Professional Counsellors Network

2019 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 the therapeutic power of relationships, we will be focusing on counselling for marriage and singleness. 

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.

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADER

Pablo Martinez was a European Leadership Forum steering committee member for more than 10 years. He currently works as a psychiatrist at a private practice in Barcelona. He has also developed a wide ministry as a counsellor and itinerant speaker. He has been a plenary Bible teacher in more than 30 countries. He served as one of the vice-presidents of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA). He filled the role of President of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (1999-2009) and Professor of Pastoral Psychology at the Spanish Theological Seminary for seven years. His books have been published in 14 languages. His most recent works (to be launched in summer 2018) are Mad or God?: Jesus, the Healthiest Mind of All (Inter-Varsity Press, England, co-authored with Prof. Andrew Sims) and Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Ministry (Hendrickson Publishers & Lausanne Movement). For more information see www.christian-thought.org.

 

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

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.

 

Dan Zink joined the full-time faculty of Covenant Theological Seminary in 1995 after serving for five years as Director of Student Services and adjunct professor in practical theology, and for 11 years as a family counsellor, case-worker, and supervisor of public children’s services. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Zink was the founding director and five-year head of New Hope Counseling Services, a ministry of Chesterfield Presbyterian Church (PCA). He has had a private counseling practice for over twenty years, focusing on marriage issues.  He has also been involved in the Christian education programs of four churches and served as assistant pastor in a PCA church in Dallas, Texas. His doctoral research focused on enduring marriages of adult children of divorce.  Dr. Zink and his wife, Carolanne, have two adult children who no longer live at home, but their one dog and two horses do reside on the premises.

 

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

The Therapeutic Power of the Relationship
Pablo Martinez

What are the best techniques in counselling? How can I learn the practice of therapeutic techniques? These are the most frequent questions asked by beginners. They are eager to learn counseling techniques. Nevertheless they soon discover that the most therapeutic tool is not a good technique, but a good relationship. Indeed, the client´s relationship to the counsellor contains the most powerful forces in the therapeutic process. Change always occurs in the context of a good inter-personal relationship. The techniques you use are of secondary importance compared to your personality and your capacity to be empathic and stablish a warm relationship. Here lies the core of all therapy.
 

Case Study
Emőke Tapolyai
 


Day 2

Helping Couples Build a Good Marriage in a Divorce Culture
Dan Zink

Our world works against marriage, teaching us to be afraid and not trust others with whom we are in relationship.  Counselling couples well requires us to undo harmful ideas about relationships and nurture better beliefs about being a couple.  Topics explored will include helping couples to use conflict to grow emotional connection, overcoming fear about being honest with your spouse, and repairing the relationship when spouses have hurt each other.
 

Case Study
Dan Zink
 


Day 3

Crisis and Opportunities in Singleness
Pablo Martinez

The purpose of this session is to understand the emotional needs and the mindset of the single people. Singleness is sometimes a deliberate choice, but most often it is the result of undesired events, circumstances, or problems. Too often the emphasis is put on their unfulfilled desires, neglecting thus the enormous potential for a full and fruitful life. The example of Jesus helps us understand that true love does not depend on having a partner, but on having meaningful relationships.
 

Case Study
Emőke Tapolyai
 



Day 4

Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to Counsel Couples Better
Dan Zink

Research shows that Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is the most effective approach to counselling couples.  Understanding and applying 5 basic EFT principles to your couples counselling will improve your counselling of couples.  Principles addressed will include helping couples see their patterns of interaction that prevent understanding each other and helping spouses better understand the other’s thoughts and feelings.

 

Case Study
Emőke Tapolyai

 

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