Professional Counsellors Network

2018 European Professional Counsellors Network

The European Professional Counsellors Network is for professional counsellors and professional counsellors in training. In this year's programme after an introductory session on foundational issues in counselling, we will be considering, in the lectures, the influence of mindfulness in therapy: how it can be useful and where it may lead us astray.  

The programme wlll feature both lectures and case studies. Case studies are a very helpful way to apply theoretical principles learned in lectures and from reading in the real situations that we will meet in counselling.  Therefore, the Professional Counsellors Network will spend time each day discussing a relevant case study. Participants will be given a written summary of the case prior to the Forum. At the Forum, the cases will be discussed in small groups in order to provide a more participatory style of learning.

Leading this Network will be Richard Winter, Psychotherapist and Emeritus Professor of Practical Theology and Counselling at Covenant Theological Seminary.

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADER

Richard Winter is one of the leaders of the European Christian Counsellors Network. He is Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology and Counselling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, USA. He is also a psychotherapist and counsellor who was trained in medicine and psychiatry in England before being on the staff and a director of the English branch of the L’Abri Fellowship for 14 years. He is the author of books on boredom, depression, perfectionism, and reproductive technologies.  He is married, with four children and eight grandchildren.

 

 

NETWORK SPEAKER

Emőke Tapolyai is a Clinical Pastoral Counsellor and an Executive Coach. She received her M.A. in Clinical Pastoral Counselling from Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio, USA). She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counsellors (AACC), Hungarian Association of Sexologists, and the Professional Association of Coaches.

 

 

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

A Foundation and Framework for Counselling
Richard Winter

What is Christian counselling? What are foundational Biblical principles that help us to understand who we are, what has gone wrong, and who we are to become?  How do these build a framework for helping people in pastoral care and counselling towards healing and health?

Case Study
Emőke Tapolyai
 


Day 2

What is Mindfulness?
Richard Winter

Mindfulness has become a trendy word in counselling circles.  What exactly is it, and why has it become so popular? This talk will introduce the topic and provide a basic understanding of the practice.  How do we often live in mindlessness? What are the links with Interpersonal Neurobiology and Dan Siegel’s concept of Mindsight?

Case Study
Emőke Tapolyai
 


Day 3

How is Mindfulness Used in Counselling?
Richard Winter

This talk will consider how mindfulness can be a useful technique in counselling. We will discuss common questions such as: Is there evidence that it works? Isn’t Mindfulness more Buddhist than Christian?  Is there also a historic Christian tradition of mindfulness?

Case Study
Emőke Tapolyai
 



Day 4

What is the Mind of Christ?
Richard Winter

In this session, we'll summarize how mindfulness fits into a Christian framework for counselling. Why are body and breath so important in counselling? Is it appropriate to encourage meditation and contemplative prayer in counselling? How can we move towards helping each other to have the Mind of Christ?

Case Study
Emőke Tapolyai

 

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