3rd International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy

28 – 29 March 2020. Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Covid-19 Conference Update

It is with deep regret that we write today to confirm that the Irish Government has issued a statement confirming that all indoor gatherings of more than 100 people should be cancelled until 29 March 2020. This unfortunately means that the conference cannot go ahead as planned on 28-29 March 2020 here in Dublin. We are obviously very disappointed that the conference cannot go ahead; however, we must following the government’s directives. We are all grappling with this unprecedented situation and are just so deeply disappointed that it has meant we won’t get to meet at the end of the month.


With regards to accommodation reservations in the Royal Marine Hotel, they have informed us that they are allowing cancellations however guests will need to contact reservations directly to cancel their booking by calling Rachel on +353 1 230 0030 or emailing reservation@royalmarine.ie  

Conference Rates


Delegate Rate
Presenter Rate
Student Rate
Social Dinner** €35

**Ticket Event Only – 3 Course Set Dinner in Hardys Bar, Royal Marine Hotel, on Saturday 28 March 2020 at 6:30pm

** The price of the Social Dinner is Not Included in the Conference Ticket Price and must be Bought Separately.

Following the highly successful first and second conferences in Abertay and the University of Roehampton, 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.

The  panel members and workshop presenters will include:

Kate Smith, PhD. Kate is the Head of Division Health Sciences in the School of Applied Sciences  at Abertay University and has been involved in the pluralistic practice network for many years.

Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential and pluralistic therapies. He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton.

John McLeod is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee, Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, IICP College, Dublin, and Visiting Professor, University of Oslo (live streaming)

Rolf Sundet is a specialist clinical psychologist working in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hospital of Buskerud, and as an associate professor at the University College of Buskerud, Norway. His Ph.d is on the use of client feedback as a monitoring and conversational tool in family therapy practice.

Marcella Finnerty, D.Psych, President, IICP College. Marcella has led out on the development and delivery of Ireland’s first Masters programme in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Caitríona Kearns, MA, Director of Registry and Operations, IICP College. Caitríona specialises in use of Pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults.

For further information about the conference please visit www.iicp.ie/pluralistic2020/

Conference Organising Committee

  • Marcella Finnerty, College President, IICP College, Dublin (Chair)
  • Caitriona Kearns, Director of Registry & Operations, IICP College, Dublin (Vice-Chair)
  • Laura Pierce, IICP College, Dublin (Conference Administrator)
  • Dion Llyod, IICP College, Dublin
  • Kevin Smith, IICP College, Dublin
  • Amanda Gilsenan, Village Counselling Service, Dublin
  • John McLeod, University of Oslo, IICP Dublin, Abertay University (Live Streaming)
  • Kate Smith, Head of Division, Health Sciences, University of Abertay
  • Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton
  • Melody Cranbourne-Rosser, Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Therapeutic Practice, University of South Wales
  • Lynn Gabriel, Professor of Counselling and Mental Health; Director, Mental Health Clinic, York St John University, York, UK
  • Andrew Reeves, Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, University of Chester

Keynote Title:  Deliberate Practice for Pluralistic Psychotherapy

Faculty:  Tony Rousmaniere (video Conference) & 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

  1. Describe five principles of deliberate practice
  2. List three major findings from the Science of Expertise
  3. 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.

Dún Laoghaire

The town of Dún Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leary), which sprang up around its famous 200 year old harbour, is a beautiful place to visit!

There is plenty to see and do in the town and the surrounding area. Located just 12km outside Dublin City Centre, it only takes 20 minutes to get to the seaside town on the DART (Dublin’s Railway Network) from the City.

There are over 220 shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs all within a mere ten-minute walk of each other.

Whether you’re just up for a stroll down one of the harbours piers, or fancy something a bit more adventurous, like stand-up paddle boarding, or a dip in the nearby 40 Foot (named in The New York Times as one of ten Best Places to Swim in the World – 19th August 2017) Dún Laoghaire has it all.

Aside from the historic harbour, the town has plenty of other amazing attractions too, including:

National Maritime Museum is housed in Dun Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariners Church, directly opposite the new DLR Lexicon library and easily accessible by DART suburban train and several bus services. The museum’s greatest artefact is probably the building itself as it is one of a few custom-built places of worship for seafarers remaining intact in the world today. Experienced guides will bring you on a voyage of discovery enthralling you with stories of discovery, heroism, war and disasters at sea. You will learn about maritime history, exploration, navigation, radio, deep-sea cable technology, nature, wildlife and view art inspired by the sea. See the 10-tonne revolving Baily Optic, immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses, try the electrified steam engine and pause to reflect at the Titanic exhibit, the re-created radio room, the Royal Navy prisoners docks and the war memorial.

DLR Lexicon, branded as dlr LexIcon, houses the main public library and cultural centre of Dún Laoghaire, which features unparalleled views of Dublin Bay.  Close by is the renowned People’s Park, a gorgeous park which is home to Victorian style tea-rooms. The People’s Park is located at the end of Upper George’s Street, and on the Coast Road (Windsor Terrace). It was developed by the Kingstown Town Commissioners at the end of the 19th Century, and features two Victorian style water fountains, a recently redeveloped playground for children and tea-rooms which are now home to the celebrated  Fallon & Byrne Restaurant.   Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are known for the pride they take in doing a wonderful job of maintaining the flower beds when in bloom. And the dlrcoco market is not one to be missed. Every Sunday throughout the year, local artisan food producers, and craftspeople showcase their wares.

The Royal Marine Hotel

The Luxury 4 Star Royal Marine Hotel, situated in Dún Laoghaire will host our event. This stunning venue overlooks Dublin Bay. It is a much loved, family run, historic landmark hotel and is one of the most prestigious hotels in South Dublin. Dating back to 1828 and with a rich history, the hotel is situated in a unique location, within easy reach of Dublin City Centre and the Wicklow Mountains. Travelling to and from the hotel is made easier by the hotel’s proximity to the DART train line and Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port. Dublin Airport is located just 22km from the hotel with an Aircoach service providing a luxury door to door direct service. Taxis are also easily accessed at Dublin airport for visiting guests.

Haddington House Hotel

Situated on the seafront in Dun Laoghaire, Haddington House has panoramic views of Dublin Bay. Originally four Victorian townhouses the hotel began its life as Haddington House, a finishing school for girls, before being converted into a hotel in the 1950s. Most of the rooms in the hotel also have spectacular sea views. Oliveto, the award-winning restaurant with views of the sea, serves Italian-inspired fare and is extremely popular so booking is highly recommended. There are two unique events spaces: The Library Bar and Oak Room, a lobby bar and a buzzy garden overlooking the sea complete with a Hut Bar. The location is hard to beat with Dun Laoghaire DART station just a 5-minute walk away which provides regular rail connections to Dublin’s city centre. The Aviva Stadium and the RDS can be reached after a 10-minute DART rail journey. If you’re staying in the area, the Haddington House Hotel have partnered up with a number of local businesses, so guests can enjoy discounts on activities. The beautiful village of Dalkey is a short trip down the coast and is great for an afternoon’s ramble. Directly opposite the hotel is the historic east pier which was built especially for the arrival of Queen Victoria in 1900. Around the corner is the National Maritime Museum and the James Joyce Tower made famous by Ulysses is just a 5-minute walk away.

  • 5 minute walk from venue.

Rochestown Lodge Hotel

Rochestown Lodge Hotel and Leisure centre is a 3-star hotel located in Dun Laoghaire, just a short distance from Dublin City Centre and has easy access to the M50 motorway. All guest rooms are spacious and comfortable offering cable TV, complimentary WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities. The Hotel offers a Spa with 9 treatment rooms and a nail salon, a 15 m swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, hot tub and sauna. The restaurant serves local traditional dishes while the bar offers live entertainment at weekends. There is a Dublin bus stop directly outside the hotel. Free secure underground parking is provided.

  • 40 minute walk from venue, local bus routes available or a short hop by taxi.

Local Bed and Breakfasts:

There is also a wide range of local B&B’s. For more information on these please visit www.dunlaoghaire.ie/guesthouses-and-bb/

Dún Laoghaire is a food lover’s dream! There is so much to choose from in the town. From fish & chips along the pier, to pizza overlooking the harbour, to all the restaurants at The Pavilion & Crofton Road, and you’ll be spoilt for choice around the George’s Street area.

The town has it all, you can download a guide to all the Restaurants and Pubs in the town here


One of the things that Dún Laoghaire is most well-known for in Dublin is its Ice Cream! Teddys Ice Cream Parlour is quite literally the home of the 99. They can be found throughout the town and harbour when the sun is shining or you could visit their store at Windsor Terrace, just beyond the People’s Park.

You could also venture down to Scrumdiddly’s, where they boast about serving 2,400 different combinations of Ice Cream. That’s a lot of toppings to try!

COVID-19 updates

The HSE, Ireland’s government health service, have issued the attached guidance on mass gatherings (as of 06 March 2020). At this time, there is no mandate to cancel mass gatherings and events; and the following guidance has been provided to attendees of events:

  • If you are unwell, do not attend.
  • Review travel guidance from your own country’s department of foreign affairs and the Irish Dept. of Foreign Affairs: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/
  • At the event:
    • Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub (we will have plenty of hand sanitiser at the event!).
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
    • Put used tissues in a bin and wash your hands/use hand sanitiser when you have coughed or sneezed.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
    • Read available information and recommendations on the event’s website and social media pages (please note, we are currently working on a new section on the event website).
  • The government have suggested that those in a high risk category (those over 65 years of age, and those with long-term medical conditions) should consider if attending mass gatherings is in their best interest and should discuss their concerns with their doctor.
  • Keep your distance from those who are unwell.
  • Follow the instructions of organisers at the event (the conference team will be clearly identifiable and are all extremely approachable).
  • Be mindful of alcohol and drug use, as these may limit one’s ability to follow the advice provided.

At present, there are only three situations where we envision having to cancel:

  1. If we ourselves, as conference organisers, or a considerable number of speakers and/or delegates were to contract coronavirus or be required to self-isolate
  2. If the government advises that group events should not occur.
  3. If the venue were to be quarantined or closed on government advice.

We are currently working on the website and will update it on a regular basis with any new information.  We wish to highlight that two of our speakers will not be able to attend in person.   Dr. Tony Rousmaniere, from Seattle, is not in a position to  travel due to the high rate of Covid-19 in that region of the USA.  Also Professor  John McLeod is unable to travel and both will  live-stream from their respective locations.

This conference is proudly sponsored by IICP College and IACP

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