Social Justice and Therapy: Mapping the Interfaces Workshop with Mick Cooper

Social justice concerns are at the heart of pluralistic thought and practice. Indeed, pluralistic therapy...

Last updated 20 May 2024

Social justice concerns are at the heart of pluralistic thought and practice. Indeed, pluralistic therapy can be considered an approach which is rooted, most fundamentally, in a socio-political ethic of care, and a willingness to hold space open for diversity and otherness. Building on the work in his most recent book, Psychology at the heart of social change: Developing a progressive vision for society (Policy Press, 2023), Mick will present a critical mapping of the interfaces between therapy and social justice concerns: both how therapy can be informed by an awareness of diversity issues; and how therapeutic thinking and practice, itself, can contribute towards a more socially just society. The presentation will also consider the place of pluralism along the various spectra of social justice thinking in therapy: as an approach which recognises power differences yet also strives to be deeply respectful to all voices.

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Social Justice and Therapy: Mapping the Interfaces Workshop with Mick Cooper

Presenter

Mick Cooper

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/personalising 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.