SPTI Diploma:

An Integrative Approach to Couples Therapy

Programme Leader: Deborah Blagden

Tutor: Rosemary Langford-Bellaby

Venue: Derby.

8 two-day workshops. Training Dates for 2022/23:

WorkshopDates (Saturdays & Sundays)Venue
Workshop 122/23 Oct 2022Derby
Workshop 226/27 Nov 2022Derby
Workshop 321/22 Jan 2023Derby
Workshop 425/26 Feb 2023Derby
Workshop 51/2 April 2023Derby
Workshop 629/30 April 2023Derby
Workshop 727/28 May 2023Derby
Workshop 817/18 June 2023Derby


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

About this training:

The SPTI Diploma is an in depth CPD training over 8 weekend workshops running from October 2022 to June 2023. The course explores 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 the fees for the course is 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).

Programme leader:

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.


Rosemary Langford-Bellaby has extensive training and experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor trainer and consultant. Rosemary has trained in both Gestalt Psychotherapy and Integrative Psychotherapy and has completed additional elements of training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis, Behavioural Therapy and Client-Centred Counselling. She is accredited with the UKCP and runs a private practice working with individuals, couples, and groups. As part of her work Rosemary has had first-hand experience in the field of Trauma having worked in Israel and Croatia with trauma sufferers and survivors. Rosemary also runs the one-year CPD SPTI Certificate training in: A Relational Approach to the Treatment of Trauma.

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 to support your learning.

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

Collette Colver, Graduate Officer, SPTI: The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, 2 Castle Quay, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 1FW.

Tel: 0115 924 3994      email: collette.colver@spti.net