Conference and AGM 2019

Conference and AGM 2019

PCHEI 2019 Conference & AGM - Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath




Conference Agenda

Monday 27th May

Single Session Therapy with Windy Dryden

  • 9.00am – 9.50am Registration, Coffee & Networking
  • 10.00am – 1pm Welcome Morning Session
  • 1.00pm to 2pm Lunch
  • 2.00pm to 5pm Afternoon Session
  • 5pm Closing
  • Evening Dinner organised by delegates themselves. (Taxi’s to Mullingar can be booked at reception) 

Tuesday 28th May

  • 9.00am – 9.15am  Registration 
  • 9.15am – 9.30am Conference Opening
  • 9.30am to 1.30pm Emotion Focused Therapy Taster Mark Robinson, TCD Student Counselling Service
  • 1.30pm to 2.15pm Lunch & Networking
  • 2 .15pm to 4.30pm  AGM
  • 4.30pm - Optional Trip to Belvedere House & Gardens. Pre booking required for bus.
  • 7.00pm - Conference Dinner

Wednesday 29th May

  • 10.00am – 12.30pm Facilitated discussion: discussion on topics selected by members for ideas sharing, issues of concern etc.  
  • 12.30pm Lunch & Close

Speaker Biographies:

Professor Windy Dryden presents a “first in Ireland” workshop in which he demonstrates how to work with clients for one session and achieve realistic but positive results. The workshop will outline the basis of Single-Session Therapy (SST) and show, in particular, how it can provide help at the point of client need. Utilising a number of CBT and other techniques and strategies, Professor Dryden will demonstrate how SST, or “One At A time Therapy” as it is also called, can be incorporated into your existing therapeutic practice (or coaching) or used as a stand-alone intervention. You will be hearing about the therapy directly from the treatment-developer. Professor Dryden will discuss where the approach can and can't be applied and practical suggestions to follow.  

Professor Windy Dryden is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has authored or edited 230 books. His current interests are in single-session and very brief interventions within a therapy and coaching context. Relevant publications include: ‘When Time is at a Premium’ (Rationality Publications, 2016), ‘Single Session Integrated CBT: Distinctive Features’ (Routledge, 2017) and ‘Very Brief Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching’ (Routledge, 2017). His book, ‘Very Brief Therapeutic Conversations’ (Routledge, 2018) is focused on work he has done conducting live demonstrations of therapy/coaching in front of an audience that last 30 minutes or less. He has done more than 300 such demonstrations all over the world, including with university and college counselling services.

His latest books are, ‘Single-Session Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques’ (Routledge, 2019) which outlines the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of the single-session mindset and ‘Single-Session One-At-A-Time Therapy: A Rational Emotive Behavioural Approach’ (Routledge, 2019) which presents an REBT perspective on SST/OAAT. His goal is to disseminate SST/OAAT with the hope that it might help provide help at the point of need for busy services. 

Mark Robinson

Mark will present a half day taster of EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) in the context of a student counselling service and some conversation about how it works in practice and what it is like to engage in a research programme around it. I would hope that attendees get a flavour of what it is like to think about core maladaptive emotion schemes and some experience of relevant role plays. 


Mark joined the Trinity College Dublin Student Counselling Service (SCS) in 2011. He attained a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, both through Trinity College Dublin. Prior to studying psychology he studied economics and philosophy to degree level. He meets with students for individual counselling, facilitates workshops and groups and is currently co-ordinating all training requests made to the SCS. This involves writing, developing and delivering trainings on such topics as supporting students in distress, self-care and resilience and perfectionism. He has gained experience working therapeutically with people of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds and across a wide variety of settings. Mark practices as an integrative therapist drawing on humanistic, emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and psychodynamic frameworks. He has a particular interest in EFT and how it can best be used in a Student Counselling setting and is actively engaged in research of same.  

Accommodation to be booked directly with the hotel at a special conference rate of 65 euros per night.

Conference Details

Event Date 27-05-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 29-05-2019 2:00 pm
Registration Start Date 10-04-2019 9:00 am
Cut off date 26-05-2019 5:00 pm
Individual Price Full Members €160 Volunteers, Trainees €100. A special one day only rate of €70 for unpaid staff to attend Windy Dryden only. Names to be advised by Heads or Acting Heads
Location Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
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The PCHEI is the representative body of Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland. It provides support for counsellors, and facilitates continuous professional development. The association also liaises with statutory bodies and other relevant agencies on student issues.

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