Level Two: Couples Counselling Training: Exploring Differentiation

Dates: next course will be held Friday 11th/Saturday 12th June; and Friday 9th/Saturday 10th July 2021

Location: Quaker Meeting House, 2 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, London SE3 9LL

Cost: £490 or Early Bird £465

Location: London 

CPD: 22 hours

Cost: £490

As a follow on from the Introduction course, this Level 2 course will explore the important concept of Differentiation in Couples Counselling, and focus in particular on the Developmental Model of Couple Counselling pioneered by Drs Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson, as well as looking at the Crucible Model of Couple Therapy pioneered by Dr David Schnarch.

This course will cover the following:
• The Developmental Model of Couple Counselling pioneered by Drs Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson
• Introduction to The Crucible Model by Dr David Schnarch
• Differentiation Theory and its relationship to Attachment Theory;
• How to work with affairs and betrayals;
• Different types of lies within relationship;
• Concepts from Neuroscience and how these might aid the couple counsellor;
• The five stages of development in adult relationships, and the goals/tasks of each stage;
• The three types of couples that present for couples counselling;
• Using a Couples Questionnaire;
• The Paper Exercise: a key exercise to ascertain and diagnose six major problems in the couple’s ability to handle conflict, negotiation and communication;
• Working with hostile and avoidant couples;
• Facilitating the Initiator-Inquirer Dialogue to strengthen differentiation in relationship;
• Goal setting;
• How to help couples repair ruptures in their relationship;
• Working with and disrupting Symbiosis; Facilitating Differentiation;
• Key negotiation principles; strategies for making decisions.


Debbie will be leading this course, and will be sometimes joined by her partner Simon Adamson who is also a couples counsellor which will add an interesting extra dimension to the work. You can read more about their work together at www.completecouples.com. A CPD certificate of 22 hours will be provided on completion of the course.

This course will run at least once or twice per year.

There will be maximum of 21 people per course to ensure optimum benefit of the course.

Minimum qualifications required to enrol for the course: Ideally, completion of the four day Introduction course, although if you already work with couples, it’s possible to register for the Level 2 course without completing the Introduction course. This course is most suited to qualified counsellors or psychotherapists. If you are a trainee, then completion of a minimum ten week certificate course is required to enrol. If you are outside of these criteria, please contact me to discuss, as in exceptional cases, enrolment may be possible.

Cancellation terms: A £100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a place. The balance is payable one month before the course start date, and once paid is also non-refundable.  In the event of cancellation with less than one month’s notice, a full refund will be offered if someone from the waiting list takes your place, otherwise the balance payment is also non-refundable.