IPA Level I & Interactional Couples Therapy Level 1


Now you can become IPA Level I AND Interactional Couples Therapy trained online, on demand, in your own time through our online learning platform!

The Interactional Pattern Analysis (IPA) is a psychological diagnostic tool developed by Charl Vorster and described in detail in his 2011 book “Impact”. The IPA is designed as a framework for diagnosing the underlying mechanisms linked to presenting complaints of clients, to help clinicians accurately aim their therapeutic interventions to the nodal points maintaining the problems in living clients seek help for. The tool can be used within any therapeutic modality, paradigm or approach, it is a tool to fine tune the aims of intervention, and is not an intervention technique within itself. The IPA is a game changer as it helps clinicians understand the underlying mechanisms of distress they observe in their clients, helping clinicians bring about second order change in their interventions, and help clients experience deep and long-term relief. It is broadly applicable and can be used with therapeutic techniques from all modalities as it is not an intervention in and of itself. The IPA is developed out of an interactional paradigm and therefore lends itself well to being trained experientially, through interactions with the trainer and other trainees in discussion and role play. First, the Interactional Approach will be discussed at length, including history, principles, and theoretical variables. From there, the IPA will be broken down into sub clusters of variables that are linked to one another. Each variable will be explored at length via an interactional discussion and contextualized within the higher IPA. The Interactional Approach to couples therapy is a model of couples therapy based on the IPA. In this training, participants will be thoroughly trained in this model and be equipped to facilitate high level couples therapy based on the variables of the IPA that relate to:

  • The foundation of emotional closeness
  • Effective expression of needs and confirmation
  • Effective interpersonal problem solving

It is a semi-structured program for couples based on the IPA and conducted from a person-centred and interactional approach that is systematic and empowers couples with effective communication tools. It is practical, tangible, and relatable and gives couples not only the opportunity to understand their communication patterns, but also how to effectively change them where necessary.

30 CEU’s, 2 of which for ethics

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28 General, 2 Ethics


After completion


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