Person-Centred Theory and Practice: Four Seminars

November 09, 2019 - May 09, 2020

Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City, SGB 4UB | £20-£30 per seminar or £60-£100 for all four

Person-Centred Theory and Practice: Four Seminars

Facilitator: Ivan Ellingham, PhD 

There is nothing so practical as good theory. Kurt Lewin 

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 

First of four seminars that provide the opportunity for person-centred practitioners (and others) to discuss, reflect upon and critique past and present formulations of person-centred theory in relation both to their current working practice and to contemporary developments within the field of psychotherapy/mental health. 

Each seminar will focus on a particular group chosen topic and involve some optional reading. 

The topic for the first seminar is: Person-Centred Therapy and the Concept of Shame. 

Suggested reading: ‘Shame’ in A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis by Charles Rycroft. 

Date: 9th November 2019;

Dates for 2nd, 3rd and 4th: 8th February 2019; 14th March 2019; 9th May 2019. 

Time: 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. 

Venue: Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City, SGB 4UB              [Plenty of parking and easy access to rail station] 

Cost:     TPCA members: £60 for all four seminars; £20 per individual seminar             

Non-TPCA members: £100 for all four seminars; £30 per individual seminar 

Contact Ivan Ellingham for further information. 

Ivan obtained a PhD in Counselling Psychology studying at the University of Illinois under C. H. ‘Pat’ Patterson who was trained by Carl Rogers. Ivan has worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist, 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 congruence, the formative tendency, nondirectivity, mysticism, a person-centred paradigm, postmodernism, pre-therapy, psychosis, relational depth, and transference.

These articles are now available at

Ivan Ellingham