Relationship Counselling Course

Relationship Counselling Course - a group of people in a study group

Relationship Counselling Course

This six-week couples counselling training course aims to give qualified counsellors the knowledge, skills and experience needed to enable them to work competently and confidentially with couples and relationships. The course combines theory with practical activities designed to reinforce learning and enhance skills development.

Course Objectives

The course objectives are to:

  • build on the counsellor’s existing skills and knowledge
  • increase understanding of contractual considerations when working with couples
  • develop an understanding of theoretical models underpinning working with more than one client
  • engage in experiential activities designed to increase understanding and consolidate learning
  • develop and extend existing skills and professional practice

The Trainer

Joan Manville will facilitate the training. Joan is a highly experienced couples’ counsellor and trainer. She has worked as a relationship counsellor for over 25 years, and been teaching couple’s counselling for over 20. Joan has worked in a variety of organisations, nationwide. Her teaching style is warm and open, with just a hint of humour.


Dates and Times

COVID-19 Update: We have had to postpone this training due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page as soon as we have any news are to the rescheduled dates. keep safe and well. We look forward to seeing you on the other side.

If you are interested in attending the event, please complete the booking form. We will not take a deposit but will let you know as soon as we have dates available.

The training will take place over six Sundays, with a one-week break between days 3 and 4. Each day starts with refreshments at 9:30 AM and finishes at 4 PM each day. The dates are:

  • 21 June 2020
  • 28 June 2020
  • 5 July 2020
  • 19 July 2020
  • 26 July 2020
  • 2 August 2020


The training will take place at Counselling Matters, 18 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 4QF. Please arrive by 9:30 am for a 10:00 start. We’ll finish at 5 pm on both days.

Our offices are just a few minutes walk from Waterloo station on the Northern Line and the major bus routes (47, 53, 53A, 63, 133 and X2 buses). There is a small car park, and additional on-street parking is available, and a pay-and-display car park a few minutes walk away.


The course costs £500 in total.

We will take a non-refundable deposit of £150 on booking. You can pay the balance by monthly direct debit, bank transfer or credit/debit card. The costs include all materials and refreshments each day.

How to Book

Please complete our event booking form. This is a popular course, and we have limited places, so we recommended booking early to avoid disappointment.

Course Outline

Day One

  • Contracts, boundaries and ethical practice
  • What people bring into relationships–expectations (v) reality
  • Three-stage model
  • Invent a couple activity
  • Relationship fit theory
  • Skills practice

Day Two

  • Loss theory
  • Using genograms
  • Collusion
  • Transference and projection
  • Skills practice

Day Three

  • Systems theory & activity
  • Attachment theory
  • Contracts revisited
  • Working with triads activity
  • The pinch/crunch model
  • Demonstration of a counselling session by Joan
  • Skills practice

Day Four

  • The language of sex
  • The influence of the media activity
  • Questionnaires activity
  • Sexual dysfunctions
  • Making an appropriate referral to a sex therapist
  • Fantasy island activity
  • Skills practice

Day Five

  • What is an affair?
  • The impact of affairs
  • Types of affairs and reasons for them
  • Rebuilding trust

Day Six

  • The social aspects of separation and divorce
  • Managing endings
  • Facilitating negotiations
  • Fishers rebuilding model
  • Book reviews
  • Skills practice
  • Identifying next steps
  • Recap of learning and evaluation