The Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy is our introductory course and is designed to serve as a grounding to apply for a professional training. If you are interested in training to become a relationship counsellor or psychotherapist, then your journey starts here. Couple relationships matter, here's why its a great field to work in: 3:32 Details Introduction to Couple Counselling & Psychotherapy video guide 3:11 Details Watch an interview with past students. 11:59 Details Can you identify the challenges this couple face? Key Information Location: Hallam House, 56-60 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JL April daytime course start date: Thursday 21 April 2022All sessions on Thursdays 11am-2.45pm plus two six-hour Saturday workshops, see April course dates and times Course code: PC1 Fees: £1250 + £50 non-returnable deposit and selection admin fee Application deadline: Closing date for Application Forms is Monday, 21 March 2022. See 'How to apply' section at the foot of this page. Selection Event for this course takes place 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Thursday, 31 March 2022 at Hallam House. There will be an online Open Event where you can find out more about the course on 1pm to 2pm, Thursday 10 March 2022 - booking details to be announced. Enquire About This Course Overview Content Entry Requirements What Our Students Say Course Leader Tutors Overview Content Entry Requirements What Our Students Say Course Leader Tutors Overview Tavistock Relationships' Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy course is the next step towards a career in psychotherapy and couple counselling. In this certificate level course students develop counselling skills and gain a deeper understanding of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories and concepts with a particular focus on the couple relationship. The course is specifically designed to provide participants with the opportunity of learning more about couple work, the special character of the marital/couple fit and the theory underpinning this approach. In addition, the training can improve personal and professional relationships through developing greater self-awareness and an enhanced understanding of the dynamics inherent in any family or social group. By the end of the course, students will have formed a sufficiently substantive understanding of working therapeutically with couples; and an understanding of the psychoanalytic theory that underpins this practice to enable them to decide whether this is an area they wish to build a new career in. From here students can apply for a place on one of our clinical training programmes.. Content Couple psychotherapy theories are introduced with special emphasis on the psychodynamic approach. Separate seminars are devoted to the exploration of life stages and linked to the developmental stages of relationships. There are seminars on changing trends in family and intimate relationships, the impact of children on couples, divorce, serial marriages, step-families and bereavement. Issues related to gender, sexuality and ethnicity are considered throughout the course. Finally, you will also have a chance to develop your clinical skills by both observing and participating in role plays. This course will include: Theory seminars, including weekly reading of theoretical papers Self-reflective groups Experiential learning workshops Role plays Written work in the form of a diary Support throughout the course from a personal tutor Optional essay (for non-graduates who wish to apply for the clinical training) Entry Requirements Our Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy course is designed for people who have some basic understanding of psychotherapy, who are ready for a foundation level entry course, have little or no clinical experience, and are from a wide range of professional backgrounds. In order to undertake this course, you will have a demonstrable interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalytic psychotherapy and in couple counselling. We therefore would usually expect two or more of the following: Relevant work experience – this being work in emotional and mental health and wellbeing Relevant voluntary work experience Have undergone or are currently undergoing own personal psychotherapy An experience of group therapy Have attended basic level counselling course(s) – e.g., access level counselling training at an FE college or other institution, and/or 1 day CPD trainings, and/or any other relevant short courses. Applicants to all of our courses, including the Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy, would usually also have a good first degree or equivalent professional qualification. In terms of personal qualities, we are looking for applicants with the following: Self-awareness, maturity and stability Ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience Capacity to cope with both the emotional and intellectual demands of the course Appropriate level of interest and motivation for learning about couples and about counselling Non-judgemental, empathic, and capacity to be a good listener. We are mindful of the emotional demands involved in training to become a therapist and always seek to provide a supportive learning environment. It is also important that applicants are sufficiently emotionally and mentally robust to undertake our trainings. Personal readiness is a significant requirement that will be explored as part of the application assessment process. What Our Students Say "The Tavistock Relationships' Introductory Course provided the perfect avenue to discover if working with couples was the way forward, excellently presented, informative, engaging.." - Davina Former Banker, 2014 Attendee. Read more about Davina's story here. "The quality of material and staff - outstanding." - Former course student 2015 "The immersive nature of the course had me thinking about these concepts all the time." - Former course student 2015 Course Leader Julie Humphries is Director of Studies at Tavistock Relationships. She is qualified both as an individual and couple psychodynamic psychotherapist; and a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Julie is also the Programme Head of the Introductory Course and involved in the selection and interview process. On the clinical training, Julie is co-leader of the Skills Module, and is a co-therapist and supervisor. Julie continues to work as a clinician in the couple psychotherapy service, was a supervisor for IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression, and Project Lead on Adopting Together. Julie has published two articles recently: Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: ‘Working in the presence of unconscious couple beliefs’ (vol 5, No1, 2015). Couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy with violent couples: ‘Understanding and working with domestic violence, (with D McCann, Vol 5, No2, 2015). Before training at Tavistock Relationships, she was a senior lecturer in sociology, and researched and published in the areas of domestic violence and mental health. Read more about Julie's path to couple counselling here. Tutors PATSY FAURE Patsy has a varied work portfolio. She did her initial training as a Couple and Relationship Counsellor at London Marriage Guidance, followed by trainings as a Group Counsellor and Supervisor. She has taught with her colleague on the Introductory Course at Tavistock Relationships for several years, as well as training on other short courses at Tavistock Relationships. She has a private practice in Canary Wharf. London’s financial district and supervises groups at a leading mental health charity and for an organisation which counsels refugees. Patsy’s background was initially in human resources in organisations which have an international outlook, including a well-known human rights organisation. ROHINA ILYAS Rohina is a couple and individual psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist and faculty member at Tavistock Relationships. In addition to the psychodynamic and foundation training, Rohina also teaches the Pre Clinical Course. She is an experienced organisational consultant providing consultation to organisations, reflective practice and training to teams and also role consultation and coaching to individuals. Rohina has worked within the business, public and third sectors. Her consultancy practice is informed by a psychodynamic model. Rohina has an MA in Psychoanalytic Approaches to Consultation from the Tavistock and Portman. . Why study couples? Why study couples? Couple relationships matter. The quality of our closest relationships profoundly affects how we feel about ourselves and has material and measurable consequences for our lives and those around us – affecting the emotional, cognitive and physical development of our children, our capacity to work and to be fulfilled in work, and our physical and mental health. When they fail the consequences are enormous, both to society (an estimated and raising £47 billion) and to adult’s and children’s physical, mental and emotional health. When time is tight, jobs are insecure and finances are stretched, family stability comes under increasing pressure. At Tavistock Relationships, couples seeking relationship support from our Client services is more in demand than ever before. If you’re considering a career change as a couple’s counsellor or couple’s psychotherapist, or looking to add couple work and relationship perspectives to your experience, you’ll be embarking on a career path that’s intellectually stimulating whilst being exceptionally rewarding. What can it lead to What can it lead to On completion of the Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy course students will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to apply for a place on one of our Masters Programmes (clinical training). Upon successful completion of clinical training, students will become qualified Couple Therapists. Course dates & times - Thursday Daytime Course Course dates & times - Thursday Daytime Course Thursday Daytime Course Dates and Times Thursday Days: Skills/Theory Workshop – 11am to 12.30pm at Hallam House Self-Reflective Group – 1.30pm to 2.45pm at Hallam House Tutorials – 2 per student online Summer Term Thur 21 April Thur 28 April Thur 05 May Thur 12 May Saturday 14 May – WORKSHOP 1 Thur 19 May Thur 26 May Thur 02 June READING WEEK Thur 09 June Saturday 11 June – WORKSHOP 2 Thur 16 June Thur 23 June Thur 30 June Further information Further information To find out more about this course, contact Training on 0207 380 8288 or firstname.lastname@example.org You could also attend our free open evening to learn more about this program. How to apply There is an application fee of £50 (non-refundable) for applicants. Course Application Deadline for applications: Closing Date for application forms is Monday, 21 March 2022. Selection Event takes place 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Thursday, 31 March 2022 at Hallam House, 56-60 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JL Download the application form here. We request that all applications are completed in an electronic word processing document. Please DO NOT handwrite your submission. We prefer applications to be sent via email to email@example.com For information about applying, email training@TavistockRelationships.ac.uk. *Course Fee is subject to change without notice.