The renowned Specialist Course in Integrative Couple Therapy (SCICT) is now in its 34th year. It is open to counsellors and psychologists wanting to develop rigorous knowledge and specialist skills in working with couples.
Delivered by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), it is also an accredited component of the Swinburne University Master of Social Science (Couple Counselling) at the second year level.
The course uses an integrative therapeutic approach, which is strongly grounded in evidence-based models and contemporary practice.
It equips participants with the skills and practical experience to respond flexibly to couples’ particular needs, world views and situations.
'I can say, without hesitation, that RAV's course was one of the most rewarding and stimulating aspects of my post-graduate education.'
Recognising the limitations of using a single theoretical model, our course provides training in a range of theories and practices, including:
- Attachment Theory
- Psycho-Dynamic, Systemic and Integrated Behavioural Theories
- Emotionally-Focused Therapy
- Neurobiological-informed practice.
It incorporates research findings by Gottman and considers emerging ideas and practice trends.
'The combination of experiential learning as well as theory was very valuable. Highly recommend the course for professionals in the field. I loved it.' - Catherine Stevenson, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Therapist, Mental Health
The course's ‘Therapeutic Self’ module enhances participants’ understanding of what shapes them as therapists, enabling them to remain reflective in what is often an emotionally charged field. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have developed specialist knowledge and emerging skills to assist couples experiencing a range of difficult issues.
The stand-alone course is delivered one day a week for 5 months, with the option of completing an additional supervised internship at a Relationships Australia Victoria centre.
'I found the course to be especially helpful to me in understanding and developing the links between my personal experience, the theoretical perspectives, and my work with couples.' - Max Broadway, Industrial Chaplain and Accredited Social Worker.