2000 CCI European gathering, business meeting minutes

CCI Europe Business Meeting Minutes 2000

Tuesday 2nd August 2000, Termonfeckin, Ireland

1st draft

26 people attended the meeting which was held during the Europen CCI workshop. We accepted Declan Reddy's offer to chair and generated the agenda at the start of the meeting.


Ad Douci Douciatitc [dot] nl
Bob Sawyer bobsawyer7ataol [dot] com
Bobby MacLaughlin bobbyatcatalase [dot] ie
Charlie Baldwin charlesctatesslink [dot] com
Declan Reddy carloviaatireland [dot] com
Dency Sargent dencyatcrlc [dot] org
Elisabeth MacDonald  
Hans van Os hansatysbreker [dot] nl
JanPieter Hoogma janpieteratcoco-home [dot] demon [dot] co [dot] uk
Jean Brant c/o johnatdpets [dot] demon [dot] co [dot] uk
John Talbut johnatdpets [dot] demon [dot] co [dot] uk
Joy Fuller joy_fulleratyahoo [dot] co [dot] uk
Julian Briggs j [dot] briggsatsheffield [dot] ac [dot] uk
Leo Schroeder Leo9attesco [dot] net
Levente Fruttus filnkatmatavnet [dot] hu
Margaret Anderson  
Marjanne van Wijngaarden mwijngaardenathetnet [dot] nl
Niek Sickenga jokeniekatwxs [dot] nl
Paul Shevlin paulshevataol [dot] com
Peter Birtwell Peteratbirt79b [dot] freeserve [dot] co [dot] uk
Peter de Bruijn zenpeteratxs4all [dot] nl
Ria Leenders  
Rudolf Giesselmann rudolfatco-counseln [dot] de
Val Montague aiowiraatxtra [dot] co [dot] nz & finderatidirect [dot] ca


  1. Report from business meeting 1999
  2. State of the nations (reports on national CCI networks)
  3. CCI 2001-4
  4. Internet
  5. Promotion/marketing of CCI (if time)


Report from business meeting 1999

Julian Briggs: this is on the CCI (UK) co-counsellors only website at: ___
[Sadly it is not, yet. Can anyone give me a copy of the business meeting 1999 minutes? Julian]

State of the nations (reports on national CCI networks)



John Talbut: Steady activity. 3 annual, national, residential workshops:

  1. Laurieston Hall: SW Scotland but organised by English cocos, ~65 cocos and children
  2. NW England: near Sheffield, ~35 cocos
  3. Grimstone Manor: in Devon, ~35 cocos

Few fundamentals have run. Many local communities are quiet (eg London, Manchester). East and West Midlands trained ~40 new cocos through regular fundamentals through Further Education Colleges.

Accrediting a co-counselling training course through the National Open College Network (NOCN). This will:

  1. make co-counselling courses attractive to FE colleges
  2. make courses accessible and viable: typically students pay ~£60 (~£10 if on benefit), trainers paid ~£600 (for a 40 hour course)
  3. tap the marketing and publicity of FE colleges
  4. offer students nationally recognised qualification (OCN credits)

(NOCN is a federation of local Open College Networks which accredit courses and award qualifications, typically in FE style non-academic courses.)

Peter Birtwell: London very quiet, no teacher development, membership has declined from 400 to 200 over the last few years.

Elisabeth MacDonald: West Yorkshire CC: dormant. Runs annual, family oriented, residential, ~30 cocos and children. One coco teacher in FE. Group of 4 teachers exploring self and peer accreditation.

Julian Briggs: Sheffield: strong and stable at ~70 cocos. Strong teachers group of 6. ~ 3 fundamentals/year, several well established peer groups, newsletter, annual residential. Hosts UK coco teachers residential workshop.

Paul Shevlin: Doncaster: Sheffield Teachers Group was involved in challenging a co-counselling teacher who was running a facilitator training course (for which coco was a pre-requisite and which accredited a coco teacher) on the issue of appropriate boundaries around physical intimacy with students. This specific issue has been resolved though some concerns remain.


Rudolf Giesselmann: International meeting of CCI communities from Hamburg, Munster, Hungary and NL. Rudolf will run 2 fundamentals with 12 participants each in November 2000.

Niek Sickenga: mentioned the Hamburg fundamentals and a workshop Siglind and Joke recently faciltated for 19 women in Muenster about peace. Haus Kloppenburg (http://www.haus-kloppenburg.de) Therapy centre offering short term therapy supported and followed by co-co.


Levente Fruttus: 10-15 active co-cos, 5-6 community days/eves per year in Budapest, 2 co-co courses per year, 2 weekend workshops per year (Saturday work, Friday and Sunday social). Mini CCI due Sept 2000. Ready for CCI-Europe-2001 at venue near Budapest. 2 new teachers (Ildi ??? and Hajni Fruttus). Professional Social Work Training (4 years) now has co-co as an option for part of the required 150 hours practical skills. Official recognition!


Declan Reddy: Dublin: 2-6 attend monthly meeting. Coco in doldrums. This may be the last CCI in Ireland.


Niek Sickenga: (Niek representing Nanno Huisman on his request as international contact person ad interim for CCN)

  1. membership declined from 500 (1990) to 180 recently; 8 active trainers (teach one or two courses per year)
  2. AGM at Nijmegen (June 17th) attended by 10
  3. CCN organises a national weekend on co-creating in October for active community organisers. CCN is represented on the website of the co-operative werkverband CCI Nederland;
  4. CCI World News Service is a personal initiative of a CCN-member and public since May 2000.
  5. Niek and Joke Stassen have had discussions with NL railways about overcoming stress from aggression, accidents and suicides by the travelling public; publication on websites and paper about this item are coming.

New Zealand

Val Montague: Wellington CCC strong, team teaching fundamentals over 2 weekends in high schools and adult education. Zenergy, an independent facilitation training organisation has coco as a pre-requisite, trains ~24 students/year and trains teachers. Also a Mens Group has coco teachers. Students from both these tend to form a community distinct from CCI and hold their trainers in high regard. Hope to establish coco in Australia. John Heron, now living North of Auckland, has set up the South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry (www.human-inquiry.com) . soon.


Margaret Anderson: the community feels good and strong. There is little teaching and only a few new cocos coming in. Telephone co-counselling is used. Last year saw a childrens' social day.

Joy Fuller: co-co in Scotland is largely around Edinburgh. Glasgow community is growing and has a more anarchic flavour. Hosting CCI Europe 1999 and McCoCo, the annual, May residential, raised energy. JanPieter: The conflict of several years ago arose among other reasons from cocos having different aims. To avoid a repetition, I have developed the idea of working with co-operation agreements: working together towards a common purpose. In this way we organised the CCI-1999 in Scotland and the McCoCo workshops. I set up CornuCopia (www.co-cornucopia.org.uk), a loose co-operative umbrella under which many cocos with different views work together using co-operation agreements to help clarify their specific aims. CoCos don't need to have the same views as long as they can agree on a common action focus.

Under the CornuCopia umbrella

  • we run Co-Co-Plus workshops (for 3 years now) in which experienced cocos are paid to offer excellent workshops for which participants are willing to pay.
  • 3-4 people are exploring the creation of a Co-Counselling-Therapy Centre () drawing among others on the experience of Haus Kloppenburg (http://www.haus-kloppenburg.de) in Munster, Germany.
  • 3 people are planning to teach Fundamentals again in Edinburgh
  • we maintain a website and publish the CornuCopia publications, e.g. Rescue Triangle, good practices, etc.

Cornucopia is but one group within a multi-cultural CCI network in Scotland.


Bob Sawyer: over the last 30 months the CCI-USA community has...:

  1. Incorporated as a Non-Profit Organisation:
    1. charitable, educational
    2. can accept grants, bequests
    3. recognised by schools, adult education colleges, prisons
  2. Prisons: running basic co-co courses in mens prisons with continuity classes (1 Saturday/month). Starting in womens' prison soon. Cocos can go as helpers/trainers. So far no released prisoner has wanted to join the CCI community.
  3. Consensus policy changed to permit abstentions.
  4. Newsletter: considering changing to online distribution to cut workload, most members have internet access now. Will archive back copies online.
  5. Developed an outreach team: to support teachers

Dency Sargent: CCI-USA teachers group:

  1. Looking at Adult Ed intro to coco course (3-4 evenings)
  2. Developing outcome measures for coco graduates, driven by teaching in prisons but with wider use. These help participants clarify which areas require further work (eg interrupting, advice giving...)
  3. Developed guidelines for "Romantic and Sexual Attractions between participants" and "Romantic and Sexual Attractions between teachers and participants". These are intended to be supportive rather than punitive. Guidelines are given to students in their welcome pack. [Dency/Bob: can we have the url and link to these?]
  4. Strong confidence in group process: we successfully handled the prisons issue which was much harder than the Romantic and Sexual Attractions issue.
  5. Other areas:
    1. Boston: teacher, Liz Duff nearly completed training and commendation
    2. Buffalo:
    3. Michigan: Beth Barclay and Gaia Kile
    4. Tennessee: Jane Heald has initiated a small community, is not going for teacher training

See: CCI-USA contacts

CCI 2001-4

CCI-USA 2001
24th April. Wisdom House (excellent venue) $320
CCI 2001: Hungary:
29th July - 4th August 2001. Nyerges (36km south of Budapest), £200-230, 90 people in 2 and 4 bed rooms, swimming pool, sauna, woods, horse riding...
  • children welcome but childcare should be arranged during workshop times
  • Contacts:
    • Saci Laszlo
      1124 Budapest, Pagony u.5.I.3. Hungary
      Phone (361) 15-63-924
      email: saciattelnet [dot] hu (Saci Laszlo)
    • Csaba Ghghimessy
      1036 Budapest, Lajos u.115.VIII. 44.
      Phone: (361) 387-6431
      email: ghimessyatmatavnet [dot] hu (Csaba Ghimessy)
  • Teachers workshop: 28th July 2000
CCI 2002: Netherlands
more info later
CCI 2003: Britain
A group is planning this probably in England
CCI 2004:
Group of anyone interested was proposed to start considering possibilities for supporting the organisation of CCI in Ireland, Germany or elsewhere.



www.co-counselling.org registered as a gateway to other CCI sites.

Promotion/marketing of CCI

This was not covered for lack of time.


Minutes: Julian Briggs, 8th August 2000


2001 CCI European gathering, business meeting minutes

CCI Europe Business Meeting Minutes 2001

Tuesday 31st July 2001, near Budapest, Hungary

1st draft

26 people attended the meeting which was held during the European CCI workshop. We accepted Donal O'Neill's offer to chair and generated the agenda at the start of the meeting.


Ad Douci Douciatitc [dot] nl%20%28Ad%20Douci%29">Douciatitc [dot] nl (Ad Douci)
Alan Trangmar Alan [dot] Trangmaraticl [dot] com%20%28Alan%20Trangmar%29">Alan [dot] Trangmaraticl [dot] com (Alan Trangmar)
Anne O'Donnahue -
Clemens Hagemeyer -
David Heminsley -
Declan Reddy carloviaathotmail [dot] com%20%28Declan%20Reddy%29">carloviaathotmail [dot] com (Declan Reddy)
Donal O'Neill donaloneillatireland [dot] com%20%28Donal%20O%27Neill%29">donaloneillatireland [dot] com (Donal O'Neill)
Dymphna Headen dymphnaheadenathotmail [dot] com%20%28Dymphna%20Headen%29">dymphnaheadenathotmail [dot] com (Dymphna Headen)
Fred L Wallace earth [dot] fredatjuno [dot] com%20%28Fred%20L%20Wallace%29">earth [dot] fredatjuno [dot] com (Fred L Wallace)
Gail Fuller GFuller2ataol [dot] com%20%28Gail%20Fuller%29">GFuller2ataol [dot] com (Gail Fuller)
Hans Van Os hansvanosatxs4all [dot] nl%20%28Hans%20Van%20Os%29">hansvanosatxs4all [dot] nl (Hans Van Os)
JanPieter Hoogma janpieteratcoco-home [dot] demon [dot] co [dot] uk%20%28JanPieter%20Hoogma%29">janpieteratcoco-home [dot] demon [dot] co [dot] uk (JanPieter Hoogma)
Jean Brant jeanatjebrant [dot] freeserve [dot] co [dot] uk%20%28Jean%20Brant%29">jeanatjebrant [dot] freeserve [dot] co [dot] uk (Jean Brant)
Jenny Dilman Marks jendilmaatnycap [dot] rr [dot] com%20%28Jenny%20Dilman%20Marks%29">jendilmaatnycap [dot] rr [dot] com (Jenny Dilman Marks)
Jim Marks jemarksatnycap [dot] rr [dot] com%20%28Jim%20Marks%29">jemarksatnycap [dot] rr [dot] com (Jim Marks)
Johannes Risse kloppenburgatt-online [dot] de%20%28Johannes%20Risse%29">kloppenburgatt-online [dot] de (Johannes Risse )
John Talbut johnatdpets [dot] demon [dot] co [dot] uk%20%28John%20Talbut%29">johnatdpets [dot] demon [dot] co [dot] uk (John Talbut)
Joke Stassen jokeniekatplanet [dot] nl%20%28Joke%20Stassen%29">jokeniekatplanet [dot] nl (Joke Stassen)
Julian Briggs j [dot] briggsatsheffield [dot] ac [dot] uk%20%28Julian%20Briggs%29">j [dot] briggsatsheffield [dot] ac [dot] uk (Julian Briggs)
Leo Schroeder Leo9atcare4free [dot] net%20%28Leo%20Schroeder%29">Leo9atcare4free [dot] net (Leo Schroeder)
Levente Fruttus filnkatmatavnet [dot] hu%20%28Levente%20Fruttus%29">filnkatmatavnet [dot] hu (Levente Fruttus)
Nanno Huisman nanno [dot] huismanatplanet [dot] nl%20%28Nanno%20Huisman%29">nanno [dot] huismanatplanet [dot] nl (Nanno Huisman)
Niek Sickenga jokeniekatplanet [dot] nl%20%28Niek%20Sickenga%29">jokeniekatplanet [dot] nl (Niek Sickenga)
Peter Koekebakker Peter [dot] gerdaatfreeler [dot] nl%20%28Peter%20Koekebakker%29">Peter [dot] gerdaatfreeler [dot] nl (Peter Koekebakker)
Ria Leenders mgeleendersatfreeler [dot] nl%20%28Ria%20Leenders%29">mgeleendersatfreeler [dot] nl (Ria Leenders)
Siglind Willms kloppenburgatt-online [dot] de%20%28Siglind%20Willms%29">kloppenburgatt-online [dot] de (Siglind Willms)


  1. Report from business meeting 2000
  2. Forthcoming CCIs 2002-5
  3. State of the nations (reports on national CCI networks)
  4. Promotion/marketing of CCI (if time)
  5. Future of co-counselling


Report from business meeting 2000

Sadly we had no printed copy but it is on the CoCoInfo web site 2000 CCI European gathering, business meeting minutes

CCI 2001-4

CCI-USA 2002
6pm Tues 16th - 4pm Sun 21st April 2002. Venue Hemlocks. $280 (less $20 for newcomers to CCI-USA), bursaries available. (Preceded by wedding of Dency Sargent and Bob Sawyer Sat 13th April.)
CCI 2002: Netherlands
Sun 28th July - Sat 3rd Aug 2002. Central Netherlands. €340 (£204, DG748). Max 130 co-cos, no camping.
  • email: Hans hansvanosatxs4all [dot] nl
  • web: CCI world news: www.cciwns.com
CCI teachers 2002: Netherlands
Venue Niek and Joke's house. Priority to active teachers and 2 per country, book early. Contact: Joke Stassen and Niek Sickenga jokeniekatplanet [dot] nl jokeniekatplanet [dot] nl
CCI 2003: Britain
A group is planning this probably in England (possibly Wales) for late July/early August, contact: Celia Wilson
CCI 2004: Ireland
Dymphna is keen to run this and will be back in the country by then.
CCI 2004: Germany
Would need external support, perhaps start with mini CCI as happened in Hungary. NL can help with checklists. Siglind to discuss with community in Muenster and will post decision on www.cciwns.com Sept 2001. Germans could assist at CCI-NL (apprentices). Perhaps locate near NL border. USA has lists of roles.


State of the nations (reports on national CCI networks)



John Talbut: network of local communities:

  • Sheffield
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Reading/Oxford
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
  • Bristol
  • London

Very few fundamentals recently. Three residential workshops per year:

  1. May: NW England: near Sheffield, ~35 co-cos
  2. August:Laurieston Hall: SW Scotland but organised by English co-cos, ~65 co-cos and children
  3. November: Grimstone Manor: in Devon, ~35 co-cos



Main centre is Haus Kloppenburg (http://www.haus-kloppenburg.de) a therapy centre offering short term therapy supported and followed by co-co, in Muenster based in a large house (11 rooms) owned by Siglind. Not yet a community but developing a constitution. Co-co trainings have run since 1977, over 1000 people trained, ~10% retention most use co-co in pairs.. Have successfully combined co-co and therapy. 40-80 come to house regularly and save number to workshops. 5-6 co-taught fundamentals/year. Have developed conflict solving model. bursary fund allows anyone to take fundamentals. 8 teachers in training, 4 nearly qualified, 2 years training and assisting, advanced works, supervision. Most sessions, trainings, and introductions are at the house, advertise in adult education centres.. Every Sunday for last 3 years has been open co-co day. 1-2 workshops/year very cheap and independent from therapy. Recently run co-co days monthly which attract 4-6 people. Considering launching a newsletter,

Hamburg community developing from courses run by Joke and Rudolph. Also trainings in Kiel.


Levente Fruttus: 3 fundamentals before CCI run by Hanji Fruttus, Kami and Levente Fruttus. Levente runs Professional Social Work Training (4 years) this year offered co-co as an option for part of the required 150 hours practical skills. 16 participants, 3 helpers, 7-8 new co-cos this year some at CCI.


Dormant. Sad. Only 2 enquiries in last year.


Nanno Huisman (international contact person): communities in:

  • Amsterdam
  • Leinne
  • Friesland (2 communities):
    • open drop-in group every 3 weeks
    • committment group every 6 weeks, varied program

National newsletter, 8/year (4 main and 4 mini, ie every 6 weeks), cost DG50.

National weekend workshops, high energy but few newcomers.

Teacher training: 11 trainees, very active.

Link with Brussels community (which is mainly ex-pat British).

New Zealand

No report from New Zealand this year.


CCiS has several years of conflict behind it leaving it with much experience in this area with many clearly defined roles:

  • trust persons
  • safety team

who use co-co as central tool. The community is strong and vibrant (80-90 members) mainly in Edinburgh with:

  • newsletter
  • workshops
  • McCo-co
  • monthly community days
  • many fundamentals taught in the last year
  • constitution hammered out over 4 years


Cornucopia is setting up a Co-Counselling based therapy centre. There is a two-tier approach: getting the organisational form sorted out with co-operation agreements and financial income plan. On the other hand we have started already activities: a revamped and modernised Fundamentals, several CornuCopia workshops and publications. The CornuCopia website is now famous for its literature and download pages. There is a series of CornuCopia Co-Counselling fundamentals planned in the Netherlands as well.


Main area is CT: Small workshop in early July. Recruitment is major difficulty, marketing is key. In 2000 incorporated CCI-USA as a non-profit organisation (NPO). Existing continuity persons (Dency Sargent and Carol Driscoll (leaving soon)) now joined by Barbara Woodis.

Teaching: 4 open classes planned for the fall.

Prisons: teaching co-co in prisons (medium and maximum security) 4 teachers for 3 years, very successful, prisoners want, 18 week classes followed by continuity classes, no advanced courses.

London (CT) regular co-co evening, Tuesdays. 1st Tuesday of month is open to non-co-cos working well.

Fundamentals running elsewhere:

  • Tennessee: Ray Bouche
  • Michigan: Cathy Sargent
  • Buffalo: Sue Milangelo

Major recruitment is refugees from RC.

Major issues for community:

  1. Continuity
  2. Can ex-prisoners join? None have yet, much groundwork done, big advantage is recruitment



www.cciwns.org registered as a gateway to other CCI sites. www.co-counselling.org registered as a gateway to other CCI sites.

Promotion/marketing of CCI

Siglind: 2 channels:

  1. personal contact, run introductions, ask friends to bring a friend. Current national culture is distrustful of therapies.
  2. Ask therapists to recommend co-co after therapy.

Joke: NL advertising uses "Handle your emotions" and does not use term co-counselling

John Talbut:

  1. mass distribution through adult education colleges
  2. run access trainings:
    1. massage
    2. assertiveness
    3. intro to counselling

Jim: once participants have been to a residential they stay.

Future of co-counselling

Discussion deferred to 8:30pm Thurs 2nd August.


Minutes: Julian Briggs, 31st July 2001

Updated: 9th September 2001

2007 CCI European gathering, business meeting minutes

Minutes of the Business Meeting of
the CCI Europe 2007 at Soesterberg (NL)


Petra Kreb, Minke Weggemans, Eveline Swidde, Niek Sickenga, Sytse Tjallingii, Marlies Tjallingii, Joke Stassen, Marjan Tuk, Rita Prinsenberg, Geoff Rowe, Anne Los, Anja Blom, Peter Koekebakker, Simon Prinsenberg, Piet Bakker, Batja Wallega, Nettie Gruson, Rob van den Brink, Marian van Wijngaarden, Marianne van Duyvenbode, Hans van Os, Mira Reus, Ria Leenders, Corrie van Haasteren (all NL), Sue Gray, Steve Roche, Celia Wilson, Rachel Stark, Katy Jennison, Leo Schroeder, Alan Trangmar, John Talbut (UK), Rudolf Giesselmann, Claudia Schmitt, Clemens Hagemeyer, Siglind Willms, Henni Sentis, Till Walmsley (Germany), Gail Fuller, Judy Hartling, Pam McDonald (USA), Declan Reddy, Dymphna Headen (IRL), Margaret Anderson, JanPieter Hoogma (SCO), Phillo-Iaacov Aviram (Israel)

Mira with the assistance of Judy volunteers to be the facilitator.


1.) CCIs in future

2.) Temperature check for CCI 2012

3.) CCI sign language

4.) Who is "allowed" into CCI?

5.) Alcohol at CCI

6.) Community questions

7.) Publicity

8.) Moodlementals

9.) Round of questions

1.) CCIs in future:

JanPieter: CCI Europe 2008 in Scotland from Sat., 26th, July to Sat., 2nd, August, the venue is Loretto (near Edinburgh), the theme: „Celebrating Co-Counselling Diversity", grants are preferably made to the communities instead of single persons

Joke: reminds of CCI New Zealand in January 2009

Siglind: CCI Europe 2009 will happen in Germany.

Dymphna: CCI Europe 2010 will happen in Ireland.

There is no information of whether CCI Europe 2011 will take place in Hungary.

2.) Temperature check for CCI 2012:

Marjan (Batja + Rob): How do people think concerning the costs -location for CCIs? The purpose is to give the Dutch CCI-organizers information for their planning in the future.

A hand up means that you would have the intention to came to a CCI with the mentioned facilitations (there where 57 from the 79 participants of the CCI at the business meeting).

Facilitation :

Would you come to a CCI in 212 with....

Price class



just camping and a simple catering for a price of




Simple catering an bedrooms (8 person in 1 room) for a price of

400 - 425



Bedrooms (8 p in a room) vegetarian food and just diets prescribed by a doctor for a price of




Bedrooms (2, 4, 6 p in a room) with cleaning duty's and cooking by our self, for a price of




A venue, simple catering, with sessions and support groups in the bedrooms for a price of




Bedrooms (1 -d 2 p in a room) catering; meat/fish vegetarian//diets, rooms for sessions, workshops and support rooms for a price of




Bedrooms (1 and2 p in a room) catering; meat/fish vegetarian/diets, rooms for sessions, workshops, and support rooms, sauna, swimming pool, for a price of














The outcome of this temperature check will be published at CCI World News. Later on we will produce an online poll. After filling it in you will see the results straight away. The technical software will written by Rudolf, Marjan doing the text, Geoff the translation and Jan Pieter the website facilitations.

3.) CCI sign language:

Niek introduces a CCI sign language, hand-outs are passed round, it is meant to be used at fundamentals.


  • translations for the descriptions are offered (Siglind - German, Joke - Dutch and Hungarian (perhaps with small video-demos))
  • idea to send new signs to Niek (Judy)
  • suggestion to present the sign language at the beginning of each CCI (Corrie)
  • necessity to draw signs and movement of the signs very clearly (Celia)

4.) Who "is allowed" into CCI?

Celia raises this topic, pointing out that according to ‘A Definition of CCI' people are part of CCI if they have done their fundamentals and have understood and accepted the principles of co-counselling. Does it matter if you are also a member of RC when attending a CCI-residential?

John: 1) You have to fulfill the conditions of ‘A Definition of CCI'.

2) The organizers of any CCI activity can decide who can come and who not.

3) Once the participants have come together they may take over such decisions.

(As concluded by the 1992 European Gathering).

Judy in the States: When RC-people come, they have a conversation about differences with them at the beginning/beforehand. They are supposed to feel comfortable, but also be prepared to operate in according to CCI.

Siglind does it the same.

Marlies: She and Sytse visited Israel and the Dror community, it's good to spend time on the differences.

Minke is confused - everyone having done the fundamentals should be welcome at a CCI.

JanPieter had two Israelis from the Dror-community to come to McCoco in Scotland in 2005, he explained them the contract, one of the Israelis had no problem with it, with the other it was a bit difficult. However, in the Scottish fundamentals there is an emphasis to train the client to be in charge of himself (e. g. by practising ignoring interventions). So the issue should rather be to empower the client than to decide on who should come to a CCI.

John: The idea of ‘A Definition of CCI' is that, as well as having done the fundamentals, there is an ongoing requirement to accept the CCI-rules (e. g. confidentiality).

Marjan: wants to know beforehand when people are invited from foreign communities

Alan: Different communities/teachers have slightly different fundamentals, they may differ especially from one country to another. To work on the differences is important.

Rudolf: The discussion is not good. The reason for this discussion is the fear of decreasing numbers. It wouldn't have been ten years ago.

Marian: Safety is important: How can we create a space of safety?

Phillo: was glad to participate in CCI Hungary last year, fundamentals in Israel aren't so different and the differences, if any, are more of personal and practical nature than differences in principles and/or definitions. As an example, we have already adopted the format of CCI workshops and the reactions have been enthusiastic.

JanPieter: The Scottish community is not dwindling, the number is increasing slightly. Time and money is a major issue for younger people. Diversity attracts.

5.) Alcohol at CCI:

Judy: As an alcoholic it's hard for her to come to a CCI where there is alcohol. She felt excluded from dancing/laughing/joining in last night. Wine/beer for dinner would be okay. Alcohol for fun is dangerous for her. She wants the organizers of future CCIs to know this.


  • The organizers should be clear about alcohol. At CCI 2005 a big effort was made to tackle this issue. (Margaret) This was also the outcome of a workshop at CCI 2003 on this topic. (Siglind), apology for no information about alcohol in the flyer for this CCI (Joke)
  • There's a practical and an emotional side of this, see the cornucopia-teaching. (Marlies)
  • no mix of alcohol and dancing as a proposal (Marlies)
  • One can easily dance without drinking alcohol. (Corrie)
  • Addiction material is different to other material. Don't say it's easy to overcome addictive material. (Celia)

6.) Community questions

(note of minute keeper: At this CCI the detailed reports of the communities are made in the opening circle.)

Siglind reports of a thriving community in and around Münster (Germany). However, it's difficult to raise interest in international co-counselling. For organizing CCI 2009 Europe in Germany the Dutch are willing to help (e. g. by visiting and reporting).

Sue: Offering fundamentals in ones job could be an issue. The question of name and format then is a question. She is offering fundamentals as „Professional Partnering" in her job.

John: What do people need? Co-counsellors can offer things that are not co-counselling that meet their perceived needs, assertiveness, helping skills, parenting etc. that can help them towards co-counselling. We should not dilute co-counselling in order to make it more accessible.

Number of co-counsellors: in Scotland 90 „on the list" (JanPieter), no idea for the UK, going into the thousands probably, but in the UK not so important whether someone is part of a community or not (John)

Margaret: Many are just sporadic co-counsellors, but by telephoning them they often show interest. CCI is not very child-friendly.

JanPieter (in response to Ria): There is a manual on how to run a CCI-Workshop (see the Cornucopia web site for this).

Declan reports: It's hard to talk of an Irish community. Bobby taught two fundamentals this year. There is a monthly co-counselling meeting in different homes. For planning CCI 2010 Declan is interested in knowing as soon as possible who intends to come.

7.) Publicity

Rob: To revive publicity is very urgent. The community is ageing. There is a lack of spirit, if nothing happens the community will die out.

There is a New Age Festival in June '08 in the Netherlands. 2000 - 3000 people are expected. CCN has hired a big room there to promote co-counselling. Marjan, Geoff, Mira and Rob have formed a task force.

Marlies again (see above Sue „Professional Partnering") raises the issue of branding. She mentions Rudolfs Coco-circle on the internet as a good example. Niek points out the importance of sharing. Not only as we have 40.000 languages and 7.000 actively spoken languages, there is a big need for human being to share with each other. Co-counselling is a good means for sharing. This aspect should be stressed when promoting co-counselling. Joke says that to offer fundamentals with a certain topic (e. g. grief) makes it more attractive. You can then use any title („Professional Partnership", „Dealing with Emotions"). Dymphna states that Scientology uses famous persons like Tom Cruise for promotion.

John: There is a gap between where co-counselling is and where people are. We have to meet people where they are, without diluting co-counselling.

JanPieter: In Scotland there isn't such problem in getting new people to co-counselling. (The problem is lack of time.) People are attracted by reputation, so reputation-building is an important factor.

8.) Moodlementals:

John explains: Moodle is an educational platform based on the internet. There had been requests for fundamentals from Africa and from Sri Lanka. As for the long distance, the idea is to teach fundamentals via the Internet. The programme is built up very hierarchically and has to be worked through step by step. In addition, an experienced co-counselling teacher will moderate the process. The access to the corresponding web site is password-protected. Up to now, this has not run properly yet, there is no teaching going on at present, but an attempt is being made to offer it in Wales this autumn.

Leo asks how overwhelming feelings are dealt with. John: by time restriction

Simon noticed from his fundamentals-experience that a few people had difficulties with free attention and wonders how this would be dealt with in moodlementals.

9.) Round of questions:

Siglind in response to Leo (see above): In the early days psychotherapists sometimes only had books to learn from. Handling discharge wasn't easy and people now and then were brought to a psychiatric ward. It took quite a while to learn how to deal with discharge.

Margaret: CCI is an ageing community. Put the price down, make it simpler, the possibility of camping should be given.


Till Walmsley (including changes/additions of participants)


CCI business meeting minutes

Project Status: 



This project is for collecting the minutes of any business meetings that take place at CCI international gatherings with the purpose to making them more accessible to the Co-Counselling Community as a whole.

So, if you have somewhere some minutes that are missing here, please submit them. Please join this project to add these minutes.

Use Create Meeting Minutes to add new minutes.


Can I share my experiences on CoCoInfo anonymously?

Question Elaboration: 

Some experiences are important for me to share on this website, but I don't like the idea that other people know that it comes from me. I know this also from other people. It feels more safe and comfortable to share it anonymously


Yes, you can

Only co-counsellors can see this forum and this response to your question. And that makes it possible that only co-counsellors post anonymously on this web site.

There are two ways how you can do this:

  1. Send me an email requesting an 'anonymous' name. I need also a second email address for you that is not the same.
    Advantage of this approach is that you will be notified of responses to your contributions and that you can use that 'annonymous' username for as long as you want. A potential disadvantage might be that I and other web admins know who is the person behind that anonymous name.
  2. The second option is to chose one of the username and password combinations from the list below.
    The potential advantage is that nobody knows who the person is behind that pseudonym, apart from that he or she is a co-counsellor. Potential disadvantages are, that more than one person can use the same pseudonym and you will not get notifications about responses to your email. Also, after some time I will refresh the list below and their passwords.

And_Noname + Guess_Who

Hedda_Truth + DressCode

Miss_Link + Connexion

Sir_Real + HereAndNow

All the best.



CoCo Interactive Journal - web site

J. P. Hoogma, CoCo Interactive Journal - web site, 2002. .

The web site does not exist anymore,
as it didn't really take off.


Introducing COCO JOURNAL and the role it can play in the development of CCI Co-Counselling theory world-wide. It explains how authors can be supported and it provides an overview of the proposed aims, editorial policies of COCO JOURNAL.


COCO JOURNAL links articles with an e-mail discussion platform. Readers and authors can respond to each other, and to articles, at times that suit them. COCO JOURNAL provides the opportunity to publish articles in a much more open, responsive and dynamic way.

Open and fast Peer Discussion

  • Once an article has been published in COCO JOURNAL, people can respond immediately. They don't need to wait up to three months for their response to be published in the next issue
  • Authors have the right of reply and can do this almost immediately instead of six months later in a subsequent issue
  • The audience can read the article and all its responses in one go. They don't need to collect previous issues to see what all the fizz is about.
  • The discussion platform has been set up in such a way that all contributions are attached to an original article. No one need to hop around trying to follow a discussion.

Private peer support for authors...

Co-Counsellors who have written a draft article can submit it to COCO JOURNAL without having it published to the general public. The author(s) will get the web-address of their article and a password to access it. In turn they can forward these to friends and supporters who can use the COCO JOURNAL for reading the draft and giving feedback and suggestions to the author(s).

When the authors feel ready they can submit their article to the editorial board for publication.

1. Aims of CoCo Journal

All the above mentioned potential offers the opportunity for COCO JOURNAL to serve the world wide Co-Counselling community with the following aims:

    • To foster an open-minded and inquisitive debate
      on the theoretical and practical aspects of CCI Co-Counselling.
    • To clarify the practical, social and cultural issues
      raised by the use of Co-Counselling in daily life.
    • To radically improve teaching and learning
      of Co-Counselling.
    • To link Co-Counsellors concerned with theory, to teachers and practitioners
    • To provide Co-Counselling authors with a world-wide support system
    • To publish international research
      related to the theory, practice and experience of Co-Counselling.

Submission criteria

It follows from the COCO JOURNAL AIMS that

1. Submissions are expected to have a clear focus on CCI Co-Counselling theory and practice, and to seek to advance Co-Counselling knowledge in some way, by

    • gathering previous discussions into a new article or
    • developing new theory or summarising existing theory, or
      questioning existing work, or
    • providing an analysis or framework for understanding experiences with Co-Counselling.

2. A submission should ideally illuminate the special contribution it can make to

    • an individual's understanding or skills in Co-Counselling or
    • an individual's capability to be in charge of their own life or
    • the teaching of Co-Counselling or conversely how new co-counsellors can be supported to make better or greater use of co-counselling or
    • Co-Counselling workshops, networks and communities

Suggestions for submissions

Ideally, we are looking for integrated submissions that present the diverse theoretical bases of CCI Co-Counselling, its implementation in sessions, daily life, workshops and organisations -- and if this weren't enough -- its evaluation and theoretical implications. However, one or more of these aspects may form the basis for a submission.

  • Personal Experience: describe the application of Co-Counselling principles, methods, theory, or (teaching) tools to Co-Counselling practice and daily life.

    Review criteria include the value of the reflections abstracted from these experiences and their relevance to other Co-Counsellors, teachers and people who support the functioning of the Co-Counselling network.

  • Teaching Articles: describe (parts of) co-counselling fundamentals and workshops teaching programs. Authors should be clear as to what extent and how their teaching approach has been implemented and evaluated. It would be helpful if they would make explicit any educational theory underlying their program if this is not the focus of the submission.
  • Literature Reviews and Theoretical Analysis: describe the literature relating to a particular issue; identify key theoretical issues that need to be resolved; propose ways forward. Review criteria include the conceptual framework (if any) used to write and structure the literature review, justification of the importance of a theoretical issue, and potential of the theoretical approach proposed.

2. Editorial board

The role of the editorial board is bridge-building. On the one hand to support an author to write an article and on the other hand to ensure the article meets the COCO JOURNAL AIMS.

The editorial board decides which article will be made public eventually.

Its members ideally represent or are rooted in the national networks of Co-Counselling International,

  • England
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • New-Zealand
  • Scotland
  • USA

This board should make their decisions independently of CornuCopia Co-Counselling, the latter only providing the platform and the technology.

3. Submitting articles

Articles submitted to COCO JOURNAL are first published in a private folder, only accessible to the editorial board and supporters of the author.

The six members of the editorial board review the submitted article and post their reviews and suggestions to the discussion section belonging to the article. Their contributions are attributed.

Authors are encouraged to respond to these comments, and reviewers (who may not necessarily agree with each other) likewise. This discussion forms the basis for coming to an agreement for publication.
If the editors judge the article to be of sufficient quality -- that is, broadly readable, acceptable and fitting the aims of COCO JOURNAL -- the (revised) article will be made available to the general public. This final publication will be freely accessible on the COCO JOURNAL site.

4. Frequency of Publication

COCO JOURNAL does not have a chronological concept of publishing an issue, like paper-based journals. As soon as there is an agreement between editors and author, COCO JOURNAL will publish the article.

5. Finally

  • People participating in the discussion are named and accountable for their comments.
  • Authors have the right of reply
  • Authors and readers can post links to point to subsequent work elsewhere and can post comments and links pointing to work which has not been referenced, or did not exist when the article was written.
  • Authors, reviewers and anyone else who has subscribed to an article will receive email alerts to new postings to the discussion.

The Challenge of Peer Organisation

J. P. Hoogma, The Challenge of Peer Organisation. Edinburgh, Scotland: CornuCopia Publications, 2001.

or the art of being in charge of ourselves
and still working productively together


In 1996 friends repeatedly asked me to write down my vision of how Co-Counsellors can organise themselves. How can peership be combined with effective organisation? The reason they gave me was that Co-Counsellors in the Scottish network did not really know and understand what my vision was. Eventually I accepted this challenge and wrote two articles for the Scottish Good&Newsletter, published in 1996 and 1997. This publication contains the almost unchanged version of these two articles.

Chapter 1 "Some facts about Co-Counsellors" describes facts that I think need to be taken into account when Co-Counsellors try to organise themselves. These facts actually pose challenges that are easily overlooked. When not dealt with, efforts invested into Co-Counselling often are wasted and lead to disappointment.

In Chapter 2 "Choices made in Scotland" you will find the decisions we made in the Scottish experiment, e.g How did we meet the above-mentioned challenges in Scotland in the period from 1992-1997?

Consensual peership not only promises everybody to have a voice in decision-making but also the opportunity to block everything what one doesn't like. Therefore each peership organisation is confronted with the challenge to avoid the trap of messy, ineffective democracy and to develop a decision making process that involves as many Co-Counsellors as possible and produces wise decisions and good results as well.

In Chapter 3 "Decision Making" I take a closer look at critical issues in the decision-making of peer and voluntary organisations. I also describe the proposals I made for the 1997 AGM to improve decision making and involvement in the Scottish Co-Counselling network. Many of my proposals are now implemented, though in amended forms.

At the time it was my aim to write a chapter about how the development of a strong Co-Counselling volunteers base can be stimulated. In 1998 however, my priorities shifted and I didn't finalise and publish the draft. A slightly changed version you can read in the Scottish Section of the five Case Studies "How can we support new Co-Counsellors to settle into Co-Counselling."

Finally, the things I have written are not pure theory or speculative fantasy. I am pleased to see that those ideas translated themselves very much into a vibrant Co-Counselling community in Scotland, now already existing for several years.

Thanks for your attention,

JanPieter Hoogma, February 2001


Teaching Co-Counselling - a checklist for apprentices

Co-counseling Teachers of Northeastern USA: Statement of Purpose

We meet together as teachers to gain clarity about what we teach, and to pursue excellence in the way we teach it and to promote the process of co-counseling. As powerful, in-charge beings, we each bring our own safety in creating a supportive space in which to validate, celebrate and energize ourselves. We meet to strengthen our commitment to the creation of our own co-counseling as a vehicle of change and healing in the world.

The following checklist was developed by us as part of our apprenticeship process.

Contents check list

  1. Facilitation Skills
  2. Understanding of Group Dynamics
  3. Class Design
  4. Co-counseling Skills list

1. Facilitation Skills

  1. Leading Opening and Closing Circles
  2. Using humor
  3. Getting and staying present during challenging situations
  4. Facilitating Group Time
  5. Using present situations for teaching and healing
  6. Handling disruptive patterns
  7. Understanding distinctions between client, counselor, and teacher roles.

2. Understanding of Group Dynamics

  1. Creating safety
  2. Creating a culture of validation (positive regard, mutual respect)
  3. Recognizing and managing group energy level & pace and intensity
  4. Confidentiality
  5. Generating enthusiasm, lightness, fun

3. Class Design

  1. Creating a class plan with
  2. The purpose clearly defined
  3. Logical flow of skill-building
  4. Balancing structure and flexibility in carrying out class plan

4. Co-counseling Skills list

  1. New and Goods
  2. Validations
  3. Contracts
  4. Present Time
  5. What's on Top
  6. Confidentiality
  7. Socializing and Sexualizing
  8. Touch/Hugs
  9. Scanning
  10. Discharge
  11. Restimulation
  12. Pattern Identification
  13. I.D. Checks
  14. Life Action
  15. Direction Setting
  16. Direction Holding
  17. Interventions
  18. Random Pleasant Memories
  19. Two Pillow Technique
  20. Role Play
  21. Conflict Resolution
  22. Closure