A Pluralistic Approach to Therapy
This workshop will introduce, and look at the practical implications of a pluralistic approach to counselling, psychotherapy and psychological practice.
This framework was developed by John McLeod and Mick 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 each 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 explore the implications of a pluralistic approach for providing counselling and psychotherapy at the time of the current coronavirus crisis, and its relevance to online delivery.
The workshop will be delivered fully online via Zoom, and combine self-reflective exercises with theoretical input and large group interaction.
To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee. Please contribute what you can so that the group is accessible for all colleagues.
We are asking all attendees to commit for the full day’s training, 10.00 to 17.00. Also, all registrants should ensure that, if they are not able to attend the workshop, they de-register, so that spaces are freed up for other members of the community.
The workshop is appropriate for training and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and other mental health professionals.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
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 they are able to help clients, and the methods they use 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
10.00-11.30: Introduction to pluralistic therapy: What it is and why it might be helpful
12.00-13.00: Self-reflection: What I offer clients and how I do that
14.00-15.00: Preference assessment and accommodation: Talking to clients about what they want from therapy
15.00-16.00: Using measures to enhance pluralistic practice
16.00-17.00: Process Group
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.
Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida.
Mick’s 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).
Mick’s 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.