5 Case Studies

Contributed & Produced by

Anne Denniss, Baden Smith, Carol Driscoll, Dency Sargent, Gretchen Pyves, JanPieter Hoogma, Johannes Risse, Maria Therling-Hülsberger, Pete Fantes, Sheila Lochrie,
Siglind Willems and Teresa Tinklin.


While preparing for the 1999 international gathering on the theme ‘How can we support new Co-Counsellors to settle into Co-Counselling’, I realised that our survey of Co-Counsellors’ individual experiences was not, by itself, going to be enough to inform and encourage the discussion and sharing at the meeting. I recognised that we also needed to find out about the experiences of people who had set up and tried to develop Co-Counselling projects in their own areas. There were two reasons for this: they could share a lot of valuable experiences with us and they would have more of an overview of what worked and what didn’t. The result is this collection of five case studies which I hope will provide stimulating and informative food for thought for anyone that reads them.

I wanted to gather together a range of different experiences and approaches, some successful, some less so, which together provide a rich source of information and ideas about the development of Co-Counselling. The USA has had a flourishing Co-Counselling community for 25 years, with many well-developed practices. Co-Counselling in Münster, Germany is based around a Co-Counselling therapy centre. The Birmingham group were initially very successful at getting people to take up Co-Counselling but encountered problems later. Gretchen Pyves in Manchester, England has developed her own unique approach to building up an active Co-Counselling community in her area. Finally I included my own experiences in Scotland, where I always considered it very important to look for ways to support people to stay in Co-Counselling after Fundamentals. I hope you will find these case studies stimulating and valuable.

JanPieter Hoogma

Questions we asked

1. What was your vision when you first set up your Co-Counselling project in your area?

2. What factors did you consider to be important in turning your vision into reality?

3. Which aspects of the Fundamentals course in your area support new Co-Counsellors to settle in to Co-Counselling, in your opinion? How well do they work?

4. What is available to new Co-Counsellors in your area that might support them to settle in to Co-Counselling?How well does this work?

5. What other things have been tried to help new Co-Counsellors settle in?
How well did they work?

6 Is there anything else that you think is relevant?

CCI Communities asked

CCI - USA (1974)

‘Haus Kloppenburg’ Münster, Germany (1976)

Manchester, UK (1984)

Birmingham, UK (1986)

Scotland (1992)

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