One of the most common and pervasive issues that brings individuals and couples to seek relationship counselling is difficulties in resolving conflict. It also ranks as one of the most common and difficult issues that therapists face in couple counselling.
Therapists report feeling frustrated, and sometimes at a loss, when it comes to:
- making sense of a couple's conflict patterns, and
- how to help a couple break their cycle of destructive communication.
Helping couples improve their communication skills is important; couples need to be supported in how to best communicate with another. But for couples who display a chronic pattern of destructive conflict, skill-building alone is only so effective...
This is because conflict patterns are often a manifestation of chronic relationship fears and insecurities. These fears and insecurities are tied to people's attachment styles. Over 30 years of research into adult attachment suggests that attachment styles are key to predicting the destructive conflict patterns that couples enact.
Because of this, working with couples to end cycles of destructive conflict requires a therapist to bridge knowledge and skills on conflict patterns WITH knowledge and skills on attachment styles.
But few courses provide therapists and counsellors with clear and direct ways of linking destructive conflict patterns with attachment styles. That is, until now…
This online course is designed to arm counsellors and therapists with knowledge, tools, and skills in working with destructive conflict patterns AND the attachment styles of couples. This course will help you to:
- identify and assess the most common destructive conflict patterns – negative reciprocity and demand-withdrawal
- develop concrete case conceptualisation in dealing with destructive conflict
- understand how attachment styles are associated with particular patterns of destructive conflict, and learn how to assess the attachment styles of couples
- learn evidence-based strategies for working with insecurely attached clients who demonstrate destructive communication and conflict patterns