Join BACP and CPCAB at the 'Connecting with the lived experience' diversity symposium as we explore the way forward in understanding diversity as part of the client experience and as part of your own personal development.

The symposium aims

  • - To open a dialogue to enhance engagement with the lived experience.
  •  - Encourage delegates to look at their our own diversity in order to be fully present and open to the diversity of the other.
  •  - Explore what prevents the delegate from fully entering and experiencing the client’s world.  
  •  - Provide a space to consider what prevents the client from being fully transparent and present when meeting a counsellor outside of their lived experience.

How will attending benefit me? 

If you are a Trainer or Tutor: Learn how to better facilitate group process and recognise diversity in training groups. Attendance and participation at the symposium will deepen your professional understanding of diversity, building emotional resilience and provide new insights to translate into your teaching work.

If you are a Counsellor or Trainee: Attendance will support continued professional development and deepening connection in your practice or training. Building upon skills to sensitively provide a safe space for a client to explore deep rooted experiences.


The day will commence with a key note address, setting the scene for bridging the gap and connecting with the lived experience of the client and the client meeting the lived experience of the counsellor.

The focus groups will provide an opportunity for a more concentrated and detailed discussion.

N.B: The programme is subject to change. 

This event is now fully booked but if you would like to be added to our waiting list, please email


Canada Water Theatre & Library

21 Surrey Quays Road 


SE16 7AR