A 20 hour introduction to Integrative Relationship Therapy (IRT)

  • Are you interested in working more powerfully and effectively with couples?
  • Do you get overwhelmed wondering which approach would suit you best?
  • Would you like a chance to try the different approaches before committing to more intensive training?
  • Are you a coach, minister, doctor, social worker or other professional who works regularly with people in relationship distress? If so we have a special offer for you.*
  • Are you a complete novice wondering how to get started and if relationship work is for you?
  • Are you trained in a specialist model and wondering how to incorporate findings from other models?

If so this course is for you.  This intensive 3 day training will deepen your work as a couple’s therapist.  The IRT intensive is a summary of the in-house training delivered to the Relate Counselling Interns.  Our goal was to expose them broadly to the effective interventions available within Imago Relationship Therapy, Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Therapy, Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) and the Mindful Integrated Relationship Therapy Approach. Elements from Narrative Therapy, Crucible Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), micro expressions and body language are also considered.

Our goal was not to simply drown our interns in random information but to give them a coherent integrated model that enabled them to track moment by moment in therapy if the couple was making progress and how to keep things on track.  We also wanted them to have an overview model that enabled them to track the couples progression in therapy.

This model was developed by Steven Dromgool as an integration of his training in Imago, Gottman, EFT and PACT.  The progression model has been incorporated in Mindful Integrated Relationship Therapy (MIRT) the new evidence based approach to couples therapy training developed by Dr Monica Mansilla.  The overview model was developed in conjunction with the Relate senior team.  These two models massively simplify the process for newer therapists.  For more experienced clinicians trained in one or more models it enables them to effectively integrate their current strengths while considering contributions from other therapy models.  What this means is that clinicians are not simply applying random theories and interventions but are working intentionally and mindfully.

Highlights of the 20 hour training:

  • The cycle of relationship
  • A relational brain model
  • Research based predictors of divorce and happiness in relationships
  • An introduction to Mindful Integrated Relationship Therapy (MIRT) – the 1st evidence based couples therapy training model
  • An Integrated model to track your progress in therapy
  • Live demo’s contrasting the different approaches
  • Tracking micro-expressions
  • ​and more . . .

Feedback from previous attendees

Really good. I got a lot out of it and it’s given me direction for follow-up training

Steven was extremely generous sharing his knowledge and skills and achieved this in an interesting combination of written information, utilising multimedia and personal stories. His many practical ways of being with certain scenarios was insightful, showed great care, intuitive and skillful. It was very worthwhile for me and was able to be utilised within a week within my own profession with a very positive outcome.

Fantastic course for therapists as well as anyone who wants to improve their relationships. So glad I took this course!

The Relate Road Trip

As part of our commitment to supporting and increasing accessibility to top quality couples therapy we set up the Relate Road Trip to offer the training in a variety of smaller centres throughout New Zealand.  If your local organisation is able to host and or promote us we would be delighted to partner. We have allocated dates and availability for 10 centres throughout New Zealand.  Obviously we do have minimum numbers required for group cohesion and affordability.  We will make a call on whether there is sufficient interest 3 weeks prior. For details please email contact@relationshiptherapy.com.au or call 0204 Relate.

Earlybird, Student and Non-Clinician Discounts

​It is our strong desire to support students by preparing them for working with couples from the outset of their work.  To this end there is a substantive discount for full-time counselling students – to access this discount use the promo code StudentsIRT

It is our experience that this training is often very valuable for other professionals who work with couples – however the final day of training which is heavily practice and implementation oriented is less focused on non-clinicians.  So there is the option to simply do just 2 days of training at a reduced rate – to access this lower rate use the promo code NonClinician – It should be noted that you are most welcome to all three days of training and other non clinicians have found the last day very engaging and insightful (a birds eye view into a clinical practice).

​All other participants can get $450 tickets, up to one month prior to the event start date, by using the promo code Earlybird

For other enquiries or questions email contact@relationshiptherapy.com.au

The Relate Road Trip 2018


Cost:   $495 ($450 Early Bird for bookings 1 month prior )
Full-time Students $250
Venue: Newtown Community Centre
​Cnr Colombo and Rintoul Sts, Newtown, Wellington.
Time: 9:00 – 5:00 pm Sunday – Tuesday
Morning and Afternoon tea provided

Cost:   $495 ($450 Early Bird prior 1st June)
Full-time Students $250
​Friday – Quest Apartments,  333 Cumberland St, Dunedin 
Saturday & Sunday – Dunedin Community House,  301 Moray Pl, Dunedin
Time: 9:00 – 5:00 pm Friday – Sunday
Morning and Afternoon tea provided
Register your interest for next year at contact@relationshiptherapy.com.au

Cost:   $495 ($450 Early Bird prior 15 April)
Full-time Students $250
Level 1 Training Room, Leys Institute, Ponsonby, Auckland
Time: 9–5pm Friday
9-4pm Saturday/Sunday
Morning and Afternoon tea provided

If you would like to register your interest for alternative training dates, please follow the link below:

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