Couple relationship education and counselling: Research evidence and the implications for practice

Couple relationship education and counselling: Research evidence and the implications for practice

Jemima Petch and W. Kim Halford

This webinar summarised research on the efficacy of couple therapy and relationship education, and discussed the implications for practice.

Relationship education and counselling

This webinar was held on 30 July 2015.

The full recording is available on the CFCAtv YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

Across nearly all cultures, sharing a lifelong committed relationship with an intimate partner comprises an almost universal ambition. Nevertheless, cross-national data reliably indicate high rates of relationship distress and breakdown, with poor emotional and physical health consequences for adult partners and their children.
 
In this webinar, Jemima Petch and W. Kim Halford summarised findings regarding the efficacy of couple therapy for treating general relationship distress, couple-based interventions for individual mental or physical health problems, and couple relationship education programs aimed at helping couples sustain a healthy committed relationship.

It also described the gap between high efficacy in research trials and moderate effectiveness in community practice, and discussed what might account for poorer outcomes in community practice. Specific implications for the practice of relationship education and counselling were covered.

This event was part of a series of resources on the topic of relationship education and counselling.

About the presenters

Jemima Petch

Dr Jemima Petch is the Head of Research at Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ), adjunct researcher at the University of Queensland and a clinical psychologist. Jemima has a particular interest in promoting healthy couple relationships through relationship education and therapy, measuring and enhancing treatment effectiveness in individual, couples and family counselling, and leading organisational change to support the adoption of evidence-based practice and assessment.

W. Kim Halford

W. Kim Halford is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland and a registered clinical psychologist.

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