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.