Perfectionism and the Family

Ref: C3840593

The course enables us to take a step back from difficulties experienced within the family setting to develop a deeper understanding of the different aspects of Perfectionism. With warmth and compassion at the heart of how we work we explore and test methods to support improved communication and a stronger, more confident sense of self. The course is suitable for those who self identify as a perfectionist or who wish to help others whose unrealistic standards and/or fear of making mistakes impacts upon relationships, study, leisure or career choices.

Course aim

To build understanding, improve relationships and overcome difficulty created by unrealistic expectations of self or others. To build emotional resilience.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for those who have parents, children, siblings or spouses whose fixed expectations, procrastination, avoidance of new experiences are self limiting.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define Perfectionism and understand its' causes, when it can be helpful and when and how it can cause damage
  • Understand the concept of self compassion and be practised at applying techniques to support self compassion
  • Understand the process of behaviour change, role modelling, effective reward strategies, managing relapse
  • Use communication techniques to build mutual respect, trust and understanding.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Notepad and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full Course information sheet

Perfectionism and the Family

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing