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Our Keynote Speakers Tony Rousmaniere & Alexandre Vaz will be talking about their research into Deliberate Practice and inviting you to try some experiential deliberate practice exercises to enhance your skills development.
Discussions on the Future of Pluralism
Prof. Mick Cooper and Prof. John McLeod, the founder members of Pluralistic Psychotherapy will be joined in conversation with current students and newly qualified practitioners on Saturday morning to reflect on the future of pluralism and how new voices can be encouraged to become part of this movement.
Our Friday evening panel will start the conference with a discussion on the concept of ‘Pluralistic Revolution and Change’. Join us for Q’s & A’s before meeting and greeting at the virtual pub.
Top row from left:
- Andrew Reeves – Associate Professor in the Counselling professions
- Mick Cooper – Co-found of Pluralistic Approach, author, trainer & consltant
- Anna Fox – Course Lead for BA (Hons) Counselling & Therapeutic Practice at University of South Wales
Bottom from left:
- Richard Knight – PHD Researcher, Pluralistic Counsellor and DBT therapist
- Mhairi Thurston – Senior Lecturer at Abertay University
- Mariya Levitanus – Lecturer in the Department of Therapeutic Studies at University of South Wales
Workshops, Research and Presentations
Dr. Jay Beichman – consultant counsellor Gtr. Manchester Mental Health NHS will be presenting a Research in Practice paper titled: “Pluralistic philosophies and the future of Pluralistic Therapies.”
Hilary McNally – Pluralistic Counsellor at the University of Abertay, Dundee will be presenting a Research in Practice paper titled: “Exploring the experience of counselling students in the use of deliberate practice.”
Professor Mick Cooper – co-founder of Pluralistic Psychotherapy will be presenting a Research in Practice paper titled: “The Goals Form: Reliability, Validity, and Clinical Utility of an Idiographic Goal-Focused Tool for Routine Outcome Monitoring in Counselling and Psychotherapy.” and a Research in Practice paper titled: “Client Perspectives on Preference Accommodation in Therapy: A Consensual Qualitative Research Study.”
Robin Higgins – Counsellor at the University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan will be presenting a 60-minute Practice in Research Workshop titled: “The Neuro-Science of Well-Being and Personal Purpose.”
Ani de la Prida – Psychotherapist, Creative Arts Counsellor, Lecturer, Supervisor and Author – will be presenting a 90-minute PowerPoint and chat on the topic: “A Pluralistic Approach to Therapeutic Communication.” And a 60-minute session titled: “Collaborative contracting with children and young people – a creative approach”
Lisa Cromar – autistic Person-Centred Counsellor and works predominantly with autistic clients, will be presenting a Research in Practice PowerPoint and chat titled: “The Roots of the Autistic Mind: the efficacy of utlising the Pluralistic approach when working with individuals.” Lisa will also be presenting a 60-minute Practice into Research PowerPoint and chat titled: “Autistic Masking: learning how to understand and assist a client in deciphering making behaviours.”
Alex Drummond – BACP Senior Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with research interests in conditions of neuro-diversity. Alex will be presenting 60-minute Practice in Research Workshop titled: “Anger Management: when ADHD or Autism underpins domestic conflict and violence.”
Rolf Sundet – Specialist Clinical Psychologist – will be presenting a 90-minute Practice in Research Workshop titled: “Workshop: Pluralistic practices and causation – on a helpful perspective and tool for practice in a world of complexities.”
Nicola Blunden – Person-Centred Pluralistic Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer – will be presenting a 90-minute Practice in Research Workshop titled: “Working Pluralistically with Parts of Self – A Collaborative Space.”
Dr. Kate Smith – Pluralistic Therapist and Academic – will be presenting a 30-minute Practice in Research Paper titled: “On being a pluralist – the importance of therapist identity and relational styles.”
Imogen Harries – Family Therapist for Adult Secondary Care – Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and is studying for her Doctorate at University of South Wales – will be presenting a 30-minute Research in Practice Paper titled: “A Solid Post in the Ground: Pluralism and the supervision of experienced secondary school-based counsellors: Emerging ideas and the implications for Supervisory practice.”
Dr. Mariya Levitanus – Dr Mariya Levitanus is a lecturer at the University of South Wales and a relational-centred integrative psychotherapist working privately. Her research interests include queer narratives of everyday life, queer theory in counselling and psychotherapy, and qualitative methodologies. Mariya – will be presenting a 60-minute Practice in Research Workshop titled: “Queering psychotherapy: denormalisation of the counselling room.”
Jill Brennan – Consultant Counsellor, CBT and EMDR Therapist and Counselling Supervisor – will be presenting a 60-minure Research into Practice talk titled: “The lotus in the therapy room: one Nichiren Buddhist therapist’s journey to pluralism.”
Cindy Cromar – Life Coach and Wellbeing Advisor, currently studying her MSc Counselling at Abertay University and working towards Alcohol counselling accreditation – will be presenting a 30-minute Research into Practice workshop titled: “Incorporating positive psychology into the Pluralistic Framework – taking a client from functioning to flourishing.”
Amanda McGary – BACP Accredited Counsellor and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester – will be presenting a paper titled: “Exploring suicide potential through the lens of Pluralism”.
Sophia Balamoutsou – MBACP Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, lecturer at the Institute for Counselling and Psychological Studies, Athens, Greece will be presenting on research into practice strand, exploring the development of a collaborative research database, titled: “How can we cultivate a collaborative and open sharing about how we conduct research?” along with Brian Rodger
Brian Rodgers – senior lecturer and programme director for the counsellor education programmes at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand will be presenting on research into practice strand, exploring the development of a collaborative research database, titled: “How can we cultivate a collaborative and open sharing about how we conduct research?” along with Sophia Balamoutsou.
Dr Hannah Gilbert will be presenting a 60-minute Research into Practice talk titled: “Meeting cross-cultural selves: Building links between anthropology and Pluralistic psychotherapy.”
Alison O’Connor – will be presenting a 60-minute Practice in Research Workshop titled: “Title: Reflecting on moral injury, trauma and loss through a pluralistic lens.”