Currently, there are three chapters in the WAPCEPC. Chapters are: PCE Europe, Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand Chapter, PC&E North America. Each chapter has its unique history, principles, traditions and features.
PCE Europe chapter
The European Network for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (PCE-Europe) was founded in 1998 and became a European chapter of the WAPCEPC in July 2009. The Chapter retains its name but is commonly referred to as PCE Europe.
Currently there are more than 30 associations that are the members of the PCE Europe.
The aim of the Network as a Chapter is to provide a forum for the European associations for person-centred and experiential psychotherapy and counselling that are members in WAPCEPC.
PCE Europe has the following goals:
- to further co-operation and exchange between person-centred associations and institutions in Europe, especially in the field of psychotherapy and counselling;
- to facilitate the building of a PCE identity and the sense of belonging to the PCE paradigm within Europe
- to support/facilitate European person-centred associations, institutions and individuals in their work;
- to have a commitment to support and organise European PCE conferences, workshops, events;
- to work together with the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), the European Association for Counselling (EAC) and other key associations;
- to address specific European socio-political concerns and ensure the contribution of the paradigm in them;
- to establish a European Certificate for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling in order to ensure that PCE psychotherapists and counsellors are trained according to its standards and to aid their mobility within Europe; PCE Europe invites into its membership existing national person-/client-centred and experiential organisations, training institutes and other institutions in Europe which
- are organisational members in WAPCEPC,
- adhere to its principles and its goals
- are committed to clearly defined ethical standards,
- have a commitment to psychotherapy and counselling training and/or further training according to state of the art person-centred training standards and (if these exist) national psychotherapy and/or counselling training standards.
Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand Chapter
Person-centred therapy has a low profile in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand. While Rogerian theory has had a broad and significant influence on therapeutic practice, psychotherapists and counsellors have generally not been inclined to adopt the labels "person-centred" or "client-centred" when describing their practice in professional directories. Psychotherapists and counsellors who do comfortably adopt this designation have had no access to a local professional association with this specific orientation.
Australian members of the WAPCEPC attending the Norwich conference in 2008 decided to seek the formation of an AANZ chapter of the Association. After developmental follow- up the new chapter formally came into effect on January 15, 2010.
Aims and Goals
The chapter aims to be inclusive of all person-centred and experiential approaches that draw from or have historical links to developments in thought and practice pioneered by Carl Rogers
The specific aims of the Chapter are:
- To provide a local forum for person-centred and experiential psychotherapists, counsellors, educators and researchers who are members of WAPCEPC.
- To encourage those who practice, teach or inquire within a person-centred framework to become members of the WAPCEPC.
- To facilitate building a PCE identity and sense of affiliated belonging to the PCE movement within Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand, and to support and promote PCE conferences, workshops and events.
- To raise the profile of PCE within therapeutic and related fields in Australasia.
Past events: Mini-conference in Melbourne, October, 2019.
PC&E North America
This chapter was founded in July, 2018.
The mission of this organization is to promote Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling approaches within North America. All North American countries, dependencies, and territories are embraced in this organization.