SPTI Diploma:

An Integrative Approach to Couples Therapy

Programme Leader: Deborah Blagden

Tutors: Rosemary Langford-Bellaby & Sezal Jones

This training is delivered as 8 weekend workshops on the following dates:

Workshop 1Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd March 2024
Workshop 2Sat 13th & Sun 14th April 2024
Workshop 3Sat 18th & Sun 19th May 2024
Workshop 4Sat 1st & Sun 2nd June 2024
Workshop 5Sat 27th & Sun 28th July 2024
Workshop 6Sat 7th & Sun 8th September 2024
Workshop 7Sat 5th & Sun 6th October 2024
Workshop 8Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd November 2024


The workshops are delivered in our training facilities in Nottingham.

About this training:

Please note this training is now closed to applications for academic year 2023-2024.

All enquiries to: collette.colver@spti.net

The SPTI Diploma is an in depth CPD training over 8 weekend workshops. 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.

The full course brochure is available for download below:

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.

Sezal Jones is a UKCP registered psychotherapist who currently works part time for a national charity providing couples and individual therapy and provides an IAPT contracted service for couples where depression is an underlying factor in their relational distress. Sezal has her own private practice where her special interest is working with clients experiencing sexual compulsivity with or without the consequences of illegal activity. Sezal also works as a sessional practitioner for a children’s charity dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse. Training is an area where Sezal has extensive expertise having delivered a variety of training packages to staff and senior managers in multi-disciplinary contexts extensively for more than 5 years in both forensic and third sector settings. In her previous employment prior to training as a psychotherapist, for over 10 years Sezal facilitated therapeutic groups in a forensic setting.

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, a wealth of online resources and have access to our well stocked library to support your learning.


For the course starting March 2024, the tuition fees are:  £2,180 for SPTI Graduate Members and £2,345.00 for Non-Members. A deposit of £300 is required to secure a place.

Students can pay in four instalments (instalment fee applicable). This course does not attract any funding such as advanced learning loans.

For more information 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