3rd International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Deadline for Submissions extended to 7th February 2020

Conference Rates


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

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 keynote speaker and panel members will include:

Tony Rousmaniere, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist on the Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences in Seattle.

Andrew Reeves has been a counsellor/psychotherapist for nearly 25 years is now Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, heading up the Board of Governors.

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.

Julia McLeod, MSc, author of Counselling skills: a practical guide for counsellors and helping professionals.

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 Steering 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)
  • Dena Ginsberg, IICP College, Dublin
  • Pamela Patchell, IICP College, Dublin
  • David O’Regan, Head of Academic Studies, IICP College, Dublin
  • John McLeod, University of Oslo, IICP Dublin, Abertay University
  • Julia McLeod, Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Abertay
  • 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
  • Biljana Vanrihn, Metanoia Institute, London.

**Ticket Event Only – 3 Course Set Dinner in Gourmet Food Parlour on Saturday 28 March 2020

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!