Certificate Course in Couples Therapy / Marriage Counselling

Course Name / Title :
36 Hours – Online Zoom Certificate Course in Couples Therapy / Marriage Counselling
Course Description : This 36 Hours Certificate Course in Couples Therapy / Marriage Counselling details the different life stages humans go through as individuals, as couples and as families and explains in a progressive way how the therapy exactly works, the various skills used, the different kinds of couples and the application of systemic family therapy. The design of the course is such that it helps to understand relationship dynamics and  problems associated within the marriage. Communication methods and thought patterns are studied in detail and also how such factors can harm or ruin a relationship should they be used in the wrong way. It is not only the relationship between couples that are studied, but the course studies in detail the effects of such relationships on the whole family. Often, people and relationships are not as simple as they seem. The deeper we understand ourselves, the better equipped we become to bring positive change in our relationships and lives. Towards the end of the course, you will study about the various techniques in therapy that can be used to resolve issues and the various options that are available to the therapist when they work with couples or families. The intention behind the course is to help understand Couples Therapy in a better manner. This course is a great introduction course if you wish to learn more about this field. If you are already in the psychology or therapy field, this is a good course for professional development. If you wish to develop an understanding of your own relationships and the communication within it, this becomes a more personal interest course.
Entry Requirements (For whom)


: University Graduates or Members of recognized Professional bodies, Health Care Professionals or Members of the Clergy, or Humanitarian / NGO / Social workers with Two passes at the G.C.E A/L, or Professional / Academic Diploma or Advanced / Higher (National) Holders in Psychology / Diploma holders or Holders of a Certificate / Diploma in Psychology / Teaching, Counselling or Social Work, and Age not less than 24 years, and Fluency of the English language is essential.
Course Duration : 4.5 Months (36 Hours Online Lectures) – part time study
Contact Hours : 2 Hrs. per week online on Tuesdays – Zoom lectures group class
Total No. of Classes : 18 online class-contact sessions / 18 weeks duration
Total No. of Contact Hours : 36 Hrs. of live Zoom Lectures and teaching/discussion time
Class Day and Time : 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 pm (on Tuesdays for the online group class). Individual Class: Flexible (3 to 4 hours per week – on weekdays only)
Course Modules (Syllabus Outline) : 1. Introduction to Couples Therapy
2. Intimacy and Relationships
3. Reframing Views
4. Communication Methods
5. Conflict Resolution
6. Cognitive Methods
7. Introduction to Systemic Family Therapy
8. Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy
9. Skills Required for Relationship Contracting
10. Operating with Emotions
11. Home Assignment
12. Addressing Infidelity
13. Cementing Change and Maintaining Progress
14. Marriage Counselling Case Studies
15. Bonus Unit: Sex, Intimacy and Mental Health

Mode of Final Examination and Assessment

The award of the IMH Certificate in Couples Therapy / Marriage Counselling will be contingent upon passing a 2-hour internally set essay type and short answers examination paper to be answered on a closed book examination mode. The minimum pass mark is an exam score performance of 50%.

Regular Group Course Fees : Rs. 59,000/- + Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Please note that the full course fee of Rs. 60,000/- has to be paid in full and in advance by cash, card or cheque payment.
Individual Fast- Track Course Fees : Rs. 99,000/- +Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Could be paid by cash, credit card or cheque in two equal installments of Rs. 50,000/-)
Online Self-Study Course Delivery Rs. 45,000/- or USD $150 (for foreign students and other professionals and healthcare workers living out of the Western Province in Sri Lanka or overseas will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis).
Course Accreditation This course is fully accredited by the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH), UK
Course Accreditation This course is fully endorsed and accredited by the International Association of Therapists (IAOTH), Ireland
Online Course Start Date : Tuesday Online Zoom Group Class: Tuesday 31st October 2023 from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30. pm (A maximum of 20 students will be enrol31d for the online group class). Please register yourself for this course by paying the full course fee of Rs. 60,000/- on or before the 28th of October 2023. 

Individual Physical or Online Zoom Class: On a mutually agreeable date and time (to be decided jointly by the participant and the resource person).

Online Recorded Video Lectures Self-Study Course: This course can also be done independently by downloading and watching the recorded Zoom video lectures and studying the course lessons that will be emailed to the registered student who cannot commit to a fixed class schedule. Please email us at imh.colombo.sl@gmail.com for further details, to check your eligibility to register for this course and for enrollment procedures.

Course / Program Resource Person – Instructor / Lecturer:

Prof. Romesh Jayasinghe, OLS, Ph.D.(Psy.), Dh.C.(Florida), FRSM(UK), FRSPH(UK), FACCPH(UK), FTBCCT(UK), MBCS(UK), Adv.Dip.(Neuroscience), Adv.Dip.(Psychology), Adv.Dip.(Child Psychology), Dip.(Adv. Counselling & Psychotherapy), Dip.(Hypnotherapy), Dip.(Couples Therapy), Dip.(Relationship Psychology), Dip.CBT(UK), Dip.Human Rights(SL) – Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (USA), Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (USA), Certified Trauma Support Specialist (USA), Certified Master Life Coach (AUNLP, USA), Certified Relationship Coach (CPR, USA), Certified Human Rights Consultant (USA), Accredited Health and Wellness Coach (NFA, USA)

See the Complete List of Past IMH Certificate Holders and Diplomates by clicking this page link.