Sunday, February 28, 2010

Psychotherapy & Politics event

Psychotherapy and Politics: Contributing to a Sustainable Society
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May 2010
Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Co-sponsored by the Psycho-Social Academic Unit, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds; the Centre for Psychological Therapies, Leeds Metropolitan University; and Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility

What are the characteristics of a sustainable society, and what can counselling and psychotherapy contribute to its creation? Like 'freedom' or 'justice', 'sustainability' is a complex and flexible term, but its key meaning could be rendered as improving the quality of current human life without damaging either future generations or present ecosystems. It includes such concepts as emotional sustainability and economic sustainability. There are many ways in which and levels on which the idea of sustainability interacts with the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy.

Following on from the successful conferences in London in 2008 and Glasgow in 2009, a diverse group of counsellors and psychotherapists, with representatives from the humanistic and psychodynamic communities and from Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, are organising a major conference hosted by Leeds University to explore the interface between psychological therapies and progressive social-political-environmental perspectives.

For more details: Download Conference Brochure

Click here for booking details and click on bookings

Monday, February 22, 2010

Carl Rogers' Transcripts

Transcripts of Carl Rogers' Therapy Sessions
Edited by Barbara T. Brodley and Germain Lietaer
[Completed in December, 2006]

To facilitate psychotherapy research and the education of students in client-centred therapy, the editors have compiled as complete a record as possible of transcripts of Carl R. Rogers' sessions with actual and demonstration clients.

A full description of this project is available in an article by Germain Lietaer and Barbara T. Brodley, "Carl Rogers in the Therapy Room: A Listing of Session Transcripts and a Survey of Publications Referring to Rogers’ Sessions," published 2004 in Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 2(4), pp. 274-291.

A supplemental list of more recent publications referring to Rogers’ sessions is included with the collected transcripts.

To facilitate access to this collection, PCAyorks – the regional network for the Person-Centred Approach in Yorkshire & the Humber (UK) – has, since 2007, provided webhosting for this resource. Prior to that, the 17 documents were being emailed as separate attachments, in response to individual requests only.

From correspondence with the principal editorial assistant to the project, we were informed that: “…Barbara and Germain are not in favor of "posting" them publicly on the web. But if what you are doing is more a personal thing to be followed up upon only by word of mouth I think that is fine. Thank you for your kind offer [...] “That is really fantastic. It worked in seconds when I clicked on it directly from your email message. I am quite overwhelmed.”

Whilst she was still working on the transcripts, Barbara Brodley informed us that she fully supported the efforts we were making to promote the Person Centred Approach through the private distribution of such key papers: “… especially Rogers' transcripts which I think belong to the world” [5 July 2006].

If you would like to receive the download link to the full transcript collection, please contact us at, stating that you understand and accept that they are being made freely available as Microsoft Word documents for purposes of research, study and teaching and may not be sold.

The Person Centred Approach / CCT has always been at the forefront of evidence based practice and the availability of this collection will enable students, teachers, practitioners and researchers to study in detail the work of Rogers with his own clients. We at PCAyorks are delighted to play a small, but significant part in promoting and facilitating the Approach in this way.

We look forward to hearing from you if you would like to take advantage of this offer.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

BAPCA AGM, Regulation, Links

A bit of a round-up, this post.

This year's AGM will take place on 27 March 2010 at the Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City, Herts SG6 4UB.

It's an exciting time for BAPCA, and the Co-ordinating Group (trustees) have issued a recent statement in response to the Open Letter on Statutory Regulation that signals a potential shift towards a more robust - or at least multi-stranded - response to the unpopular HPC would-be regulator.

Their website is a bit wonky at times (who are we to throw stones?), but you can find out a bit more at:


Coordinating Group's Response to the Open Letter:
The Future of the Person-Centred Approach in the UK and the Case against HPC and State Regulation


Statutory Regulation and the Future of Professional Practice in Psychotherapy & Counselling: Evidence from the field

October 2009 / King’s College London – Department of Management
Dr Gerry McGivern, Dr Michael Fischer, Prof Ewan Ferlie, Dr Mark Exworthy


We've done a fairly major update of the links section - have a click around and see what you can find.

Remember, you can always leave a comment and let us know you are out there.

More CPD Stuff


Including Brian Thorne and Dave Mearns - October 30 2010

24 April - ‘No Person is an Island ’ - Race, ethnicity, culture and society: A ‘transcultural’ perspective to psychotherapy.
Workshop with Colin Lago

29 May - Working at Relational Depth in Counselling
Workshop with Mick Cooper

30 May - The Therapeutic Power of the Arts
Workshop with Helen Cruthers

19 June - ‘Potentiality’, Counselling young people in Schools from a Person Centred Perspective (full details of this workshop to be confirmed).
Workshop with Susan McGinnis

30 October - Brian Thorne and Dave Mearns
For many of you Brian Thorne and Dave Mearns will need no introduction. As inspirational pioneers of the person centred counselling approach in Britain, Europe and beyond and prolific authors and co-authors of the best seller ‘Person Centred Counselling in action’ (3rd edition 2007) their reputation as practitioners, teachers, trainers and writers is of the highest merit and regard in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

At present the possible flavour for this day event at this developmental stage is ‘where are they now?’ an exploration and reflection on how very different paths and core experiences of faith and atheism can lead to a similar deep valuing of humanity and an inclination to be particularly 'present' in working with others. (Full details of the day to follow in due course.)

Events all take place at Glyndwr University, Wrexham (North Wales border)

For further details:
T: 0560 3199080 E:


Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy
Workshop by Muriel O’Driscoll (counsellor, coach, psychosexual therapist, educator and author)

Sunday, 25 April 2010, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Contemporary Urban Centre, 41-51 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS
£75.00 (lunch included)

A discount of £10 will be given to diploma students and those working in the voluntary sector and a further £5 discount will be given to anyone paying in full before 1 April 2010.

Full details and booking information can be found at: