WAPCEPC Board elections 2016: invitation for nominations

In accordance with the statutes of the World Association Individual and Organizational members of the Association elect Board members every two years.

The administration of the election for the Board of WAPCEPC is the responsibility of an independent election committee of three members: at the moment Gerhard Stumm (coordinator), Jeffrey Cornelius-White, and Allan Turner. They are not members of the present Board and they are not candidates for the new Board. 

The election for Board members will be held in the course of May and June 2016 and we are now inviting nominations for the new Board. (Note: Individual members will vote on-line and Organizational and Joint members will vote by email).  

The board of the WAPCEPC is an executive Board. It looks after the day–to-day management of the WA - the administration, finances, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, the journal of the World Association, membership, website and Encounter, the Newsletter of the World Association, and any other tasks that further the aims of the WA. 

The board reflects the variety of nationalities, cultures and traditions in PCE, but does not represent or favour any particular group of members or interests. 

If you are interested in standing as a candidate, or if you want to nominate someone as candidate, please contact any of the board members to talk about what is involved in being a Board member.

The election for the WAPCEPC Board will take place in May, by email. Nominations have to be received by the 30th April 2016. Please send your nomination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Download nomination form.


The next General Assembly of the WAPCEPC will take place during PCE 2016 in New York City on Thursday 21st July, probably at 16:00. All members are invited.  

Individual and organizational members may submit proposals for the agenda to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See www.pce-world.org for further information about the GA and about how to make a proposal. 

Formal invitations and information about the GA and the agenda will be sent in advance, by email.

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The Bylaws were agreed by consensus at the General Assembly in Chicago on June 29, 2000, and amended according to the decisions made at the GA on 13th July 2006 in Potsdam and the GA on 7th July in Norwich.

I. Membership, Delegates, Guests

  1. All applications for membership must be submitted to the Board.
  2. Membership of the Association will be terminated after a year if the membership dues have not been paid after two notifications of the annual payment.
  3. Organizational Members have to nominate a Delegate/contact person, in writing, and notify the Board of this nomination and any subsequent change.
  4. Persons can be delegated to the GA by up to two Organizational Members.
  5. Members can give their proxy vote in writing to one other Member or Delegate for a specified meeting of the General Assembly.
  6. Persons can accept the proxy vote of only two other Members. Persons present at the meeting of the General Assembly may not have more than four votes altogether (including proxy votes and votes as Delegates of Organizational Members with more than one vote - see III.8.).
  7. In order to vote at the General Assembly, in other ballots organised by the Association and in the Board election, members must have paid their dues for the relevant year
  8. It is the responsibility of the Organizational Members to reimburse the expenses of their own Delegates.
  9. Honorary Members and Guests can be invited to the General Assembly or other meetings, or parts thereof, on the decision of the Board or the General Assembly. They have no vote.


II. General Assembly

  1. The General Assembly meets every two years, usually in connection with the PCE Conference.
  2. On demand of at least ten percent of the Individual Members or at least ten percent of the Organizational Members an Extraordinary General Assembly has to be convened by the Board within a period of six months. The Members have to be informed about the date at least four months in advance.
  3. If an important matter arises in the period between General Assembly meetings, an e-mail ballot may be held. 10% of Individual or Organizational Members may instigate such a vote or the Board may instigate such a vote.
  4. Items for the agenda, which can be proposed by any Member, must be sent to the Board not later than four months before the meeting in order to be put on the first provisional list of agenda items. The Members will be informed about this first provisional agenda not later than three months prior to the General Assembly along with all necessary supporting information, including the invitation to the next General Assembly.  Later suggestions, which can be proposed right up until the beginning of the meeting, are put on a second provisional list. The final list of items for the agenda is decided by the General Assembly.
  5. If an item was part of the first provisional agenda the Delegates of the Organizational Members are expected to have their organisations' mandate on the subject by the time of the General Assembly. If an item was not part of the first provisional list the Delegates are free (a) to decide or (b) to decide provided that the association ratifies the provisional decision.
    In the latter case the vote becomes definite if the Board is not notified otherwise in writing or by fax or email within three months of the General Assembly. If the definite votes change the decision, all Members are informed.
  6. The Board is responsible for the organization of the meeting of the General Assembly
  7. The General Assembly decides on the subjects and in the ways as stated below.


III. Voting and elections

  1. Prior to any voting there will be an opportunity for dialogue.
  2. Elections for the Board are done by vote of all eligible members through the means of a ballot
  3. Board elections will be coordinated by an Election Committee appointed by the Board. The election will be conducted according to the procedure accepted by the GA
  4. Votes on the Statutes, the Bylaws and basic policies are taken at the General Assembly. The decision of the General Assembly on these matters has to be communicated to all members within a period of two months after the General Assembly. Within a period of two additional months a third of the total number of eligible members can suspend the General Assembly's decision pending another process of decision which has to be introduced by the Board.
  5. All other decisions are made by vote at the General Assembly.
  6. Decisions at the General Assembly are made unanimously by consensus whenever possible. If a consensus (a result without a vote against) cannot be realised a further dialogue and vote will be necessary. In the second vote on the same subject a majority decision of the eligible members voting is accepted.
  7. The Delegate of an Organizational Member has one vote, if the organization has up to 50 members, two votes, if the organization has 51 to 100 members and three votes if the organization has more than 100 members.
  8. As stated in the Statutes (V.3.), decisions only become effective if a majority of both the Individual Members and the Organizational Members, is achieved. This applies to all decisions and elections including votes concerning the formal processing of the meeting.
  9. Votes concerning the formal processing of the meeting including the agenda are done by simple majority vote.

If a consensus cannot be reached when changing the Statutes, the Bylaws or on basic policies a two thirds majority is required.


IV. Board

  1. The Board Members are elected for a period of two years.
  2. Board Members may be re-elected for a maximum of three consecutive terms
  3. If no new Board is elected the present Board continues until the next election.
  4. The Board can delegate tasks to other Members.
  5. The following roles of the Board are assigned to specific members of the Board on decision of the Board immediately after its election:
    - the chair of the Board
    - the treasurer of the Association
    - the secretary of the Board.
    The Board determines the appropriate tasks, functions and roles needed for effective functioning of the Association. These may include
    - membership
    - communication with members and dissemination of the minutes of the General Assembly
    - correspondence
    - publications
    - external relationships
    - relationships with umbrella organisations
    - financial management
  6. If a member of the Board resigns his or her post the Board can appoint another person which must be ratified by the next General Assembly.
  7. The Board meets whenever necessary and at least once a year. Meetings may take place electronically.
  8. Decisions of the Board are to be made in a way that is congruent with the procedures and philosophy of decision-making followed by the General Assembly.
  9. Voting can also be done by e-mail, mail or fax.
  10. Members of the Board are granted a contribution towards expenses incurred in fulfilling the Board roles and responsibilities, provided that the Association’s financial situation can afford it and the member is an actively contributing member of the Board.


V. The auditors

  1. The auditors must not belong to the organisation of the treasurer.
  2. They submit a report to the General Assembly with a proposal to accept or reject the financial statement and the budget.


VI. Communication within the Association

All information about the Association, including the invitation to the General Assembly and its minutes, is done by e-mail and internet.

Members have to notify the Board of an e-mail address.

The Board may, upon written request, decide about exceptions.


VII. Admission and membership dues

  1. The membership dues are decided by the General Assembly at the suggestion of the Board. If no decision is made the membership dues remain unchanged.
  2. The dues have to be paid during the first three months of the calendar year, or upon registration as a member of the Association
  3. Dues can be paid up to a period of three years in advance.
  4. Money transfer costs have to be paid by the Member.


VIII. Formation of regional chapters

1. A region is defined as a part of the world where there is a distinct tradition or current development of the PCE approaches.

2. A Regional Chapter can be normally formed by a minimum of 10 organizational and/or individual members in a region. The Chapter should be representative of the variety of Organizational and/or Individual Members of the WA in its region.

3. Members of Chapters will also be members of the WA. Each Member of the Chapter will pay membership dues to the WA.

4. The chapter is responsible for its own finance and administration; the relationship between the WA and Chapter will be financially neutral in respect of all adminstrative matters

5. Arrangements may be made between a Chapter and the WA regarding the provision or sharing of specific services and resources.

6. Members of theWA in a region are free tochoose whether they want to be a member of the Regional Chapter.

7. A Chapter is autonomous in its decisions and free in defining its regulations as long as they are in line with the Principles, Statutes and Bylaws of the Association. The Chapter maintains its own procedures for admissionsto its membership and continues to have responsibility for the organization of their meetings and events.

8. The Chapter will agree to report annually to the WA board on their activities and will inform the WA membership through regular contributions to the WA newsletter.

9. To form a Regional Chapter, a proposal must be made to the WA Board. The proposal statement includes:
- the names of the founding members
- the name of the Chapter
- its goals, including its plans for the development of PCE approaches in its region
- the structure of its (organizational and/or individual) membership
- how its formation could benefit the WA and how the WA could support the Chapter.

10. The terms of the relationship between Chapter and WA, practical arrangements, rights and mutual responsibilities will be agreed in negotiation, taking into account specific factors related to the Chapter's regional and economic context.

11. The board will consult with organisational and individual members in the region.

12. The dissolution of a Chapter can be done by the members of a Chapter, in accordance with its regulations, or by the GA of the WAPCEPC if a Chapter violates the Principles of the Association or its agreements with the WA.

13. In exceptional circumstances,the WA may suspend a chapter until the next GA

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Statutes WAPCEPC

The Association was founded on July 8th, 1997 on the occasion of the Fourth International Conference on Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy (ICCCEP) in Lisbon, Portugal. The Statutes in their present form were agreed by consensus at the General Assembly in Chicago on June 29th, 2000 and amended at the General Assembly in Potsdam, 2006.The terms "Person-Centered" and "Experiential" and the concepts and processes they encompass have an extensive, rich and evolving history. The choice of the phrase "Person-Centered and Experiential" is intended to promote continued dialogue and development; it is not intended to favor any particular understanding of these approaches and their relationship.

I. Principles

The aim of this Association is to provide a world-wide forum for those professionals in science and practice who:

-  have a commitment to the primary importance of the relationship between client and therapist in psychotherapy and counseling;
-  hold as central to the therapeutic endeavor the client's actualizing process and phenomenological world;
-  embody in their work those conditions and attitudes conducive to therapeutic movement first postulated by Carl Rogers;
-  have a commitment to an understanding of both clients and therapists as persons, who are at the same time individuals and in relationship with others and their diverse environments and cultures;
-  have an openness to the development and elaboration of person-centered and experiential theory in light of current and future practice and research.


II. Goals

The association has the following goals:

-  to further cooperation between associations, organisations, institutions and individuals on an international level, in the field of person-centered, client-centered and experiential psychotherapy and counseling;
-  to support/facilitate person-centered and experiential associations, organizations, institutions and individuals in their work;
-  to promote person-centered and experiential perspectives and to support and encourage the scientific study as well as the improvement of practice, specifically in the field of psychotherapy and counseling;
-  to engage in socio-political processes to ensure the continued contribution of the paradigm in health, education, academic contexts etc.;
-  to exchange ideas with other psychotherapeutic orientations and to stimulate cooperation in the field of psychotherapy and counseling;
-  to have a commitment to the organization and support of international conferences, in particular the World Conference for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling (abbreviated as PCE Conference, formerly ICCCEP) and possible future developments of it;
-  to produce a high-quality journal and to foster the exchange of research, theory and practice among language groups through existing journals and other means.

III. Means

1. The purpose of the association will be realized through scholarly and professional and material means.

2. Scholary and professional means are lectures, meetings, publications etc. Material means are admission fees, annual membership fees, contributions, donations, conference fees and other proceeds.


IV. Membership and structure

1. The structure of the organization is grounded in person-centered principles.

2. The Association is open to both organizational and individual members.

3. Individual membership is open to helping professionals, trainees and other persons who wish to further the goals of the Association in psychotherapy, counseling and related fields.

4. The Association invites into its membership existing associations, organizations and institutions within and outside the university system which embrace its principles and goals (see I. and II.) and have clearly defined and published ethical standards.

5. Persons or organizations, who, through personal or organizational effort and/or financial support, promote the interests of the Association, can become Honorary Members on decision of the General Assembly.

6. At all levels of membership the principle of local autonomy is maintained. The authority of the Association can only be applied to its composition, to cooperation in the Association and to its external relationships. The Association must not interfere with the rights of national and international organizations or individuals.


V. Chapters

In order to support the development of the PCE approaches in various regions of the world, and in support of shared goals, a Regional Chapter of the World Association can be formed by Organizational Members and/or Individual Members of the WA in a particular region. The philosophy, aims and objectives of the proposed Regional Chapter must be fully consistent with those of the WAPCEPC.


VI. General Assembly

1. The General Assembly consists of the Individual Members and the Delegates of the Organizational Members of the Association.

2. Each Organizational Member can send one Delegate.

3. The General Assembly takes all essential decisions with regard to the nature of its work. Striving for consensus and compromise is an essential part of the self-understanding of person-centered principles in action. Decisions only become effective if a majority of both, the Individual Members and the Organizational Members, is achieved.


VII. Board

1. The Board consists of a maximum of nine persons formed with an effort to reflect the diversity of the membership in terms of geography and theoretical approach.

2. The functions of the Board are
-  to steward the Association
-  to develop and propose policies to the General Assembly
-  to implement the decisions and policies agreed in the General Assembly
-  to manage administrative matters
-  and to deal with matters which may arise between meetings of the General Assembly .

3. The tasks of the Board include:
-  preparing the General Assembly
-  admitting new Members who have fulfilled the membership requirements (see IV.2.)
-  presenting a statement of the accounts of the last period (since the last ordinary General Assembly) and  determining the budget for the next period, subject to the approval of the General Assembly
-  presenting a report of its work during the last period to the General Assembly.


VIII. Auditors

1. The General Assembly elects two auditors from different associations.

2. Their task is to examine all the financial affairs, including the financial statements of the Association.


IX. Membership dues

1. The Members pay a membership fee to meet the expenses of the Association.

2. The membership fee is suggested by the Board and must be approved by the General Assembly.

3. The Board may make exceptions in case of financial hardship, on written request.


X. Dissolution

1. The dissolution of the Association needs a two thirds majority in the General Assembly.

2. In the event of the dissolution of the Association all money, goods or property owned by the Association, after satisfaction of all proper debts and liabilities, is transferred to the PCE Conference organization or a similar association, if this does not exist.

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