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Relationship problems - Katharina ANGER/Robert Neuburger - EN3M17 - 2022/23

800,00 €



Web training module 2022/2023

Complex problems
within couples and families
Advanced level

"Getting out of a linear causality"

Dr. Katharina ANGER

This 4- session module is intended for anyone interested in the systemic therapeutic model applied to complex systems: couple and family.


Couples therapy is very specific and complex in terms of reframing. When one of the parties comes alone, it generally places the responsibility for the difficulties on the other. It is therefore necessary to be very clear about the approach to the problem; either the person who consults presents a problem that is personal to him, or the problem concerns the couple and in this case, both parties must be present. In all cases, after explaining the situation, the therapist retains his freedom: to see one of the protagonists or to see both. It is he who decides.

Note that vision is generally causal and linear; the therapist must not fall into this trap. The questioning will make it possible to contextualize the difficulties through concrete situations and reveal the loop in which the couple has locked themselves.

This module offers tools to go through the problems of couples with a strategic eye, it gives participants a better understanding of the functioning of this type of problem and the position that the therapist must adopt in front of the protagonists.

Objective of the module

  • Deepen the work on the request of the couple (or on the request of one of the components)
  • Understand and practice how the couple problem works and why the couple came to consult
  • Knowing how to give yourself the time to question yourself to open the field of everyone's perception
  • Redefine the problem with the couple
  • Work on the issue of violence within the couple
  • Investigate by questioning the benefit he derives from locking himself in a dysfunctional relationship
  • Identify what installed the symptom

Module program

EN3M17 - Relationship problems
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

• Session 1: Monday 01/30/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Couple problems - S1 - Katharina ANGER - Translator: Bill WALKER - EN3M17-2022/23
• Session 2: Monday 02/13/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Couple problems - S2 - Katharina ANGER - Translator: Bill WALKER - EN3M17-2022/23
• Session 3: Wednesday 05/10/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Couple problems - S3 - Robert NEUBURGER - EN3M17-2022/23 (Veronique)
• Session 4: Monday 05/22/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Couple problems - S4 - Robert NEUBURGER - EN3M17-2022/23

Skills acquired at the end of the training (pedagogical objectives)

  • To be able to identify and practice the problematic interactional cycle that is the result of trying to find solutions that do not work in the dynamics of the couple.
  • Describe the dysfunctional and pathogenic regulatory dynamics associated with couple problems in order to guide the most effective and efficient intervention strategy.
  • Adjusting one's posture as a speaker and one's strategic communication according to the personality of the patient(s) in order to reinforce the therapeutic alliance and the effectiveness of the intervention
  • Carry out a strategic intervention by following certain protocols with rigor and flexibility to adapt to the uniqueness of the couple and their situation.

Target audience and prerequisites

  • Any student or professional in the field of accompaniment and helping relationship
  • Have followed the initial module on couples and family EN2M17


Robert Neuburger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, therapist specializing in couple issues. He teaches at the Free University of Brussels, trains and supervises therapists in France and abroad. In addition to being scientific director of the CEFA (Center for the study of the family association) and vice-president of the French Society for Family Therapy, each month he receives a Internet user for his first session of therapy.

PhD Katharina ANGER : Renowned speaker and co-founder of the Center for Systemic Action. She is a research associate at the MRI in Palo Alto and at the Brief Therapy Center, CAIPSI in Mexico City and at the Erickson Institute in Madrid. She is also a supervisor at the YAI National Institute for the Disabled, an organization that helps people with mental disabilities and their families throughout their lives.

Modality, means and teaching aids

Interactive and experiential approach

  • Individual work, in pairs and sub-groups during and outside the sessions
  • Group facilitation method (LS/Wooclap)
  • Analysis and sharing of experiences

Evaluation and monitoring methods

Obtaining the certificate for this module requires: 

  • to have passed 75% of the homework to be done outside of class (MCQ, videos, homework, collaborative work, etc.) 
  • to have attended at least 75% of the course sessions 

Assessment of student satisfaction

At the end of the training, a satisfaction questionnaire will be completed by each participant so that they can assess the relevance of the content of the training with regard to their professional practice and the achievement of their objectives.

--> 95% of our students are satisfied with their training  = number of students who gave a score greater than or equal to 7 out of 10 (0: "not at all satisfied"; 10: "completely satisfied")

Dates and prices

  • Special rate : €800 including tax
  • Price reserved for lactation students : €560 including tax
  • Company/agreement rate : €920 including tax

Version of 01-12-2022