Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy Workshop

Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy: Treating Couple Distress & Individual Psychopathology

Workshop Presented by Professor Michael Worrell

Place: Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin 22Y X80

Date: Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time: 9am – 4:30pm (Registration from 8:30am)


CBPI Member/Associate/Pre-accreditation Member = €120 (Membership Number)

Non-Member = €130

Student/Unwaged = €90

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Ireland Event Link


Many therapists find working with couple issues challenging and can feel deskilled and lost in knowing how to intervene effectively. However, CBT Couple Therapy is a well-established and evidence-based model for working with couples that is recommended by NICE as a treatment for depression. Contemporary Cognitive Behavioural Couple therapy has been significantly expanded and enhanced to include a focus upon emotional, cognitive, behavioural and environmental factors and their interaction. In addition, the model has been enhanced via a focus upon individual personality, developmental and contextual factors. Empirical research has established that CBCT is an effective treatment for couple distress. More recent work has established that CBCT is an effective treatment for individual psychopathology. That is, it can be highly effective to treat individual forms of psychopathology such as depression and anxiety through targeting aspects of the couple relationship that may act to maintain the disorder. To achieve this, therapists need to understand how to deliver what works in individual therapy in an interpersonal context. In this workshop participants will be introduced to a contemporary CBT model for working with couples.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding a model of relationship functioning and couple distress
  • Common patterns of couple interaction that maintain distress
  • Understanding the interactions between couple functioning and individual psychopathology
  • Cognitive, behavioural and emotion-based interventions for reducing couple distress
  • Strategies to target individual psychopathology within a relational context

The workshop will include didactic instruction as well as demonstrations of key clinical skills. Participants will have the opportunity to practice key interventions. Therapist and client handouts for key interventions will be provided.

Payment includes light lunch and refreshments. For special requests, please inform upon registration. Car parking is €5 per day with a validated ticket. To register, please complete and return the form provided. Registration will close on Friday, 11th October. For venue information, visit Places limited, early booking advised. Email for more information.