Person-Centred Practice in the Context of Contemporary Person-Centred Theory

October 17, 2015 - June 11, 2016

Herts Women’s Centre, Stevenage, 37 The Hyde, SG2 9SB | Cost for 8 sessions: £240 Individual sessions: £40


Person-Centred Practice in the Context of Contemporary Person-Centred Theory

A course facilitated by Ivan Ellingham, PhD

‘I believe that there is only one statement which can accurately apply to all theories from the theory I will present to the one which I hope will replace it in a decade—and that is that at the time of its formulation every theory contains an unknown (and perhaps at that point an unknowable) amount of error and mistaken inference. Unless we regard the discovery of truth as a closed and finished book, then there will be new discoveries which will contradict the best theories we can now construct’. Carl Rogers, 1959.

An 8 session monthly seminar/discussion course aimed at deepening individuals understanding of person-centred theory and its relevance for the practice of the person-centred approach to counselling/psychotherapy and human relations originated by Carl Rogers. Each session will examine the ideas of a different person-centred thinker and consider their contemporary relevance for person-centred practice in different settings.

Thinkers whose ideas might be focused upon in this way include:

Art Bohart, Jerold Bozarth, Barbara Brodley, Mick Cooper, Eugene Gendlin, Les Greenberg, Stephen Joseph, Colin Lago, Suzanne Keys, Jürgen Kriz, Dave Mearns, , David Murphy, Bernie Neville, Gill Proctor, Garry Prouty, Campbell Purton, Natalie Rogers, Pete Sanders, Peter Schmid, Lisbeth Sommerbeck, Brian Thorne, Keith Tudor, Margaret Warner, Richard Worsley, as well as Rogers, with respect to his early and late ideas, and Ivan himself.

Aside from the first session, which will be an overview of the ideas of all the above, the choice of the thinker to be focused upon will be a group decision. Readings in the form of articles or book chapters will be chosen to give substance to each session’s discussion.

The course will assume initial knowledge of Rogers’ fundamental theory as set out in Counseling and Psychotherapy, 1942; Client-Centered Therapy, 1951; The necessary and sufficient conditions of therapeutic personality change, 1957, and A theory of therapy, personality, and interpersonal relationships, 1959.

Course Time: 10.30 am – 1.30 pm
Dates: 17th October, 2015, 14th November, 12th December, 2015, 23rd January, 2016, 13th February, 19th March, 14th May, 11th June , 2016
Venue: Herts Women’s Centre, Stevenage, 37 The Hyde, SG2 9SB

Cost for 8 sessions: £240 Individual sessions: £40

Ivan obtained a PhD in Counselling Psychology studying at the University of Illinois under C. H. Patterson who was trained by Rogers. Ivan has worked as a counsellor/ psychotherapist/psychologist, counsellor educator and supervisor for many years, and for over a decade as an NHS psychologist in adult mental health. He has published articles dealing with person-centred theory on such topics as Pre-Therapy, the Recovery Movement, congruence, the formative tendency, nondirectivity, mysticism, psychosis, relational depth, postmodernism and transference.

To enrol, or for further information, contact Ivan: or phone/text 07523-861535


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