ExpiredThe Intercultural Exeter Model: Constructing Couple Connections across Divides [Online]

The original Exeter Model, a manualised systemic-behavioural model of therapy for work with couples, was initially constructed within a university research and training clinic upon empirically validated interventions. It developed a particular way to integrate the use of validated CBT practices with validated systemic ones, to create a new systemic paradigm. The Intercultural Exeter Model updates the model to bring culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class differences in formulated ways explicitly into the therapy.

This online workshop will introduce and give opportunities to try out a part of the model. A full training in the Exeter Model has existed in the UK since 2012 (a book on the Intercultural Exeter Model, published by Wiley-Blackwell, is published in 2020); a training DVD, with clips to help illustrate the use of each of its interventions, will accompany this workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • To take away a clear framing of how to keep culture, race, ethnicity, class, gender, et al differences at the front and centre of therapeutic work
  • To bring both a systemic and behavioural frame to conceptualising work with couples
  • To feel able to use one of the validated interventions from the model in their work with couples


Psychologist Dr. Janet Reibstein, is Professor Emerita at the University of Exeter. She directed its postgraduate program in family and couple therapy, for MSc and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology students. She co-created (with Hannah Sherbersky) the Exeter Model of couples therapy and was Advisor to the UK government Expert Reference Group on couples and member of the group on systemic. She authored the suite of programs in use within UK courts for divorcing couples. Both currently and formerly she has sat on numerous widely ranging advisory boards on family and relationship matters and published six books, numerous scholarly and popular articles nationally and internationally and, along with numerous media appearances, presented a 5-part documentary series on her work and two BBC radio series on couples.

Dr. Reenee Singh, is the CEO of the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the U.K. She is the Founding Director of the London Intercultural Couples Centre, at the Child and Family Practice, where she works in independent practice and as a Director. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Bergamo and past Editor of the Journal of Family Therapy. Reenee has written and edited four books and numerous academic articles on ‘race’, culture and qualitative research. She presents her work at a number of national and international conferences and teaches all over the world.

  • November 6, 2020
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Janet Reibstein, MA, PhD and Reenee Singh, MSc, D.Sys.Psyc

3 CE Contact Hours



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