Working with Conflictual Couples

What's In It For Me

Upcoming schedules:

  • 3, 4, 5 July 2024

Feel free to call 6593 5283 for registration support.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to: 

  1. Use theories of Attachment and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to communicate the assessment and intervention process with the clients.
  2. Apply Individually and Interactionally Oriented Interventions in facilitating behavioural change to reduce couple conflicts.
  3. Recognise the signs of relationship trauma and prevent escalation of couple conflicts to Intimate Partner Violence & other harmful behaviours.
Course Overview

While providing a continuum of care to families, people helpers may encounter couples who are so conflictual with each other that it hinders their families from receiving the help they need. The escalation of marital conflicts may result in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and cause collateral harm to children in the families.  


This course aims to equip participants with basic theories of Attachment and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to explain and assess couple conflicts. It also introduces participants to Individually & Interactionally Oriented Interventions in facilitating behavioural change to reduce couple conflicts. Finally, participants will also learn to recognise signs of relationship trauma to prevent escalation of couple conflicts to IPV & other harmful behaviours. 


  • Principles of attachment theory and the nature of emotion.
  • How Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) explain couple conflicts and facilitate behavioural change. 
  • The stance & tone of the Emotionally Focused therapist when working with clients. 
  • Forming therapeutic alliance with clients in the beginning stage of EFT. 
  • Individually & Interactionally Oriented Interventions in EFT ‘Tango Moves’.
  • Relationship trauma & symptoms.
  • Intervention considerations for transnational couples & couples with attachment injuries.
  • Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) & self-harming behaviours

Training Type

Facilitated Classroom Training

Mode of Assessment

No Assessments.

Who Should Attend

Social Workers, Social Work Assistants / Associates, Case Managers, Counsellors, Psychologists, Law Enforcement Officers, mental health workers and any profession who is interested in working with couples.

This course is suitable for practitioners, professionals, board members and volunteers in the social service field, pastoral staff and para-counsellors who are working with couples and families.

Corporates like other SSAs, Family Service Centres, etc. can engage us to conduct the course for their staff who work with couples.

While there are no pre-requisites to the course, participants should already be working with marital couples or are interested to work with them in the future.

This course is not suitable for the General Public seeking to improve the conflictual marital relationships of themselves or their relatives. For couple counselling services, you may refer to

Course Duration

21 hours

Total Training Duration (Hour)

Day 1 - 9am - 5pm (In-Person Classroom)

Day 2 - 9am - 5pm (In-Person Classroom)

Day 3 - 9am - 5pm (In-Person Classroom)

Certification Obtained and Conferred by

Participants who meet 75% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.

Medium of Instruction & Trainer

Mr Ho Tze Yee joined Fei Yue Family Service Centre as a counsellor/senior social worker in 2009 after obtaining his Master of Social Science (Counselling & Psychotherapy). 

Tze Yee believes that as a basic unit of society, the family should be an environment where every member can feel safe and secure to develop their potential. During his appointment as Chairman of the Jurong Family Violence Working Group, Tze Yee organized public education initiative on elderly abuse, and also facilitated the collaboration and sharing of best practices between Family Service Centres and Neighbourhood Police Centres. 

As a practitioner, Tze Yee is a strong proponent of ‘talking cure’ and its potential in facilitating behaviour change. He has keen interest in working with persons who abuse, and has provided individual and group counselling to help them adopt non-violent ways of relating to their families.  

As an adult educator, Tze Yee embraces the passion for life-long learning and enjoys facilitating the sharing of knowledge and skills among all learners.

Funding Information

NCSS member and MSF-funded Social Service Agencies are able to apply for PCG/VCF Funding

PCG/VCF Funding results will be announced in Jun 2024

Please note that prices are subject to change.

Course Fee Payable
Original Fee Before GST With GST (9%)
Course Fee $750.00 $817.50

NCSS members and MSF-funded Social Service Agencies are able to apply for PCG Funding, pre approved at 30% funding for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, and 15% for Foreigners.

Please note that prices are subject to change.

Please note that prices are subject to change.
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