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Digital Seminar

DECIPHERING CONTROLLING BEHAVIOURS IN RELATIONSHIPS - Effective assessment and responsive strategies to support couples in distress.

Jackie Burke, B.Psych. (Hons), Grad. Dip. Systemic Therapy, Adv. Cert. Supervision, Fellow ANZMHA
One full day
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Sep 17, 2020
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Many couples seeking counselling are struggling with one or both person’s controlling behaviour. As clinicians we are required to accurately assess and respond to controlling behaviours. Most clinicians can correctly identify physically violent relationships as unacceptable but even physical violence within relationships can stem from different sources and require different approaches to be effectively resolved.

Clinical competence can be even more challenged by controlling behaviours that do not manifest physically. Such behaviours can include: chronic criticism, defensive responses to requests for change, isolating a person from their friends and family, signalling contempt and snooping. These controlling behaviours can also stem from different sources and deciphering which you are working with can be challenging.

This course will provide clinicians with the latest research about different types of control and violence including characterological and 

situational domestic violence and will explore how the impacts of trauma on one or both partners can manifest in behaviours that are controlling.

Treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships are explored enabling most effective interventions for clients. Clinicians will be immediately equipped to implement their learnings in their work with clients. 

Feedback form Jackie’s recent presentations:

‘Best training I’ve had in years! Thank you!’

‘I found all the information very useful for my client work.’

‘Clear, great content.’

‘ Engaging style.’

‘Really interactive - thanks’

‘Jackie is fabulous!’

‘Awesome day – thank you!’

‘I really appreciated your systemic approach and upbeat style.’

‘Great training day - I learnt heaps.’



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Jackie Burke is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling and supervision services. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW and has directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She is an awarded researcher, and her training programs about trauma, sexual and domestic violence, clinical supervision, trauma informed practice, and vicarious trauma are popular nationally and internationally.

After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established her own private practice and consultancy business in early 2017. She is a published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University.  


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. An understanding of the many faces of control in relationships
  2. Ability to assess the source of controlling behaviours in couple interactions
  3. Indications and contraindications for couple therapy
  4. Effective treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships

“Controlling relationships are not all the same. Decipher the source of control to effectively assist couple in distress.”     Jackie Burke


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Understand the latest research on control and violence in relationships
  • Accurately assess the source of controlling behaviours in couple interactions
  • Implement effective treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Understanding controlling behaviours
  • Differentiating sources of control
  • Types of domestic violence​

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Assessing controlling behaviours
  • Treatment approaches for controlling behaviours
  • When not to do couple therapy

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists who work with individuals and couples who are experiencing distress about their relationship.

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $199

Lifetime access to the video and the resources

Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.  

This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points.   

You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.

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