Working with couples can be very challenging and asks a great deal of the therapist in different ways to working with individuals. This training day is designed to give therapists an opportunity to learn systemic concepts when working with couples and participants will learn practical skills and tools to build confidence in this area of clinical work.
Participants will be introduced to ‘Systemic’ thinking which is central to effective couple work. Additionally, adaptations of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to couple work is included in this workshop with practical applications of ‘Best Hopes’, ‘Miracle Question’ ‘Scaling’ and ‘Exceptions’. The essential skills of ‘Circular Questioning’ will be a key feature of this workshop. Participants will learn how to engage with couples, keep the session progressing and manage many of the difficult and complex issues that can arise.
Training methods: Ari discusses each technique, then provides live demonstrations of the key skills before trainees practise them in structured exercises. The format is designed to be practical with a strong focus on couple skills.
Here is what people said about Ari's recent training for PDP:
"I will be using your circular questions a lot. I am so impressed with this course and so pleased I choose to do it. Thank you and your staff."
"Many thanks Ari. I appreciate watching you scaffold these circular questions so skillfully. I will certainly work to integrate in my practice."
"I have really enjoyed every aspect of this seminar. I have got a lot out of it."
"The workshop's been great! I definitely need to incorporate more circular questions in my practice."
"Thank you for one of the most valuable learning opportunities I have ever had! Your passion for what you do is inspiring and I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this training."
"Best, most informative workshop so far and just what I needed… Can’t wait to put these skills into practice!"
"Ari, I loved it - the work, the group, your management and generosity and humour. Thank you!"
"Absolutely brilliant (What can I say?!) Thank you so much for the privilege Ari."
"I loved the experiential training - please organise more with Ari. I feel he was very much himself and it allows spontaneity and good learning."
"This workshop was such a powerful, engaging experience and the skills that I will take from this will be so helpful in my therapy practice. Wonderful, thank you!"
"A fascinating workshop. Interactive and experiential, Ari had the ability to keep us engaged and interested and explained in a clear way making sure we 'got it' before moving on. I would recommend Ari's training and will do more with him again."
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.
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Dr. Ari Badaines, trained as a clinical psychologist in the USA and received a postdoctoral National Institute of Mental Health fellowship in Washington, DC where he trained in psychodrama and group therapy. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia including ACU and ACAP in Sydney and has also led workshops in over thirty countries. Ari has been a presenter for the Australian Psychological Society, Psychological Society of Ireland, British Psychological Society, and the British Psychodrama Association as well as Gestalt Australia New Zealand.
Ari has been in private practice for over 45 years. His initial training was psychodynamic psychotherapy, and he has had many years of supervised clinical practice. Ari has over the years completed training in a variety of therapeutic systems including CBT and its latest approaches to anxiety with Dr. S. Edelman and in 2023 with K. Morrow and E. Spenser. He has also trained in Family and Couple Therapy at the Institute of Family Therapy, London; Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Sue Johnson; Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana, and most recently, Sex and Couple Therapy with Tammy Nelson. He currently maintains a private practice in Sydney, consults with a variety of organisations and provides supervision to psychologists and other mental health professionals. He is a popular presenter for PESI Australia and continues to present at mental health conferences both in Australia and abroad. Ari continues to provide training and experiential therapy sessions in the UK and Europe twice a year.
Financial: Dr. Ari Badaines maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Ari Badaines is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of professionals who wish to work with couples or wish to further develop foundational skills for working with couples.
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