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Digital Seminar

Working at relational depth in counselling and psychotherapy

Mick Cooper
6 Hours
Sep 16, 2022
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Professor Mick Cooper describes how individual therapy can create meaning and a feeling of being sustained. He postulates that it’s at the time of connection between the therapist and the client when the real work of therapy is happening. Through this training, you will gain skills to deepen the relationship with your clients. By the end of the training, participants will be able to identify the four components of relational depth and apply them to their work. You will also hear client examples of the experience of relational depth.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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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. Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida. Mick’s books include Existential Therapies (Sage, 2017), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2018) and The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (Palgrave, 2013). His latest work is Integrating Counselling and Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy, and Social Change (Sage, 2019).

Mick’s principal areas of research have been in shared decision-making/personalizing therapy, and counselling for young people in schools. In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences.


  1. Devise strategies to create a space in which connection is more likely to occur in therapy.
  2. Differentiate relational depth with more traditional person-centered therapy foundations.
  3. Construct a graph to rate moments of relational depth to utilize with clients.
  4. Categorize the four components of relational depth as it relates to case conceptualization.
  5. Appraise quantitative assessment measures for gauging relational depth in your clinical practice.
  6. Analyze consequences of disconnection in clients.
  7. Demonstrate therapeutic stance of relational depth and put to practical use in-session.


  • Relational depth exploration
    • Connection to person-centered therapy
    • Resources
    • Definition
    • Graph of moments of relational depth
    • Practice exercise
  • Four components of relational depth
    • Intrapersonal
    • Experience of other
    • Relational
    • Atmosphere
  • Client example illustrating relational depth
  • Research on relational depth
    • Measurements
    • Use in practice
  • Question and answer
  • Distress of Disconnection
    • Consequences
    • Reasons why
    • Chronic strategies of disconnection
  • Dialogical therapeutic stance
    • Pros/ cons of models
    • Effective therapist factors
    • Client factors
  • Research findings on therapist and client factors
    • Risks and limitations of the research & future and further research

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