Co-dependency occurs when a person is distracted from meeting their own needs by prioritising the needs of someone close to them. This pattern of behaviour was identified in the field of addiction and is often labelled as enabling but it can also be seen in relationships where there is no evidence of substance issues such as some parenting styles where the parent is unable to allow their child to be fully independent. The purpose of the behaviours is to distract the individual from focusing on their own needs and to find their sense of value and esteem from 'being needed' by the other person in the co-dependent relationship. For people to break the addictive cycle they need to adopt a healthy way to relate to themselves and others. To break the cycle of co-dependece, they need to have insight into how self-limiting this approach is. By learning more about the various approaches you can adopt to help a person to break their co-dependent relationships, professionals can help those they work with to more rapidly progress in addressing those destructive behaviours, grow their self esteem and be better equipped to progress to independent living and creating healthy relationships as they move forwards.

An Introduction to the Betterminds' Co-dependency Course

The Betterminds Co-dependency course is designed to upskill you and your teams to recognise co-dependent behaviour. The learners will be able to recognise a healthy relationship and challenge any co-dependent relationships.

The course will offer practical and easy to implement tools and techniques to help you to upskill your service users to identify their own behaviours, recognise their own responsibilities and employ the strategies to adhere to healthy boundaries.

The training will help challenge colluding, enabling and any rescuing behaviours that serve to undermine the development of those negatively impacted by it.

How Long is the Co-dependency Course?

The Betterminds Co-dependecy Course usually runs for a single day, however, this may be extended depending on the requirements of your organisation.

What Will My Team Gain From The Betterminds' Co-dependency Course

  • Faster and less fragmented progress for those who initially presented in destructive or co-dependent relationships
  • Reduced episodes of lapse in unhealthy relationships
  • A greater culture of independence
  • A more effectively caring environment
  • Better outcomes across the service


Where Will The Betterminds' Co-dependency Course Be Useful

This training is an invaluable extension to the skills of any practitioner who works with vulnerable service users. This can include substance misuse services, criminal justice services, prisons, social care practitioners, social housing and support housing teams and social workers.

It is especially useful where a partner or parent derives part of their own esteem by caring for the service user.

This course can also be a key piece of training to carers of those with substance misuse issues,  gambling issues, eating disorders, mental health issues and self esteem issues resulting in destructive behaviours.

What Are The Primary Course Objectives

  • To be able to identify the different forms of codependency
  • To be able to recognise the purpose of codependency
  • To able to apply strategies to challenge codependency
  • For learners to be able to upskill service users and carers to create and sustain appropriate boundaries
  • For learners to be able to upskill service users and carers to recognise their own responsibilities
  • Learners to be aware and able to promote the mindset that sustains independence
  • Learners to be more caring and compassionate practitioners


What Else Will Our Team Learn

  • A good understanding of the different forms of co-dependency
  • An understanding of why co-dependency occurs in their service users
  • Tools to raise awareness of co-dependency
  • Tools and techniques to challenge this form of relating
  • An understanding of the different forms of relating and how to promote healthy relationships
  • Strategies to build clear boundaries, self esteem and appropriate expectations to promote independence