Essential Skills in Dealing with Couples in High Conflict

Essential Skills in Dealing with Couples in High Conflict

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This course will focus on the couple dynamic and help mediators and understand what is happening, so they can find ways to navigate through the issues when there is high conflict. The course will look at the research about conflict and couple. Theory from systemic family therapy will be used alongside ideas from emotionally focused therapy. This course will provide ideas and skills to take away into practice immediately after the course.

Trainer: Simon Shattock Independent Trainer and Family & Systemic Psychotherapist


I am a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Family Therapy. I have significant clinical experience in working with children who have experienced self-harm, eating disorders, conduct disorders, bereavement, trauma and interpersonal issues. I work with children and families coping with the adjustment of divorce and separation and have experience working across different cultures and religions. I have research interest into the impact of separated fathers. I have over 19 years’ experience of working in social care and mental health settings with both children and adults and worked for many years in the NHS in Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. I currently also work as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in a Tier 4 adolescent unit in Hertfordshire CAMHS as well as in private practice in Wimpole Street, London.  I have lectured on a number of different mental health courses at City University, Highgate Counselling Centre and the Tavistock Centre. I am currently completing a supervision training of other systemic family therapist and other professionals.