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Susanna Markowitsch

SusannaMarkowitzI am working as a person-centered psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Vienna, Austria. I qualified with a diploma of APG • IPS, Austria, in Person-Centered Psychotherapy in 2013 and Person-Centered Group Psychotherapy in 2016. I have vast organizing experience in various fields: for the past 5 years I have been member of the management board of APG propaedeutic training in psychotherapy in Vienna, Austria. Before I started my psychotherapy training (and after having graduated in translation for English and Italian at the University of Vienna) I worked for many years as management assistant, having been responsible for administration, finance, and HR (in the area of visual arts and construction development –I have already then been used to work with very different persons, in a wide range of issues and fields).

As a member of the Organization Committee of PCE 2018 I became very familiar with organizational matters, had the opportunity to get an idea of WAPCEPC organizational matters and have established a lot of international contacts within the PCE world – and enjoyed working within a committed team.

I am very much looking forward to taking up my new responsibility as chair of WAPCEPC! For me, the person-centered approach is not just a method to be worked with, but a way of being. Due to my commitment to the PCE approach, I want to make my own contribution within a worldwide organization to provide a forum for practitioners and scientists from the PCE world, to promote PCE perspectives and to stimulate dialogue with other psychotherapeutic orientations. It is my personal concern that the PCE world feels represented by WAPCEPC and that the PCE world is represented in the bigger world of therapies and in society.

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Mairi McMenamin

image1I am working as a person-centered counsellor and supervisor in private practice in Scotland. I qualified with a diploma in Person-Centered Psychotherapy in 2004 and a Diploma in Person-Centered Supervision from Temenos, Sheffield, UK in 2013.

In my previous career I have many years experience in the Health Sector as a nurse, public health specialist, manager and senior manager in a range of settings including working nationally and internationally.  My skills are essentially around working with people and organisations at all levels.  

I have beeen a member of the WAPCEPC Board for the last 4 years as the treasurer; I have been a member of many committees over my career and enjoy working in small teams.

This year I have been invited to represent the Board as a member of the PCE Europe task force. I am committed to the person centred approach as a way of being and welcome the opportunity to support the development of the PCA and experiential approaches across countries and disciplines and feel privileged to be a member of the WAPCEPC Board for a short time to learn from, and share with, colleagues worldwide.

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Brian Rodgers

Dr. Brian Rodgers is a Chair of the Scientific Comittee, web-site co-manager, Liason with the  Australia Aotearoa New Zealand chapter and a Liason with the PCE2020 conference.

I am currently living in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand working at Auckland University of Technology. Prior to this, I lived in Brisbane, Australia and Glasgow, Scotland working within a variety of academic institutions as well as in private practice and consultancy. I initially qualified with a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from the University of Strathclyde in 2000, and a Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision in 2004. In 2009 I undertook training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) with Prof Robert Elliott and in 2010 I completed a PhD in counselling research at the University of Abertay supervised by Prof John McLeod.

 My primary research interest revolves around the outcomes of mental health interventions, in particular counselling and psychotherapy. The focus of my PhD was to explore the potential of alternative approaches to outcome evaluation that allow us to discover what ‘comes out’ of therapy from a client’s perspective rather than the traditional approach of attempting to quantitatively measure predefined domains of outcome. This has led to an interest in how we can integrate authentic enquiry into both research and practice, such that both endeavours collaboratively combine to improve therapeutic outcomes and produce meaningful research results.

 I have supervised a diverse range of student research projects including topics such as pedagogy of counsellor education, maintaining the therapeutic alliance, psychotherapy in forensic mental health, sibling suicide bereavement, video gaming and psychotherapy, gender in psychotherapy, shame and self-acceptance, counsellor identification with client issues, women’s perception of counselling following miscarriage, therapist’s experience of working with gay male clients, counselling support for young athletes, counsellor’s experiences of unemployment, client versus counsellor perceptions of helpful and unhelpful aspects of therapy, person-centred approaches to leadership, and person-centred creative practices with young people.

 For more details please visit my academic profile at www.aut.ac.nz/profiles/brian-rodgers or my website at www.drbrianrodgers.com



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