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A Pluralistic Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy: Openness, Collab...
Sat 24 June 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 BST
A Pluralistic Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy: Openness, Collaboration, and a Prizing of Diversity
Saturday 24 June 2017 10:00 – 16:00
Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED
Workshop cost: £120/ 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Early-bird discount of 15% available until 4 March 2017
This workshop will introduce, and look at the practical implications of, a pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy. This innovative new framework was developed by Mick Cooper and John McLeod (University of Abertay) in the 2000s, and has since been adopted by a number of practitioners and training institutes across the UK and internationally. The pluralistic approach is a collaborative, integrative perspective, deeply rooted in humanistic and person-centred values. Its fundamental premise is that client is unique, and therefore may need different things from therapy. On this basis, the pluralistic approach creates a framework in which practitioners can integrate a wide variety of understandings and methods into their practice. A key element of this pluralistic approach is shared decision making: talking to clients about what they want from therapy, and how they might most effectively be helped to get there. The workshop will include a mixture of theory input, skills practice, case examples and discussion. It will be draw on recent research into pluralism and shared decision-making in therapy, as well as Mick and John’s book Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2011) and the Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2016).
Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton and a chartered counselling psychologist. Mick is author and editor of a range of texts on person-centred, existential, and relational approaches to therapy, including Existential Therapies (Sage, 2003), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2005, with Dave Mearns), and Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2011, with John McLeod). Mick has also led a range of research studies exploring the process and outcomes of humanistic counselling with young people. Mick’s latest book is Existential psychotherapy and counselling: Contributions to a pluralistic practice (Sage, 2015). Mick lives in Brighton with his partner and four children.