Professional Counselling Association
of the ACT and NSW Inc

Art of Couple & Relationship Counselling

  • 23 Jun 2018
  • 9:30 AM
  • 24 Jun 2018
  • 4:30 PM
  • Central Coast - Wyee

Introduction to the Art of Couple and Relationship Counselling

Doug Sotheren is the Trainer and Presenter for each weekend, as Doug is in semi-retirement he may not get a chance to run this course again, so it may be your last chance to attend. 

Weekend 1 - 23rd  & 24th June 2018

Weekend 2 - 21st & 22nd July 2018

Weekend 3 - 18th & 19th August 2018

Weekend 4 - 22nd  & 23rd September 2018

Weekend 5 - 20th & 21st October 2018

Contact: Linda Elsey 

Phone: 02 4359 1976


Please note: this workshop is limited to a max of 16 people, so be quick before you miss out as numbers are filling fast.

The weekend is fully catered for, which includes lunch, morning & afternoon tea. If you have any dietary requirements this can be accommodated.  

Cost $400.00 per person per weekend (payable on the weekend) or full payment $2,000.00

Art of Couple and Relationship Counselling

Introducing both the skills and theory underlying a successful practice in Couple Counselling this five weekend program aims to allow graduates to develop the practical skills and theoretical underpinnings of a range of models in couple therapy.

Doug Sotheren brings the summation of forty-five years of working with couple relationships and the journey through the many models of relationship counselling that have emerged over that time.

Beginning with experiential exercises that explore the nature of the “Between” the reality of the bi-personal field that emerges when two people enter into committed relationship. Doug will demonstrate basic patterns of skills in making connection with each partner and the relationship, and his method of shaping all interventions to create a relational focus.

The group will then explore a range of theoretical models that may be used to inform couple counselling practice. Alongside of these models participants will practice with video feedback the base skills in couple counselling and the ways in which these are shaped by the use of the theories of choice.

Participants will have the opportunity to briefly review the following theories that can be included within the couple counselling meta-model presented: Attachment, Object Relations, Marital Contract, Narrative, Couples Developmental, Multi-generational Family Systems, Couples Communication, Somatic and Narrative models. Techniques from these models will also be explored.

The weekends will be in workshop format with use of structured exercises, demonstrations, and practice of skills. The theoretical components of the workshop will be covered by the provision of handouts so that the majority of the workshop time can be experiential and interactive.

We need a good mix of males and females to attend the workshops.

Click below for the workshop outline 

Workshop Outline 


Doug Sotheren   first trained as a relationship counsellor in 1970.  He has undertaken further training in Gestalt and Family Therapy.  In the late 1980’s he developed an interest in body focussed, or Somatic models of counselling and has undertaken further training in this field.  For eight years, from 1973, he operated a counselling centre in Western Sydney and then was involved in the creation of the LifeCare Counselling Service in Sydney.  In 1989 he began a private practice as a Counsellor/Therapist, and human relations consultant on the NSW Central Coast. In 1993 he was involved in creating the Coast Care service on the Central Coast.

His experience includes over 25,000 hours of counselling and thousands of hours of intensive group training for counsellors and other health professional throughout Australia.  He has been involved in training Relationship Counsellors since the late 1970’s. He is a Clinical Member and Registered Supervisor of Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors, a Life Member of Christian Counsellors Association, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a BA in Sociology and an M.Th. with focus on the family systems.


From time to time the PCA may facilitate advertising of third party products and services on its website. The PCA does not endorse the products or services advertised on this website and provides no warranty whatsoever as to the quality or appropriateness of those products and services. 

The PCA may (through this website) provide links to other sites that may be of interest to its clients and members. While the PCA provide these links in good faith, we do not endorse or in any way guarantee the content or products on the website of any third party and will not be liable for loss or damage suffered as a result of reliance on such information or the use of such products. 

© Professional Counselling Association of the ACT and NSW Inc
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software