When: Saturday, 26th March 2022, 9:30 am
Where: ONLINE with Onlinevents
Ticket price: Donation - guide price £20
Psychotherapy & Counselling’s Contribution to Global Peace, Justice, and Wellbeing: What Difference Can we Make? An Emergency Summit
We live in terrifying times. The war in Ukraine has broken apart any semblance of global peace and security we might have had.
Many of us, as counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists, are asking what we can do—if anything? This Emergency Summit will bring together globally-leading theorists, researchers, and clinicians in the psychotherapy and counselling field to discuss the potential role that we can have in creating a more just and peaceful world: one in which all members of the global community have the opportunity to live full and satisfying lives.
Our talks will cover both the practical things that therapists can do, for instance working with war traumatised clients; challenging racism and a Eurocentric view of the world; and more theoretical explorations of the links between therapeutic ideas and conflict resolution practices.
All profits from this event will be donated to the UN Crisis Relief appeal to support the people of Ukraine. You can read more about UN Crisis Relief and make a donation on the link below.
All of the presenters are donating their time without charge. The event will be hosted by ONLINEVENTS LTD (OE) and OE will be donating all the team time to organise and host the conference. The Eventbrite fees, any sales tax incurred and the cost of using Zoom will be paid from the event income.
Dr Andrew Reeves is an Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Registered Social Worker. His practice experience spans over 35 years, when he first trained as a Samaritans volunteer at 18, before moving into social and work therapy. His research focus in working with risk in therapy, having experienced the suicide of a client during his training. Since then, he was published extensively in this area. He is previous Editor-in-Chief of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal, past-Chair of BACP and is Chair of the York St John Advisory Board Counselling and Mental Health Research Clinic. He supervises mostly doctoral research in counselling, psychotherapy and psychological trauma.
As a facilitator, therapist, and university adjunct, the person-centered approach has been her theoretical and experiential home-base since her first group encounter group with Carl Rogers. Carol has explored human wholeness, brokenness, and our power in our personal and social relationships. Her work is cultivating alternatives to the destructive, “us vs them” zeitgeist in her writing and Going Global Workshops.
Emmy van Deurzen
Emmy van Deurzen is a professor of Psychology and Psychotherapy with 18 books to her name, several of which have been translated into a dozen languages. She is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Existential Academy (www.existentialacademy.com), where she also runs post graduate courses through the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in partnership with Middlesex University (www.nspc.org.uk) and her private practice (www.dilemmaconsultancy.com). Born and raised in the Netherlands, she lived, studied, and worked in France before settling in the UK in 1977. Emmy has been instrumental in founding or cofounding numerous organizations, including the Society for Existential Analysis, the Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe and the World Confederation of Existential Therapy. She has helped people in facing their life problems and suffering for nearly half a century. Amongst her books are the bestsellers Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (3d edition 2012), Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009), Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010) and Paradox and Passion (2nd edition, Wiley, 2015). Her book Rising from Existential Crisis was published with PCCS books in 2021. She is currently writing a book on Existential Freedom for Penguin.
Professor Ernesto Spinelli was Chair of the Society for Existential Analysis between 1993 and 1999 and is a Life Member of the Society. His writings, lectures and seminars focus on the application of existential phenomenology to the arenas of therapy, psychology, and executive coaching. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as well as an APECS accredited executive coach and coaching supervisor. In 1999, Ernesto was awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of psychotherapy, counselling and counselling psychology. In 2000, he was the Recipient of BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession. And in 2019, Ernesto received the BPS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Practice. His most recent book, Practising Existential Therapy: The Relational World 2nd edition (Sage, 2015) has been widely praised as a major contribution to the advancement of existential theory and practice. His previous books include: The Interpreted World: an introduction to phenomenological psychology, 2nd ed (Sage, 2005); Demystifying Therapy (PCCS, 2006); Tales of Un-knowing (PCCS, 2006); and The Mirror and The Hammer: challenging therapeutic orthodoxies (Sage, 2001). Living up to the existential dictum that life is absurd, Ernesto is also the author of an on-going series of Private Eye novels, the first two of which are Scorpio's Children (2019) and Cruel Love Ways (2020).
Jaakko Seikkula, Ph.D. is a senior faculty member of the Institute for Dialogic Practice and a Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. From 1981 to 1998, he was the chief psychologist at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland. It was during this time that he developed Open Dialogue. His clinical and research interests combine the further development of dialogical approaches with the systematic research analysis of their outcomes and process variables. Jaakko leads the International Meeting for Treatment of Psychosis Network and is a board member of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA). He is also a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, the Society of Psychotherapy Research and the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS). Jaakko was awarded for his excellence in the field of research in family therapy and systemic practice at the European Family Therapy Association EFTA’s congress in Athens, Greece September 2016.
John McLeod is Professor Emeritus of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee. He is author of An Introduction to Counselling (Buckingham: Open University Press, 4th edn 2009), The Counsellor's Workbook: Developing a Personal Approach (Buckingham: Open University Press, 2nd edn., 2009), Case Study Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2010), A Training Manual in Research Skills and Awareness for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (with Robert Elliott and Sue Wheeler) (BACP, 2010), Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (London: Sage, 2nd edn., 2011), and Counselling Skills (with Julia McLeod) (Buckingham: Open University Press, 2nd edn, 2011), as well as articles and chapters on a wide range of topics in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. He was the founding editor of the BACP research journal, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, and is committed to the use of research and inquiry to enhance the quality of services offered to clients.
Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential, and pluralistic therapies. He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. He has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida. His books include Existential Therapies (Sage, 2017), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2018), and The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (Palgrave, 2013). His latest work is Integrating Counselling and Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy, and Social Change (Sage, 2019). His principal areas of research have been in shared decision-making/personalising therapy, and counselling for young people in schools. In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences.
Paul Gilbert OBE qualified in clinical psychology in 1980 and is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Derby and has had a number of visiting international professorships. From his extensive clinical and research work he developed compassion focused therapy for people with complex mental health problems.
Peggy Natiello’s professional life has focused on Client-centred therapy and the Person-centred approach. Her book, The Person- centred Approach: A Passionate Presence, was written to clarify the importance of Dr. Carl Rogers’s radical beliefs about psychotherapy, education, group work, organizational development, and life. Currently she is reflecting on the perfect fit between those beliefs and the dizzying changes confronting our global culture.
I am a CBT Therapist, Trainer, Academic and Writer. I am Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London and have been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975. I was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and have trained with Drs. Albert Ellis, Aaron T. Beck and Arnold Lazarus. I have also trained at the University of Warwick where I was awarded an MSc in Psychotherapy. This was an eclectic course and gave me a very broad view of the field. What has been important and sustaining in my career has been variety. Thus, I work as a practitioner, trainer, academic and writer/editor.
Additional Confirmed Speakers
Colleagues from Ukraine
This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other.
Registration for this event is offered as a self-select fee.
The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us raise money to be sent to Ukraine.
There is a ticket for access to recordings made at the event which is available for £19.99GBP.
We are expecting that we will be able to record most of the contributions to this event, however, there may be contributions that are not appropriate for recording and will not be included in the recordings viewable following the event.
When: Thursday, 28th April 2022, 2:00 pm
Ticket price: Donation
Crucial Conversations is a series of 'A Disorder for Everyone' online events in which authors of recently published books that contribute to challenging the culture of diagnosis and disorder are invited to talk about their work.
In our 3rd event of this kind, AD4E welcomes Johann Hari and Lucy Johnstone to talk about their new books. There will be audience questions and a panel discussion afterwards.
Panel members confirmed so far include Sally-Ann, DrGabor Maté and Prof SamiTimimi. (Bios to follow)
Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (3nd edition Routledge 2021) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' (Routledge, 2nd edition 2013), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years, most recently in a service in South Wales. She is lead author, along with Professor Mary Boyle, of the Power Threat Meaning Framework (2018), a radical conceptual alternative to the diagnostic model of distress, which is attracting national and international attention. @ClinpsychLucy
About 'A straight talking introduction to psychiatric diagnosis'
'A straight talking introduction to psychiatric diagnosis' was first published by PCCS Books in 2013, and offers an accessible overview of the arguments in this complex area. Its core aim, which aligns with that of 'A disorder 4 everyone', is to offer people a choice of understandings of distress.In this second, updated edition, Lucy Johnstone revisits the revolution that is underway in mental health.
No one doubts that people’s distress is very real – but are they actually suffering from illnesses which need diagnosing? In our increasingly competitive, unequal and fragmented world, we are all struggling. We are told the answer lies in finding the right diagnosis. We are encouraged to talk about our ‘mental health’ instead of the conditions of our lives. And increasingly, we ourselves seek out labels which reassure us that our feelings of shame, failure and difference are not our fault. But there are better ways forward.
The book ends with a new, hard-hitting analysis of the political, economic and social forces that drive the diagnostic model. It demystifies one of the guiding myths of our age, and opens up hope and new ways forward for anyone who has taken on a diagnostic label.
The revised edition of Lucy's book will be published 23rd March 2022 - https://www.pccs-books.co.uk/forthcoming-books
Reviews from the first edition include:
‘Rigorously researched, powerfully argued and engagingly written, this thoughtful and valuable book empowers readers with something too often missing in statutory care – the knowledge and resources to make an informed choice.’ Eleanor Longden, Psychosis Research Group, University of Liverpool
‘This is a tremendously valuable book, punching holes in tradition and psychiatric conservatism, finding lights at the end of very dark tunnels, valuing the individual, giving them space and time and their story back.’ Polly Mortimer, Contemporary Psychotherapy
‘A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis is a short, concise work which combines scholarship with humanity and compassion. It provides a unique resource for those of us who have been harmed by the workings of psychiatry and want to prevent future harm to others.’ Louise Gillett, Huffington Post
The Panel Contributors.
Joining Johann & Lucy for a discussion after their talks are...
SallyAnn - Survivor, activist & speaker
Prof Sami Timimi - Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Sanah Ahsan - Poet & liberation psychologist
Dr Gabor Maté - Author & speaker
When: Thursday, 7th April 2022, 7:00 pm
Where: ONLINE with Onlinevents
Ticket price: Free
Join Dina Glouberman as we celebrate the launch of her new publication.
There will be saxophone music, an ImageWork experience and a chance to share your ImageWork stories or to ask Dina your questions. Don't miss the celebration!
About the book
The ImageWork approach offers a wonderful invitation to learn to imagine better.' So writes Dr Dina Glouberman, author of the bestselling The Joy of Burnout, in this powerful new book about the theory and practice of ImageWork, with a foreword by Robin Shohet. ImageWork is the unique approach she has created and developed over 40 years that harnesses the power of the imagination to promote healing, creative achievement, transformational insight and practical wisdom. It is used by practitioners worldwide to multiply and deepen the effectiveness of their work, and to enable their clients to make creative choices and profound changes.
This is a practical, comprehensive, beautifully clear and accessible handbook for practitioners, including therapists, counsellors, coaches, consultants, supervisors, spiritual directors, health professionals and every helping practitioner. It is packed with fascinating client stories, original theory, practical guidance, ImageWork exercise scripts, takeaway points, and practice sessions. Practitioners are also invited to apply ImageWork in their own lives, just as Dr Glouberman herself does every day - 'It's the best training of all.' Martin Rossman, one of the leading imagery authors in the USA, has said about ImageWork, "In my 50 years in the field, this is the best book I have read about working with imagery for healing, creativity and personal transformation. A landmark book."
Dr. Dina Glouberman
Dr. Dina Glouberman, psychotherapist, coach, facilitator and world-renowned expert in transformational imagery, is the visionary co-founder and co-director of Skyros Holistic Holidays, which has pioneered community-oriented holistic health holidays since 1979. She is the author of the classic books Life Choices, Life Changes; The Joy of Burnout; You Are What You Imagine, and Into the Woods and Out Again, and co-editor, with Yannis Andricopoulos, of Skyros: Sunshine for the soul. Dr Glouberman has been a pioneer for the past 40 years in creating, teaching and practising the use of ImageWork, which harnesses the imagination that guides our lives and enables creative life choices and profound life changes. More recently, she founded and directs the Aurora Centre in southern Italy, where she offers trainings in ImageWork to therapists, counsellors, coaches, consultants and health professionals, and also facilitates ImageWork retreats. She is a course leader on the Faculty of the MA (Clinical) in Psychotherapy of the Tivoli Institute in Dublin, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Humanistic Psychology (Britain).
When: Friday, 15th July 2022, 7:00 pm
Where: ONLINE with Onlinevents
Onlinevents and PCCS Books are delighted to announce a one-day conference, in association with the editors of the recently published book, Black Identities + White Therapies (PCCS Books, 2021).
The online conference will run from 15-16th July 2022. It will offer a combination of keynote speakers, panel discussions and a wide-ranging choice of practical workshops.
Our aim is to provide a space for students, trainers, practitioners and researchers to explore and showcase best practice in:
challenging race discrimination and white fragility within the counselling professions
developing new ways of preparing students to work in our multicultural society
finding new ways to offer therapy to a diverse population
increasing access to talking therapies for people from minoritised racial groups
promoting black, Asian and minority ethnic presence within the profession at all levels
The conference will open in the evening of Friday 15 July with a panel debate on a topical issue, followed by a social gathering and party for participants.
On Saturday, there will be an opening keynote address, followed by workshops of between 45 and 90 minutes, organised in four streams to reflect the four primary sectors of interest:
Trainers and lecturers
Following a break for lunch, we will reconvene for a second keynote presentation, followed by a further choice of workshops across the same four streams.
The event will close with a keynote presentation and discussion forum where participants can reflect and report on what has arisen for them in the workshops and discuss ways forward for the profession.
We are seeking
submission of abstracts to run workshops from practitioners, trainers, students, academics and researchers. The workshops can be either 45 or 90 mins in length. Please send your abstract/proposal to…..
sponsorship for this event to enable us to reimburse all the speakers adequately for their time and keep the ticket prices low.
We are asking all training providers to email their students details of this conference along with a link to the Student Discount.
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Our intention is to let all counselling & psychotherapy students know about this conference as the learning will be vital for current training and future practice.
This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.
All the colleagues at ONLINEVENTS and the presenters we collaborate with are committed to working in a manner consistent with the BACP Ethical Framework, which can be accessed on the link below. When registering for this event you are agreeing to be present and interact in a manner that is consistent with this Framework.
When: Saturday, 4th December 2021, 9:15 am
Where: ONLINE with Onlinevents
Ticket price: £20 minimum
Counselling & Psychotherapy in Times of Global Calamity
with workshops from Emmy van Deurzen, Nick Totton, Karen Izod, and Robin Shohet
Counsellors and psychotherapists are working in a time of multiple crises not encountered since, perhaps, the Second World War. In the past two years alone, we have experienced the rupture of leaving the European Union and finding we are split equally as a nation over the decision; the horror, terror and grief of the Covid-19 pandemic, with its resulting impacts on incomes, relationships and individual mental wellbeing, as well as widespread grief; today we are facing the multiple repercussions of both these on jobs, security and everyday life. And overshadowing it all is the ever-growing, ever-closer, ever more irreversible impact of global heating and climate change. There is little we can take for granted any more, even in our cosy Western world, and so many reasons to feel afraid, angry, lost, abandoned, bereaved, isolated, riven apart, and alone.
This is all the stuff of therapy at an individual level, yet it is happening at national and global levels too. What have psychotherapy and counselling got to offer the populations they serve and the individual in the counselling room?
In this one-day event, four leading therapists and writers discuss these issues, each from their own particular professional perspective and viewpoint: Emmy van Deurzen offers an existential perspective on living and learning through crisis; Nick Totton calls on us to let go of hope and validate despair; Karen Izod talks about attachment and place and their significance in times of upheaval and rupture, and Robin Shohet presents on fear as an inner ‘pollutant’.
Schedule for today:
9:15 Open Zoom
9:30 Start / Intro from PCCS and facilitator Caz Binstead
9:30 - 11:00 Emmy van Deurzen - Rising from Existential Crisis
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:45 Nick Totton - Rewilding Hope: Therapy in the Anthropocene
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 15:15 Karen Izod - Attachment to place: location and dis-location
15:15 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00 Robin Shohet - Fear as an Inner 'Pollutant'. How Green is your Mind?
17:00 - 17:15 Closing Comment and End of the Day
Emmy van Duerzen
Many of the emotional and mental health problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic were related in some way to the fact that our usual frameworks of meaningful connections were suddenly broken apart and that we were not prepared for this. This was particularly true of children and teenagers who could no longer see their friends, their gang, their peers, to make life interesting. It was also strikingly true for those who lived alone, or who were elderly, chronically unwell and disabled, most of whom had to spend long months in isolation. But it was also true in the sense of our habits being broken, our work and travel patterns being interrupted and our relationships becoming more difficult. People had to create new ways of being and relating and much can be learnt from these experiences for how to work with people in such situations.
Emmy van Deurzen is a philosopher and professor of Psychology and Psychotherapy with 18 books to her name and whose work has been translated into as many languages. She is the Principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and the Existential Academy (www.nspc.org.uk) (www.existentialacademy.com), in London, where she runs post graduate courses in partnership with Middlesex University as well as her private practice Dilemma Consultancy (www.dilemmaconsultancy.com). Among her books are the bestsellers Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (3d edition 2012), Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (2009), Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition, 2010) and Paradox and Passion (2nd edition, 2015). Her book Rising from Existential Crisis: Life beyond Calamity was published with PCCS books in 2021. She is currently writing a book on existential freedom. www.emmyvandeurzen.com
Nick Totton - Rewilding Hope: Therapy in the Anthropocene
Faced with the near certainty of environmental collapse, is hope a useful response, or an avoidance of reality? I suggest that our clients, will increasingly need something else from us: a validation of despair, fear and anger which denies nothing about our predicament, but finds room for life and love in the here and now. To be able to offer this, practitioners need to fully address our own despair, fear and anger. I believe that approaches like Wild Therapy can help us to achieve this; they also form part of a new kind of therapy which is emerging from many quarters. Covid -- itself a direct symptom of environmental stress -- has forced therapy to embrace outdoor work, online work and other 'frame breaking' methodologies, accelerating a process of rewilding which was already underway. I will try to describe some of the key elements of this therapy in and for the Anthropocene.
As a therapist and trainer with nearly 40 years experience. Originally a Reichian body therapist, I have explored widely in a number of therapy modalities, and now practice my own approaches, Embodied-Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy, having founded and handed on training courses in both. I have a grown up daughter and a grandson and granddaughter. I have written a number of books, including Wild Therapy, now in a new 2nd edition. I live in Cornwall with my partner and grow vegetables.
Karen Izod - Places evoke a line of thinking, resonate with particular memories, bring forth an array of emotions.’
(’Here is where I have presence’, Psychogeography and Psychotherapy: Connecting pathways (Chris Rose (ed); PCCS Books, 2019)
This session will offer a meandering journey between descriptions of places and deliberations on attachment to illustrate the formative nature of places – the inner landscapes of thoughts and feelings and external landscapes of places and the way we behave in them. We will explore the interplay between self and place against a backcloth of the Covid pandemic, in order to consider how our experience istransformed either through close familiarity or dislocation.
Karen Izod works as a consultant to organisational change and professional development. Questions of identity (who am I?) and place (where am I?) are frequent themes in her work, and she has brought her ideas on attachment to place to individuals in role transitions, organisations re-locating or merging, and in community and city planning. Karen has been consulting to individuals and organisations for more than 30 years from a background in social work and group and organisational dynamics. She now works as Course Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Consultation and the Organisation at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She also writes and performs poetry.
Robin Shohet - How Green is your Mind ?
In this workshop, Robin will look at the concept of othering and how it creates and reinforces fear – a source of both psychological and physical pollution. 'How Green is Your Mind' asks us to examine and take responsibility for our thinking in order to help us to move beyond fear to a place of connection.
Robin Shohet has been working in the field of therapy for more than 40 years, and has written extensively on supervision in particular. HIs latest book,In Love with Supervision(PCCS Books, 2020), which he co-wrote with his wife, Joan, looks at supervision as a form of spiritual practice.
When: Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 1:00 pm
Where: ONLINE with Onlinevents
Ticket price: The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00
Clients – as well as therapists – often hope that gaining insight will smooth the path to making significant change. But all too often, even though gaining insight provides some relief, the therapeutic process remains stuck. This workshop will look closely at this type of therapeutic block, offer some ways of explaining it, and provide practical ideas for how to overcome it.
In particular, we will explore an analogy between achieving psychological change and acquiring complex practical skills, such as driving, sight-reading music, or playing tennis. In all these cases we recognize that just knowing the theory – the equivalent of insight – is not enough. To develop skills also requires practice. Usually, we have to attempt to exercise these skills “badly” before we’re able to exercise them “well”. Sometimes, as with tennis, to gain the skill we also need to practice with another person. I will make the case that the analogy has much to offer practitioners and their clients and, further, that therapeutic work can fruitfully borrow lessons from music, sport, and the learning of other complex skills.
In the workshop we will:
- share experiences of work where the gap between insight and change has arisen in the therapy room
- look at and discuss some case studies where the practical skill analogy has helped both practitioner and client make sense of and overcome stuckness
- learn about some specific techniques inspired by this way of thinking about insight, change, and stuckness
- reflect on some of the potential advantages as well as limitations of this approach.This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.
Matthew Elton, DPhil, PG Dip (TA Counselling), BACP Registered
Matthew Elton is a psychotherapist based in Edinburgh and has been in private practice since 2005 (www.extra-help.org.uk). He works with a wide range of clients and has a special interest in writers and artists. His formative training was in Transactional Analysis and he has since developed a strong interest in Narrative Therapy. Matthew regularly delivers talks and workshops in Scotland and across the UK on therapy practice and related matters. He has just published Talking It Better: From Insight to Change in the Therapy Room (PCCS, 2021) in which some of the themes and techniques covered in this workshop are explored in depth through stories of client work. Before becoming fulltime as a practitioner, Matthew was an academic working on the philosophy of mind at the University of Stirling, then a manager in the charity sector. He is the author of a well-received volume on the philosopher Daniel Dennett for Polity’s Key Contemporary Thinkers series, published in 2003.
To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.
When: Sunday, 28th February 2021, 9:50 am
Where: ONLINE in partnership with Onlinevents
Ticket price: Donation with a guide price of £20 (includes all workshops)
PCCS Books presents workshops with Art Bohart, Beverley Costa, Sheila Haugh and Nick Totton
9.40 - Zoom Opens
9.50 - Start / Introduction from PCCS Books
10.00 - 11.30am - Sheila Haugh – Learning and Being, Person-Centred Counselling in Practice
11.30 - break
11.45am - 1.15pm - Beverley Costa - Other Tongues: Psychological Therapies In A Multilingual World
1.15 - 2.15 - Lunch
2.15pm -3.45pm - Nick Totton - Wild Therapy: Undomesticating Inner And Outer Worlds
3.45pm - break
4pm - 5.30pm - Art Bohart - Person-Centred Therapy And The Enhancement Of Human Possibility
Art Bohart is one of today’s foremost theorists and practitioners of person-centred therapy. His work has influenced generations of person-centred students and practitioners, both here in the UK and in the USA, his home country
Beverley Costa grew up in East London in a family with three languages and two religions and cultural practices. After training as a counsellor, psychotherapist and group psychodramatist, she set up Mothertongue, a multi-ethnic counselling service, to meet a gap she observed in services for multilingual clients. In 2009 she created a pool of mental health interpreters within Mothertongue and in 2010 established the national Bilingual Therapist and Mental Health Interpreter Forum. Beverley founded The Pasalo Project in 2017 (www.pasaloproject.org) to disseminate learning from Mothertongue. She is a Senior Practitioner Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London
Sheila Haugh is a client-centred therapist, supervisor, and trainer with 25 years experience. She is a UK Council for Psychotherapy Registered Psychotherapist and teaches a Masters level programme in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications. She is a former Convenor for the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach (BAPCA) and a former board member of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies (WAPECP). The book Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling by Tony Merry has inspired and guided thousands of counselling students since it was first published in 1999. In 2020 the third edition was updated by Sheila including a new chapter on recent developments in Person-Centred counselling.
Nick Totton has been a body psychotherapist for many years and has developed and taught on training courses in Embodied-Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy. He is the author of several books, including Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy, Not A Tame Lion, and Wild Therapy. He was founding editor of Psychotherapy and Politics International, and a past chair of Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union.
To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.
Sheila Haugh - Learning and Being, Person-Centred Counselling in Practice
Where Person-Centred Therapy is today
- Classical and Experiential
- The myth of non-directivity
- The profundity of empathy and UPR
- What is congruence?
Power and the Person-Centred Therapist
The Future and The Challenges Ahead
Beverley Costa - Other Tongues
Language differences are surprisingly easy for therapists to ignore and yet they are relatively easy to embed into existing training and supervision models. In this 1.5-hour session we will begin to consider how people’s multilingual identities impact on emotional expression, experience of trauma and recovery and ethical practice.
The following are examples of topics we will cover.
- Communicating effectively across languages, beyond interpreting
- The impact of working in English as a lingua franca – the colonial legacy
- Concepts of linguistic agency, linguistic power/justice, linguistic empathy
- The multilingual experience in terms of emotional expression, identity, memory recall and trauma processing
- Participants will be introduced to a new, free online resource on mental health and multilingualism.
Nick Totton - Wild Therapy is an approach to bringing therapy into the wild, and wildness into therapy. It believes that therapy is inherently wild, but has become often disappointingly tame! Working outdoors with clients is one way to cast off the familiar frame and work more freely and spontaneously.This workshop will be an introduction to the theory and the practice of Wild Therapy, including some experiential exercises.
Art Bohart - Person-Centred Therapy And The Enhancement Of Human Possibilty
I. What Is Unique About Person-Centered Therapy.
A. The interventionist model versus the whole person dialogical model of person-centered therapy.
B. The idea that it is not either/or. There is value in both.
C. Expansion on the differences between the two models.
D. The unique value of the person-centered approach.
II. Self-Organizing Wisdom.
A. The basic idea that therapy promotes growth towards more wise ways of being and behaving.
B. How the idea of self-organizing wisdom fits into the idea of actualization.
C. A model of wisdom and how therapy promotes it.
D. How to promote self-organizing wisdom.
III. Empathy-Based Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy Integration
A. The nature of empathy from a person-centered point of view.
B. How one can practice integratively from a person-centered point of view.
When: Friday, 22nd January 2021, 6:00 pm
Where: ONLINE with Onlinevents
Ticket price: By Donation. Minimum £1.
This drop the disorder poetry evening is brought to you by A Disorder 4 Everyone and supported by Onlinevents.
Poetry and spoken word have played a major part in the A Disorder for Everyone events since the first one in October 2016.
This will be our 4th online poetry event.
We hope evening will connect us in friendship and solidarity.
Please note this is not an open mic night. The line-up includes some of our regular AD4E performers and plenty of new voices too. There will also be some more performances of poems that feature in the book ‘We are the Change-Makers - poems supporting Drop the Disorder!
This is a donation only event with a minimum fee of £1 to maximise accessibility. Please make a donation based on what you can afford.
When: Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 2:00 pm
Where: ONLINE with Onlinevents
Ticket price: Donation
Other Tongues Workshop - Psychological Therapies in a Multilingual World Beverley Costa
07/10/20 1pm - 3pm
Language differences are surprisingly easy for therapists to ignore and yet they are relatively easy to embed into existing training and supervision models. In this 2-hour workshop we will begin to consider how people’s multilingual identities impact on emotional expression, experience of trauma and recovery and ethical practice. We will also explore some of the complexities - the difficulties as well as the benefits - of working with interpreters. Throughout the workshop we will use case examples, interactive activities, film clips and ethical dilemmas to provide illustrations and provoke curiosity.
The following are examples of topics we will cover.
1. Communicating effectively across languages
2. The impact of working in English as a lingua franca – the colonial legacy
3. Concepts of linguistic agency, linguistic power/justice, linguistic empathy
4. The multilingual experience in terms of emotional expression, identity, memory recall and trauma processing
5. Power dynamics, insider/outsider status and the sense of inadequacy when working as a therapist/counsellor with an interpreter
Dr Beverley Costa grew up in East London in a family with three languages and two religions and cultural practices. After training as a counsellor, psychotherapist and group psychodramatist, she set up Mothertongue, a multi-ethnic counselling service, to meet a gap she observed in services for multilingual clients. In 2009 she created a pool of mental health interpreters within Mothertongue and in 2010 established the national Bilingual Therapist and Mental Health Interpreter Forum. Beverley founded The Pasalo Project in 2017 (www.pasaloproject.org) to disseminate learning from Mothertongue. She is a Senior Practitioner Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. With Professor Jean Marc Dewaele, she won the 2013 BACP Equality and Diversity Research Award. Beverley has delivered training and supervision to statutory and voluntary sector health and social care organisations for the past two decades.
When: Friday, 2nd October 2020, 7:00 pm
Ticket price: Donation with a minimum fee of £1
This online gathering is brought to you by A Disorder 4 Everyone and supported by Onlinevents.
Poetry and spoken word have played a major part in the A Disorder 4 Everyone events since the first one in October 2016.
This will be another great night of poetry, made even more exciting as we will be celebrating the launch of the new Drop the Disorder! poetry book ‘We Are the Change-makers’ which is being published on 18th September.
Kathleen Halley Angus
This is a donation only event with a minimum fee of £1 to maximise accessibility. Please make a donation based on what you can afford.
When: Saturday, 7th November 2020, 9:30 am
Ticket price: Tickets on a self-selecting basis from £20 for the day (4 workshops)
PCCS Books are pleased announce a CPD day for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health workers.
The day will feature four workshops (6 hours CPD) from PCCS Books authors who are trainers and experts in their mental health, therapy and psychiatry fields.
Please note that the 3 ticket pricing options (£20, £30,and £40) all enable you to join the CPD day for all 4 workshops.
The prices work on a self-selecting fee, therefore you select the payment option you can best afford, with the intention of enabling the day to be more accessible.
Schedule for the day:
9:00 - 9:15 | Open Zoom Room [Start of Day]-
9.15 | Welcome from PCCS Books
9.30 – 11.00 | Rachel Freeth - Psychiatry and Mental Health: A workshop for counsellors and psychotherapists
11:00 - 11:15 | Break
11.15 –12.45 | Joanna Moncrieff - A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs
12:45 - 13:30 | Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 | Helen Kewell - Living Well and Dying Well: Working therapeutically with an ageing population
15:00 - 15:15 | Break
15:15 – 16:45 | Professor Mary Boyle - The Power Threat Meaning Framework: An alternative to psychiatric diagnosis.
16:45 - 16:50 | Closing Summary
16:50 - 17:00 | End of Day
When: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 7:30 pm
Where: McCance Building, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
This is a University of Strathclyde Engage organised event and PCCS Books will be selling books on the night.
Dr Wendy Traynor presents the 2020 Mary Kilborn Lecture, which will address the application of Person-Centred-Experiential psychotherapy with people who present with psychotic or other unusual experiences.
Wendy will discuss her path into practice and research on this challenging client population, which includes people who hear voices or have unusual or psychotic experiences. Both therapist and client perceptions of helpful and unhelpful aspects of practice and possible impact will be discussed.
Key practice considerations will be highlighted as well as reflections regarding the complexity of the wider context of service provision, using examples from life, work and research.
Refreshments and the opportunity to network will be available at registration from 17:45. The lecture will begin at 18:30. After the lecture, at around 19:30, there will be a wine reception and an opportunity for further networking.
When: Thursday, 13th February 2020, 9:00 am
Where: Cornwall Offices Station Approach Victoria St Austell PL26 8LG
Ticket price: Sold out
"A Disorder for Everyone!" - Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and exploring trauma informed alternatives in association with The Women's Centre Cornwall
AD4E is coming to Cornwall!
This will be our 21st event and we are delighted to be supported by The Women's Centre Cornwall
Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Matt Ball, Dr Akima Thomas, Michelle Springer-Benjamin, Pat McArdle, Kate Atkinson, Maggie Parks, Viv Gordon, Nollaig McSweeeny and Jo Watson.
PCCS Books will be selling books on the day.
About the day
The event features not just professionals but people from a diverse range of backgrounds who have an essential contribution to make to the debate.
Lucy Johnstone presents the current debates and controversies about psychiatric diagnosis. It is increasingly acknowledged, even within the mental health establishment, that categories like 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder' and 'personality disorder' lack validity. The assumption that distress is best understood as disease can have very serious consequences for the individual, their identity, and their path to recovery. In the morning Lucy will present alternatives to diagnosis which can help people to make sense of experiences of distress, however extreme, and which are based on working together to explore personal meaning.
Other Listed speakers will make up the rest of the day as well as an afternoon workshop.
Title: An Introduction to the Power Threat Meaning
Facilitator: Dr Lucy Johnstone
Summary: Lucy will outline the key principles of the framework and show how it can be used in practice to understand and make sense of emotional and psychological distress.
Check out the trailer for the Power Threat Meaning Framework Launch
Title: The Trauma informed approach and Beyond.
Facilitators: Dr Akima Thomas & Michelle Springer-Benjamin
Summary: This workshop will provide a space and an opportunity to reflect on promising practice and the integration of trauma informed principles. Akima and Michelle will facilite an open discussion where participants will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about trauma informed approaches to working with emotional distress.
When: Saturday, 28th March 2020, 9:00 am
When: Friday, 6th December 2019, 9:00 am
Where: Quay Place, Key St, Ipswich Ip41bz
Ticket price: Donation
"A Disorder for Everyone!" - Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and exploring socially informed alternatives
AD4E is coming to Ipswich! This will be our 20th event!
Speakers confirmed so far include:- Dr Lucy Johnstone, Dr Sami Timimi, Katie Mottram, Dr Akima Thomas, Dr James Davies, Dolly Sen, Sally-Ann, Matthew Morris, Nollaig McSweeney and Jo Watson.
We are delighted to be in association with Your Life Our Help - Ipswich
When: Monday, 11th November 2019, 9:00 am
Ticket price: £59.88
Challenging Attitudes to Child Sexual Abuse and Homelessness
A full day of talks and discussion exploring the relationship between Child Sexual Abuse and Homelessness: specifically attitudes which perpetuate victim-blaming.
The conference will highlight trauma-informed practice, values, attitudes and models that support SAY Women's working practices. It will involve professionals, practitioners and young people to showcase ways in which related communities can speak out about Child Sexual Abuse and Homelessness and the impact it has on individuals, communities and society.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Dr Jessica Eaton
Dr Jessica Eaton (FRSA) is the founder and owner of VictimFocus, the VictimFocus Blog and The Eaton Foundation. VictimFocus is her independent business providing research, consultancy, writing and speaking in forensic psychology, feminism and mental health. The VictimFocus Blog has 1.2 million readers per year and provides a lively, funny and critical perspective on CSE, victim blaming, feminism and sexual violence.
Dr Jessica Eaton will discuss the way women and girls are blamed and pathologised by services and establishments after they have been abused, oppressed and traumatised.
Discussing her latest research, she will explore how common the victim blaming of women and girls really is, and how it affects service delivery for women.
Jo Watson is a feminist, psychotherapist, trainer, activist and survivor with a professional history in the rape crisis movement of the 1990’s. She has worked therapeutically for the last 25+ years with people who have experienced trauma and adversity and has devised and delivered numerous training programmes and conferences for counsellors and psychotherapists, ‘mental health’ workers, teachers and other professionals who work with people in a therapeutic or support context.
Jo actively challenges the biomedical model both inside and outside of her work and links emotional distress to social causes.
Jo will speak about how the diagnostic and biomedical model of emotional distress is being widely criticised for its failure to offer evidence for its core assumptions or effective ways of healing. She will argue that psychiatric diagnosis is so often imposed and that our stories as women are often obscured and sometimes completely negated.
Jo will suggest that it is no coincidence that women survivors of gender based violence and women who experience homelessness are disproportionately labelled with psychiatric disorders.
Catriona MacKean, Head of Homelessness and Housing Support Scottish Government
Michelle Major, Change Lead Homelessness Network Scotland
Vicky Little, Police Scotland
Rosie Kane, Conference Host
To purchase a ticket please follow the link below to our Eventbrite page or contact Rebecca Grant email@example.com to arrange an invoice or alternative booking arrangements.
When: Monday, 11th November 2019, 9:00 am
Where: Hereford Left Bank, Hereford, UK
Compassionate Mental Health is part of a growing worldwide movement calling for a more integrative approach to mental health – one that relies less on diagnosis and prescription drugs, and more on empowering the person and engaging their social networks. At the heart of the project is a belief that it is possible to begin to heal oneself and others through the power of community, connection, self care and solidarity.
Our key message remains that a mental health crisis can become a meaningful turning point and catalyst for change. We believe a culture of compassion and collaboration must replace our existing model of over medicalisation, coercion and restraint.
Along with many other critical voices – we are calling for a radical shift in the way we understand mental illness, changing the script, challenging stigma and raising expectations. This is a gathering and unconference, but there are key learning outcomes associated with service transformation, moving towards a more co-productive, psychosocial approach.
All our speakers and facilitators believe that with the right support recovery can happen and a mental health crisis can be a transformative process. Our next one day gathering is Surviving Uncertainty: Cultivating Change. We are living in uncertain times, but they are also times of possibility when we have the power to shape the future.
What it isn’t..
This isn’t an anti-psychiatry event, or one that proposes a right way to recovery, self management or service improvement. But – along with many other critical voices – we are calling for a radical shift in the way people understand and approach mental health issues.
Our goal is to be part of the global call for better, safer mental health services for all. We hope to do this by building bridges and growing understanding that people in crisis need more than just medicine. Feeling connected, finding meaning in crisis, and sharing tools for stability are all vital for a whole person approach.
There needs to be better funding for mental health services in all settings, and there will be opportunities during the day to share ideas for the future. Our hope is that we can all move forward together into a more collaborative, compassionate chapter.
When: Friday, 29th November 2019, 9:00 am
Where: Jurys Inn Cardiff, 1 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3UD
Ticket price: £0 - £134
"A Disorder for Everyone!" - Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and exploring trauma informed alternatives in association with Platfform
Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Prof Richard Wilkinson, Ewan Hilton, Pat McArdle, Mica Gray, Sally-Ann, Nathan Flier, Dr Akima Thomas, Michelle Springer-Benjamin, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney
When: Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 9:00 am
Where: University College Cork, Ireland
CHALLENGING MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES FROM INSIDE OUT AND OUTSIDE IN
IN ASSOCIATION WITH CRITICAL VOICES NETWORK IRELAND
13 AND 14 NOVEMBER 2019
SCHOOL OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND
More information is available here - https://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/conferences/critical-voices/
When: Friday, 20th September 2019, 5:29 pm
Where: Nantwich Bookshop - 46 High Street, Nantwich CW5 5AS
Join Helen as she reflects on her experiences of working therapeutically with older people.
The event provies 1 hour of CPD and a certificate will be available to take away on the night.
Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Please reserve tickets by calling Nantwich Bookshop on 01270 611665
Tickets £7.50 - which includes £2.50 off the book price on the night and refreshments
When: Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 6:00 pm
Older people rarely feature in counselling literature, and the very old barely at all. When I was training, I was as perplexed about this as I was disappointed. Counselling older adults, and those at the very end of their lives, is challenging, life-affirming, and, with the rapid rate of ageing, vital work. With this interview, I hope to inspire others to come into this work, using my own experiences to bring it to life, and to open the debate with colleagues already experienced in this area about how we improve access to and uptake of this service.
About Helen Kewell
I am a humanistic counsellor with a private counselling practice in Sussex, and a specialism in working with older adults. I volunteer as a counsellor and supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care
When: Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 4:15 pm
Where: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Generations of counsellors in Scotland and throughout the UK have read books written or published by Pete Sanders through PCCS Books, and have benefited from his support and strongly-worded advocacy for the PCA. In this lecture, Pete makes the case for the continuing relevance of the PCA in the face of the continuing medicalisation of psychological distress, the tsunami of cognitive therapy, and recent attempts to co-opt the PCA and re-package its central principles. Pete will argue that in order to be fit for the 21st century, the PCA must meet seven challenges. He will review how the PCA has fared over the past 10 years, concluding by presenting his new manifesto for counselling and psychotherapy.
Who should attend?
- Counselling Unit course graduates as well as supervisors, practitioners, and members of the public.
- Members the counselling practitioner community of Scotland (via COSCA and PCT Scotland) and beyond.
- Representatives of organisations that are current potential placement partners for our MSc course students or who may be potential funding partners.
- Current students on Counselling Unit postgraduate and BSc courses.
- Relevant academic staff at other universities in Scotland and former tutors on our various courses.
- Members of Mary Kilborn’s Family
Register here for tickets
When: Friday, 20th September 2019, 8:00 am
Where: Carrs Lane Conference Centre Birmingham B4 7SX
AD4E is returning to Birmingham for the 3rd time to launch the forthcoming PCCS book 'Drop the Disorder!'and we are delighted to be in association with PCCS Books & the Birmingham based charity RSVP who have contributed a chapter to the book.
All speakers at this AD4E event have also authored a chapter in the book. Speakers / Contributors confirmed so far include:-
Dr Lucy Johnstone
Dr Jacqui Dillon
Lisa Thompson RSVP
Prof John Read
Prof Emmy Van Deuzen
Dr Akima Thomas OBE
Stalls by PCCS, RSVP, The Freedom Project, Mayday Trust, Bradford Soteria (and others to be confirmed
When: Saturday, 23rd March 2019, 12:56 pm
Where: Keele University Campus
Conference theme: 'What's love got to do with it?': Families and Intimate Relationships
The Keele Counselling and Psychotherapy team warmly welcomes counselling researchers, practitioners, and students, whether relatively new to the field or very experienced, who have an interest in issues related to families and intimate relationships.
Philip Teasdale, author of Inside Adoption; a parent's story, will be a keynote speaker addressing the question - ADOPTION: IS LOVE ENOUGH?
When: Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 7:30 pm
Keith Tudor, author of Psychotherpay: a critical examination, will be in conversation with John Wilson discussing the subjects of Education, Training, And Sustaining Professional Development.
When: Saturday, 15th June 2019, 8:15 am
Where: Resource for London, Holloway Road, London N7 6PA
Ticket price: £66 including VAT - Please note we will not be issuing tickets but names will be placed on a guest list for registration.
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The industrialisation of therapy: What is the impact of IAPT on counselling and psychotherapy
Since 2008, the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has been rolled out across England. In the ten years of its existence, it claims to have transformed mental health services, bringing therapy to thousands of people experiencing depression and anxiety. But what has been the impact of IAPT’s tightly-regulated, medicalised model of mental health care on services and those who work in them? Can IAPT’s ‘factory’ system of care, driven by psychiatric diagnosis, fast through-put and quick outcomes really address the rising tide of mental distress?
This conference aims to bring together practitioners, academics, researchers and all those interested in the future of mental health services for a day of discussion and debate.
The date - Saturday 15 June 2019
Location - Resource for London, Holloway Road, London N7 6PA
Tickets cost £66 (vat inc), including lunch and refreshments.
9.20 Registration opens.
9.50 Chair’s opening remarks.
10.00 The modern myths of IAPT
Rosemary Rizq starts by unpicking the ‘modern myths’ that underpin the rapid rise and expansion of the government’s IAPT programme. She will argue these myths serve to obscure rather than reveal the social, cultural, economic and political factors underlying the current rise in mental distress.
Rosemary Rizq is a BPS Chartered Psychologist and a UKCP-accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton.
10.40 What is neoliberalism and why does it matter?
Philip Thomas explores how neoliberalism has given birth to a ‘malignant individualism’ in our health services that blames the individual’s ‘faulty thinking’ for their anxiety and depression and fails to engage with the socio-economic adversity from which misery so often originates.
Philip Thomas worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS for over 20 years, before leaving clinical practice in 2004 to write.
11.50 IAPT and the medical model: ideological fits and misfits.
David Murphy questions whether we should be arguing for all therapies to be included within IAPT. Some, like CBT, are a good ‘fit’ with IAPT’s medicalised model; others are not. What are the principles at stake for these ‘ideological misfits’?
David Murphy is Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham where he is course director for the MA in person-centred experiential counselling and psychotherapy.
12.30 Break-out small group discussions.
13.00 Lunch provided.
14.00 Industrialising relational therapy: ethical conflicts and threats for counsellors in IAPT
Gillian Proctor and Maeta Brown ask if it is possible for counsellors to stay true to their relational training and beliefs when working within the IAPT system. They will explore the dilemmas and costs of attempting to straddle these conflicting therapeutic cultures.
Gillian Proctor is the programme leader of the MA in psychotherapy and counselling at the University of Leeds. Maeta Brown is a student on the MA in psychotherapy and counselling at the University of Leeds and has a background in radical, person-centred crisis work.
14.40 Surviving work in IAPT
Elizabeth Cotton explores how current NHS industrial relations policies are embodied in the IAPT programme and discusses the strategies practitioners can use to ‘survive work’ in the current policy climate.
Elizabeth Cotton is a writer and educator in the field of mental health at work. She teaches and writes academically about employment relations and mental health and is currently a senior lecturer at Middlesex University. She is founder of the Surviving Work in Health initiative to support people working on the frontline of NHS services.
15.40 Panel questions and discussion.
16.15 Closing remarks and end.
The conference will mark the launch of The Industrialisation of Care: counselling, psychotherapy and the impact of IAPT, edited by Rosemary Rizq and Catherine Jackson. Copies will be on sale at the event.
When: Friday, 1st February 2019, 9:26 am
Where: Temple of Peace King Edward VII Avenue Cardiff CF10 3AP
Ticket price: £0-£129
AD4E is coming to Cardiff! It will be there 14th event!
And are delighted to be supported by Gofal
Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Pete Sanders, Dr Akima Thomas, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney and Gofal
Who is the event for?
This day is for anyone who is interested in and concerned about the current debates in 'mental health.'
It provides a space to explore the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model and the narrative of 'diagnosis and disorder!'
Attendees from past AD4E events have included people who identify as the following :-
people with lived experience of emotional distress, supporters of people with lived experience, survivors, psychologists, journalists, activists, counsellors, service users, service refusers, psychotherapists, mental health support professionals, psychiatrists, managers and individuals with a general personal interest.