Systemic Assessment and Practice with Couples and Families using the IPscope (IPs) By Dr. Karl Tomm [27 & 28 March]

March 27, 2023 | 9:00 am March 28, 2023 | 5:00 pm

Systemic Assessment and Practice with Couples and Families using the IPscope (IPs) by Dr. Karl Tomm

Dr. Karl Tomm, MD FRCPC, is Professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Calgary and the Director of its Family Therapy Program. One of his most important contributions to family therapy is known as Interventive Interviewing which has influenced family therapists all around the world.



27 & 28 March 2023


 9:00 AM – 5.00 PM


Confirmed participants will be receiving the venue details in due course. Please note that the mode of the workshop is subject to the prevailing COVID-19 precautionary measures in place.


The workshop aims to enable Helping Professionals to develop an understanding of the systemic assessment and framework for working with individuals, couples, and families to make distinctions between the different interactional patterns such as Pathologizing Interaction Patterns (PIPs), Healing Interaction Patterns (HIPs), Wellness Interaction Patterns (WIPs), Transforming Interpersonal Patterns (TIPs), and Deteriorating Interpersonal Patterns (DIPs) for systemic assessment. It will also delve into the contribution of social and cultural factors in these interactions and equip participants with a holistic understanding of the application of the key learnings in their case practice.

What you will learn:

  1. Distinguish different patterns of interpersonal interaction and recognize how they can be used to guide initiatives in conducting systemic therapy;
  2. Learn to use the model and systemic assessment tools in working with couples and families;
  3. Understand and deconstruct Individual Diagnoses which may be stigmatising, and to co-construct more individual and relational wellness;
  4. Identify practical learning points that can be utilised within existing practice with couples and families.

Teaching Strategies

  • Interactive Sessions
  • Demonstration of practice – Role Plays & Reflections
  • Application exercises
  • Q&A

About the Trainer

Karl Tomm, MD FRCPC, is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary in Canada. In 1973 he founded the Family Therapy Program which became the Calgary Family Therapy Centre where he continues as its Director. Karl is deeply interested in the application of systems theory, narrative theory, social constructionism, and bringforthism to therapy. He has focused on clarifying patterns of interaction in family systems, the effects of social injustice on families, the influence on therapists of the distinctions they make regarding their clients, and on explicating the possible therapeutic and counter therapeutic effects of the interviewing process itself.


SGD $1,600 (incl GST). Pending VCF pre-approval.  

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