Ground-breaking conference on transformational practice and the future of counselling and psychotherapy

Why attend the conference on transformational practice and the future of counselling and psychotherapy on 15-16 January 2016 with Nick Totton and John Lees?


Healthcare is changing rapidly. Ever since the 1980s the NHS has been run as a business with targets and competitive tendering. The managers rather than doctors, nurses and therapists make the important decisions. They prioritize economic rather than caring reasons and it is only the heroic efforts of many practitioners, struggling against the tide that prevents it from becoming inhuman and callous. These developments have now begun to impact on the counselling and psychotherapy profession. And the same principles apply: unrealistic promises of addressing mental health problems, fantasy targets, measuring the unmeasurable and heroic efforts by some practitioners to maintain a caring and therapeutic culture.

This conference, which will begin at 7.30pm on 15 January and finish at 5pm on 16 January and will involve Nick Totton, one of the leading and most creative practitioners in the profession who has written some 14 books, will address this problem. It is primarily for counselors and psychotherapists but, in view of its broad implications, it will be of interest to anyone who cares about what is happening in society today in most countries and is concerned about human psychological development. Its main focus will be to work towards maintaining the innovatory and creative traditions of the profession, which have evolved over one hundred years, and establishing a balanced profession. It links with a new book, The Future of Psychological Therapy: From Managed Care to Transformational Practice, which is edited by John Lees, contains articles by leading therapy practitioners and will be published by Routledge in February 2016.

Participate in a new movement at Emerson College which is concerned with the future of psychological therapy and supporting human being to unfold our full potential in a dysfunctional society in an age of transition. Help to challenge a society which is no longer able to look after its most vulnerable citizens and is more concerned with making money for the rich.

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