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Registration now closed for September start date. If we open another section of this course, new information will be posted on this site

Participants will learn how to journey with clients through therapy in a structured and intentional manner, and how to implement and evaluate the behavioural (doing) and the cognitive (thinking) components of couples’ relationship therapy. 

How Will I Learn It?

Program Pre-Approved by the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association for 70 Credit Hours, Event Code 64930672

Pre-Approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 70 CORE CEU hours ​​

Learn how to encourage couples to use tools out of sessions that will be discussed in session. Learn to help the couple to identify their ‘Tipping Points’ and to reflect on how “Tipping Points” can be prevented through cognitive and behavioural homework actions.

This Online Course is designed for Mental Health Professionals involved who are already providing (or planning to provide) counselling and support for couples in relationship distress. While it focuses on the couple in the present, it also considers the couples' past experiences and how past learning and experiences have impacted their views of themselves, others and the future and how their thinking patterns detract from positive interpersonal exchanges. 

Learn an Approach to Couples Counselling/Therapy that is based on Evidence-Based Structure & Techniques

Participants will understand the Five types of Cognitive Phenomena (Baucom & Epstein, 1990) that influence spouses’ affective and behavioural responses: Perceptions (especially Selective Attention); Attributions;

Expectancies; Assumptions; & Standards.

Learn how to use tools to help spouses decrease anxiety, deal with depression, anger, and other issues that interfere with healthy couple functioning. Learn how anger (a normal human reaction we feel when something is being taken away from us or ‘done to us’) can escalate when communication is poor, when anger has been learned as a defense in earlier life, when coping skills are weak or non-existent, and when couples have reached the “Tipping Point”. 
Learn how to maximize effect when spouses report the same problems, (‘she never listens to me/ he never listens to me’), and when each is talking about the opposite pole of the same issue (‘I just want him to spend time with me’/ ‘she is always blaming me so I stay away’).

Participants  will learn how to work with clients experiencing the four types of affect that most commonly influence marital cognitions: anger; depression; anxiety; and jealousy, and how to help couples overcome behavior, cognitions and affect that mutually influence each other.

​Utilizing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Couples Therapy

Learn to structure therapy space for best results with all levels of couple conflict, to allow a collaborative process, and to allow best engagement between couples. Learn to ‘become more visible’ in the structured space. 
Learn the 80/20 Rule; to work through 80% Process and 20% Content (not the other way around). Learn that it takes significant time for each spouse to actually listen and hear what is going on with the other when they have been stuck in their own ‘negative cognitions’ for lengthy periods. What the therapist may pick up in minutes with his or her experienced ear may take weeks or longer for negative scripted spouses to hear. Learn to use a variety of methods to encourage “Looped Listening”. Learn to assess and intervene when ‘Supporting Armies’ exist; when one or both spouses have enlisted the support of family and/or friends, co-workers, and others in hearing the one-sided demonized details of the couple’s life (thereby strengthening negative cognitions). 

Learn how to work with couples in challenging their misconceptions, biases, and prejudice in their thinking by using standard CBT techniques; they will learn how to teach couples to “catch” negative automatic thoughts (NATs) and to “notice” how these catches improve communication, and thereby improves the relationship. 
Learn how you can, with an initial assessment with both spouses and one session with each spouse, assesses the level of conflict in the relationship, the openly expressed/implied willingness to work on resolution or mitigation of issues, and the willingness of the couple to "try" the CBT Model.

Participants will learn how to help couples identify how cognitive factors (thinking) influences affect (feelings) as well behavioural exchange (marital eruptions and distress). They will learn how to help couples to improve their discrimination skills, communication skills, problem-solving skills, and behavioural-change skills. 

We specialize in online learning in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for mental (and physical) health professionals.  We realize that educating professionals in CBT significantly expands the health and wellness resources available to healthcare clients.

You will work in small collaborative groups within a larger class. In fact, you can register with a group of 6-8 peers and expect to complete the entire program with that same group. Alternately, you can register individually and work with people from across the country and beyond. Your collaborative learning groups will facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, the co-creation of knowledge, meaning, reflection, and transformative learning. Reciprocal scaffolding (Holton and Thomas, 2006) is utilized where collaboratively working groups are provided with opportunities to learn from the experiences and knowledge of each other.

This online program consists of weekly video lectures, weekly discussion, frequent electronic quizzes to keep you on-track, group Case Studies, and meetings with your facilitator via  Skype/Adobe Connect.

Holton, D., and Clark, D. (2006). Scaffolding and metacognition. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 37, 127-143.

Why Should I Take This Course 

The Course Leads are both Registered Marriage and Family Therapists, Registered Psychotherapists, and are Certified Cognitive Therapists with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. They are committed to helping other therapists find ways to work successful with couples in marital relationship distress, and helping them learn evidence-based ways to help couples break non-helpful patterns of Cognition, Affect, and Behaviour.

September Intake

Sept 25, 2018 to Feb 24, 2019
1500 +HST: Early Bird Discount ($75) for Registration and payment in full before Aug 1

Registration now closed for September start date. If we open another section of this course, new information will be posted here


To Register: Download, Complete, and Fax your Completed Registration Form to (519) 488-1061,
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Learn to encourage couples to utilize existing supports, such as support groups, family doctor support, spiritual practices, Bibliotherapy, couples “check-ups”, among others. Learn the relevance of a therapist knowing his or her community and resources available/resources lacking. Learn to teach clients not to avoid conflict in the future, but rather to approach it using a different “container”.

They will learn how to work with clients in enhancing Empathy (understanding); Intimacy (closeness); Expressed affection; Trust; Acceptance; and Forgiveness. Clients will examine the “internal contract” and how it may seriously influence unexpressed expectations. ​