February 4, 2020

IICP College to host third International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICPCP)

IICP College is delighted to announce it will host the third International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICPCP) on the 28th and 29th March 2020.

The conference will be held at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire; and will include workshops, discussions, research papers, and poster presentations on all aspects of the pluralistic approach. This includes the development of collaboration and shared decision making with clients, deliberate practice, working across diversity and difference, goal-oriented practices, client preferences, and personalisation in therapy.

We are delighted to announce our Keynotes Speakers for the conference: 

Keynote Title:  Deliberate Practice for Pluralistic Psychotherapy

Faculty:  Tony Rousmaniere & Alexandre Vaz

Blurb:  How do the good become great? Practice! From musicians to athletes to surgeons to chess masters, professionals rely on Deliberate Practice to achieve expertise. Drawing from the Science of Expertise, this workshop teaches evidence-based methods to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of professional development in pluralistic therapy.  The Deliberate Practice approach is trans-theoretical and benefits all models of therapy (CBT, psychodynamic, etc.) and is also appropriate for therapists at all levels of experience.

The workshop includes:

The theory and principles of Deliberate Practice

How to use Deliberate Practice to enhance your clinical skill development

How to integrate Deliberate Practice into supervision and consultation

This workshop is based on the books Deliberate Practice for Psychotherapists, Mastering the Inner Skills of Psychotherapy: A Deliberate Practice Handbook, and the edited volume The Cycle of Excellence: Training, Supervision, and Deliberate Practice.

Free webinars and video interviews on Deliberate Practice are available here:  www.dpfortherapists.com

Learning Objectives

Describe five principles of deliberate practice

List three major findings from the Science of Expertise

Describe a method for developing deliberate practice exercises

About the presenters:

Tony Rousmaniere is Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington and has a private practice in Seattle.  He runs the psychotherapy training website www.dpfortherapists.com and provides workshops, webinars, and advanced clinical training and supervision to clinicians around the world.  Dr. Rousmaniere is the author/co-editor of four books on deliberate practice and psychotherapy training and co-editor of the forthcoming book series “The Essentials of Deliberate Practice” (APA Press). In 2017 he published the widely-cited article in The Atlantic Monthly, “What your therapist doesn’t know”. Dr. Rousmaniere supports the open-data movement and publishes his aggregated clinical outcome data, in de-identified form, on his website at www.drtonyr.com. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Rousmaniere was awarded the Early Career Award by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29).

Alexandre Vaz is a clinical psychologist, teacher and psychotherapy researcher at ISPA-University Institute in Lisbon, Portugal. He is Co-Editor of the American Psychological Association’s upcoming book series “The Essentials of Deliberate Practice” (APA Press). He is director of the webinar series of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR); part of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session; member of the Research and Membership Committees for the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), Editor of SEPI’s “The Integrative Therapist” newsletter, and program assistant for SEPI’s International Conferences. Dr. Vaz is also founder and host of the Psychotherapy Expert Talks, an acclaimed interview series with distinguished therapists and researchers; and author on the third edition of the Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration (Norcross & Goldfried; Oxford Press).

Speaker: Andrew Reeves

Keynote Title: Finding Our Voice: Pluralism as a Means of Social Change

The provision of therapy has never taken place in a vacuum and yet, over the last few decades, counsellor training seems often to have focused exclusively on the therapeutic process between the client and their therapist.  In the meantime, we have argued endlessly about which ‘school’ of therapy is better suited to that aim, what we should call ourselves and how, or if, we should relate to others.  The loss of this systemic perspective has, arguably, placed our work in isolation: we call to be mainstream as it gives us status and offers client choice, and yet put energies into ways of thinking and behaving that leaves us on the periphery.

This talk will focus on the wider political imperatives of our work as therapists: and may raise some eyebrows in doing so.  It will reflect on the dangers of introspection, of social media, the age of entitlement and consider how we might position therapy, once again, as a political activity seriously rooted in the principles of social justice.  Pluralism, and a pluralistic approach to therapy, will be offered as an important opportunity to look outwards and work collaboratively, not only with our clients, but with the wider world.

About the presenter:

Dr Andrew Reeves is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience of working in a range of settings, a Registered Social Worker, and an Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health.  He has published extensively about working with risk, including two key textbooks (‘Counselling Suicidal Clients’ and ‘Working with Risk in Counselling and Psychotherapy’ – both with Sage).  He is additionally author of ‘An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice – Second Edition’, Sage).  He has recently stepped down as Chair of BACP, holding the role for 5 years.  He is past Editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal.

This conference is proudly sponsored by IICP College and IACP

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