so can be accessed from trainees’ work or home.  Each supervision will typically last one hour. Supervision will be facilitated by TR’s training team and training consultants. Trainees will be required to submit 3 digital recordings of therapy sessions as well as verbal reports. There is also limited reflection on learning.

How will the application be assessed?

All applications will be screened by the Lead Trainer to ensure that the entry requirements of qualification, experience and setting have been met. Places will initially be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Early application is encouraged.

Application Process:

Please complete this form:

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If you have any queries, including if you are unsure if you meet the criteria, please contact a member of the Training Team or Kate Thompson, Training Lead.    Please use the course administration code as a reference, to help us to deal with your query efficiently. 

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Data and Privacy

Curently we are running training on behalf of the Department of Health, which relies on data exchanges between ourselves, charity Adfam and One Plus One on the basis of legitimate interest, so we can provide registered delegates with the full suite of trainings. Read or full privacy policy here.

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Continuing Professional Development

Our aim at Tavistock Relationships is to create a programme of high-quality, informative and clinically useful CPD. In choosing topics, we aim to ensure we offer fresh subjects to stimulate new thinking and debate as well as continuing to offer repeat workshops for which there is on-going popular demand.

"Fab day, best training I’ve been on for ages. Thank you!”

CPD attendee 2015