Existential psychotherapy and pluralistic practice – A workshop with Professor Mick Cooper in Manchester on Saturday 17th October 2015
09:30 – 16:00
Existential psychotherapy is a rich tapestry of intersecting therapeutic practices that orient themselves around the shared concern of human lived experience (Cooper, 2003). Pluralistic Practice is an approach to psychotherapy and counselling organised around the philosophical construct of pluralism; and committed to engagement with the client’s view of what will be helpful (Cooper & McLeod, 2011). Both approaches acknowledge and celebrates difference across the therapeutic spectrum. In this workshop Mick Cooper brings the approaches together.
About the workshop
The workshop is based around Mick’s newest publication: ‘Existential psychotherapy and counselling: Contributions to a pluralistic practice’ (Sage, 2015). The workshop offers counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists an opportunity to develop their understanding of existential philosophy and therapeutic approaches, and to look at ways in which it may help them to enhance their therapeutic practice. The workshop will involve a combination of theoretical input, discussion and exercises; and will focus on key aspects of existential thinking and practice, including the exploration of freedom and choice, coming to terms with the limitations of existence, and the need for meaning.
This represents the convergence of two complementary sets of ideas based on compatible philosophical principles. Existential psychotherapies are a collection of distinct, but often poorly documented approaches rooted in the writings of key European philosophers. Pluralistic practice is an approach that admits multiple pathways of change and privileges the goals of the client in selecting the one to be followed. It is immediately clear that there are considerable synergies between the ideas. And that they support each other in the development of a comprehensive humanistic approach to practice. This is another step on the way to the development of a new paradigm that will require new models of training, supervison, professional development and service delivery.
About the Presenter
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), Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2011, with John McLeod). Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2005, with Dave Mearns) and The Handbook of Person-centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (Palgrave, 2003, with Maureen O’Hara, Art Bohart and Peter Schmid). He has led a range of research studies exploring the process and outcomes of humanistic counselling with young people, and is author of Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Facts are Friendly (Sage, 2008). Mick lives in Brighton with his partner and four children.
The event, which includes lunch, will be held in the comfortable, relaxed environment of Hallé St Michaels in Ancoats, Central Manchester. It will start at 09:30 and finish promptly at 16:00.
As background to the workshop, here is Mick Cooper discussing Existential psychotherapies and Pluralistic practice:
There is also a companion website to the book, which you can visit by clicking here:
The cost is £125 per delegate. We are also offering group discounts of £110 per delegate for groups of three or more.
6 hours CPD – An individually signed certificates of attendance will be provided to all registered delegates. Those who register within 24 hours of the event, or who wish to obtain a duplicate, can order one from the website.
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Cooper, M. (2003). Existential therapies. London, Sage.
Cooper, M. (2015). Existential psychotherapy and counselling: Contributions to a pluralistic practice. London, Sage.
Cooper, M. & McLeod, J. (2011). Pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy. London, Sage.