• Working With High Conflict Couples - Sydney

    Working With High Conflict Couples - Sydney

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    Conference venue: Cambridge Hotel, Sydney

    Date: Friday November 25th
    Time: 9:00AM till 4:00PM
    PD hours: 6

    This is a one-day course designed to give both new and experienced Therapists the confidence and skills to work with couples who present in crisis and in high conflict.

    Listen to Clinton Power from Australia Counselling interview Jacqueline McDiarmid on how she works with high conflict couples

    Couple work can be confronting and challenging to new and experienced therapists alike, especially when a highly conflicting couple enter the room. For many Therapists anxiety levels rise leaving them wondering how they will manage the session without the conflict escalating out of control. In some instances safety of all people (including the Therapist) needs to be considered and managed. In this one-day course students will learn how to engage a couple, manage both the couples’ and the Therapist’s anxiety, and manage escalation of the conflict in the therapy room and outside of it. There will be an emphasis on learning systemic circular questioning, as well as key ideas from Solution Focused Therapy to provide containment and structure.

    This is a practical 1-day course held in Sydney where students are provided with clear ideas and process steps. You will be shown show how to move a high conflict couple session in a productive and helpful way. Learning will be by class discussion, group work, DVDs and case presentations.


    • Students will understand systemic ideas and the difference between interpersonal work and intra-psychic work.
    • Students will understand how to manage a first and second session where a couple has presented in a volatile way and is in crisis.
    • Students will be able to positively connote and have a basic understanding of circular questioning.
    • Students will be able to construct and work with a genogram.
    • Students will understand how to engage a couple and keep the session balanced.
    • Students will understand how to manage their own anxiety and potential trigger responses to crisis situations.
    • Students will feel more confident approaching high conflict couple situations.


    View testimonials for this course here.

    Course presenter

    Jacqueline McDiarmid

    Jacqueline McDiarmid MCFT, B.Couns., Dip. Psych, is the Director of the Sydney Couple and Family Specialists, a private practice in Sydney and the Director of The Couple and Family Training Centre where she runs professional development training sessions and a mentoring program for those who wish to work in couple and family therapy. She currently lectures in the Masters program at the Jansen Newman Institute and guest lecturers at various universities. Jacqueline is well known for her work with couples and families and is passionate about offering clients the opportunity to experience a safe and productive place to work with well trained Couple and Family Therapists. Jacqueline is a Clinical Member of the Family Therapy Association of Australia and a Clinical Member of PACFA.


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