School of Education

MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice- Our History

MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice is our most recent development and is the culmination of nearly 50 years of experience in humanistic psychology within the School of Education.

Our history goes as far back as 1968. Dr Eric Hall began teaching in the School of Education and introduced the principles of humanistic psychology. Later he was joined by Dr Arthur Wooster and together they developed a Certificate in Counselling for Education. Their successes led Dr David Hay, originally a science teacher trainer, to join the team and MA Human Relations became the flagship course. Soon after this, the team was extended further as Professor Carol Hall and Teresa Duffy joined the staff.

MA Human Relations was a very popular course that many people used towards accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. In the early 1990s, current staff members Dr Belinda Harris and Dr Max Biddulph joined the staff as Arthur Wooster and later David Hay both moved on to new ventures. Collectively, they were the Centre for the Study of Human Relations.

The first MA Counselling ran for 20 years and later MA Counselling Children and Young People was added to the portfolio. The contribution of the original staff members to the development of our current work remains a strong influence. A recent Festschrift was held to celebrate the work of Eric and Carol Hall and other centre members.


Former and current staff members gathered with past and present students.

Staff have been committed to developing humanistic and experiential learning approaches both in the field of counselling and education. It is through the vision and belief in a person's capacity to grow through experience that these two disciplines are fused.

The early influence remains present through the current staff members, many of whom trained in human relations and counselling here at University of Nottingham.

Our long heritage and tradition is now being channelled into the new contemporary programme MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice. We have developed the Counselling and Psychotherapy Associates at the University of Nottingham, a membership organisation for graduates to support and maintain our community.

Our commitment and tradition in experiential learning methods is a long-standing cornerstone to our work. We have been developing and refining our provision of the Rogerian small group as a distinct and intense form of experiential learning. We now also use new technologies to support the experiential learning of counselling skills.

Carl Rogers, founder of the person-centred approach, visited the University of Nottingham in 1976 and was the lead facilitator for an 11-day encounter group with over 100 participants.

Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers, centre right, with his daughter Natalie and other well-known figures in the person-centred field including Maureen O'Hara and John K Wood.

Our strong international presence within the field of person-centred experiential counselling and psychotherapy, combined with our long and rich history, is what puts the University of Nottingham at the cutting-edge of counselling training.



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