Professional Training Workshops

Both Trish and John have extensive experience in providing Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapy training for professionals as well as group and individual supervision. We also have a range of in-house training options for organisations. We are certified to present all Levels of Gottman Method Couples Therapist Training and Trish is an accredited Consultant for the Gottman Institute which means she can consult with professionals who are working towards their Certification as Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists.

Gottman Marital Therapy - Level 1

Bridging the Couple Chasm - A research based approach

This is the first step in learning Gottman Method Therapy! A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 training will give you new insight into couples’ struggles using research-based assessments and effective interventions. The workshop will be facilitated by Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan. Presented by Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan, Trish is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience of working with couples in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings, Trish brings a wealth of experience working with complex couples struggling with trauma, mood disorders, personality vulnerabiities, anger management issues, affair recovery and alcohol use. Trish is the only Senior Certified Gottman Marital Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant in Australia. She is also an experienced clinical supervisor and assessor for the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority. John is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. John was the first Social Worker in Australia to become a Certified Gottman Therapist, he is also certifed to present the Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop, the Level 1 professional training and co-present the Level 2 professional training. John is trained to provide therapy to individuals, couples and groups in a range of therapeutic approaches and has a Masters in Gestalt Therapy. John is highly experienced in working with couples and individuals in a range of therapeutic settings particularly in the areas of trauma, trauma, stress, depression, and anxiety.

As a result of taking this Training you, you will learn:

  • How couples really sustain their marriages–in contrast to common myths and misconceptions.
  • How the quality of relationships affects the immune system, physical health and well-being.
  • How marital problems change over time, but never go away–even in happy couples.
  • Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills that empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues
  • Approaches for multiple presenting co-morbidities including incest, the effects of poverty, PTSD and infidelity
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse

You will receive:   A 300-page Manual featuring new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions that you can use immediately with your clients.

CPD: This training is eligible for 11 hours of CPD points.

Who is this training for?

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from our training:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals

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  • Adelaide, SA 2017

  • Melbourne, Vic

  • Townsville, QLD

  • Australian Wide Live Web-based training

  • Perth, WA

  • Canberra, ACT

  • Auckland, NZ

  • Brisbane, QLD

  • Wollongong

  • Darwin, NT

  • Sydney, NSW

  • Gold Coast, QLD

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  • Quay West Suites Southbank
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    5 and 6 October, 2017
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    $799.00 per person

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    Early bird special
    $750.00 per person when
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    before 15 September 2017

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  • TBA
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    9 and 10 November, 2017
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    $799.00 per person

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    $750.00 per person when
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  • Web-based conferencing using Zoom
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    We do not currently have this workshop scheduled for 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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    16 and 17 February, 2017 SORRY REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT!
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  • Clifton's Canberra 2/10 Moore Street Canberra ACT 2601
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    23 and 24 March 2017 - Sorry registrations are now closed for this event
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  • The Crowne Plaza, 128 Albert Street, Auckland New Zealand
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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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  • Cliftons Brisbane, 3/288 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
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    22 and 23 June, 2017
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    $799.00 per person

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    $750.00 per person when
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    before 29 May 2017

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  • Novotel Wollongong, 2-14 Cliff Road I North Wollongong NSW 2500
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    We will return in 2018 - sorry for any inconvenience
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  • 8 and 9 June 2017
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    $799.00 per person

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    $750.00 per person when
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    before 15 May 2017

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  • Cliftons Sydney, 60 Margaret St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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    2 and 3 February, 2017 - REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT!
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  • Suite 3A, Equity House, Level 1, 37 James Street, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland
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    10 and 11 August, 2017
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    $799.00 per person

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    $750.00 per person when
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Gottman Marital Therapy - Level 2

Assessment, Interventions and Co-mobidities

Deepen your understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy… Expand your strategies & interventions with couples! Presented by Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan, Trish is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience of working with couples in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings, Trish brings a wealth of experience working with complex couples struggling with trauma, mood disorders, personality vulnerabiities, anger management issues, affair recovery and alcohol use. Trish is the only Senior Certified Gottman Marital Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant in Australia. She is also an experienced clinical supervisor and assessor for the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority. John is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. John was the first Social Worker in Australia to become a Certified Gottman Therapist, he is also certifed to present the Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop, the Level 1 professional training and co-present the Level 2 professional training. John is trained to provide therapy to individuals, couples and groups in a range of therapeutic approaches and has a Masters in Gestalt Therapy. John is highly experienced in working with couples and individuals in a range of therapeutic settings particularly in the areas of trauma, trauma, stress, depression, and anxiety.

NOTE:  You must have completed Gottman Level 1 Professional Training or Home Study Program before attending Level 2.

Professional Development & Practical Immersion:

  •     Take part in interactive presentations.
  •     Practice using Gottman Interventions in group role-plays; Receive personalized, supportive coaching
  •     View new demonstration films from the Gottmans’ clinical office
  •     Participate in extensive discussions with Senior Certified Gottman Therapists and clinicians from around the world.
  •     Refine your clinical skills and expand your strategies and interventions in your work with couples
  •     Learn to internalize and integrate the powerful, research-based Gottman Method Assessment and Intervention techniques.
  •     Gain insight as to when to use these methods and when couples therapy is contraindicated.
  •     Engage in vital dialogue regarding Gottman Couples Therapy.
  •     Gain confidence in using the techniques through personal immersion

Participants will be able to:

  •     Assess a couple’s “Friendship Profile,” “Conflict Profile,” and “Shared Meanings Profile”
  •     Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “Four Horsemen”
  •     Help couples to soothe physiological flooding
  •     Apply six modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couple’s interactions
  •     Assist couples in establishing dialogue about their grid-locked conflicts
  •     Select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their “Friendship System” with rituals of connection
  •     Select and implement interventions to help couples create a shared system of values and meaning
  •     Identify and implement five different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman Assessments and Interventions
  • Who is this workshop for?

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from our training: Mental health providers, Allied professionals and clergy, Students and interns, Family clinic staff, Professors/teachers of couples therapy, Researchers in the social sciences, Employee assistance professionals

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  • Canberra, ACT

  • Brisbane, QLD, 2017

  • Perth, WA

  • Melbourne, VIC

  • Sydney, NSW

  • Gold Coast, QLD

  • Mercure Canberra, Corner of Ainslie & Limestone Ave, Braddon, ACT 2612
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    19, 20 and 21 October, 2017
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    $1,250.00 per person

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    Early bird special
    $1,100.00 per person when
    registrations paid in full
    before 29 September 2017

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  • Royal on the Park, 152 Alice St, Brisbane, QLD, 4001
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    24, 25 and 26 August, 2017
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    $1,250.00 per person

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    $1,100.00 per person when
    registrations paid in full
    before 04 August 2017

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  • Mounts Bay Waters Hotel, 110-128 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA 6000
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    20, 21 and 22 February, 2017. THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED. WE HOPE TO BE BACK IN PERTH IN 2019
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  • Cliftons, 440 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000006
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    13, 14 and 15 July 2017
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    $1,250.00 per person

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    $1,100.00 per person when
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    before 19 June 2017

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  • Cliftons Sydney, 60 Margaret St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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    27, 28 and 29 July, 2017
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    $1,250.00 per person

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    $1,100.00 per person when
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    before 03 July 2017

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Practicum

Gottman Marital Therapy Level 3 Professional Training

During the Practicum workshop, participants will examine videotaped cases of couples brought in by workshop colleagues. These cases are used as learning and teaching tools to deepen your understanding of when and how to use various Gottman Method approaches and interventions, and how to break destructive patterns and replace them with meaningful interactions.

Trish Purnell-Webb will demonstrate an assessment or intervention session appropriate for each couple’s struggle as role-played by audience volunteers. These demonstrations represent the true resistances and co-morbidities we face as therapists and how we can transform them into effective healing methods for the couple. Following each demonstration, participants have the chance to practice and refine their use of Gottman Method Couples Therapy through participation in role-plays, demonstrations and discussions in a small group setting. Trish and select  Certified Gottman Therapists observe each group and offer practical tips and technical refinements for the therapist. No criticism or negative judgement is allowed. Rather, efforts are made to create safety and security for all therapists present in an environment free of criticism and negative judgment.

After each role-play session, Trish will lead discussions that include case consultations and nuanced details of the techniques previously demonstrated and provide guidance in developing a roadmap for clinical decisions.

There is no better way to learn how to apply the Gottman Method than this workshop.

Pre-requisites:

    Master’s or doctoral degree OR current enrolment in a graduate program within a mental health-related field
    Completed Level 1 Live Training or DVD Home study*
    Completed Level 2 Live Training or DVD Home study*
    Therapy experience highly recommended, but not required

Workshop Objectives
At the end of this workshop participants will understand how to:

  •     Effectively use the Oral History Interview during a couple’s assessment and understand its implications
  •     Clearly explain to a couple their strengths and challenges in terms of the “Sound Relationship House”
  •     Help partners identify their own “Four Horsemen” and understand the antidotes
  •     Select and utilize appropriate tools to help a couple deepen their “Friendship System”
  •     Clarify a couple’s conflicts in terms of solvable, perpetual, and grid-locked problems
  •     Use the “Dreams Within Conflict” technique to help a couple feel hopeful and to achieve break-through with their perpetual conflict
  •     Successfully intervene when one or both partners are flooding
  •     Help a couple reach solutions using the Compromise Ovals intervention
  •     Sensitively intervene when co-morbidities are present

Workshops are limited to a maximum of 15 training therapists to ensure a quality individualised training experience.

Workshop Fee $1250 Early Bird, $1400 Full Fee (Payment plan available on application)
Schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm, daily
Registration begins at 8:00am

Video Participation: Case Discussion in Certification Practicum
Participants are asked to bring a short (ten minute or so) video segment (on DVD or USB thumb drive) of difficult and challenging couples to the Level 3 workshop. The therapist’s work with the couple will not be critiqued; in fact the video does not even need to show the therapist; just seeing the couple is all that is needed. The purpose will be to use these couples to illustrate how the Gottman Method can be applied to these tough cases. Trish will describe how to treat these couples utilising the Gottman methodology and then participants from the audience will volunteer to role play these couples with Trish demonstrating using a variety of interventions with these couples. Participants will then have the opportunity to practice using these interventions in a supportive small group setting with other participants’ role playing the couples from the videos.

Bringing a video tape isn’t required, but it will help make the training more meaningful for everyone. If you cannot bring a taped segment, it would help to bring a brief written description of a challenging couple for the same purpose. This is for Case Discussion within the context of Certification Practicum ONLY and is not related to the videotaped interventions submitted for final Certification Review.

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  • Gold Coast, QLD September 2017

  • Gold Coast, QLD March 2017

  • Suite 3A, Level 1, Equity House, 37 James St, Burleigh Heads, QLD
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    7, 8 and 9 September, 2017
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    $1,400.00 per person

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    Early bird special
    $1,250.00 per person when
    registrations paid in full
    before 14 August 2017

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  • Suite 3A, Level 1, Equity House, 37 James St, Burleigh Heads, 4220
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    2, 3, and 4 March 2017
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    $1,400.00 per person

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Let's Talk infidelity and Trauma

Let’s Talk Infidelity and Trauma

The disclosure of an affair is among the most devastating and painful experiences that couples face. It is also one of the most challenging and complicated problems encountered in therapy. Similarly, trauma and it's impacts is often experienced in relationships as a barrier to processing emotional experiences, building trust, intimacy and connection. This workshop will examine the theory of infidelity and it’s causes, the symptoms and relational impacts of trauma, models of treatment and present a range of interventional strategies for helping couples repair, rejuvenate and re-build their relationships utilising our unique approach to Integrated Couples Therapy.

Some of the challenges encountered in treatment that will be addressed are:


·       how much about the affair should be disclosed,

·       how to help with shattered trust,

·       hyper vigilance, hyper-arousal and anxiety,

·       and how to develop the skill of emotional attunement and build empathy between the partners.

Objectives: Participants will be able to: (1) Integrate complementary perspectives in the treatment of infidelity and trauma; (2) Identify key thematic considerations in understanding and treating infidelity and trauma, including pitfalls to avoid; (3) Address the issue of confidentiality in couples therapy with clarity; (4) Understand the importance of maintaining the primacy of joint sessions while also using individual sessions to support the joint couples work; (5) Gain knowledge of how to use a couple’s dialogue process and empathic emotional processing techniques to facilitate the couple’s work of emotional healing.

Learning Methods: Lecture, discussion, video and live demonstration and case presentations by presenters.

The workshop will be facilitated by Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan.  Trish has an MPsych(Clin), she is a Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant.  John is a Mental Health Accredited Social Worker, he is a Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist, Level 1 Presenter and Art and Science of Love Presenter. Both John and Trish have also trained in the delivery of Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples as well as trauma specific interventions such as CBT for Trauma, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

For more information about Trish and John please go to our website www.relationshipinstitute.com.au or email us with your queries at admin@relationshipinstitute.com.au

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  • Brisbane

  • Canberra, ACT

  • Melbourne, Vic

  • Sydney, NSW

  • Burleigh Heads, QLD

  • Royal on the Park, 14 Alice Street, Brisbane, 4001.
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    17 and 18 August, 2017
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    $750.00 per person

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    Early bird special
    $660.00 per person when
    registrations paid in full
    before 24 July 2017

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  • Mercure Canberra Corner of Ainslie & Limestone Ave, Braddon, ACT 2612 Australia
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    3 and 4 August, 2017
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    $750.00 per person

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    $660.00 per person when
    registrations paid in full
    before 10 July 2017

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  • Cliftons, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne
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    9 and 10 March, 2017 - Sorry registrations for this workshop have now closed
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    $750.00 per person

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  • Cliftons Sydney, 60 Margaret St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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    31 August and 1 September, 2017
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    $750.00 per person

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    Early bird special
    $660.00 per person when
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    before 07 August 2017

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  • Relationship Institute Australasia, Suite 3A, Level 1, Equity House, 37 James St, Burleigh Heads
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Let's Talk Working with Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD) Couples

GSD Workshop

Introduction - We live in a society where the heterosexual dyadic model of relationship is dominant. Working with individuals in the context of self defined models of same/similar sex relationships presents the therapist with unique challenges, which often defy socialized hetero-normative values.

GSD people, in various ways, whether past or present, have experienced oppression, discrimination, invisibility, and shame and have had to deal with the legacy of their embodied sexual and/or gender experience. They have mostly experienced a developmental trajectory, which has felt like ‘other’ with recognition of their relationships as legitimate only recently.  While GSD communities are varied and there are important differences across the various sub-groups there are also commonality. It is this common ground that will form the basis of the training. Despite these differences, whatever the context, humans are relationship and attachment seeking and while GSD relationships sometimes don’t follow the ‘norms’ they often do.

In this one day workshop we will:

  1. Understand the current terminology associated with GSD couples
  2. Appreciate the demographic picture of same sex couples in Australia
  3. Understand different models and conceptualisations of relationship and issues such as fidelity
  4. Explore personal values and beliefs about GSD clients
  5. Gain insights into factors affecting non-heterosexual relationships
  6. Understand the similarities and differences between heteronormative and GSD couples
  7. Appreciate key factors in a therapeutic approach to working with GSD couples utilizing ICT (an integration of Gottman Marital Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples)

Presenters: Trish Purnell-Webb (Clinical Psychologist MPsych(Clin), Certified Gottman Marital Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant)

John Flanagan (Mental Health accredited Social Worker, Masters Gestalt Therapy, Certified Gottman Marital Therapist)

Brad McLean - Brad McLean is a graduate of theAustralian Centre for Integrative studies which teaches an integrative psychotherapy curriculum within a transactional analysis framework and he has also undertaken psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and Interpersonal psychotherapy training.  Brad is currently in private practice in Sydney where he works with individuals and with couples using Gottman Marital Therapy. He specialises in working with Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD) relationships. A former clinical nurse specialist, award-winning journalist, editor and communications professional he also runs a Sydney-based health communications consultancy, BM Communications.

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  • Sydney, NSW

  • Gold Coast, QLD

  • Holiday Inn Potts Point, 203 Victoria Street, Potts Point 2011
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    2 September, 2017
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    $385.00 per person

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    Early bird special
    $330.00 per person when
    registrations paid in full
    before 11 August 2017

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Supervision/ Professional Consultation

Group and Individual Supervision/Consultation

Trish Purnell-Webb (Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant) and John Flanagan (Certified Gottman Marital Therapist) are available to provide supervision to help develop your couples counselling practice and answer all your questions regarding the Gottman Model and interventions, our approach to Integrated Couples Therapy based on the integration of both Gottman Marital therapy and Emotion Focussed Therapy for Couples. Trish is also available to provide consultation to therapists working towards certification as a Gottman Marital Therapist. Bookings essential.

Supervision is an ideal way to deepen your understanding of the practice and processes used in couples counselling and to get good constructive feedback.  Individual and group sessions (limited to maximum 5 participants) are available by appointment. Consultations can be in person, via phone, Skype, Facetime or email.

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  • Australasia

  • Skype, Facetime, Phone, Email, In Person
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    By appointment
    Please call us on 1300 791 870
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Cancellation policy

Our cancellation policy is as follows: Full Refund (less credit card and administration 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; No Refund - less than 1 week from 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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