Couple and Relationship Counselling 1

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the practice of counselling couples and relationship work.

NameCouple and Relationship Counselling 1
Course Duration6 weekly sessions of three hours (including suitable breaks)
Course Fee£570 (20 credit course)
TutorsSiobhan Canavan and Bob Goupillot

Application closing date is 7 October 2010

Grounded in theoretical understandings of change in family relationships and contemporary couple relationships, the course examines the therapeutic relationship and process, and the adaptation of approach required, when working with couples on issues which affect their relationship.

Topics include: the social and political contexts of family life and couple relationships in modern Britain; working with family systems; the significance of early relational experiences; the process of therapeutic work with couples; difference, diversity and power in relationships; therapeutic themes and challenges; and the social and political context of therapeutic practice with couples.

A distinctive feature of the course is the inclusion of practice sessions, in which participants have the opportunity to practise the application of their learning in listening triads.

Course dates and times

Semester 1, October to November 2010. Thursdays, 6.00pm to 9.00pm, on the following six dates: 21 October to 2 December 2010 (with a break on 11 November)

Entrance requirements

This CPD course is open to:

  • Counsellors and psychotherapists (qualified or in training). Applicants with other relevant backgrounds and experience may be considered.

Application form

There are separate application forms for i) the standard CPD route or ii) the Academic Credit route. Please decide whether you wish to take the course for academic credit when applying, and complete the relevant application form. Applications can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant link below:

Alternatively, paper copies can be requested from the CPD Secretary, Sue Larsen by +44 (0)131 651 6671 or

Further information

For further information about the content of CPD courses or to enquire whether a course is suitable for you, please contact the CPD Programme Director:

  • Craig Hutchison
  • Teaching Fellow / CPD Programme Director
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Edinburgh EH8 9AG
  • Work: +44 (0)131 650 3885

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