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8.-9. Mai, 2009

PERSON UND DIALOG - Kontinuität und Veränderung im Personzentrierten Ansatz 
PERSON AND DIALOGUE - Continuity and Change in the Person-Centered Approach

Internationales Symposium anlässlich der Verleihung des Carl-Rogers-Preises der APA an Peter F. Schmid
International Symposium on the occasion of the receipt of the Carl Rogers Award 2009 of the APA

Wien | Vienna, 8.-9. Mai 2009 (Fr 15.00 - 19.00, Sa 10.00-18.00 & Abendveranstaltung)
Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Laudongasse 15-19,1080 Wien

Art Bohart, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, USA
Maureen O'Hara, National University, La Jolla, USA, 2009 President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology / APA, Div.32
Suzanne Keys, London
Alfred Pritz, Rektor Sigmund-Freud-Universität Wien
Peter F. Schmid, Institut für Personzentrierte Studien (IPS der APG), Wien

Vorträge und Workshops in deutscher und englischer Sprache
Abendveranstaltung am Sa, 9. Mai

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22-24 Mai, 2009

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Conscience de Soi - Conscience des Autres
Consciousness of Self - Consciousness of Others

with | avec Peter F. Schmid

à Généve | in Geneva

Le séminaire sera déroulera en langue anglaise avec traduction française simultanée assurée par deux interprètes.

Contact and application | contact, reseignement
Chantal Mannaert

Plus d'information  | More info


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10-17 June, 2009

former in Austria


29th program 2009
Großrußbach, Lower Austria

Renata Fuchs, Peter F. Schmid et al.
Nähere Info (Homepage des Austria Programms)

More info (English Homepage of the Austria Program)


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17-21 June, 2009

ADPCA - Association for the Development of the Person-Centred Approach
24th Annual ADPCA Conference -
Older and Growing

Kutztown University, Pennsylvania

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24-28 June, 2009

Διεθνές Συνέδριο στην Αθήνα

Η Προσωποκεντρική Συμβουλευτική & Ψυχοθεραπεία:
Διαδρομή & Προκλήσεις

Τετάρτη, 24 Ιουνίου 2009 - Κυριακή, 28 Ιουνίου 2009

Με τη συμμετοχή 15 διεθνούς εμβέλειας συμβούλων και ψυχοθεραπευτών

Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy:
Evolution and Challenges


organized by the Institute of Counselling an d Psychological Studies (ICPS), Greece
(Polly Iossifides, Marina Iossifides)

Athens, Greece on the 24th through the 28th June 2009

Mick Cooper, Dave Mearns, Peter F. Schmid, Brian Thorne et al.

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6 July

12th General Assembly of the NEAPCEPC
Network of the European Associations for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (NEAPCEPC)
Szeged, Hungary

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August 6-9,  2009

American Psychological Association

117th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

Toronto, 2009

ivision 32:

Carl Rogers Award 2009: Recipient Peter F. Schmid
Peter F. Schmid, The Carl Rogers Award Address

APA, Division 24, Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
“Carl Rogers, Rollo May and Humanity's Dark Side”
(Art Bohart, Kirk Schneider, Maureen O'Hara, Peter F. Schmid)
Peter F. Schmid, The person and the evil
Abstract. The anthropology of the Person-Centered Approach is rooted in the notion of personhood with both, its substantial and its relational dimensions – a view of the human being that has been developed within the framework of occidental theology and philosophy. Among its main characteristics is the belief in the human’s freedom of choice and response-ability. This understanding of the human as person implies the challenge of an authentic confrontation with and the necessity of taking a stance towards the phenomenological fact of what we call “evil” and the “dark or negative side” of human experience and behavior. Asking ourselves who we really are and therefore how we best relate to each other – or the other way round! - has been triggering the challenging question about the nature of evil from the very beginning of our reflection upon ourselves. In my paper I will follow some of the traces of this question in ontology, anthropology, epistemology, ethics, politics and individual and social psychology. I will discuss its implications and consequences for the place of “the negative” in the therapeutic process based on an existential view of an encounter-oriented psychotherapy that truly deserves the name “person-centered”.

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October 8-11,  2009

The 3rd Annual Conference of The Society for Humanistic Psychology

Humanistic Psychology, Psychotherapy and Action: Transformation in a Time of Change

Colorado Springs, USA, University of the Rockies



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30 June - 4 July 2008

th World Conference for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling (formerly ICCCEP)
Aurelia Convention Centre & Expo
Roma | Rome, Italy

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Before and on 31 Jan 2010:
Full fee EUR 450,00 + 20% tax
  Members of WAPCEPC or affiliated societies EUR 400,00 + 20% tax
After 31 Jan 2010: EUR 500,00 + 20% tax
  Members of WAPCEPC or affiliated societies: EUR 450,00 + 20% tax

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4 - 10 May, 2010


XI International PCA FORUM
Suzdal, Russia
hosted by Veniamin Kolpachnikov (

Before 31.01.2010 After 31.01.2010
Participants from developed countries 250€ 300€
Participants from developing countries (including Russia and CIS) 200€ 250€
Students from developed countries 100€ 150€
Students from developing countries (including Russia and CIS) 40€ 70€
Accompanying person 100€ 100€


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International Federation of Psychotherapy (IFP)
IFP's 20th World Congress
Munich | München



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24-28 Aug. 2011

Sydney, Australia

This occasion presents psychotherapy in this region with a unique opportunity to enter into dialogue with leaders in the field and to bring the need for effective psychotherapy services to the attention of the community here and elsewhere. It is anticipated that it will also be an impetus towards cohesion in the psychotherapeutic community that will allow growth and enhance standards within the profession. The congress will foster the development of ideas in the profession and will facilitate the growth of community awareness about the role of psychotherapy in relation to mental distress and personal growth. The development of psychotherapy as a profession cannot be separated from the development of a community culture that supports personal growth.

The theme for the conference is “World Dreaming”, a phrase that captures something of the historical origins of psychotherapy and the cultural origins of Australian peoples.

The theme also highlights cultural history and meanings within Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Moreover the emphasis on the human world of dreaming rather than the inanimate world of objects will provide a space for beginning to understand difference and move towards conciliation. In the minds of committee members, a diversity of “dreamings” is envisaged: infant dreaming, first people dreaming, trauma dreaming, healing dreaming, therapist dreaming, patient dreaming, brain dreaming, spirit dreaming, group dreaming, etc. Let our imaginations extend this list and start having the dreaming towards global understanding, at “World Dreaming”, Sydney, August, 2011.



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8 - 12 July 2012

th World Conference for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling
Universiteit Antwerpen
Antwerp, Belgium, |
Antwerpen, België/Belgique
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       Anxiety is a central phenomenon in human existence. A healthy form of anxiety has a positive and stimulating impact on personal growth, while a sickening form of it can have a hindering or blocking impact on psychological development and self-actualization. The blockages may manifest themselves in diverse domains of human functioning: the self (incongruence between self-concept and organismic valuing), the experiencing process and emotional processing, interpersonal relationships and existential issues.
       Anxiety is part of the experiencing of most, if not all, clients in therapy. As therapists we sometimes meet anxiety in our clients as a healthy emotion, but most of the time as an obstruction to change in the diverse problems clients are wrestling with. Clients' process-blocking ways of relating to anxiety may refer to being overwhelmed by it as well as to avoiding it.
       Anxiety can arise in different kinds of problems or process blockages which clients may be struggling with, and which in the clinical field are often labeled in DSM-IV terms, such as phobia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dependent personality disorder, and the contact anxiety of the schizoid personality disorder. How does anxiety manifest itself in each of these problems or process blockages? Are these clients suffering from too much or too little anxiety? How does the client relate to his/her anxiety: not controlling enough - resulting in being flooded by it, or controlling too much - resulting in avoiding it extremely?
       The different manifestations of anxiety or anxiety-avoidance call for different ways of coping, dependent on the areas of functioning which are blocked. They also make specific demands upon the listening attitude, the relational attunement and the process expertise of the therapist.
We are looking for what is really going on in the experiencing of clients who are going through something that is purely externally described in the psychiatric terminology for the different kinds of anxiety problems. We try to attune ourselves to this experiencing. The question is: how do we meet this client? How do we meet this client's anxiety or anxiety avoidance? How do we meet ‘all that' which this client's anxiety is about? And how can we help the client to come in contact with these underlying, implicit experiencings? How can we help these underlying experiencings to unfold themselves? How do we meet the anxiety of this client in a therapeutic manner, i.e. in a manner that leads to change? In a description from the perspective of the client's inner experiential world the term ‘symptom' refers to a process blockage. Then the question becomes: how can we get from process blockage to process unfolding and to an integration of the blocked process areas into the self?
       Fully in line with our view on the human condition and therapy, we (will) concentrate on particular moments of anxiety in therapy. In this (phenomenological) approach, the classical external descriptions of anxiety symptoms or anxiety disorders do not offer much to go on. What kind of processes does the therapist meet in working with this particular client with his/her anxiety? This question applies to two domains:
(1) How does the therapist handle the client's anxiety at the level of the interpersonal relationship? Here the holding function of the therapist comes to the foreground, as well as the question how to manage the fixed and rigid interaction patterns which the anxiety leads the client into. Then the question arises of when the therapist should try to ease the anxiety, or when on the contrary he/she should leave it as it is or even try to intensify it, and and how may the therapist's own anxiety interfere with this.
(2) The second question then is: how can we work with the anxiety problems of this particular client on the intrapsychic level, on the level of the client's relationship with him/herself? The focusing attitude has a particular role here, but also a therapeutic task like exposure is important, as well as the therapist's helping the client to put into words his/her underlying implicit experiencing.
       The conference will offer a forum to study and improve our therapy methods, in particular with respect to the treatment of anxiety problems. Important questions are: What works? What doesn't work? In what aspects are our methods challenged? In what ways do anxious or anxiety avoiding clients force us to adjust or to specify our therapeutic attitude? What are the particular problems we are confronted with in the domain of the client-therapist relationship (the relational domain) and in the domain of the client's self-exploration (inner avoidance or underregulation)? Are we able to find an answer to these problems and in this way to specify our methods?
       Other questions are: What can we learn about the various anxiety problems from our process-differential psychotherapeutic approach? Does this knowledge result in new descriptions of anxiety problems that - in contrast with the external descriptions - are better attuned to what a therapist really needs, descriptions that focus on the experiencing person and on the moment-to-moment responses and interventions of the therapist?
       We invite clinicians to contribute to the conference from their actual clinical practice, whatever the setting is, the social or cultural context, the client population, and the theoretical and practical perspective. We also invite researchers, theoreticians, trainers and supervisors to go more deeply into this topic of working with anxiety in psychotherapy and to present their findings and insights.

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