A Pluralistic Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy: Openness, Collaboration, and a Prizing of Diversity

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Mick Cooper

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 8th April 2017

The Workshop:

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 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).

The Trainer:

Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised authority in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and a chartered psychologist. Mick is author of a range of texts on humanistic, existential and relational approaches to therapy, and co-developed the pluralistic approach with Professor John McLeod. Mick is Director of the Centre for Social and psychological Transformation (CREST) at the University of Roehampton.



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