Salus Approach

Relationship Therapy Workshop for Practitioners

The Salus approach provides practitioners with a method to help couples improve their empathic communication. Practitioners will learn to work with couples, assisting them to improve their understanding of their relational dynamics, to develop the skills to navigate and decrease patterns of dysfunction, and to improve communication and reconnect.

The efficacy of couples therapy is well established, both when working with individual relationship issues and in context of a presenting couple. However the foundational skills for working with couples are typically taught as an augmentation to the clinical focus of training courses. Focused on the development of specific relationship focused competencies, this experiential workshop will teach aspiring/existing couples therapists evidence-based relationship counselling skills in order to facilitate the process of change within relationships. Practitioners will gain a greater understanding of the common relational stresses that couples experience, whilst also learning the professional and reflective capabilities to work with couples in distress, and to assist them to develop the skills required to navigate and overcome decline in relational satisfaction.

As a result of taking this Training you will learn how to:

  • Incorporate Schema Therapy approaches with couples
  • Incorporate emotion focused techniques in couples work
  • Reframe relational problems and recursive interaction patterns
  • Generate relational questions and reflexive comments in the therapy room
  • Didactic dyadic communication skills
  • Expand private practice opportunities through the development of couples therapy competencies

Who is this training for?

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from our training:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals

About the presenter (s):

Robert’s working experience as a tradesman ‘building things’ and as a farmer ‘producing things’ and his subsequent academic qualifications in Organisational Psychology set the background for the development of his unique approach to couples therapy. Working with over 500 couples and drawing on theories and practice across attachment, conflict and change management, communication, schema, motivation, and emotion focused fields, Robert has established a process/behavioural driven approach to couples therapy that is active, engaging, empathic and provoking. After many requests, Robert has, with help, manualised and packaged his approach to couples therapy with the hope that other therapists find his Salus Relationship Therapy as helpful and rewarding as he and his clients have.




9am – 5pm Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August 2017

CPD points

14 CPD points


$600 (early bird) if paid by 01 August 2017
$800 (full fee)

*Provisional and early career psychologist (less than 12 months professional practice) reduced price: $390 (including GST)


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