Presented by Dr Sue Price, School of Education
This presentation focuses on the concept of relational depth over the last 25 years. Essentially, it will be both a review and a critique of the theory behind relational depth and of the research which has been undertaken since it was first developed. I will begin by looking at how the phrase ‘relational depth’ was coined by Dave Mearns in the mid-90s where he talks about an ‘extraordinary depth of human contact’ (1994). I will continue by taking a close look at a definition put forward by Mearns and Cooper (2005) where they define relational depth as ‘a state of profound contact and engagement between two people..’. I will then look at the research and criticisms that this definition resulted in. Lastly, I will take a critical look at a more recent publication that puts forward the idea of a ‘relational depth therapy’ and how it is being positioned differently to a ‘classical’ non-directive person-centred therapy (Mearns and Cooper, 2018).
Sue Price is an Assistant Professor in Counselling at the University of Nottingham in the School of Education where she teaches on the MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sue obtained her PhD at the University of Strathclyde for her work on relational depth. She was one of the authors of the Relational Depth Inventory (RDI).
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