Conference 2018



Leeds Conference 2018

Association for the Development of the Person Centred Approach UK

Welcome to ADPCA UK!


This website is designed to give you all the information you need to know about the event we are organising on behalf of ADPCA UK from 18-22 July 2018 in Leeds at Devonshire Hall .


This is a conference for people interested in the development of the person centred approach, founded by Carl Rogers in the 1940's. The theme is 'Pride and Prejudice'.


We invite participants to register for the whole conference or just a day, by completing a booking form and then offer a workshop if you are interested in exploring any particular subject with a group of interested others. The pre conference event is a facilitated workshop and the main conference will be organised by the community. CPD certificates are available to attendees of any or part of the whole event.


We invite participants to offer workshops in advance and we will post these offers on the website (name, title, description only a few words) along with the days of attendance of the workshop facilitator. If you have particular requests for attendance of certain workshops on certain days, let us know and we will pass on requests to workshop leaders. They will then take these requests into consideration when the conference begins and the community decides what will happen when (the democratic community process).


Timings: Wednesday 11.00-18.00 (preconference); Thursday to Saturday 09.00-18.00 and Sunday 09.00-13.00.


Wednesday 18th July: Leah Davidson and Catherine Dwyer Pre-conference event. The day prior to the conference will be a facilitated workshop organised in advance and participants can attend this event without staying for the rest of the conference. The theme of the pre-conference is ‘Somewhere under the rainbow’.


Steve Paul Is therapy Love in another form?

A short presentation on what heals in therapy followed by an exploration of the place of love and loving. Attending whole conference.


Sue Price Relational depth: Is it relevant to Person-centred philosophy?

This workshop looks at the theory of relational depth and at its relevance to Person-centred theory. We will look at and discuss Mearns and Cooper’s stance where they state that a relational depth informed approach is a ‘bit different’ to a classical, non-directive Person-centred approach. Attending whole conference


Sue Price Person-centred counselling: a form of education?

For this workshop I would like to openly discuss how Person-centred philosophy can usefully inform the development of professional practice, educational methods, and critical social theory of social pedagogy. Attending whole conference.


Mark Harrison Integrity and Exploitation

An open discussion on maintaining a person-centred approach in life outside the therapy room. My intent is to offer a short introductory speech drawing from personal experience and research, leading into open discussion. Attending whole conference.


Sue Wilders facilitating: How do Person Centred therapists approach difference?

For example, what a therapist thinks is an important difference, might not be a difference the client is concerned with. This will be an open exploration. Attending whole conference.


Barbara Jukes Retro fit

Join me for a blast from the past, to work your body as well as your mind. 80’s-style aerobics workout. Fun more than fit. All levels welcome. Attending whole conference.


Thurs 19 July: Hope Sanchez and Kia Silva

Ideal vs. Real therapist: When the marginalized clinician meets the privileged client.

We will discuss our experiences as mental health professionals from marginalized populations working with clients from majority populations (e.g. race, gender, sexual identity, SES, etc.)


At times, we may feel conflicted or distracted due to our own experiences with discrimination. This dynamic has long been an area of interest. However, in the current political climate, issues related to politics and social justice are more frequently discussed during sessions.


Friday 20th July: Gillian Proctor, Maeta Brown, Shlomo Cohen and Sue McKelvie

Ethical and value conflicts experienced by relational counsellors in IAPT

In this workshop, we will present the results of our research study which explores the reality of PCE-CfD counsellors’ lived experience in IAPT. It examines their ethical and value conflicts: how they manage with the subsequent costs to the counsellors in relation to the high levels of stress among IAPT workers. We will then facilitate a discussion about the future of counselling in IAPT.


Friday 20th July evening: BBQ and games.

Bring your own chess sets, Buckaroo and carpet boules. Would someone like to volunteer to put together a person centred quiz?


Fri 20th or Sat 21st: Deborah Bentley Being a person centred counselling tutor in the 21st Century

An open discussion on the role and purpose of the person centred counselling tutor (across all levels and sectors.)


Fri 20th, Sat 21st or Sun 22nd: Kate Hayes Assessing a filmed therapy session between the presenter Kate Hayes (client) and Professor Brian Thorne using the PCEPS scale

Watch a filmed counselling session and use the Person-centred Experiential Psychotherapy Scale -10 (v. 1.2, 12/12/12 © Robert Elliott & Graham Westwell) in order to compare this scale with the approach offered by Brian Thorne back in 1997. As the presenter is the client in this session, this is a rare opportunity to explore the process with the client present.


Saturday 21st July: India Amos HIV related stigma: a discussion

Stigma associated with HIV is considered a major stressor for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The potential for positive outcomes, referred to as posttraumatic growth (PTG), and providing effective services may be inhibited by experiencing an HIV diagnosis in a potentially traumatic way due to stigma.


Saturday 21st July: Jo Calenti - London School of Biodanza, Paula Jardim: Biodanza - The Dance of Life

I am a person-centred psychotherapist, offering to share research (followed by a complete Biodanza session) which suggests that this non-verbal movement & music model, incorporates the six necessary & sufficient conditions. Two stark differences between Biodanza and other models is the relationship between facilitator and participant being equal, and the focus is very much on the life force of the person, not the pathology.


The total process will take up to about 2 hours and is suitable for all ages and abilities. The Biodanza session will be led by a qualified Biodanza facilitator with the research explained by myself. Let's dance Leeds!


Saturday 21st July: Zahda Yunis Imagine a world without unconditional positive regard

The value of unconditional positive regard in everyday life, my personal experience and results of my dissertation.


Saturday 21st July evening: pArTy NiGhT

Let's dance a bit more. Yay.


Creative Space We are hoping to keep one workshop room permanently available for creative work. Please bring materials you would like to use and are happy for others to use. We welcome offers for facilitating creative workshops.






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