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Working with Couples: Raising Awareness Training

A one-day face-to-face programme for both clinical and non-clinical staff working in perinatal services featuring awareness training around perinatal depression and a discussion of how Couple Therapy for Depression methods can help.

Upcoming training dates

London: TBC

Bristol: TBC

Leeds: TBC

Key information


London, Bristol and Leeds

Next course dates:


Bristol: TBC

Leeds: TBC

Fees: These awareness days are free to staff who meet the elibility criteria (clinical and non-clinical staff in Perinatal Services) and places are funded by NHSE.

Application deadline:

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This Awareness Training provides a thorough introduction to those working clinically and non-clinically with couples in the perinatal period:

  1. How relationship dynamics between a couple can be affected by the arrival of a baby
  2. How these dynamics can play out in emotional terms between the partners (e.g. depression, anxiety, conflict, loss of closeness, isolation);
  3. The impact of couple relationship quality on the psychosocial development of babies
  4. How practitioners can help couples draw on the strengths of their relationship as a positive resource during times of emotional strain
  5. How to set up a thriving couple service within your existing service


Areas to be covered:

  • How to identify signs of depression and anxiety in both halves of the couple
  • How to assess risk in couples – suicidality, DVA, birth trauma, self-harm, substance misuse, post-natal psychosis, children at risk
  • How to engage couples, particularly from different cultural, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientations in establishing support networks
  • Couple dynamics and how they are affected throughout the perinatal period· Adapting to life with a baby – each parent’s styles of attachment
  • Working with a couple and a baby in the room and maintaining a balanced outlook and techniques in how to engage the ‘non-birthing’ partner
  • Thinking about parenting: family and societal modelling including parents’ family histories
  • Physical and emotional changes during the perinatal period: psychoeducation to offer couples, including impact on their sexual relationship, potentially linked to birth trauma

Also, what is CTfD with a Perinatal Focus and how does it work?

  • How to address the couple dynamic when setting up a couple service
  • Techniques in how to address the couple and encourage them to attend together
  • Techniques in working with the couple relationship as ‘client’ as opposed to one individual
  • Appropriate referring to specialist services

Entry requirements

These Awareness Training Days are open to all staff, both clinical and non-clinical, working in Perinatal Services.


  • This training is funded by NHSE for staff who meet the eligibility criteria, i.e. clinical and non-clinical staff working in Perinatal Services.

How to apply for this course

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Course leader

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is Tavistock Relationships' Head of Couple Therapy for Depression, Projects and Business Development. She is qualified is a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist and is registered with BPC and BACP. In addition to her clinical and training responsibilities, she has co-edited ‘Engaging Couples: New Directions in Therapeutic Work with Families’, alongside Chris Clulow and Andrew Balfour, published by Routledge, 2018.

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Student testimonials

It was fantastic to be part of some really great training.

I really enjoyed learning about couple dynamics and how to work with this. It was nice having more than one facilitator and I found them all to be warm and insightful.

The formulation guides the work and provide a framework which can help in the understanding of the relational aspects.

Former students