Certificate in Couples Counselling: Online – 6 Days

Our next Certificate in Couples Counselling course will start in January 2023.

This 6 day online couples counselling course is a collaboration between The Link Centre and Manchester Psychotherapy Foundation and will be delivered by Mark Widdowson.

Course Content:

This couples counselling course will provide practicing students and qualified counsellors with all the skills and underpinning knowledge they need to practice couples and relationship counselling.

The course will cover the theories and techniques of a range of approaches to couples and relationship therapy and will be solidly based on research findings and evidence-based practice.

The certificate in couples counselling course will cover assessment, interventions and techniques, theories and models of relationships and relationship dynamics, communication and conflict resolution, sex and sexuality in relationships, as well as theories and techniques for dealing with the main problems couples present in therapy.

Participant Numbers: There will be a maximum of 40 participants on this course

Pre-Course Requirements: Participants should be qualified counsellors or in training and seeing clients in placement.  (Students in training should talk through their planned attendance with their supervisor / course tutor)

Coursework and assessment: Participants will complete a reflective workbook throughout the duration of the course, which will evidence how they have met the relevant competencies required for certification as a couples therapist.

It is recommended that participants set aside one to two hours per week for reading and reflective writing based on their learning and experiences during the workshops and their implementation of the material in their practice. This recommendation is to enable participants to get the most out of the training and cement their learning.

Course Tutor: Dr Mark Widdowson, PhD, MSc, ECP, TSTA(P), FHEA,

Mark is a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. He is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, holder of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, and specialist trauma therapist. In addition to his academic work, Mark maintains a private practice for individuals and couples in central Manchester.

Mark has twenty five years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist and has worked extensively with a full spectrum of trauma survivors throughout this time, including survivors of physical and/ or sexual violence, war refugees and torture survivors. He has trained in numerous trauma therapies over the years.

He is also the author of Transactional Analysis: 100 Key Points and Techniques and Transactional Analysis for Depression: A Step-by-Step Treatment Manual, both published by Routledge. He is an active psychotherapy researcher and was awarded the European Association for Transactional Analysis Silver medal in 2014 and the International Transactional Analysis Association research award in 2017 for his contributions to the evidence base for transactional analysis.

Dr Mark Widdowson (UKCP Registered Psychotherapist – Pronouns: He/ him)

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£760 (Jan 2023)

Booking and Dates

19th Jan to 15th June 2023


Upcoming Dates:

6 Days (9.30am to 4.30pm)

19th January 2023

16th February 2023

16th March 2023

20th April 2023

18th May 2023

15th June 2023

Payment Options:

A non-refundable deposit of £70 is to be made on booking with the balance of £690 payable a month prior to the course. We will send you details regarding the payment of the balance nearer the time.

Cancellation Policy:

50% refund will be given on cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice.  Deposits are non-refundable.


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Dr Mark Widdowson, PhD, MSc, ECP, TSTA(P), FHEA,

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