1st International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

1st International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Event detail

Event Date

17 Mar - 18 Mar 2018


Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG.


Counselling and Psychotherapy


£40 - £60

Contact No

01382 308000
Registration Closed

When: 17-18 March 2018

Where: Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland

Welcome to the 1st International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy!

It is my great pleasure to be chair of this year’s conference, which is being organised by Abertay University in partnership with the Pluralistic Practice Network.

This event is the first international conference which sees academics, practitioners and trainers come together to explore and discuss the full range of issues associated with the practice of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. We are planning a jam-packed programme this year, with something on offer for everyone - from seasoned practitioners to beginning students - and look forward to welcoming you to Dundee, City of Discovery, in March 2018.

Our Keynote speaker will be Professor Mick Cooper, an internationally recognised figure in the areas of humanistic, existential, relational and pluralistic therapy. Mick's main area of research interest is school-based counselling, but he is also well as the author of ‘Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy‘ and ‘The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy’. We are excited and honoured that Mick will be making the long drive north to present to you all.

Our plenary speaker will be Professor John McLeod, who is Emertus Professor of Counselling at Abertay University, as well as holding Professorial appointments at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, and the Institute for Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy in Dublin. John is author of 13 books and over 100 articles and chapters, on a wide range of topics in counselling and psychotherapy.

Dr Kate Smith,
Conference Co-Chair

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please feel free to contact the conference team via ICPCP@abertay.ac.uk.


The conference is being organised with the partnership of:

  • Roehampton University
  • Metanoia Institute
  • University of Chester
  • Salford University
  • Dublin
  • University of the West of England
  • York St John

The conference organisers are being supported by the Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau.

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please click here for details of our sponsorship opportunities or contact Dr Kate Smith.

Conference Programme

The conference programme is now available to view and download.  A hard copy will be provided in your delegate bag at registration.

Book of Abstracts

A book of abstracts is now available to view and download.  Please note hard copies will not be issued at the conference.

Registration and Fees

Conference fees

Early bird



Speaker rate*




Student (pre-Christmas only)


*The speaker rate is available only to those whose papers are accepted for presentation – refunds may be requested if a standard ticket has been purchased and subsequently a paper accepted.

Deadline for conference registration – 28th Febuary 2018.

Call for Papers


The 1st International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy will be held from 17-18 March 2018 at Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland. The conference represents the partnership between academic institutions working on research and training in integrative methods in therapy, and practitioners using, or interested in the Pluralistic Framework.

We invite proposals for papers, posters and workshop sessions addressing topics in all areas of Pluralistic practice, and integrative methods. We particularly welcome proposals on any of the following themes:

  • Research into the process and outcome of pluralistic therapy.
  • Practice issues and case studies.
  • Pluralistic therapy in context; working with different client groups and experiences.
  • The student journey and training.

We especially welcome proposals that are empirically based and those that involve new and emerging topics.

A Panel proposal is appropriate for a coordinated group of presentations that will focus on one topic. Panel proposals should include three 20 minute presentations and a discussant. The discussant must be independent of research projects that are presented in the symposium. Each participant and the topics to be discussed should be outlined in the proposal. The participation of each presenter should be secured before submitting the proposal. (Each panel session at the conference will be allotted up to 90 minutes.)

Paper proposals are appropriate for presentations that will focus on an individual research or practice topic. After acceptance/rejection of proposals has been determined, the conference co-chairs will group paper presentations into sessions consisting of 3-4 presentations. Every effort will be made to ensure international representation in each paper session. The amount of time allowed for each individual presentation may be adjusted to allow for themed presentations to be involved in the same session.

Poster presentations will be made at one poster session held in the evening. Presentations will be made in a written format on display boards A1 size, portrait layout.

Workshops are practice-focused sessions of between 60-90 minutes that aim to:

  • Provide practical examples of therapeutic engagement or skill.
  • Provide a forum for discussing the Pluralistic framework and it’s development.
  • Stimulate interest in the development of new ways of working within the framework.

Workshop sessions will be small groups (approximately 30 people) and will be highly interactive. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis at registration.

Some examples of workshop sessions could be:

  • Presentations/demonstrations of methods of working with clients, case-formulation, or process and outcome monitoring.
  • A ‘knowledge exchange’ through a facilitated discussion after describing the achievements and/or failures of a particular pluralistic project or initiative.
  • A ‘mini master class’ via a highly interactive workshop to communicate experiential knowledge and know-how.
  • ‘Up close and personal’ with an expert: informative, inspiring, energetic.
  • Goldfish bowl discussions by a panel concerning a burning question around Pluralistic practice

Paper and poster proposals should consist of an abstract that is no longer than 500 words. Panel proposals should consist of a 250-word abstract for each paper, plus an additional 500-word overview of the panel. Marketplace of Ideas proposals should consist of a 500-word abstract setting out the nature, content and aims of the session as well as how you will ensure the session is interactive.

Please indicate if you would like your paper or symposium papers to be considered for inclusion as posters if they are not accepted as proposed. Presentations from students are welcome. The deadline for submissions is 26th November 2017. All proposals should be submitted electronically to ICPCPsubmit@abertay.ac.uk. All accepted presenters must register for the conference or their presentations will be removed from the conference programme. Decisions concerning the acceptance of abstracts is at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Please check this page regularly for updates regarding the conference programme.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the call for papers, or about the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organisers: ICPCP@abertay.ac.uk.


  • John McLeod
  • Julia McLeod
  • Kate Smith
  • Fiona Stirling
  • Mhairi Thurston

Key Dates

Call for papers opens – Monday 9th October 2017

Registration opens – Monday 9th October 2017

Deadline for paper submissions – 26th November 2017

Deadline for conference registration – 28th February 2018


The event programme and Book of Abstracts will be available in due course.

Conference Prize

To reward the contributions of our speakers, we will be offering two prizes:

  • PPN Junior Researcher Award: The best poster or presentation by a current student or recent graduate (within three years of graduation).
  • PPN Senior Researcher Award: The best poster or presentation by a researcher with more than three years of practice.

If you are a research supervisor or clinical trainer, please encourage any students doing relevant research to submit to be in with a chance of a prize.


Conference Venue – Abertay University

A warm welcome awaits you at Abertay University, which is conveniently located in Dundee city centre – just a 5-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, shops, bars and restaurants.

How to find us

The university has modern and adaptable conference facilities, which are very close together, facilitating an excellent conference experience.

Download a campus map

Conference Dinner – Abertay Student Centre

The conference dinner will be held in the Abertay Student Centre, which is in the heart of our friendly campus – just yards from our award-winning library and main teaching buildings. The Student Centre is more than just a building – it’s the cultural and social hub of our campus and a fantastic environment in which to eat, relax and socialise. The cost of the three course dinner, plus drinks is £40 per person and can be booked when purchasing your conference ticket.

Walking Tour – conference attendees are invited to sign up for an hour-long walking tour of Dundee run by Dark Dundee, on Saturday 18.00-19.00 (cost £10) , payment on registration.


Exploring Dundee

Dundee, Scotland’s sunniest city, is situated in a stunning location on the River Tay.

Whaling, textile manufacturing and the shipbuilding industries all play an important part in Dundee’s history and heritage.

Today Dundee is at the cutting edge of medical research, technology and the computer games industry.

Known as ‘one city, many discoveries’, Dundee continues to inspire and educate. There’s much to discover, from its vibrant arts scene to an eclectic mix of eateries, attractions and nightspots.

Download Dundee visitor guides:

Accommodation and Travel

Dundee is a compact city with a wide range of accommodation, from budget hostels to more luxurious hotels.

Click here to download the Accommodation Guide

Dundee is just an hour and half away from Edinburgh and Glasgow by train or car.

Dundee is also just an hour and a half away from London by air, with Dundee Airport operating a twice daily service to London Stansted.

Visit the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau’s website for more detailed travel information.

Extend your Stay

Scotland is a small country, but it’s full to the brim with things to see and do.

Staying in Dundee puts you in a perfect position to explore the rest of Scotland. You are just over an hour away from Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow. Each has its own identity, arts, culture, history, and shopping, and are well worth a visit.

The historic golf town of St Andrews is just 25 minutes away. In fact, you are close to some of the best golf courses in Scotland, whatever direction you travel.

You are also a short journey from Perth – gateway to the world-famous Highlands, with stunning landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities.

VisitScotland and the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau have more information on exploring Scotland.

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Event details


£40 - £60

Event Date

17 Mar - 18 Mar 2018


Abertay University


Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG.


01382 308000
Registration Closed