Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference 2024

05 July 2024 - 06 July 2024Scotland
  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Digital and technology
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DCoP Conference 2024
Division of Counselling Psychology

Celebrating 30 years of counselling psychology in the UK: Dancing between the forest of life and the digital jungle

Welcome to the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference 2024.

This two-day event will provide a forum to network, learn and celebrate 30 years of counselling psychology in the UK.

The conference will be held at:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
    Cowcaddens Rd
    G4 0BA

In addition to the conference, there will be options to join the social activities including a walking tour and an evening Gala at The National Piping Centre (with entertainment).

Spaces for our event are limited, so ensure you register your interest promptly.

Remember, beyond the research and the presentations, the Division of Counselling Psychology conference is about fostering a community.

We can't wait to welcome you into this vibrant gathering of enthusiasts, experts, and visionaries.

Themes and aims of the conference

As we celebrate 30 years of counselling psychology in the UK, our annual conference seeks to inquire into the seemingly conflicting realms of nature and technology.

The 2024 overall conference theme is: Dancing between the forest of life and the digital jungle.

The conference theme evokes the interplay between organic, traditional and embodied ways of working, and current/future trends that include using artificial intelligence, digital platforms, avatars, and other software.

We know that counselling psychology embraces multiple perspectives and viewpoints and are hopeful that recent developments in our profession are moving us in a direction that will respond to intersecting relational and societal challenges more effectively.

We have a thriving community of scholar-practitioners who share a progressive vision of counselling psychology, working across different fields, and using different therapeutic modalities/theoretical approaches/interventions creatively.

Counselling psychology is evolving as it tries out new approaches to psychotherapy and adapts old schools to suit new environments and new perspectives.

We want to engage with a range of views; relevant topics could include:

  • Nature/technology dialectic in the helping professions
  • Digital natives and their approach to nature's healing potential
  • Use of artificial intelligence, digital platforms, avatars, and other software in counselling
  • Counselling psychologists' views on different forms of consciousness
  • The concept and implications of 'Eco-anxiety' and 'Tech-anxiety'
  • The evolution of human distress in contemporary discourse
  • Creating a more meaningful, inclusive, and sophisticated counselling psychology
  • The role of counselling psychology in benefiting communities and individuals

You are invited to share your experiences and knowledge on these topics from all areas of applied psychology and to submit abstracts addressing this theme through:

  • Research
  • Professional practice
  • Theory/opinion papers
  • Social activism

If you are interested in presenting at the conference within one of the themes, you can submit an abstract for review.

Please read the abstract submission tab before submitting an abstract.

Abstract submission deadline: 18 March 2024.


Our conference programme is subject to change at any point before or during the conference itself. 

We are unable to accept responsibility for changes made which are outside of our control.

Download a copy of the conference programme

We are pleased to announce our distinguished keynote speakers, who will be celebrating 30 years of counselling psychology in the UK with us at the annual DCoP conference.

Each speaker is an industry lead in their field and will bring unique insights and extensive experience.

Dr Arun Mansukhani, PsyD - Clinical Psychologist, Sexologist & EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant & Facilitator

Presentation title: Trauma and mental health: the need and the scope of trauma-based therapies

The impact of adverse life experiences on health in general and mental health in particular is clearly established in the scientific literature. As we now know, trauma is a pervasive issue affecting mental health across diverse populations.

This presentation reviews what neurobiology has to say about traumatic events and the effect they have on an individual's neurodevelopment.

After discussing the current concept of what is considered a traumatic event, we will distinguish between different types of traumas, such as commission and omission trauma, and how they can affect, separately or when they occur together in people's lives.

We analyse the relationship between trauma and mental health, exploring the profound impact trauma can have on individuals' psychological and social-relational well-being.

By examining the various forms and sources of trauma, we uncover the wide-reaching consequences trauma can exert on individuals' emotional, cognitive, and behavioural functioning and the long-term impact on their self-concept and their relationship with significant others.

Furthermore, the presentation explores the need and the scope of trauma-based therapies in addressing the complex needs of trauma survivors.

This presentation aims to provide psychologists with a comprehensive understanding of trauma's impact on mental health and equip them with practical insights into trauma-based therapeutic approaches. By fostering dialogue and collaboration within the field, we strive to enhance clinical practice and optimize outcomes for individuals navigating the complex terrain of trauma and mental health.

About our keynote speaker

Arun Mansukhani is a clinical psychologist and sexologist with specialized training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, Sensorimotor Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. He currently leads a team of psychologists at the Centre for Emotional Regulation in Malaga.

He has participated in plenary sessions and workshops at numerous national and international conferences.

He is a trainer in postgraduate masters’ degrees and training programs for professionals and has participated in the training of mental health professionals in countries such as Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Russia, India, Chile, Mexico and the United States.

For the non-specialized public, he frequently speaks on different topics related to Psychology and Sexology in talks for the general public, written press, radio or television. His TEDx talk on emotional dependence is one of the most viewed TEDx talks in Spanish.

In 2022, he published the book “Condemned to understand each other” in which he explores the causes of toxic relationships and how to deal with them.

Dr Arun Mansukhani

Roger Duncan, MSc., UKCP - Systemic, Family, Eco Psychotherapist and Systemic Supervisor

Presentation title: Dancing between the forest of life and the digital jungle: an ecosystemic approach

As we slip deeper into the unfolding ecological crisis, it now seems essential that we find new ways of understanding our relationship with the Natural world.  Unfortunately, much of what we have been taught about Nature and Mental health in Western education is grounded in a modernist, mechanistic view, that originated in the enlightenment period, and is no longer helpful in making sense of the complexity of the contemporary world.

Although the current exponential growth of technology seems to offer a powerful and alluring escape from the ecological crisis, this promise of a future technological fix is also underpinned by a modernist, disembodied worldview, this same outdated approach which is now in the late stages of narrative collapse.

In this talk we will explore how the worldviews of ancient indigenous cultures, including some of the oldest ideas from pre industrial Europe, that survived the epistemicide of colonialism, have helped indigenous cultures navigate past ecological and social change and might provide a frame work for pathways out of the current crisis.

We will explore the limits of modernist thinking about Nature and Mental health and how a deep systems view of nature invites us to reimagine the relationship between humans and the natural world.  We will explore how ideas and psychotechnologies from indigenous and contemporary nature-based practices, including insights from psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, might potentially reawaken a supressed and ancient understanding of the journey the human soul.

About our keynote speaker:

Roger Duncan, a Systemic Psychotherapist and Systemic Supervisor and Author, working in the NHS and in private practice.

His approach to Nature and Mental Health has been shaped by his background in Biology, training as a Waldorf teacher, and as a Vison Fast guide with The School of Lost Borders and more recently in the practice of Psychedelic Integration with the Psychedelic Health Professionals network (PHP).

Roger has been leading nature-based retreats and researching Eco Systemic approaches to nature and mental health for 30 years.

He was the creator and director of the 2022 Confer Diploma ‘Eco-psychotherapy and the Emerging Adolescent Mind’ and the 2018 Confer Eco Psychotherapy webinar ‘Reclaiming our Indigenous Relationship with Nature. An introduction to the Systemic Integration of Nature into Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Practice’.

His book ‘Nature in Mind’ was published by Routledge in 2018 and he writes and lectures internationally.

Roger Duncan

Dr Sian Williams, CPsychol, AFBPsS - HCPC-Registered Counselling Psychologist and Broadcaster

Presentation title: The power of the story - adventures in journalism and psychology 

Stories have always been an ancient, primal form of connection; a way of uniting people and helping to overcome their differences and defences.

They’re a way of explaining the incomprehensible, providing a structure to the messy unpredictability of life’s uncertainties. Narratives enable societies, communities and individuals to make sense of the world.

But what are our responsibilities in reframing these events and experiences?

Dr Sian Williams is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a broadcast journalist. She’s been helping tell stories for nearly four decades, firstly as a reporter and presenter for the BBC and ITN, now in her role in the NHS, working with emergency responders dealing with PTSD.

She has been at the heart of some of the biggest stories of the past 40 years, helping to make complex events, comprehensible to an audience of millions.

Now, her role is with individuals, supporting them to observe and understand the power of their own story, perhaps to reframe it in a different way.

How then, does working in a digital jungle affect those narratives, both publicly and privately? Who gets to tell the story and who is control of it?

Join Sian at this keynote event where she discusses storytelling adventures in psychology and journalism and how they’ve changed over the years. Questions and contributions are invited towards the end of this session. 

 About our keynote speaker:

Dr Sian Williams is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist working in the NHS helping the emergency services with anxiety, stress and trauma.

She is also a broadcast journalist, having spent more than 35 years, mainly at the BBC, as a TV and radio presenter, including more than a decade hosting ‘BBC Breakfast’.

She hosts BBC Radio 4’s ‘Life Changing’ series and has written a book and various articles and papers on recovery after adversity.

Sian Williams

Key submission dates

  • 17 January: On-line submissions system opens
  • 18 March: Deadline for Symposium, Workshops, Oral Presentation and Discussion/Panel Submissions
  • 18 March: Deadline for poster and Pecha Kucha submissions
  • 01 April: Notification of Symposium, Workshops, Oral Presentation and Discussion/Panel Submission outcomes, and submission outcomes for posters
  • 20 June: Deadline for Conference Registration

Authors are strongly advised to register on the on-line submission system and begin preparing their submissions well in advance of the following deadlines.

If you wish to submit more than one abstract, please complete individual submissions for each.

How to submit

Please ensure you read the submission guidelines below before submitting, including the reviewer guidelines.

These allow you to see how your submissions will be reviewed.

Read the submission guidelines.

Submissions must be made via  the online application portal.

Please note: you will need to create an account if this is your first time submitting.

Make a submission via the portal

The registration fee includes daily lunches, refreshments and access to all content and access to the walking tour (booked separately).

The evening Gala event (booked separately) includes complementary drinks and a 3-course meal with entertainment at The National Piping Centre. 

All prices are exclusive of VAT at 20% and any booking fee.

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The Division of Counselling Psychology has a number of rooms allocated at a nearby hotel - CitzenM Glasgow.

Located just an 8 minute walk from the conference, CitizenM are holding rooms for conference attendees.

Room rate will be charged at £129 including VAT (and excluding breakfast) per night.

Make a reservation now

Scottish Hosts for DCoP 2024

Alternatively, delegates holding a Concession Ticket (Students & Trainees) can register their interest to stay with conference delegate residents in Glasgow and surrounding areas , who will be offering accommodation free of charge in spare rooms to ensure the conference is accessible to Students and Trainees from across the country.

Numbers are very limited, so please register your interest as soon as possible.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Trainee & Newly Qualified Counselling Psychologists: Would you like to make a presentation and be funded to attend this conference?

We are pleased to announce that the Division of Counselling Psychology currently has 20 bursaries available for trainee and newly qualified Counselling Psychologists (extended to two years post-qualification).

Trainees who have at least a poster accepted for presentation at the conference and newly qualified Counselling Psychologists who have at least a research paper, symposium or workshop accepted will be eligible to apply for a bursary.

How to apply

To apply for a bursary please complete the abstract submission form on the Oxford Abstracts website.

At the bottom of the form, you will be asked if this is a bursary application. Fill in the relevant questions and this will be passed to the DCoP 2024 team.

The deadline for bursary applications is 18 March 2024.

Apply here

Further information

If you are making a presentation, you will be required to present in person.

Posters can include research proposals with, or without complete data, and poster presenters will need to attend in person.

The conference is an opportunity for you to get advice about your proposal or your study from other professionals in the field, or recruit participants to your study.

Each bursary will cover two days' conference attendance and the conference dinner but will not cover accommodation or travel.

Please note: you must be a registered Student or Full member of the Division of Counselling Psychology in order to apply.

The procedures for submitting your work can be found under the relevant tabs.

Please read the submission deadlines carefully.

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Contact us at [email protected].

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