The training is based on the theory and practice of Carl Rogers’ approach to therapy and to learning. Rogers himself was a social scientist, and his work as a therapist was influenced by a liberal theological tradition and training, and particularly by humanistic/existential philosophy. He was active as an educator, and his book Freedom to Learn (originally published in 1969) is still radical and relevant in promoting a student-centred perspective on education. In his later years he worked more with groups, facilitating conflict resolution, and took up the challenges radical social movements, and of the environment. Fundamentally, Rogers based his work on the view that all organisms tend to actualise towards health, growth and creativity, a trend which is found in all organisms, including people, whether as individuals or operating in groups.
Drawing on the rich international tradition of the person-centred approach (PCA), with over sixty five years of research and practice, the training at Temenos seeks to promote, develop and advance students’ knowledge, understanding and practice of person-centred approaches. Training offers a facilitated group learning environment which balances the ‘internal’ locus of the needs of students, with the locus of external realities and needs (about knowledge, skills and practice) of clients, accrediting bodies, and professional registration, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and its Humanistic and Integrative Section (HIPS) of which Temenos is a Member Organisation. The programme presents theory in a coherent and accessible way through teaching, student presentations, experiential work, the facilitation of communication, and provides a space for the development and advancement of effective therapeutic practice.
Temenos acknowledges the increasing and proper concern about therapy as a profession and standards of training and practice. We provide a high standard of theoretical and skills training in the context of legal, ethical and organisational considerations in the development of therapy as a profession, and are committed to research. At the same time, Temenos is concerned about the over professionalisation and rigid codification of therapy as a helping and healing activity. In view of this we have designed the structure and content of the programme not only to provide maximum flexibility for students, but also to promote independence of thought in relation to theory and practise and to the processes of education/training, accreditation, registration and validation.