Relational depth: research and development

Mick Cooper

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Abstract

What does it mean to intimately encounter another? What is the experience of dialogical meeting? In recentyears, the field of person-centred and experiential therapies has seen the rapid emergence of the concept of'relational depth.' Defined as 'A state of profound contact and engagement between two people,' relational depth has many resonances with Buber's 'I-Thou' and 'dialogical' attitude and Stern's 'moments of meetings,' andreflects a shifts within the wider psychotherapeutic field towards relational and interpersonal models of practice.Mearns and Cooper's 'Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy' was published in 2005and, since that time, a number of research projects have been conducted to clarify and deepen an understandingof this phenomenon: for instance, studies into clients' experiences of in-depth encounter, the development of ascale to assess relational depth, and pilot studies examining the moment-to-moment experience of relationaldepth in the therapeutic dyad and the concordance between therapists' and clients' perceptions. Drawing thefindings of these studies together, this presentation will offer a state-of-the-art summary of what we know aboutthe experience of relational depth in therapy, and outline areas that may be ripe for further investigation.

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on the Dialogical Self
CityCambridge, UK
Period26/08/0829/08/08

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Keywords

  • person-centred and experiential therapies
  • relational depth
  • contact and engagement
  • Buber’s ‘I-Thou’ and ‘dialogical’ attitude
  • Stern’s ‘moments of meetings'
  • moment-to-moment experience
  • therapeutic dyad
  • therapist
  • client

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Cooper, M. (2008). Relational depth: research and development. Paper presented at 5th International Conference on the Dialogical Self, Cambridge, UK, .
Cooper, Mick. / Relational depth : research and development. Paper presented at 5th International Conference on the Dialogical Self, Cambridge, UK, .
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Relational depth : research and development. / Cooper, Mick.

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