Professional Development Workshop Series
In the health, social and community sectors, we often work with individuals to assist them with a problem or issue that they are dealing with. However, there may also be times where professionals work with couples on a specific issue, for example, the issue is affecting their relationship, or their family or it involves their children.
This workshop provides an introduction to therapeutic work with couples compared to work with individuals. The workshop focusses on how the different dynamics of working with both members of a couple can change the therapeutic process. The workshop is relevant for those who work in community services such as counselling, psychology, social work, community health, mental health and other relevant services.
- Understanding important differences working with an individual focus to a couple focus
- How to form a therapeutic alliance with a couple
- Conducting an assessment including assessing for mental health, addictions and family violence
- Containing competing needs and powerful emotions
- Managing issues of confidentiality and secrets
- Understanding the dynamic operating between the couple
- Working with a couple demonstrating containment, working with family of origin and goal setting.
About the presenters
Robert Handelsmann is the Program Leader, Couples Counselling Training, and a Relationship Counsellor at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). He is highly experienced in working with couples, families and individuals from diverse backgrounds and life situations. Robert holds a Master of Social Science (Couple Counselling) and a Master of Family and Systemic Therapy. He is a member of the leadership team of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) College of Relationship Counsellors and has a particular interest in understanding what works in couple and family therapy, and why.
Zoe Sweett is the Program Leader in Family Violence Training at RAV. She holds a Master of Couple and Relationship Counselling, Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Human Services, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Sciences, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has worked extensively with adults, children and young people experiencing family violence, and has held senior counselling and case management roles, providing clinical and operational supervision and debriefing to counselling, psychology and social work practitioners.
A range of workers in community organisations or health and social services who may work with couples.