School of Education

Twenty Five Years of Relational Depth: Where are we and where are we going?

BLT1 Lecture Theatre, Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus
Wednesday 19th February 2020 (18:00-19:30)
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Counselling, Psychotherapy and Trauma Studies Seminar Series 

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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