Relationship Institute Australasia

Counselling and
Professional Training

Bridging the Couple Chasm -  A research based approach

This is the first step in learning Gottman Method Couples Therapy. A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using research-based assessments and effective interventions. The workshop will be facilitated by Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan who are both Certified Gottman Marital Therapists, Master Trainers, and Consultants. 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 vulnerabilities, anger management issues, affair recovery and alcohol use. 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 and only Social Worker in Australia to become a Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant. 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.

For exact dates, venues & fees - please click on a location to the right.

PLEASE NOTE:  DURING 2020 all trainings outside of Queensland are being offered as online live stream trainings only.

2021 TRAININGS are being offered as live in person workshops.  However, if Government regulations and/or border crossing requirements are still in force or re-introduced at any time during the year, trainings will be converted to online live stream  trainings.  Our normal Cancellation policy will apply. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

ALL PARTICIPANTS IN ONLINE TRAINING  WILL RECEIVE PERMANENT ACCESS TO THE TRAINING VIDEOS AND A DIGITAL COPY OF  THE TRAINING  MANUAL VALUED AT $249 USD, AT NO  EXTRA COST.

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:   Online lifetime access to all the training videos and a downloadable pdf version of the 300-page training manual valued  at $249USD (approx $335AUD)

CPD: This training is eligible for 12 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

Workshop timings:  9am - 4.30 / 5pm both days

Workshop Schedule

Please be sure to read our Cancellation Policy

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