Couples Workshops

We offer engaging, interactive and exciting 2 day workshops that go to the heart of what makes relationships strong, meaningful and connected. The workshops present a range of relationship strategies developed from more than 35 years of research and evidence about what makes relationships work. Our evidence-based approach to relationships will provide clear and uncomplicated strategies to improving and strengthening relationships. We say this works and we can prove it. Our results demonstrate we make a positive difference.

Couples Workshop

The Art and Science of Love

Join the thousands of couples who have learned The Art and Science of Love by coming to one of our renowned weekend couples workshops. 2 days filled with practical, simple tools and exercises confirm, strengthen or restore your love For couples of every orientation Shown to achieve results similar to those of 6 months of marital therapy (though the workshop is not therapy) Produces positive results for 86% of those who attend (based on exit surveys) Along with the memory of re-connecting and the knowledge that “we can do this!”, you will take home a box of techniques, cards, tools and tips to support your relationship in your everyday lives.

What’s Behind the Success of the Art and Science of Love Workshop?

In a word: Science! The Gottman's work is grounded in 40 years of research with more than 3000 couples. 86 percent of people who complete this couples workshop make significant progress on conflicts that once felt “gridlocked” These numbers are a big improvement over other forms of marital intervention. For example, acclaimed marriage researcher Neil Jacobson conducted an evaluation of one of the most highly regarded therapy methods and showed that only 35 percent of couples using it improved their marriages.


Who will benefit from attending?

This workshop is designed for ALL couples in a committed relationship.  Research shows that on average, couples wait six years from the first signs of problems to get relationship help. It is designed to strengthen your marriage or relationship. If you have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with insights and tools to make it a great one. If your relationship is distressed, this two-day workshop will provide a road map for repair.  No public discussion or disclosure is involved.  All work is done as a couple.

What you’ll learn

This two-day workshop will give you new insights and research-based relationship skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you resolve conflict in a healthy, productive way. At the workshop, couples will learn how to:

  • Foster respect, affection, and closeness
  • Build and share a deeper connection with each other’s inner world
  • Keep conflict discussions calm
  • Break through and resolve conflict gridlock
  • Strengthen and maintain the gains in your relationship

If a couple is dealing with physical abuse or battering, this workshop may not be appropriate. In these cases, please consult a trained couples therapist in your area.

WORKSHOP TOPICS

1. The five basic questions:

  • How is your marriage/relationship doing?
  • What makes relationships change, for better or for worse?
  • If your relationship is in trouble, how can you turn it around?
  • If your relationship is doing well, how can you ensure that your relationship will continue to grow?
  • As your relationship improves, how can you make changes last?

2. Assessing your relationship

  • Learn to recognize the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and what to do if they are attacking your relationship/marriage
  • Identify your relationship’s specific strengths and how to build on these
  • Learn about the effects of physiological flooding and how it may impede conflict resolution
  • Learn the small, easy steps that increase romance in your relationship

3. Building a “Sound Relationship House”

  • Learn how Love Maps provide a solid foundation for intimacy
  • Use the Fondness and Admiration System to renew respect and care for one another
  • Create an Emotional Bank Account that you can draw upon in times of stress
  •  Develop your problem-solving skills, including the four techniques of effective conflict resolution: Softened Start-up, Accepting Influence, Repair Work, and De-escalation
  • Find out how you can make your dreams and aspirations come true for you, your partner, and your relationship

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for details

  • Adelaide, SA

  • Melbourne, Vic, 2017

  • Gold Coast, QLD

  • Townsville, QLD

  • Auckland, New Zealand

  • Perth, WA

  • Wollongong, NSW

  • Newcastle, NSW

  • Brisbane, QLD

  • Canberra, ACT

  • We are reviewing dates for this workshop, please contact Jasmine at admin@relationshipinstitute.com.au to register your interest.
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  • Quay West Suites Southbank
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    7 and 8 October, 2017
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    $999.00 per couple

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    Early bird special
    $899.00 per couple when
    registrations paid in full
    before 15 September 2017

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  • Suite 3A, Level 1, Equity House 37 James St, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
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    Unfortunately we are unable to offer this in 2017. We will be back in 2018
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  • TBA
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    11 and 12 November, 2017
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    $999.00 per couple

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    Early bird special
    $899.00 per couple when
    registrations paid in full
    before 16 October 2017

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  • We do not currently have this workshop scheduled for Auckland in 2017, please register your interest by emailing Jasmine at admin@relationshipinstitute.com.au
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  • Mounts Bay Waters Hotel, 110-128 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA 6000
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    18 and 19 February, 2017 SORRY REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED!
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  • Novotel Wollongong, 2-14 Cliff Road I North Wollongong NSW 2500
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    We do not currently have this workshop scheduled for Wollongong in 2017, please register your interest by emailing Jasmine at admin@relationshipinstitute.com.au
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  • Crowne Plaza Newcastle, Crn Merewether Street & Wharf Road Newcastle NSW 2300
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    We do not currently have this workshop scheduled for Newcastle in 2017, please register your interest by emailing Jasmine at admin@relationshipinstitute.com.au
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  • Cliftons Brisbane, 3/288 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
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    3 and 4 June 2017
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    $999.00 per couple

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    Early bird special
    $899.00 per couple when
    registrations paid in full
    before 08 May 2017

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  • Clifton's Canberra 2/10 Moore Street Canberra ACT 2601
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    25 and 26 March 2017 - Sorry registrations are now closed for this workshop.
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Couples Retreat

Intensive Marathon Couples Therapy

Marathon Couples Therapy is an innovative and highly successful approach to couple distress recovery that consists of 2 days in which you and your partner engage in intensive marital therapy for 6 – 7 hours per day broken down into 4 x 90 – 120 minute sessions with one of our highly trained and experienced therapists. This is a very intensive process so the day is split with regular breaks and opportunities to take time out and enjoy your beautiful beach side surroundings at Burleigh Heads, QLD, Australia.

During your rmarathon, you work together with your therapist to learn new skills to:

  • Transform inevitable relationship conflicts so you can build solid bridges between the two of you
  • Deepen your understanding of one another
  • Repair old hurts and resentments
  • Unearth the values and life purpose you share
  • Strengthen your friendship
  • Spice up your intimacy

Prior to your marathon we email you and your partner a number of questionnaires for each of you to complete.  Sometimes these can feel onerous to complete but, these questionnaires help us to understand both your individual histories and the history of your relationship as well as some of the main issues that have developed over time and bring you to couples therapy now.  It also helps us fasttrack your therapy.  The more detail you include in these questionnaires the better we will be able to get to the heart of matters.

Following your marathon we usually recommend  a few appointments either in person or via web conferencing a fortnight later and then monthly "top-up” web conferencing appointments until you both feel like you can implement the relationship processes consistently well.  These additional sessions are charged at $200 per hour.  Couples who have engaged in this process in the past have reported that while the 2 days were taxing, they were able to process a range of unresolved issues, "leave the baggage behind" and go home with a renewed sense of commitment, closeness and hope for building a closer, more satisfying and intimate relationship together.  On-going web conferencing sessions help to consolidate these gains and reinforce the skilful use of new communication strategies and behaviours.

Once you have made a decision to engage in marathon therapy it is very important that you try to “call a truce” on any on-going issues in your relationship for the time being.  Marathon therapy is a commitment to re-build your relationship and the process begins right now.  Whatever issues you are currently struggling with will be addressed over our two days together in a way that allows both of you to feel heard, understood and validated.  Effectively, what this means is that for the next few weeks until we get started you can ‘shelve’ your problems knowing that they will be addressed then, and now is an opportunity for you to have a break from working on those concerns and instead focus on what you would like to build once we have effectively dealt with them together.

The cost of your retreat/marathon includes 3 nights accomodation* in a one bedroom apartment overlooking beautiful Burleigh Beach within easy walking distance to our clinic, return personalised transfers to and from Brisbane or Gold Coast airports*, a thorough pre-marathon assessment process, 2 full intensive days working on your relationship in a safe, calm, professional and private environment with the full attention of one of our highly trained and experienced clinicians, a toolkit full of resources and information to take home that assists you to continue to deepen your emotional connection and master the skills for constructively managing conflict.

We have both male and female therapists who are both Certified Gottman Marital Therapists and have completed additional training in Emotion Focussed Therapy for Couples.  You can find more information on our About Us Page

* These options are negotiable.

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  • Burleigh Heads, Qld, Australia

  • Accomodation details will vary depending on availability; Therapy will be hosted in our clinic: Suite 3A, Equity House, 37 James St, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220
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    Dates will be negotiated to suit individual Couple's needs
    Full package cost $5000 per couple. Changes to the standard package can be negotiated which may result in either a lesser fee or a higher fee. An initial deposit of $1500 will be required to confirm your dates and to cover the cost of the assessment phase and your accomodation. Should you need to cancel or reschedule this is fully refundable less any accomodation cancellation costs and administration costs. Our standard cancellation policy below does not apply to Couple Retreats. Please contact Trish at trish@relationshipinstitute.com.au or John at john@relationshipinstitute.com.au for further information.
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Bringing Baby Home

A 2 day workshop for new and soon to be parents - Presented by Relationship After Baby.

Bringing Baby Home™ (BBH) is a 2 day research based and evaluated program for new parents experiencing the transition to parenthood. Developed by the relationship masters Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman and Dr. John Gottman, one of the world’s leading research scientists on marriage, relationships and families, it is designed for expecting parents and new parents alike. It is a fun, relaxed and informative workshop that will teach you skills that will last a lifetime!

INTRODUCTION
Bringing a new baby home is physically and emotionally one of the most significant events that can happen in a couple's lifetime - the transition from being a ‘WE’ to becoming a ‘3’.  Presented by Kylie Jo Elliott from Relationship After Baby introduces you to a range of evidenced based tools, strategies and concepts to help you maintain a stable, close and loving relationship.

We see pictures of ‘loved up’ new parents smiling at their new baby – holding hands as the 3 of them stroll through parks – beaming happy faces of untold love and joy.  And while all these fabulous things can, and do, happen, often the reality of bringing a new baby home can also bring confusion, fear, uncertainty, and for as many as 69% ... a significant relationship decline between the new Mum and Dad!  69%!!!  That is 7 out of 10 couples.  So first thing to understand here – YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
BBH firstly teaches couples how to strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy and regulate conflict,  and when Mum and Dad’s relationship is STRONG, baby's new life is much stronger, healthier and happier.

In addition to focussing on a great ‘Mum – Dad’ relationship, couples also learn about child development, how to co-parent with their partner, and discover ways to keep both parents involved.

In the Bringing Baby Home Workshop™ you will:

  • Learn how to stay connected to your partner during the transition from being a couple to being a family.
  • Learn how to cope with the changes brought about by bringing your baby home.
  • Learn how to promote the development of a healthier baby and help them in their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development.
  • Learn how to deal with the “baby blues” and decrease the chance of post partum depression. Both for Mum & Dad!
  • Learn valuable insights from a research based and research tested program.


WHO IS IT FOR?
BBH is for pregnant couples, new parents & families with young children.

This may be the most important 12 hours you will ever spend in the preparation of bringing your baby home.  Even if you already have a little bundle of joy at home ... or a couple of them ... this is for you.  What you will learn will change your life!

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  • Gold Coast, QLD

  • Relationship Institute Australasia, Suite 3A, Level 1, Equity House, 37 James St, Burleigh Heads, 4220
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    11 and 12 March 2017 - Sorry registrations for this workshop are now closed
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    $550.00 per couple

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Cancellation policy

Our cancellation policy is as follows: Full Refund (less credit card and adminstration fees) - Cancellation greater than 3 months from date of program; 75% Refund - Cancellation between 2 and 3 months from date of program; 50% Refund - Cancellation between 1 month and 2 months from date of program; 25% Refund - Cancellation between 1 week and 4 weeks from date of program. We are happy for you to transfer to another event and/or transfer your registration to another person. If transferring to another event with 2 weeks or less notice please advise the venue hospitality charge for the new venue will be charged, $100 per day per participant.

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