New York Conference 2016 - Call for Papers

Integrity, Interdisciplinarity, and Innovation

PCE 2016

World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling

July 20-24
Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA

We invite persons interested in person-centered and experiential practice, research, and training to make a contribution to the PCE 2016 conference by presenting their findings and/or new insights relating to Integrity, Interdisciplinarity, and Innovation in one of four formats: paper presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, and pecha-kucha. Other topics related to person-centered and/or experiential psychotherapy or counseling are also welcome. Paper presentations will consist of about 45-minute presentations (with at least 10 minutes discussion time) that may have a theoretical, clinical, or research-based character. Roundtable discussions will take a moderator facilitated debate format on a given topic, where 2-3 papers will be presented with about 33-50% of time reserved for audience participation. Workshops will be about 90-minute events that are didactic and interactive in nature with a focus on a specific clinical skill or therapeutic approach. Pecha-kuchas will consist of presenters giving a brief and focused PowerPoint or Prezi presentation using a maximum of 10 slides, telling the essence of one’s story in seven minutes along with up to seven other presenters. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts for papers and workshops, 150-300 word abstracts for Roundtable discussions, and 100-200 word abstracts for Pecha-Kucha that highlight the key points of your presentation along with the name of the first author, institution, address, country, e-mail address, name(s) of co-author(s), title of work, and up to 5 keywords (max 5) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 15, 2016. Please be advised that with the submission of an abstract to PCE 2016 the corresponding author (a) accepts responsibility for the content, (b) accepts to be the contact person for all correspondences, and (c) acknowledges that ethical guidelines were followed in data gathering.

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Formation of the Scientific Committee - Apply now!

Dear WAPCEPC Member:

As a mean to foster PCE research activities, we need to establish and develop a Scientific Committee. You will be able to see the aims, functions and structure of this Committee in the document: Proposal for the Functions and Structure of the Scientific Committee attached below.

Consider this as a great opportunity to collaborate and contribute with the development and promotion of the Person Centred and Experiential approach.

If you would like to be considered as part of this team, then please apply by sending a résumé to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 20 th 2015.

We appreciate your time and effort in contributing to the development of the WAPCEPC.

Best regards,

Iguaraya Morales on behalf of the WAPCEPC Board



Proposal for the Functions and Structure of the Scientific Committee
(by Sheila Haugh and Graham Westwell)


  1. To foster empirical quantitative and qualitative research as a means to develop the person-centred and experiential (PCE) approach and advise the WA board and General Assembly. While empirical research is the major concern, many areas of research and related topics may be fostered.
  2. To promote, support and disseminate PCE research activities and outputs.


  • Create ideas to develop the approach through empirical quantitative and qualitative research
  • Link and liaise with local research initiatives and interest groups, creating a network of research consultants, practitioners and consumers
  • Link and liaise with University, and the equivalent, based initiatives.
  • Create a research database for WA members.
  • Support PCE conference organizers with information about state-of-the-art research for the development of conference themes and keynotes.
  • Represent the WA board on PCE Conferences’ scientific committees.
  • Liaise with the WA Board and the Editors of PCEP
  • Maintain and update research pages of the WAPCEPC website.
  • Explore the possibility of further editions of PCE Works, and the possible commissioning/editing of future publications as part of an ongoing research publication series.
  • Identify other areas of activity for the committee.


  • The committee will have a minimum of 6-8 people and maximum of 10 people.
  • Members will be asked to commit for a period of 2/3 years.
  • One person will be identified by the committee as a coordinator/spokesperson for the committee when necessary.
  • The committee should make sure that, as far as possible, there is representation in terms of diversity.

The overall membership of the committee should cover the following areas:

  • 3-4 members should be University based.
  • At least 3-4 members should be experienced in published research.
  • The majority of members should be currently involved in PCE research activities
  • All members should have research experience of some sort either as a practitioner and/or masters or PhD level (or the local equivalent).


Proposals for PCE 2018

 Proposal for Copenhagen on behalf of Institut for Personcentreret og Oplevelseorienteret Psykoterapi in Denmark: download pdf

 Proposal for Vienna on behalf of IPS-APG and ÖGWG and other associations in Austria: download pdf 

 Proposal for Lausanne on behalf of pca.acp and the training institute IFAACP in Switzerland: download pdf 



PCEP special issue on: Person-centered/experiential group psychotherapy: Theory, research, practice and training: Call for papers

We are inviting manuscript submissions for a special issue of Person-centered & Experiential Psychotherapies (PCEP) on group psychotherapy

During the last fifteen years not much has been published about PCE group psychotherapy and counseling. Yet many person-centered/experiential colleagues are working with groups. (see survey chapters below). Therefore we want to motivate those of us who are working in that field to write down their theoretical thinking, research findings and rich experience about  person-centered/experiential group therapy. We have a special (be it not exclusive) interest in receiving manuscripts about PCE group therapy in different settings (inpatient, outpatient …) and/or with different types of  client problems, because it is especially in this domain that our literature is rather scarce. We also hope that practitioners as well as academics  will be represented amongst the authors of the papers in the Special Issue.

All papers go through the usual peer-review process for PCEP articles, so revisions may be requested, and acceptance of your paper cannot be guaranteed. Papers should be no more than 7000 words (references included).

Germain Lietaer and Paul Dierick will be the guest editors for this special issue (with  Michael Behr as contact editor of  PCEP). In case you would like to first discuss your potential contribution before starting with writing your manuscript, send an e-mail letter with your questions to Germain Lietaer. When your manuscript is ready, send it to both of us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A first version of your manuscript should be submitted by 31st November 2013 (a first provisional version may also be written in German, French, or Dutch). Once your article is accepted, your manuscript will be submitted into the  scholar one system of PCEP for the further review process.

Please circulate this invitation to anyone you think may be interested

Survey chapters (with an abundance of references)

Lietaer, G.,& Dierick, P. (1996).  Client-centered group psychotherapy in dialogue with other orientations: Commonality and specificity.  In R. Hutterer, G. Pawlowsky, P. F. Schmid, & R. Stipsits (Eds.), Client-centered and experiential psychotherapy.  A paradigm in motion (pp. 563-583).  Frankfurt am/Main: Peter Lang.[For a slightly revised version, see: Lietaer, G., & Keil, W.W. (2002).  Klientenzentrierte Gruppenpsychotherapie.  In W.W. Keil & G. Stumm (Eds.), Die vielen Gesichter der personzentrierten Psychotherapie (pp. 295-318).  Wien/New York: Springer]

Page, R. C., Weiss, J. F., & Lietaer, G. (2002).  Humanistic group psychotherapy.  In D. J. Cain & J. Seeman (Eds.), Humanistic psychotherapies.  Handbook of research and practice (pp. 339-368).  Washington, D.C.: APA.

Schmid, P.F., & O'Hara, M. (2007). Group therapy and encounter groups. In M. Cooper, M. O'Hara, P.F. Schmid, & G. Wyatt (Eds.), The handbook of person-centred psychotherapy and counseling (pp. 93-106). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.