Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dear colleague,

On behalf of Rosalie and myself, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the WellconnectedTraining 2013professional development program:
Core Concepts in Couple Counselling.

This program:
Is an innovative way of presenting the core concepts or common factors in couple counselling, that is suitable both to beginners as well as more experienced and advanced practitioners.   

While reference is made to emotionally focused, solution focused and narrative approaches, the focus is on the core common factors that assist couples.  Central to these factors is the development of understanding and acceptance in the couple relationship, including re-connecting to and confirming positive aspects of self and other, and the re-establishment and development of core relationship values and virtues. 

The course includes theory presentation, role play demonstrations, group discussion, DVD examples, powerpoint handouts and key articles.

The dates and topics for this program, and details on the venue, are listed on WellConnectedTraining website:
You are welcome to just attend our program, which you can count towards your continuing professional development requirements.
If however you wish to receive a course certificate, certifying your hours attended and additional time spent on the course, it is a requirement that you post a 200-30 word reflection on the course blog after each of the eight sessions.
Most people chose to do this, not just for the certification, but also because the course members find others’ reflections one of the most valuable parts of the course.  Feel free to comment on others’ contributions, if only to thank them for sharing their thoughts.

Course blog:
The course blog also contains links to pre-reading, and other references and visual information relevant to the course sessions.
For each session we select one article or reference that we think is especially relevant to the session topic.

How to get onto the blog:
Together with this email, you will receive an invitation to the first session blog.  It will look like this:

The Blogger user ray hawkes has invited you to contribute to the blog: Mindful Therapist Session One.

To contribute to this blog, visit:

You'll need to sign in with a Google Account to confirm the invitation and start posting to this blog. If you don't have a Google Account yet, we'll show you how to get one in minutes.

To learn more about Blogger and starting your own free blog visit

Click on the link in the email and you will go to the blogger welcome screen:

If you already have a blogger or Google account, just sign in and you are away.

If you don’t have a blogger or Google account, just click on “Create your account now”, and you will go to this screen:


Provide an email address and a password, and your “display name” (we suggest your first name, so others in the course can identify your blog posts.)
Note that this is a private blog, and only those who are in the course will be invited.  Your Google account and password protects this blog from viewing by those not in the course.

Once in the blog, you will see this screen:


Subsequent sessions.
Every fortnight, just after each of the eight sessions, you will get an invitation to next weeks’ session, with the pre-reading and links.   Just click on the invitation, just as you did for the first session, and you will enter the next session blog.

Any technical questions just email Ray Hawkes:

or phone Ray directly on: 0468 574 864.

I am very happy to help with any issues.


We hope you find this course very helpful and interesting.
Best wishes,


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