Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference 2023

16 June 2023 - 17 June 2023Yorkshire and Humber
  • Counselling and psychotherapy
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Division of Counselling Psychology

The theme for this year's event is - Looking to the future: adapting, building, evolving

As we are slowly emerging from the pandemic, we are confronted with multiple challenges: social disintegration, growing inequality, narrative, and ecological collapse.  Last year's conference (Edge of Awareness?) reflected our collective anxiety and eagerness to reconnect; this year we would like to edge towards hope and an interrogation of our practices.  Who are we as counselling psychologists, what kind of work inspires us and how can we adapt, (re)build and transform personally and collectively?  

As online therapy has opened up new ways of working and reaching people, it has also presented relational barriers and a multitude of 'extra-therapeutic' factors that impinge upon the therapeutic space. As therapeutic practitioners, we understand how and why fear, isolation, and anxiety have increased considerably; our services have never been in greater demand. We work, sometimes past our personal limits and boundaries, to help our clients adjust, deal with their losses, and try to build resilience to face the future. Counselling psychology is a safe haven for some, an aspiration for others, while others still find it insufficiently equipped to offer meaningful insights for a future that is both precarious and unknown. 

The profession is evolving. Certain approaches to therapy are gaining popularity (i.e., schema therapy, eco-psychotherapy, internal family systems and EMDR). We now have access to the neuropsychology route and many of our colleagues work with neurodiverse populations. Training programs are under increasing pressure to adapt and prepare trainees for the demands of the 'real world'. Our research is trying to find ways to escape the 'publish or perish' and 'surface yet measurable impact' pressures of academia, while some qualified practitioners might have become disillusioned with the 'counselling psychology narrative' as they struggle to relate to the professional artistry and relational ethos that underpin the identity of a counselling psychologist. 

We hope to come together and collectively reflect on this unique period in history with an eye to the future: our own and that of those to come. We invite hope and criticality alike as we seek to bring into focus what our profession can actually contribute and what blind spots remain that need attention. 

To see how you can contribute to the Program, see the Submissions tab.

Remember, it's YOUR conference, and YOUR content is what makes it, so make it count!


Key submission dates

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December 2022

Online submission system opens

17 February 2023 5PM

Deadline for Symposium, Workshops, Oral Presentation, Discussion/Panel and Poster Submissions

Week beginning 13 March 2023 Notification of Symposium, Workshops, Oral Presentation, Discussion/Panel and Poster Submissions Outcomes
30 May 2023 Deadline for Conference Registration
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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.

Please make your submissions via  the online application portal by clicking the 'Make a Submission' button below. You will need to create an account if this is your first time submitting. 

If you any queries about submissions please contact us at [email protected]

Access the Submission Guidelines and Submit Symposia

Access the Submission Guidelines and Submit All Submissions except Symposia


Registration is available online only. 

All rates listed are inclusive of VAT at 20%.

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  Single Day Attendance

2 Day Attendance 

BPS Concession Member £54 £90

DCoP Member



BPS Member £156.60


Affiliate Member  £167.40 £261

DCoP E-Subscriber

If you are a DCoP E-Subsciber please enter the code 'DCOPESUBDISC' in the promotional code box on the basket page then click 'update'



Non-BPS Member £174 £288
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Virtual Attendance
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  Single Day Attendance 2 Day Attendance


If you are a Trainee please enter the code 'TRAINEEDISC' in the promotional code box on the basket page then click 'update'

£28.80 £48
All Other Registrants £54 £90
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The conference sessions will be accessible to virtual delegates through a live non-interactive webinar-style platform. Delegates will be able to ask questions through a chat box that will be facilitated by the chairs and stewards in sessions. Virtual access includes access to sessions in the main lecture theatre (with keynote speakers) and also to 2 additional session rooms/streams. The session room allocated for confidential presentations will not have virtual access and online networking will not be available.

Conference Dinner 

Malmaison, York

2 Rougier Street, York, YO90 1UU

Friday 16th June 2023

6.30 pm – 11.00 pm

Our annual conference dinner is going to be held near the River Ouse in York. Come and celebrate the Division of Counselling Psychology, reconnect with your peers and make new connections. We are offering you a prosecco reception, followed by a 3-course menu with half a bottle of wine. You can then dance the night away with a DJ playing your favourite tunes.

2-day attendees: 

If you are attending both days of the conference (16th & 17th June 2023) the conference dinner is no longer included in your ticket if you have booked after 11 May 2023. If you would like to attend the conference dinner and you would like to attend both days of the conference this is now optional extra and the price is £75.

Single-day attendees:

Please note the conference dinner is not included for single-day attendees, this is an optional extra and the price is £75.

Registrations for the conference dinner as an optional extra has limited spaces remaining and will close once max capacity has been reached. 


Returning Customers (members and non-members)

In order to register for the event you will need to sign in using your BPS website log in details.

We have implemented a new Membership Database and if you haven't received your pre-registration email you will need to request your unique registration link.

Once you have the link, you can complete your registration on our portal.

Once you have registered on the portal please use your username and password to log in and register for the event.

If you have forgotten your log-in details, you can reset your username or password here.

Non-returning customers (members and non-members)

If you are not a returning customer, you will need to create your BPS account on the portal. The process is straightforward and takes just a few minutes.

Once you have registered on the portal please use your username and password to log in and register for the event.


We require seven stewards to assist the conference team on the 16th and 17th June 2023, to help ensure the smooth running of the conference.

We need individuals who are willing to look after session rooms and help direct delegates around the conference venue. Three of the stewards would be monitoring and managing the virtual platform in three session rooms.

It would be to your advantage if you have previous stewarding experience, but it is not a necessity. It is a great opportunity for you to attend the conference and make your mark with your peers in the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP).

To apply you must be a registered student member of the Division of Counselling Psychology.

Benefits of stewarding at the DCoP conference:

1. You will receive two complimentary conference days' attendance, including a place at the conference dinner at Malmaison, York (accommodation is not included).

2. You will have the opportunity to steward sessions of interest to you.

3. You will receive a certificate of attendance that can be included in your personal and professional development logbook as CPD.

4. We will provide a one-off professional reference based on our experience of you as a steward at the conference.

Stewards are required to attend an induction on Thursday 15th June 2023 in the evening.

Applications will close when all 7 spots are filled or by 28th April 2023

Please find further description for the role below

Read the 2023 Stewards Description

Please find the link to application below. Please note the submissions portal will open on April 03.

Apply to be a steward here

Keynote Speakers

Professor Divine Charura – York St. John University

  • Counselling Psychologists in a time of complexes, crises, and trauma: Inspiring, adapting, building and evolving

Janis Briedis – Director of Schema Therapy School

  • Augmenting change in schema therapy: A body focused approach

Professor Naomi Moller - The Open University

  • Methodology, technology & psychology: Looking to the future with hope and critique

Experts by experience speakers: Autism by experience

  • Jo Plumbe - Lived experience
  • Dr Jo Jennison - Consultant Clinical Psychologist


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

Download the abstracts booklet


York St John University

Lord Mayor's Walk


YO31 7EX


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