Working at relational depth with Mick Cooper
About the trainer
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 Australia, 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 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.
Working at relational depth
What does it mean to connect to others in an in-depth way? What are the effects of relating deeply to clients in therapy, and how can such a such an encounter be facilitated? This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore their experiences of relational depth, and how it feels to meet others at this level of intensity and intimacy: in both their therapeutic practice and everyday life. Through small group exercises, pairs-work, discussion and theory input, the workshop will help participants develop a deeper understanding of such encounters, and also how they come to deepen their levels of relating in their therapeutic work.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- understand the nature of relational depth.
- articulate their own experiences of in-depth relating.
- understand the latest research findings on the nature, impact and prevalence of relational depth in therapy.
- recognise means of deepening levels of relating with clients.
- recognise their own chronic strategies of disconnection and other barriers to relational depth.
- Session one: Experiencing relational depth, in and out of therapy
- Session two: The importance of relatedness to psychological wellbeing
- Session three: Deepening our levels of relating with clients
- Session four: Chronic strategies of disconnection.
- The workshop combines self-development exercises, theoretical input, practical exercises, and small and large group discussion.
- The workshop is appropriate for training and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, and other mental health professionals.
About Mark Walsh
Lighthouse Therapy Group are a private counselling practice based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. We aim to provide the people of Sunderland and surrounding areas with an alternative option when addressing their own Mental Health. We offer a Beacon of Hope During Dark Times.