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.
How does working with couples differ from working with individuals? This workshop will provide an introduction to participants who work in community services such as counselling, community health, mental health, alcohol and drug services and other relevant services, about how the therapeutic process differs when working with couples compared to individuals and how the different dynamics can change the process.
- 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
Jayne Ferguson is a Relationship Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). She works with couples, individuals, families and workplaces, and facilitates group work and training. She is also an accredited PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator and is a Supervisor for interns completing the Specialist Course in Couple Therapy at RAV.
Rob Ferguson is a Relationship Counsellor at RAV. He has completed graduate studies in couple counselling through RAV and Swinburne University of Technology. He has worked in schools, prisons, churches and welfare agencies. He is an accredited PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator.
A range of workers in community organisations or health and social services who sometimes work with couples.