Working with Pluralistic Therapy A one-day workshop with Mick Cooper London, 5 October 2019 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
Many therapists strive to adopt an integrative approach to therapy, but how do we combine theories and methods from across different modalities in a coherent manner, such that our approach is therapeutically effective and not just an assortment of diverse understandings and practices? Pluralistic therapy is an approach that attempts to address these challenges. At the heart of the approach is an attempt to work collaboratively with clients to help identify the methods that work most effectively for that unique individual. At this workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors and counselling psychologists, Mick Cooper draws on his writing, research and clinical experience in this area to explore the practical implications of a ‘pluralistic approach’ that can enable a more effective therapeutic engagement. He explains the essential tenets of pluralistic therapy and how this approach: Is a collaborative, integrative perspective, deeply rooted in humanistic and person-centred values Creates a framework in which practitioners can integrate a wide variety of methods into their practice Enables an appreciation of each client’s unique expectations from the therapeutic process Allows for shared decision making – where the client gains some control on therapeutic goals Requires us to critically evaluate some of the aims, anticipations and formulaic methods that our modality may have trained us for Through small group exercises, pairs-work, discussion and theory inputs, the workshop helps participants develop a deeper understanding of the pluralistic approach, enabling them to be more person-centered in their therapeutic work. Learning Objectives: Describe the basic principles of a pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy Recognise evidence and arguments that support, and challenge, a personalised approach to therapy Explain the ways in which this approach is able to help clients, and the methods used to facilitate this Critically discuss the strengths, and limits of metatherapeutic communication: talking to clients about what they want from therapy Apply basic methods of metatherapeutic communication Critically evaluate the use of process and outcome measures in therapeutic practice
Workshop Schedule 10:00AM: Session 1: Introduction to pluralistic therapy 11:30AM: Coffee Break 12:00 noon: Session 2: Self-reflection: What I offer clients and how I do that 1:00PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the seminar) 2:00PM: Session 3: Metatherapeutic communication: Talking to clients about what they want from therapy 3:00PM: Session 4: Using measures to enhance pluralistic practice 4:00PM: Close About the speaker Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton and a chartered counselling psychologist. Mick is a leading authority in the existential therapy field, and has delivered trainings nationally and internationally on this approach (including Japan, Australia, Denmark and Greece). He has written widely on existential, person-centred and relational approaches to therapy. His books include Existential Therapies (Sage, 2003), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2005, with Dave Mearns), the Existential Counselling Primer (PCCS, 2012) 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 wife and four children.

Continuing professional development through seminars, workshops and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.