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DECIPHERING CONTROLLING BEHAVIOURS IN RELATIONSHIPS - Effective assessment and responsive strategies to support couples in distress.

Jackie Burke, B.Psych. (Hons), Grad. Dip. Systemic Therapy, Adv. Cert. Supervision, Fellow ANZMHA
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Many couples seeking counselling are struggling with one or both person’s controlling behaviour. As clinicians we are required to accurately assess and respond to controlling behaviours. Most clinicians can correctly identify physically violent relationships as unacceptable but even physical violence within relationships can stem from different sources and require different approaches to be effectively resolved.

Clinical competence can be even more challenged by controlling behaviours that do not manifest physically. Such behaviours can include: chronic criticism, defensive responses to requests for change, isolating a person from their friends and family, signalling contempt and snooping. These controlling behaviours can also stem from different sources and deciphering which you are working with can be challenging.

This course will provide clinicians with the latest research about different types of control and violence including characterological and 

situational domestic violence and will explore how the impacts of trauma on one or both partners can manifest in behaviours that are controlling.

Treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships are explored enabling most effective interventions for clients. Clinicians will be immediately equipped to implement their learnings in their work with clients. 

Feedback form Jackie’s recent presentations:

‘Best training I’ve had in years! Thank you!’

‘I found all the information very useful for my client work.’

‘Clear, great content.’

‘ Engaging style.’

‘Really interactive - thanks’

‘Jackie is fabulous!’

‘Awesome day – thank you!’

‘I really appreciated your systemic approach and upbeat style.’

‘Great training day - I learnt heaps.’


Jackie Burke, B.Psych. (Hons), Grad. Dip. Systemic Therapy, Adv. Cert. Supervision, Fellow ANZMHA's Profile

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Jackie Burke is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling and supervision services. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW and has directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She is an awarded researcher, and her training programs about trauma, sexual and domestic violence, clinical supervision, trauma informed practice, and vicarious trauma are popular nationally and internationally.

After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established her own private practice and consultancy business in early 2017. She is a published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University.  

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Program Information

Event Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
  12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
  1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)

Registration Details

Live Interactive Webcast or Webinar Registration
Fees: $199 
Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event.
           $99 Additional viewer (must watch on same device as primary viewer)
           $29 Purchase lifetime access to the recording (available to primary viewer only)

  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of live, interactive training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation and quiz via your account. 
  • A soft (digital) copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • A recording of this event will be available in your account approximately three weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months.  You will receive an email notification when the recording becomes available for viewing. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to join the live webcast on the day, you will be able to watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz and retrieve  your certificate at a later date before the end of the three month viewing period.

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. An understanding of the many faces of control in relationships
  2. Ability to assess the source of controlling behaviours in couple interactions
  3. Indications and contraindications for couple therapy
  4. Effective treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships

“Controlling relationships are not all the same. Decipher the source of control to effectively assist couple in distress.”     Jackie Burke

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Understand the latest research on control and violence in relationships
  • Accurately assess the source of controlling behaviours in couple interactions
  • Implement effective treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Understanding controlling behaviours
  • Differentiating sources of control
  • Types of domestic violence​

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Assessing controlling behaviours
  • Treatment approaches for controlling behaviours
  • When not to do couple therapy

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists who work with individuals and couples who are experiencing distress about their relationship.

Venue information

This Accor hotel has a fully implemented plan attending to the health and safety of all venue attendees.
You will be required to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, the venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the street level. 

Conveniently located right by several bus routes and a 7-minute walk to Parliament Station.

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and water are provided.
If you have pre-purchased lunch, hotel staff will have you selection ready for you.
The venue has a restaurant and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants should you choose to eat out.
Please note that lunch bought from outside providers cannot be eaten in the hotel.


The seminar venue is the Mantra on Russell Hotel which offers a discount on accommodation for the PDP community. Please quote the code RUSSELL2021

Quest on Lonsdale is a 6 minute walk from the venue.
Hotel Grand Chancellor is a 2 minute walk from the venue.

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