SPTI: Continuing Professional Development Programme

SPTI Diploma: An Integrative Approach to Couples Therapy

Delivered by Decorah Blagden

Venue: Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS

8 two-day workshops (Saturdays 9.30 am - 5.00 pm and Sundays 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Please Note - Training Dates are now as follows:

  • Weekend 1: Sat 5th & Sun 6th September 2020

  • Weekend 2: Sat 3rd & Sun 4th October 2020

  • Weekend 3: Sat 7th & Sun 8th November 2020

  • Weekend 4: Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020

  • Weekend 5: Sat 16th & Sun 17th January 2021

  • Weekend 6: Sat 13th & Sun 14th February 2021

  • Weekend 7: Sat 6th & Sun 7th March 2021

  • Weekend 8: Sat 10th & Sun 11th April 2021

Fees: 2,130 (Non-members) 1,980 (SPTI members)


The SPTI Diploma will be in depth CPD training over 8 weekend workshops running from September to April 2021. The course will explore working therapeutically with couples incorporating a variety of different therapeutic approaches within the couples framework. This long CPD course is designed for people who usually work one to one, and want to work with couples, or those who are doing some work with couples and would like to update their knowledge and develop their skills. Working with couples is very different to working with an individual and not just because there are three people in the room. Psychotherapy with couples requires specific knowledge and skills rather than those applicable to general therapeutic work. On this course we aim to build on your existing psychotherapy and counselling skills and to widen these to include a range of theoretical approaches and systemic skills. The course is designed to support you in building on, enhancing and honing your practice when working with couples. Our intention is to enable participants to work with confidence, ethically and at a deep level, incorporating a variety of psychotherapeutic models within the couple framework.


Included in your fees for the course will be a personal copy of V. Joines Personality Adaptation Assessment tool (JPAQ) and training in its use. This is a valuable diagnostic tool used to assess six main personality types. Knowing the adaptations, you will be able to support your clients to become aware of their strengths, possible pitfalls and areas for growth. You will be taught how to use the model to support you in treatment planning, your interventions and to enhance contact in the couple relationship.


Who is the course for?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists with a qualification/training at a minimum of level 6 (or level 5 with extensive clinical experience).


How will I be taught?

The workshops will be taught both didactically and experientially using case studies, small group and role play. Trainees will be invited to use their own experience of being in a couple to develop and integrate the theory and models being taught. Each workshop will be led by two facilitators and supported overall by a team of experienced tutors and administrative staff. You will be provided with academic articles and have access to our well stocked library at Thiskney House, Nottingham to support your learning.


Click here to download the course information and booking form.


For more information and to book your place, please contact:

Collette Colver, Graduate Officer, SPTI: The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Thiskney House, 2 St James Terrace, Nottingham, NG1 6FW,

t: 0115 924 3994      e: collette.colver@spti.net