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Behavioural Couples Therapy for Alcohol Dependence

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Behavioural Couples Therapy for Alcohol Dependence

Dates: The training runs for 4 days on: 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th September 2019
Venue:  NSCAP – Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, Bevan House, 34-36 Springwell Road, Leeds, LS12 1AW

Training provider: Tavistock Relationships
Fees: Free of charge
Course code for admin purposes:  2019SEPLEEDSBCTAD


About the Training
Training in BCT-AD will take place over 4 days. It comprises formal teaching (including films, discussion, experiential learning, role play and lecture) and 20 sessions of ‘remote’ supervision via Zoom which will enable practitioners to practice with couples (parents) where alcohol dependence is causing distress in the relationship.  Successful completion enables practitioners’ names to be displayed on Tavistock Relationships’ website and OnePlusOne’s Learning / Practitioner Hub.


What is BCT-AD?
BCT is cited in NICE guidelines as an effective therapy for alcohol dependence and is a brief integrative-behavioural treatment where one of the partners is experiencing relationship distress linked to alcohol dependence which will, in turn, be affecting their children.

BCT-AD has been developed by identifying best practice in a range of behavioural, cognitive, systemic, emotionally focussed and psychodynamic couple treatments, all evidenced in RCT effectiveness trials. BCT-AD focuses on the relational aspects of alcohol dependence and looks for the bi-directional causal and maintaining factors in the relationship that are contributing to the problematic use of alcohol.  The model focusses on factors that reduce stress and increase support within the couple, using the relationship as a resource for recovery and relapse prevention.


Who is eligible for the training?
An interest in developing and extending their practice to work with couples where one or both has a problem with alcohol use.  All applicants need to be able to access appropriate couple referrals, approximately 3 from the outset of the course. Experience of working with couples (parents) and of working with alcohol addiction is beneficial, although this is not a prerequisite. 

Each application must include:
• a completed ‘Applicant’s Details’ form (below)
• a statement of support from a current supervisor (below)
• a statement of support from your line manager (below)

If you have any queries, including if you are unsure if you meet the criteria, please contact a member of the Training Team or Kate Thompson, Training Lead. Please use the course administration code as a reference, to help us to deal with your query efficiently.
• a photograph- passport style (this is only used for the trainers to get to know people’s names)


Behavioural Couples Therapy for Depression - application form - September 2019