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The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences offers continuing education for couple therapists

In collaboration with the Californian university UCLA, associate professor Tea Trillingsgaard from Aarhus University is offering Danish psychologists and therapists the opportunity to learn one of the most well-documented methods within couple therapy.

Tea Trillingsgaard Photo: AU Foto

Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy – also called IBCT – is a relatively new approach to couple therapy, which has already been documented substantially. By offering a workshop that can be integrated into the specialist training programme for psychologists, the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus University now supports practitioners in adopting the IBCT method.

“The research into the effects of IBCT is the most well-executed research into the effects of couple therapy so far, and I am pleased that the upcoming workshop will allow us to pass the well-founded method of IBCT on to psychologists and therapists who already work with couple therapy, or who would like to get started but lack the tools,” says associate professor Tea Trillingsgaard, who heads the research unit on couple and family research at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

Tea Trillingsgaard will host the upcoming workshop, which will be taught by American UCLA professor Andrew Christensen, who has developed the IBCT method.

“Andrew Christensen is an internationally recognised figure who is known for his work as a clinician as well as his research into couple therapy. I am very happy that we are able to collaborate on this programme across the Atlantic ocean,” says Tea Trillingsgaard.

She expects that up to 120 people will attend the workshop, and that the participants will include Danish, European and American couple therapists.

“This provides us with an exciting opportunity to share our experiences with couple therapy across languages and national borders,” says Tea Trillingsgaard.

Read more about IBCT and the workshop here.

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