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The user account is personal to the registered individual and should not be used by more than one person.

Below are guidelines for using the WAPCEPC forum created by the WAPCEPC board. Please read these before taking part in the forum. We will update these guidelines from time to time. When significant changes are made we will inform all forum users.

• Post in a way that is respectful of other users. Remember that this is a cross-cultural forum.
• If you note an issue in the forum that appears to breach these guidelines, contact the forum moderators at forum @ pce-world.org
• Respect the copyright of other users, authors, sites, media, etc.
• Do not use the forum for transmitting any “spam” or “junk mail”.

The WAPCEPC board has appointed moderators who have volunteered to monitor the use of the forum on behalf of the board. If the moderators believe that the way that you use the forum is damaging or potentially damaging to the forum community by seriously, or repeatedly, breaching these guidelines then they will give you one warning that explains their concern. If you do not change the way that you use the forum, following receipt of this warning, then the moderators have the right to terminate your participation in the forum.

Please respect the moderators’ decisions. If you strongly disagree with the decision of the moderators, you may discuss it with the WAPCEPC board. Contact the WAPCEPC board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. @ pce-world.org.

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WAPCEPC Chapters

Currently, there are 4 chapters in the WAPCEPC. Chapters are: PCE Europe,  Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand Chapter, PC&E North America, WAPCEPC Maghreb. Each chapter has its unique history, principles, traditions and features.

PCE Europe  

 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.

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Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand Chapter

Upcoming event: Mini-conference in Melburne, October, 2019

 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.

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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. 

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Guidelines for future organisation of the World PCE-Conferences

Richtlinien für künftige Kongressveranstalter 
Lineas a seguir para conferencias futuras
Directives pour conférences à venir

1. Conference: aims, framework and procedures

  • The PCE conferences are congruent with the principles and aims of the WAPCEPC. They offer an opportunity for open, respectful scientific debate and challenge and for scholarly and personal dialogue about philosophy, theory, practice and research in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling, and about its meaning in contemporary society.
  • The conference theme and invited keynotes reflect the aims and principles of the WA. The theme should have relevance to the wide variety of orientations and cultures represented in the PCE world.
  • The Conference theme and the plenary speakers should be agreed between the organizing committee and the Board of the WA. The organizing committee will propose a conference theme to the Board for consultation and negotiation.
  • A Board member, or an appointed representative of the Board, will be a member of the organizing team of the conference with the sole purpose of representing the Board's view, and to ensure good communication between Committee and Board, on all matters relating to the development of plans and preparations for the conference so that it meets the requirements of the Conference Guidelines3.
  • A Board member, or an appointed representative of the Board, will be a member of the Scientific Committee of the conference and is responsible for representing the Board's view and for communication between Committee and Board on matters relating to the development of the scientific program3.
  • The conference should be international and seek to attract participants from all parts of the globe and from all orientations and traditions within the PCE world.
  • The conference language will be, for practical reasons, English but the conference organizers may accommodate a limited number of parallel sessions in other languages to ensure the international character of the conference.
  • All presentations are expected to be accompanied by summaries in both English and in the language of the host country, in order to make them as accessible as possible. These may be in the form of Powerpoint, transparencies or written abstracts.
  • A variety of modes of approach may be adopted - lectures, papers, posters, seminars, panels, demonstrations - but an emphasis on dialogue and debate should ensure that at least one third of any given session is devoted to discussion.

2. The organizing team

  • It is essential that the organizing team has a core of at least three dedicated persons who between them have the capacity to address the administrative, financial, publicity and cross-cultural aspects of the conference.
  • The scientific committee should be established on the principle of heterogeneity, intentionally seeking to represent a variety of perspectives and orientations within PCE. The members should have a deep scholarly or practical involvement in the clinical field of person-centered and experiential psychotherapy and counseling. They should be open to the exploration of the various sub approaches.
  • The team should include those with sufficient acquaintance with the recent international literature to be able to extend invitations to those who might present keynote papers or chair major seminars. In case a team does not fully have this competency, one or two scholars from abroad should be invited to collaborate as external scientific consultants or as members of the committee.
  • The team should be supported if at all possible by a university unit or a major professional society, training institute or psychotherapy center.
  • The Board of the WAPCEPC has no direct involvement in the practical organization of the conferences, but will be kept informed about the progress of the planning through the appointment of a Board member or appointed representative of the Board, as a member of the organizing team**. It is the responsibility of the Board to represent the interests of the WA members in relation to the conference.
  • The organizers should explore locations where affordable, low cost accommodation is available in addition to the regular conference accommodation, in order to make the conference as accessible as possible.
  • The conference should offer a number of reduced fee and/or scholarship places.
  • The organizers should choose low cost venues that will result in affordable fees, in order to make the conference as accessible as possible2.
  • There should be reduced conference fee for WAPCEPC members of at least the equivalent of that year's membership dues. This will be administered with the help of the WA office.
  • The organizing team will provide two conference places at no charge to the organizing team of the next PCE conference3.
  • Any profits of the conference are shared equally between the organizers and the WA.
  • Keynote speakers and other presenters will be invited to submit their work for publication in PCEP. This will be arranged with the co-editors of PCEP.
  • Sufficient time should be allocated in the conference timetable for the General Assembly of the WA. The General Assembly will take place no earlier than the second full day of the conference to allow time for the audit of the WA accounts to take place3.

3. Provision for online attendance4

  •  In response to COVID-19 and the ongoing impact of climate change, conference organizers should make provision for online attendance.
  • Facilities for enabling members to attend the General Assembly remotely should be provided. In consultation with the Board, this may include the provision of videoconferencing facilities such as cameras and microphones, stable highspeed internet access, and support for remote voting registration.
  • The Board will be responsible for organizing and coordinating any remote attendance of the General Assembly, and for determining any remote voting procedures.
  • All keynote presentations should be video recorded, and preferably live-streamed to remote participants.
  • It is desirable that at least one stream of the conference is accessible online.

4. Procedure for establishing a venue for the World PCE Conferences

  • National groups who are interested in convening the Conference are invited to indicate their interest by sending a letter to the Board by a date specified by the Board [secretariat @ pce-world.org]. In their proposal they present their team, their competencies on the scientific, administrative and financial level, and their plans concerning the site.
  • These letters are put on the website, in the Newsletter and in the Conference folder, so that all members are informed.
  • Voting procedure: the Board is responsible for inviting proposals and for arranging the voting procedure. Voting may take place at the GA or it may be done electronically, in order to ensure that the conference organizers have a period of at least 2.5 years for the preparation of the conference.
  • Details of the voting procedure will be available on the WA website and will be published in the Newsletter. 

5. Guidelines for good practice for access for people with disabilities

Conference organisers should ask for special needs requirements of conference delegates on the conference registration forms. Especially for international conferences, it is important to ask clear and explicit questions about mobility problems, need for wheelchair access, visual impairment or hearing impairment, need for large print documents etc.

If there are potential access problems notify the person in advance to discuss what can be done.

Conference organisers can access local disability websites to gain more specific information relevant to the country that the conference is being organised in. European guidelines for access for disabled people are different from those of the United States or South America etc.

When choosing a conference venue, the following should be considered:

  • Is the venue accessible for wheelchair users and mobility impaired people?
  • Is there a ramped or step free entrance?
  • Is there a lift if required?
  • Are there accessible disabled toilet facilities near all the rooms being used?
  • Are there suitable parking arrangements close to the venue? If not what other arrangements can be made to assist the person to get into the venue?
  • Can you provide a map or plan indicating accessible parking and toilets.
  • Is there a safe exercise area for guide dogs.
  • Is reception alerted to provide assistance?
  • If the meal is a buffet, are there some chairs and tables?
  • Are there people to assist with selecting and serving food?
  • Is there an induction loop or infra red device built into the venue for hearing aid users? If a portable loop is being used which only covers a certain area of the room, is there a sign to tell people where to sit?
  • Is there a facility for sign-language interpretation, for at least some of the key sessions?
  • Make sure directional signs are clear and not written all in upper case.
  • Provide assistance to find rooms, seating etc.

The above information has been adapted from information produced by the Disability Office at Edinburgh University, 2002

Original Guidelines published 2003.

  1. Access guidance published 2007.
  2. Added in 2010
  3. Added in 2012
  4. Online guidance added in 2021

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Board Nomination and Voting Procedure


- The election procedure is based on our existing Statutes & Bylaws and will be carried out before the Conference & GA.

- This nomination and voting procedure has been ratified by the GA of 2003, and amended by the Independent Election Committee in 2014 in order to include “electronic voting”.

  • The Election is conducted by the Independent Election Committee, appointed by the Board.
  • All individual members of the Association are entitled to be a candidate in the election. Nominations are invited in the Newsletter, by e-mailing members and on the WAPCEPC website.
  • Voting papers and instructions are sent out by the Independent Election Committee to Organizational members
  • Information about electronic voting procedures are sent out by the Independent Election Committee to Individual members
  • All Individual and Organizational members who have paid their dues for the year of the election by the 15th May will receive the voting papers and instructions.
  • Each Individual paid-up member will have one set of electronic votes and Organizations will have the number of voting sheets described in the Bylaws.
  • Those 9 candidates who receive the highest numbers of votes will be duly elected (if they received a vote of at least 33% of those who sent their votes, Individual and Oganizational members taken separately – see below).

Voting procedure and instructions

Members are allowed to vote for a maximum of 9 out of all candidates, but they can vote for less; if they vote for more, all their votes are invalid.

The votes of Organization and Individual members are counted separately. Those candidates who have received at least 33% of the votes caste, in both separate groups of members (Individual and Organizational) are listed separately. Those (a maximum of 9) with the highest average rank (on the basis of their ranks in both lists) are elected.

In the case where not enough members are elected, the GA can add up to 9 members. People who were nominees for the mailed ballot can stand as candidates again if they wish. Again, to be elected candidates need at least 33% of the Individual and Organizational votes at the GA (including proxy votes).

The results of the ballot will be sent to the Board before June 15 and given at the General Assembly.

The newly elected Board will take up its duties at the end of the Assembly. Upon their election, the successful candidates will choose the following posts from among their number:
Chair of the Association
Treasurer of the Association
Secretary of the Board

Election results will be notified to the membership in the WAPCEPC Newsletter.

Votes of Organizational members

Each Organizational member receives a voting pack containing 2 sheets (bearing the logo of WAPCEPC), one containing the names of the candidates and a box in which to place a mark to vote, but this sheet will not show the Organizational member’s name. The second part will show only the Organizational Member’s name and contact details. These two voting parts will be the only ballot papers. They should be sent back simultaneously as two e-mail attachments. The  Independent Election Committee will separate the two parts before counting the votes.

Votes of Individual members

Individual members will be required to logon to the website and navigate to the voting section. There they will be able to click beside the names of the candidates they wish to vote for. Only one vote per candidate and a maximum of 9 votes. The website “Sign in” will ensure that each member can only vote in the voting section once.


The Committee will maintain confidentiality. They give to the Board the number of votes for each candidate, but never reveal how members voted.

To guarantee the anonymity still further, the Independent Election Committee will separate the two parts of organizational votes before counting them. Both parts of sheets should be preserved for six months after the Conference & GA (in case of a challenge against the results).  The Independent Election Committee will also ensure that an auditable record of the electronic voting is also preserved for 6 months.

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