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Deciphering Controlling Behaviours in Relationships: Effective assessment and responsive strategies to support couples in distress

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Jackie Burke, MAPS, ISSTD, APS
One full day
Nov 18, 2022
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Chronic criticism. Defensive responses to requests for change. Isolating a person from their friends and family. Contempt. Snooping…

These subtle controlling behaviours in relationships can undermine your client's sense of autonomy and self-worth.

And while it’s often easy for you to see how destructive the controlling partner’s behaviour is on your client’s mental health, they can NOT see it for themselves.

Until they untangle themselves from their controlling partner, get perspective on their actions, and remember who they are separate from their partner they’ll continue to blame themselves and rationalize to themselves and others that their behaviour “isn’t that bad.”

That’s why the key to helping clients in controlling relationships is to first decipher the behaviour for the client, because they can’t see it.

Now, in this engaging and transformative live online training, Jackie Burke will offer the latest research on the types of control and violence, show how to look at different degrees of control and violence, and provide the skills to identify and assess controlling relationships.

Together, you’ll explore how the impacts of trauma on one or both partners can manifest in behaviours that are controlling, as well as treatment approaches for several types of control in relationships.

You’ll walk away with the confidence and skills to name what's really happening in your client’s life and relationship (even when they don't see it) so they can be empowered to build a better relationship... Or get out of a bad one.

Register today!

Here’s what clinicians say about Jackie’s training

  • ‘Best training I’ve had in years! Thank you!’
  • ‘I found all the information very useful for my client work.’
  • ‘Clear, great content.’
  • ‘Engaging style.’
  • ‘Really interactive - thanks’
  • ‘Jackie is fabulous!’
  • ‘Awesome day – thank you!’
  • ‘I really appreciated your systemic approach and upbeat style.’
  • ‘Great training day - I learnt heaps.’




This online program is worth 5.5 hours CPD.



Jackie Burke, MAPS, ISSTD, APS's Profile

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Jackie Burke, MAPS, ISSTD, APS, is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling and supervision services. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW and has directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She is an awarded researcher, and her training programs about trauma, sexual and domestic violence, clinical supervision, trauma informed practice, and vicarious trauma are popular nationally and internationally.

After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established her own private practice and consultancy business in early 2017. She is a published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University. When not working, Jackie tries to maintain a regular yoga practice and enjoys a good murder mystery.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jackie Burke maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Western Sydney University and Centre for Community and Welfare Training. She receives royalties as a published author. Jackie Burke receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jackie Burke is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. An understanding of the many faces of control in relationships
  2. Ability to assess the source of controlling behaviours in couple interactions
  3. Indications and contraindications for couple therapy
  4. Effective treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships

“Controlling relationships are not all the same. Decipher the source of control to effectively assist couple in distress.”     Jackie Burke

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Understand the latest research on control and violence in relationships
  • Accurately assess the source of controlling behaviours in couple interactions
  • Implement effective treatment approaches for different types of control in relationships


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Understanding controlling behaviours
  • Differentiating sources of control
  • Types of domestic violence​

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Assessing controlling behaviours
  • Treatment approaches for controlling behaviours
  • When not to do couple therapy

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists who work with individuals and couples who are experiencing distress about their relationship.



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