Counselling couples and families: a person-centred approach
Charles O’Leary will offer a two day workshop on counselling couples and families that will include many updated features of past workshops, and reflection on forty years as a person-centred couple and family therapist.
To be presented, demonstrated and explored
- Rogers’ six conditions applied to relationships
- Active as well as client-centred therapist involvement
- Common factors in all good therapy and unique to client-centred therapy
- DVDs of client sessions plus in-room demonstration of work with difficult clients
- Revised list of O’Leary’s tasks of person-centred couple and family therapists, including the roles of translator, moderator and host.
Expanded content for participants’ self-discovery
- The counsellor’s inner dialogue: facing fear and inadequacy as well as over confidence and control; the search for confidence that includes humility
- Dialogue between the counsellor and their role models, including Carl Rogers
- Reflection on your own past, current and future clients and the person you bring to meet them
- Five ways to be unhelpful as a person-centred couple and family therapist and six ways to be helpful
- The counsellors’ life-cycle: advantages of being a beginner, in mid-career and in later career
Charles O'Leary has a sensitive, respectful, caring and accepting way of being, which encourages people to access, and ultimately to communicate, their personal thoughts and feelings.
"He inspires me to be the best I can with the clients I work with."
Fiona McCarthy, Director, Counselling Centre at Knock Shrine, Ireland
“Charlie O’Leary has a powerful reputation as a family therapist and as a teacher of family therapy. Above all, he is an observer of families and family life whose commentary on what he observes combines truth and humour in a fashion which might be likened in British terms to ‘John Cleese with a doctorate in therapy.'”
Charles is the author of The Practice of Person-Centred Couple and Family Therapy (Palgrave McMillan, 2012) and Counselling Couples and Families: A Person-Centred Approach (London, 1999), the first book to integrate Carl Rogers’ therapeutic conditions with couple and family therapy. During the early 1970s he studied at and was a member of the Center for Studies of the Person, alongside Carl Rogers. He regularly teaches family and couple work in the US, Austria, UK, Ireland, Germany, Argentina and Italy. A Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Charles has a private practice in Denver, Colorado.
About the host
Greenwood Events aims to offer affordable workshops to counsellors interested in CPD, anyone interested in self- development or considering a career in counselling. It also aims to offer opportunities to stimulate networking and knowledge sharing among counsellors in Scotland. Visit www.greenwoodevents.co.uk for more information.