Clinical Training
Learning the Developmental Model
of Relationship Therapy
for LGBTQIA2S+ Clinicians

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and lost after a difficult session with a relationship client?

Have you been searching for a place to learn a new way of working with relationships that centers the queer experience? Because let's face it, our relationships are different and I think that's a good thing!

Do you want to build a community of queer colleagues to learn, grow and refer to?

Then you're in the right place!

This training course is designed specifically for LGBTQIA2S+ clinicians who are looking to learn The Developmental Model of Relationship Therapy  (Bader/Pearson) in depth. With the blessing and guidance of Ellyn and Pete, I have done the code-switching for you.  This course will center queer relationships and the unique and beautiful ways our partnerships are different from our straight counterparts.

9 Month Training

We will meet once a month over the course of nine months on the third Friday of each month from 10am-Noon Mountain Time over Zoom.

September 15th, 2023- Overview of the Developmental Model from a Queer Perspective

October 20th, 2023- Creating Strong First Sessions

November 17th, 2023- Leading a Strong Relationship Assessment

December 15th, 2023- Slow Down, Let's Back-up: Hostile-Dependent Relationship Treatment

January 19th, 2024- Stepping into the Tension: Conflict-Avoidant Relationship Treatment

February 16th, 2024- Introduction to the Relationship Gym, the Initiator-Inquirer

March 15th, 2024- Deepening Work with the I-I

April 19th, 2024- You Trickiest Cases: Middle Stage Relationship Work

May 17th, 2024- Final Stage of Treatment

The sessions will be recorded for those who can't make every session. Over the course of the training, you will learn how to use the model in your caseload and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to share your casework with the group.

Group Size

Group size will be limited to 10-12 clinicians. 

Refund Information

Refunds will be offered up to one month prior to the start of the course. Once the course starts there will not be any refunds offered.

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    What to Expect From the Training

    Over the course of the nine months of training, you will learn the fundamentals of the Developmental Model of Relationship Therapy. This will include:

    • A comprehensive assessment process to start your work off with clients successfully
    • Confidence in how to use the model with queer relationships
    • Worksheets you can use with your clients
    • Consultation on your most difficult cases
    • Support and community to deepen your work with relationship clients

    Who is this course for?

    This training is for therapists, counselors, and relationship coaches.

    What to expect after completing this course?

    • Confidence to see more challenging cases of a variety of different identities, orientations, and relationship structures.
    • A deeper understanding of attachment theory, neuroscience, and differentiation theory and how these powerful components impact relationship struggles.
    • You'll be able to access and identify different relationship stages and how to intervene more successfully.
    • You'll leave with a toolkit that is already adapted for work with queer couples that you can start using immediately.
    • A larger network of queer therapists you can refer and collaborate with.

    What does "queer perspective" actually mean?

    Being a strong relationship therapist means you are a strong leader in sessions. It's my belief that you can be a strong leader and also respect the main tenets of queer theory, like dismantling systems of oppression and harmful power structures. I don't have all the answers to these complex questions, but this is something that we will explore together over the course of this training.

    CEU Information

    18 CEU credits will be offered in Colorado and California.

    Tom Bruett, LMFT (provider #115291) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC and LEP. Tom Bruett maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


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    To request accommodations for special needs, please email or call.

    Course completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.

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