SPTI Diploma:

An Integrative Approach to Couples Therapy

Delivered by Deborah Blagden

Venue: Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS.

8 two-day workshops.


  • £2,130 (Non-Members) 
  • £1,980 (SPTI Graduate Members)

Now taking enquiries for 2022/23.

Training Dates 2021/22:

Workshop Dates
Workshop 1Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th June 2021
Workshop 2Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July 2021
Workshop 3Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September 2021
Workshop 4Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th October 2021
Workshop 5Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th November 2021
Workshop 6Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December 2021
Workshop 7Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th January 2022
Workshop 8Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th February 2022

About this training:

The SPTI Diploma will be in depth CPD training over 8 weekend workshops running from June 2021 to February 2022. The course will explore working therapeutically with couples incorporating a variety of different therapeutic approaches within the couples framework. This long CPD course is designed for people who usually work one to one, and want to work with couples, or those who are doing some work with couples and would like to update their knowledge and develop their skills. Working with couples is very different to working with an individual and not just because there are three people in the room. Psychotherapy with couples requires specific knowledge and skills rather than those applicable to general therapeutic work. On this course we aim to build on your existing psychotherapy and counselling skills and to widen these to include a range of theoretical approaches and systemic skills. The course is designed to support you in building on, enhancing and honing your practice when working with couples. Our intention is to enable participants to work with confidence, ethically and at a deep level, incorporating a variety of psychotherapeutic models within the couple framework.

Included in your fees for the course will be a personal copy of V. Joines Personality Adaptation Assessment tool (JPAQ) and training in its use. This is a valuable diagnostic tool used to assess six main personality types. Knowing the adaptations, you will be able to support your clients to become aware of their strengths, possible pitfalls and areas for growth. You will be taught how to use the model to support you in treatment planning, your interventions and to enhance contact in the couple relationship.

Who is the training for?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists with a qualification/training at a minimum of level 6 (or level 5 with extensive clinical experience).

About the facilitator:

Deborah Blagden is a UKCP registered Clinical Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer as well as a BACP member. She holds a MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and is a Certified Transactional Analyst, undertaking her masters at the Metanoia Institute London in the mid 1990’s. Over the last 20 years she has also trained as an EMDR practitioner, Developmental Couple Therapist and completed training in Clinical Supervision. She is endorsed by the European Association of Transactional Analysts as a (provisional) Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst.  She has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, including the NHS and for the last 26 years in a Forensic setting facilitating therapeutic groups. She also manages a private psychotherapy practice in Derbyshire, working with individuals, couples, and groups.

How will I be taught?

The workshops will be taught both didactically and experientially using case studies, small group and role play. Trainees will be invited to use their own experience of being in a couple to develop and integrate the theory and models being taught. Each workshop will be led by two facilitators and supported overall by a team of experienced tutors and administrative staff. You will be provided with academic articles and have access to our well stocked library at Thiskney House, Nottingham to support your learning.

For more information and to book your place, please contact:

Collette Colver, Graduate Officer, SPTI: The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Thiskney House, 2 St James Terrace, Nottingham, NG1 6FW,

t: 0115 924 3994      e: collette.colver@spti.net    

For more information please contact collette.colver@spti.net