New training available to help Bristol’s troubled couples


Lack of provision of specialist therapy means many in relationships and with families struggle to find the help they need.
In the most recent extensive survey by the government it was found that two of the problem hotspots for divorce in the UK were in the Bristol area (central Bristol and Weston Super-Mare).
To help build extra professional knowledge to assist more couples in difficulty, London-based Tavistock Relationships are launching new training opportunities in Bristol for aspiring couple counsellors and qualified psychotherapists.
World renowned leaders in the field for over 60 years, this will be the first time Tavistock Relationships has run its training courses outside the city of London. The courses are now open and are suitable for anyone interested in starting a professional career in couple work or experienced therapists who are looking to expand their professional skills.
Starting in January at Engineers House in Clifton, Tavistock Relationships is offering a six-month part-time Introduction to Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy course which includes: working psychodynamically with couples, therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy skills, and understanding particular relationship challenges (e.g. working with affairs, new parents or older age). For those already experienced in face-to-face working, there will also be a new specialist training course for the established professional arena in Bristol, as couple dynamics often require an in-depth knowledge of how relationships work in order to help with potential partner and family breakdowns. Qualified individual therapists will be offered a FREE taster training session in 2017 to experience first-hand the kind of work the advanced course will involve.
“This is an exciting new training opportunity which will boost and, ultimately, help bridge the current skills gap,” said Ally Kessler, the Chair of Psychodynamic Training at Severnside, who has offered therapeutic services in Bristol for several years, welcoming the launch of the course.
“Bristol is served well with analytic training for individuals and child psychotherapists, but there’s no designated course currently available tackling the complexities of couple work,” Kessler observed. “This means getting couples the special help they need – referring them to a trained couple therapist – can be very challenging.”
Liz Salter, one of the Tavistock Relationships tutors on the course, explains this new initiative: “I’ve been helping couples for 30 years, but primarily working in London. When you step outside of the capital, you realise that the variety and access to some professional knowledge is harder to access. We chose Bristol because as well as being a cosmopolitan city, it’s got a better than average skill base, which means more people might then go on to become qualified couple therapists. Not to mention the recent findings that indicate Bristol has couples and families that need help.”
Tavistock Relationships is offering a FREE open evening on 12 October 2016 at Engineer’s House for anyone who is interested in attending this Introductory Course. Pre-booking is essential and can be done online.