Certificate in Couples Work - Online

Are you looking to develop skills and experience in working with couples?

Are you a coach, counsellor or psychotherapist who is new to couples work and excited to learn more? Or perhaps you are an existing couples therapist, looking for new ideas and inspiration to add to your practice?

If so, the Physis Scotland Certificate in Couples Work, delivered over 6 days (3 weekends) could be just what you’re looking for.

The Physis Scotland 2022 Certificate in Couples Work course will be delivered online, allowing you to join us from the comfort of your own home, from wherever you are located across the globe.

Jennie Miller, PTSTA sharing a little snapshot of the Certificate in Couples Work

Certificate in Couples Work

The Certificate in Couples Work course is suitable for the beginner taking their first steps into this work and/or for the experienced couple practitioner who may like to incorporate this training into their existing practice.

The Certificate in Couples Work will:

  • Explore the ways in which couple work is different from individual therapy (a ‘couple’ here meaning any two adults in relationship, including family, friends and work colleagues).
  • Introduce you to The Key to Couples Work, a robust eight-session model for working with couples, devised by Jennie Miller and incorporating Transactional Analysis theory.
  • Explore all key aspects of couple work, including: essential skills; boundaries with couples; how to facilitate connection; understanding what aspects of couples work may be most challenging to you, the practitioner.

Applicants for this course must have completed 200 hours of supervised counselling practice or equivalent in other fields, for example coaching or organisational work. Please note, this can be face-to-face, online or a combination of both.

Whilst this course will draw on aspects of Transactional Analysis theory, no prior knowledge of TA is required to undertake the course.

“Jennie’s delivery was excellent – supportive, encouraging, humorous at times too! Well-paced over the three weekends.”


Course Content

Module One: Getting to know you

  • Overview of course and group contracting.
  • Personal view of couple work – exploring motivations, hopes and fears.
  • Beginning the work: first contact from clients and how best to respond; the assessment and the start of boundary work; session one and intake; format of how each session will start; contracting and session two.
  • Looking at Wares Contact Doors.
  • Learning Journal: participants to keep a learning journal of their experience and reflections.
  • Observed skills practice and supervision.

Module Two: Boundaries with a Couple – How to use them and not lose them.

  • All things boundaried: when a couple will push the boundary both inside and outside a session; dealing with the non-engager; exploring what might you be fearful of.
  • Ruptures large and small.
  • Looking at the impact on the practitioner when working with a couple. Building the relationship with your couple and some creative techniques.
  • Working through sessions 2-5, this will include introducing the PAC model to your clients and explore mapping their relationship.
  • Observed skills practice and supervision.

Module Three: Are we nearly there yet and endings.

  • Time to review: the work so far, checking the contract; what is working and what might the couple be avoiding? Are the couple engaging with the work outside the sessions? If not how to address this.
  • Working through sessions 5-7, this will include introducing the Drama Triangle and Choy’s Winners Triangle to your couple. Looking toward the ending.
  • Observed skills practice and supervision.
  • The final session with your couple, including how to be creative with endings.
  • Final Practice and supervision


To gain the Certificate, participants on this course are required to:

  • Complete a minimum of eighteen hours of couple work, either during or after the training.
  • Record a learning journal and log of hours during the training, whilst gaining the required hours of couple work practice.
  • Be willing to role play being clients to develop learning and implementation of the eight-session model.
  • Submit a 2000 word written Case Study following the practice on the course, to illustrate learning from the course and demonstrate understanding of how the model works in practice. The case study will need to illustrate that the practitioner can reflect on their work and how they have developed during the training. The Case Study must also include a 10-minute transcript with TA diagnosis (not part of the word count). Please note, TA diagnoses is part of the course curriculum, therefore a prerequisite of TA knowledge is not required.
  • A summary of your learning journal must also be submitted.

2022 Course Dates

  • 02/03 April 2022
  • 07/08 May 2022
  • 25/26 June 2022

Course fee

Fee: £650 (3 taught modules over 3 weekends) £95 deposit plus 3 x £185

Course tutor

Jennie Miller, PTSTA


A Physis Scotland Certificate in Couples Work will be awarded on successful completion of the course.

How to apply for this course

The next Certificate in Couples Work course will start in April 2022. For an application form and/or further details please contact Fiona Cook or Fiona Firman, Directors of Training –enquiries@physisscotland.co.uk or call 07927 557217. The application deadline is the 18th March 2022.

“The overall atmosphere of Physis Scotland as a training institute was wonderful – supportive throughout.”


“I have been singing the praises of Physis Scotland, and this course, since I did it, as I really enjoyed it. So thank you very much for a great experience. You all manage to combine professionalism and efficiency, with warmth and accessibility, in my experience”.

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