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Congruence Couple Therapy Training (16-20 Aug 2021)

Workshop Description

The addiction field has traditionally viewed addiction as a problem requiring individual treatment. Congruence Couple Therapy shifts the focus from an individualistic view of addiction and its comorbidities to that of an intergenerational and relationship issue. Congruent communication, improved couple relationship, healing from childhood adverse experiences and emotion regulation are target areas that contribute to reduction of addiction and mental health symptoms. This workshop will impart to participants the new systems theory of addiction and the key interventions of Congruence Couple Therapy and its evidence of effectiveness.


Addiction counsellors, counsellors, clinical psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists as well as students in these fields who are interested in learning an innovative couple therapy to work with addiction and how it has concurrent capabilities are welcome to join this live, interactive introduction to Congruence Couple Therapy.

This comprehensive course will equip participants with a strong theoretical and clinical base from which to deliver substance abuse treatment services.


At the end of the workshop series, participants will be able to:

  1. View and treat addiction with a systemic lens of inter-related parts linking childhood experiences and present couple relationship.
  2. Improve couple communication and emotion regulation.
  3. Understand the road-map and key interventions of Congruence Couple Therapy.
  4. Engage both partners in a balanced therapeutic alliance infused with hope.
  5. Learn what the research evidence from Congruence Couple Therapy research can teach us.


  1. Fostering hope and forming a balanced alliance.
  2. Linking the Four Dimensions: intrapsychic,
    interpersonal, intergenerational, universal-spiritual.
  3. Delineating communication cycles and shifting to
  4. Opening up and validating the universal-spiritual
  5. Consolidating change.

Format & Methods

Using the Congruence Couple Concept and Method workbook as a guide, the workshop consists of presession readings, short lectures, discussion, case studies and role-playing for participants to learn the key tenets of this innovative, short-term therapy model to improve mental health and addiction outcomes.

Presenter & Facilitator

Bonnie Lee, PhD, RSW, AAMFT Clinical Fellow, CAMFT registered, is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences teaching Addictions Counselling at the University of Lethbridge. A highly-rated speaker, international trainer and a Clinical Fellow of the Canadian and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Lee is the Principal Investigator in two decades of research that developed the theory and efficacy of Congruence Couple Therapy for addiction and concurrent disorders. In recognition of her national and international leadership in bringing an innovative couple therapy approach into the treatment of addiction, she was awarded the University Board of Governors Research Chair Tier II (2016-19). Her articles and research on couple treatment outcomes, training evaluation, trauma and addiction, and a relational framework for addiction and mental health are published in peer reviewed international journals.

Course Details

Dates: 16 – 20 Aug 2021 (Mon – Fri)

Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm

Venue: Online via Zoom

Cost: (includes a comprehensive workbook)

Without VCF subsidy $1,100 for APSAC members $1,280 for non-APSAC members

With 45% VCF subsidy $605 for APSAC members $704 for non-APSAC members

Important Note: Advanced Payment Required for all registrations

Closing Date: Fri, 30 July 2021


To register, please go to: https://form.jotform.com/apsacorgsg/cctt-aug2021

Click here to download the copy of the programme.

For more information, please contact Ms Caroline Ong [email: carolineong7@gmail.com]



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