Call for papers: PCEP special issue-Facilitating Encounter

Call for papers on faciliatating encounter for a specail issue of PCEP

Edited by: Gillian Proctor, Renata Fuchs & Aglaja Przyborski

We are inviting manuscript submissions for a special issue of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies (PCEP) on Facilitating encounter.

The aims of this special issue are:

To explore the range of understandings about what encounter is and how to facilitate it.

To stimulate discussion about encounter facilitation in the PCE literature.

To provide a resource and reference of different understandings that organisers  or facilitators of encounter groups can refer to so participants have a better idea what to expect from encounter and encounter facilitation.           

To prompt the theoretical debate of encounter, encounter groups and facilitating encounter groups.

Types of papers: We are inviting theoretical and research based contributions but anticipate that most will be based on experience of facilitating encounter. Each author will firstly be asked to define encounter and what constitutes an encounter group. Then each contributor will explain the role of the encounter facilitator(s), their aims and purposes and how being a facilitator may differ from being a participant, including elaborating myths or misconceptions. This must be tied to person-centered theory. We anticipate most contributions will be short (max 2000 words) but more theoretical or research-based papers can be up to 6000 words. The editors will introduce the papers and conclude, bringing together similarities and differences among the responses.

Gillian Proctor will be contact editor. She can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please contact one of the editors to discuss your proposed paper before the end of 2018.

All submitted papers will go through the usual peer-review process for PCEP articles, so revisions may be requested, and acceptance of your paper cannot be guaranteed.

Articles should be sent by February 1, 2019, with no more than 6000 words.

All submissions should be made online at PCEP's ScholarOne site


Please circulate this invitation to anyone you think might be interested. Many thanks.

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PCT Scotland's 30th Anniversary

Come and join us to celebrate

PCT Scotland's 30th Anniversary

Two days of Encounter, Conversation Café & an Evening of Fun and Celebration

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th November 2017
Merchants House, 7 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1BA

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  • Moving PCT Scotland Forward

30th anniversary of PCT Scotland on the 4th and 5 th November. Bookings now Closed

Written by annette cooper on 14 May 2017.

This event is low cost and is superb value for money as it includes your lunch and teas

and coffees for both days.

Trainees                           £70

Practitioner member        £90

Practitioner non member £100

It is possible to book for one day only. Please specify which day you would like to attend on the booking form. Cost half of the 2 day event.


Saturday 4th November 9.15 - 9.45 am Registration and coffee. Close of day 16.30 hrs.

Sunday 5 th November    9.30 - 10 am  Registration and coffee. Close of day 16.00 hrs.

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More information on our 30th Anniversary Party.

Written by annette cooper on 11 Apr 2017.

Fabulous venue with a number of break out rooms for Encounter and 

Conversation Cafes.


Grand Hall

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The Encounter Group will be Facilitated by  Terry Daly, Mairi McMenemin, Lorna Patterson, Stephanie Hutchinson.  Elizabeth Urie and Annette Cooper are assistant group facilitators in training.

Terry Daly.

Dip SW, Dip Coun, Sen.Life coach (BACP)

MSC, counselling,  Accredited counsellor (BACP)

Terry works as a Person Centred Life coach. Therapist, supervisor,and trainer in Glasgow, London and Europe.

Terry’s model of working:

The person centred philosophy believes that each individual has within themselves infinite resources if given the right conditions in which to grow. 

Terry believes that offering a particular kind of relationship which includes respect, understanding, and genuineness creates the right environment in which people can thrive.  This is especially true in working with groups and offering encounter.  Terry has been involved with encounter groups for over forty years and still experiences the excitement and potential that they offer.

Terry also has a strong interest and commitment to issues of equality, Diversity and power and is involved in a number of initiatives which explore effective use of power and the barriers that prevent people from experiencing equality in the workplace and society. 

  • Terry was a  lecturer University of Strathclyde within a counselling unit from 1994 until 2014.
  • Over the past ten year he has played a major role in developing a Person Centred training programme for Social Care workers (Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.)
  • Over the past fifteen years terry has worked in many countries both in Europe and further afield such as South Africa, Japan, Argentina, and Russia with a focus on the development of the Person Centred approach
  • As a member of the Business Development centre in Glasgow Terry has worked alongside its Director Danny Mcguigan providing coaching, team building and mediation for the past twenty years.
  • He currently runs a private practice in counselling and supervision with a focus on helping individuals and organisations towork and live more effectively.

He is currently working on research into Leadership and the Person Centred approach. (Strathclyde University)

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Mairi McMenamin

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My name is Mairi and I work as a person centred therapist, supervisor and trainer, in Scotland and Europe.

My background includes 37 years in the NHS as a nurse, public health specialist, manager and senior manager in a range of settings including working nationally. I also facilitate workshops nationally and internationally and am interested in developing this style of working out with specific counselling settings.

I work within a person centred approach striving to provide the conditions which allow individuals to develop to their full potential. My focus is on establishing a relationship of trust and one in which the individuals can identify their areas for growth feel able to explore these. The relationship is one of mutuality and trust. My passion comes from seeing people develop to their full potential.

My interests include walking my dog, connecting with people, jewellery making and growing flowers and vegetables!

What I bring to PCTS is a passion for change, for listening to people and a shared passion for identifying good practice that can be shared in a way that makes a difference to people’s lives.

Experience and qualifications:

  • BACP Accredited member
  • Groupwork skills
  • An interest in 'writing'

Post Graduate:

  • MA Social Science

Lorna Patterson

Lorna is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, qualified counsellor and qualified to TQFE level in Teaching in Further Education, including being a COSCA Accredited Trainer on the Certificate in Counselling Skills course.

She works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor with trainee and qualified counsellors. She is also a tutor at Edinburgh College offering the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. Prior to this Lorna worked for many years as a counsellor and manager within the field of abuse and has a background of 19 years in Human Resources and People Development.

Lorna's interest in groups stems from an appreciation of how the presence of the core conditions offers potential for self discovery and growth. Within group encounter, there is potential to meet our different configurations, realised or undiscovered and to encounter the challenge and excitement in relationship.

Elizabeth Urie, Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

Elizabeth works as a person-centred therapist and supervisor in Largs, Ayrshire. She is currently working in private practice; is an affiliate counsellor for several Employee Assistance Providers, NHS Working Health Services and for a local business organisation. She supervises counsellors, trainee counsellors and health practitioners. She has specialist training in bereavement and loss; inner relationship focusing and is interested in family constellations and attachment. Elizabeth has worked for charities as a counsellor and small support group facilitator. She also has previous experience of counselling in a Medical Practice within NHS Primary Care and as a volunteer counsellor/counselling supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland.

Before training as a therapist, Elizabeth worked in areas of management, administration, customer service and care. From this experience of working with the complexities of human relationships, she values individuality and equality and feels passionately about the person-centred approach, to both working and living, as it has potentiality and empowerment as its core ethos. Elizabeth is a founder member of two groups in Ayrshire - Ayrshire Counsellors’ Network Group and Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision in Ayrshire.

Annette Cooper MBACP

Annette is a Person Centred Therapist and works in private practice also for an EAP provider. She has worked for 30 years in the NHS in various clinical and educational roles. As  a fairly recent person centred graduate she is very interested in exploring issues related to difference and diversity in groups and also power and control. 

Annette is currently undertaking the facilitation training being run by PCT Scotland and welcomes the opportunity to participate in the 30th Anniversary event encounter group.

Stephanie Hutchinson

Stephanie Hutchinson is a person-centred counsellor with a particular interest in creative action methods and group work. She is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator - an experiential methodology based on the work and research of Dr Brené Brown.

Stephanie has a private practice offering one to one counselling as well as personal and professional development coaching in groups or individually.

She also likes to describe herself as having Scottish and Austrian DNA with Antipodean ENA * (which is really just a fancy way of saying that she was born and raised in New Zealand to immigrant parents!) * Environmentally Nurtured Attitude/Accent/Armour - depending on the situation!

The Conversation Cafe  topics are:

  1. Person Centred Gender

Hosted by Tina Clark M.Sc., B.Ed (Hons), Dip. Couns. MBACP

Tina Clark (formally Livingstone) is a Client Centred Counsellor and Sex and Gender Diversities Therapist working in private practice. An experienced supervisor, consultant, and trainer; her writing includes The Relevance of a Person Centred Approach to Therapy with Transgendered or Transsexual Clients ( PCEP 2008, Vol 7:2, p134-144) and Anti-sectarian, queer, client-centredness: a re-iteration of respect in therapy in Counselling Ideologies (Ashgate 2010)

Positive beams

Unsettling for some and liberating for others, our culture is currently moving towards a perception of gender based on phenomenology (subjective experience) rather than taxonomy (categorisation). The Person Centred Approach provides respectful ambience for encounter and dialogue through this cultural shift - since Rogers did not construct differential pathways for the development of males and females, but consistently referred to others as persons. Rogers “did not posit some eternal essence or archetypes based on gender, or any fixed biological destiny or any reductionistic, partial and fixed explanation of our behavior” (Wolter-Guftason, 1999) – therefore within this context we can all meet as equally valid persons.

Our culture’s many taken-for-granted assumptions, both positive and negative, its perceptions of what is ‘natural’ for men and women, its essentialist view of gender, and its audacity in assuming the inferiority of certain groups of human beings, has set everyone up for an adversarial life. Gender differentiation, unintentionally and intentionally, has cultivated a culture of discrimination by ascribing judgement-based hierarchies to human traits, and cementing them in a most sectarian manner. Thus a human characteristic ascribed as strength on one side may be perceived weakness on the other!

Offering respect for Autonomy in Gender Identification, within and beyond traditional gender roles, this conversation will provide opportunity to share our experiences and explore our understandings of Gender, and what it means to us.

Who knows – perhaps our contemplation of the pressures and privileges, stereotypes and diversities, and oppressions and freedoms of being a gendered self in society today may open the way for co-constructing a more comfortable way of being for all in the future? 

  1. Authenticity: what is it and can we be person-centred without it?

Hosted by Tonia Higgins MBACP  PG Dip  BA

Tonia is a counsellor in private practice and in the third sector. She works with mild to moderate mental health issues, survivors of abuse and young people age 16+ She has an interest in positive psychology and an enthusiasm for exploring how it can complement and enhance the person-centred approach.

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  1. COn becoming more in the therapeutic relationship: An exploration of directional presence.  

Hosted by Mike Moss  who has recently had articles published in the  COSCA Counselling in Scotland Journal, Spring 2017 and the Person Centred Quarterly, May 2017 and will presenting at the BACP Conference 'Children, Young People and Families: working with difficult behaviour' in Belfast ,12 September 2017. He has over 30 years working with children and young people and families in Scotland and has trained in Youth Work, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Integrative Therapy,Person Centred Therapy and Clinical Supervision.  

 In my work as a therapist I have begun to discover something more, which if attended to, even in the smallest of ways, movement into healing can be experienced  towards the direction of potential growth, or what Carl Rogers called an 'evolutionary  flow ...  as part of a formative tendency in the universe.' 'A Way of Being. 1980.'

  1. D.The body in person-centred therapy: reclaiming the organism

Hosted by Craig HutchisonRegistered Member MBACP (Accred)

Craig is a person-centred therapist and supervisor in private practice (www.personcentre.co.uk), and a trainer and Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where he teaches on Diploma programmes. His therapeutic work is strongly influenced by Gendlin and process philosophy and his publications include Trusting the Process? (PCEP 2015)about the potential challenges of symbolising and processing experiencing in therapy/encounter groups.

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“the psychologically mature adult trusts and uses the wisdom of his organism” (Rogers 1964)

“our bodies feel a situation directly … This kind of experience is sometimes attributed to ‘the unconscious,’ although such a body-sense is, of course, conscious” (Gendlin, 1993).

This session will offer an opportunity to reflect on what the body means in person-centred therapy and philosophy, considering the organismic basis of experiencing andquestioning what it might mean to hold the organism in mind as we work therapeutically.

  1. Relational Depth.

Hosted by Sue Price - Assistant Professor of Counselling, Faculty of Social Sciences.Sue is a lecturer and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing. She is also a practising counsellor and psychotherapist with BACP Accredition She completed her PhD at The University of Strathclyde in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Robert Elliott and Professor Mick Cooper. Her PhD focused on the development of an inventory designed to assess relational depth in counselling and psychotherapy.Before joining the University of Nottingham, Sue was a lecturer at two universities where she taught postgraduates at Liverpool John Moores University and undergraduates at Edge Hill University. Sue's career as a counsellor began in 2005 where she counselled staff at a major nuclear fuel company. She has also worked as a counsellor in the third sector in alcohol and drugs, domestic violence and in various generic counselling services. Sue has also worked as a counsellor in a Primary Care service in Liverpool for an IAPT service.Expertise Summary

Sue's expertise and research interests include relational depth between client and practitioner. Sue also has an expertise, and is interested in, various quantitative research methods but is particularly interested in Rasch analysis as an approach to reliability and validity testing of psychometric measures. As well as this, Sue is in the process of planning research concerning the coming out process of individuals with diverse sexualities during mid to late adulthood.Recent Publications

WIGGINS [PRICE], S., 2012. Assessing relational depth: developing the Relational Depth Inventory. In: KNOX, R., MURPHY, D., WIGGINS [PRICE], S. and COOPER, M., eds., Relational Depth: New Perspectives and Developments
WIGGINS [PRICE], S., ELLIOTT, R. and COOPER, M., The prevalence and characteristics of relational depth events in psychotherapy Psychotherapy Research. 22(2), 1
KNOX, R., MURPHY, D., WIGGINS [PRICE], S. and COOPER, M., eds., Relational Depth: New Perspectives and Developments Palgrave Macmillan.

Remember that attendance at this event can be used toward your CPD too!

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PCEP Eastern Europe Letter

Dear Colleagues! 

On behalf of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies – the official journal of the WAPCEPC and the leading PCE Journal, we are  glad to announce the special issue: PCE in the Eastern Europe! This issue could be the first in a potential line of the ‘regionally dedicated’ issues. We invite PCE theorists, researchers, and practitioners who belong to Eastern Europe (including but not limited to: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and the Ukraine) to submit your papers to the journal. 

We invited several well-known Eastern European PCE colleagues to co-edit an issue and to help authors with their submissions (prior to an official submission and double-blind peer review). We enjoy help from several colleagues: Daniela Roes, Renate Motschnig, Ivan Valkovic, Hana Smitkova, Georgeta Niculescu, Eva Sollarova, Piotr Fijewski, Magda Draskoczy, Lera Marchenko, Alex Orlov, and potentially more. So, if you feel unsure about your English or format, do not hesitate to ask us.  We will help you to get in touch with the helping co-editor from your country or region.

The deadline for submissions is the 31 of July 2017. Submissions should be done via Manuscript editing system (you will have to register and log in) https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rpcp

Papers should be written in English and have a length between 3000 and 7000 words. This limit includes tables, references, figure captions, endnotes. Paper should be formatted using an APA format. You will find more information regarding format as well as some advices of how to prepare your paper there: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rpcp20&page=instructions#Preparing_your_paper

Also, some useful information regarding an APA style may be found here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Should you have any questions regarding this issue, do not hesitate to contact Kirill Kryuchkov: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or any of the editors or colleagues from your countries. You can also send your paper for pre-submission language and format review using an e-mail above (please, note, that in order to officially submit your paper you will have to use the Manuscript system).

We believe, that Eastern Europe as a region as well as each and every country included has its own unique history and perspective, theory and practice of PCE. Let’s share it to the worldwide PCE community.

Kirill Kryuchkov, Dipl Psyc; PCEP-Eastern Europe Special Issue Editor

PCEP Editors: Jef Cornelius White, PsyD; David Murphy, PhD; Manu Bazzano, PhD

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The person-centered approach and social ethics: a cautionary tale concerning persons seeking asylum in Australia - Ross Crisp


In this article, a rationale for how a person-centered approach (PCA) may contribute to a constructive practice of social ethics is discussed. As an exemplar of social ethics, I refer to the clinical, moral and political action taken in October 2015 by approximately 400 medical staff at a large public hospital in Australia. Their action, prompted by a perceived threat to their duty of care for a discriminated minority group (of persons seeking asylum in Australia), raises several important issues concerning the practice of social ethics. I will discuss Kant’s emphasis upon the regulatory functions of an autonomous will, and Rogers’ focus on the facilitative conditions for enhancing the innate tendency of individuals and groups to organize, develop and co-exist constructively. Inferences are drawn from the practice of social ethics advocated by proponents of sociotherapy and similar humanistic perspectives.

L’approche centrée sur la personne et l’éthique sociale. Un récit édifiant à propos de demandeurs d’asile en Australie

Cet article discute la logique par laquelle l’approche centrée sur la personne (ACP) peut contribuer à une pratique constructive de l’éthique sociale. Comme exemple d’éthique sociale, je fais référence à l’action clinique, morale et politique prise en octobre 2015 par environ 400 membres du staff médical d’un grand hôpital public en Australie. Leur action, suscitée par la menace perçue envers leur obligation de diligence envers un groupe minoritaire discriminé (des personnes demandeuses d’asile en Australie) soulève plusieurs thèmes importants concernant la pratique de l’éthique sociale. Je discuterai l’accent porté par Kant sur les fonctions de régulation d’une volonté autonome, et l’attention portée par Rogers sur les conditions pour faciliter le tendance innée qu’ont les individus et les groupes à s’organiser, à se développer et co-exister de manière constructive. Des déductions sont tirées de la pratique de l’éthique sociale recommandée par les adeptes de la sociothérapie ou de perspectives humanistes similaires.

Der Personzentrierte Ansatz und Sozialethik: eine sich vortastende Geschichte zu Personen, die in Australien Asyl suchen

Dieser Artikel beschäftigt sich mit der Frage, wie der Personzentrierte Ansatz einen Beitrag zu einer konstruktiven sozialethischen Praxis leisten kann. Als ein Beispiel für Sozialethik beziehe ich mich auf das klinische, moralische und politische Handeln von ungefähr 400 Personen in einem großen öffentlichen Krankenhaus in Australien im Oktober 2015. Sie hatten die Ausübung ihrer beruflichen Pflicht für eine diskriminierte Minderheitengruppe (von Personen, die in Australien Asyl suchten) bedroht gesehen Ihre daraus entstandene Aktion wirft mehrere wichtige Fragen zur sozialethischen Praxis auf. Ich werde Kants Betonung der regulierende Funktion eines autonomen Willens diskutieren und Rogers’ Focus auf die förderlichen Bedingungen, mit der sich die innewohnende Tendenz eines Individuums und in Gruppen erweitern lässt, um sich konstruktiv zu organisieren, zu entwickeln und zu ko-existieren. Aus der sozialethischen Praxis werden Schlussfolgerungen gezogen, wie sie von Exponenten der Soziotherapie und ähnlichen humanistischen Blickwinkeln vertreten werden.

El enfoque centrado en la persona y la ética social: Un cuento preventivo sobre las personas que buscan asilo en Australia

En este artículo, se discute una justificación de cómo un enfoque centrado en la persona (ECP) puede contribuir a una práctica constructiva de la ética social. Como ejemplo de ética social, me refiero a la acción clínica, moral y política tomada en octubre de 2015 por aproximadamente 400 médicos en un gran hospital público de Australia. Su acción, motivada por una amenaza percibida a su deber de cuidado de un grupo minoritario discriminado (de personas que buscan asilo en Australia), plantea varias cuestiones importantes relativas a la práctica de la ética social. Discutiré el énfasis de Kant en las funciones reguladoras de una voluntad autónoma y el enfoque de Rogers de las condiciones facilitadoras para mejorar la tendencia innata de individuos y grupos a organizarse, desarrollarse y coexistir de manera constructiva. Las inferencias se derivan de la práctica de la ética social defendida por los proponentes de la socio terapia y perspectivas humanísticas similares.

A Abordagem Centrada na Pessoa e a ética social: um conto de cautela em relação às pessoas que procuram asilo na Austrália

Neste artigo, discute-se um argumento de como a ACP pode contribuir para uma prática construtiva da ética social. Refiro-me à ação clínica, moral e política tomada por cerca de 400 elementos de uma equipa médica num grande hospital público australiano, enquanto exemplo de ética social. A ação que tomaram, e que foi desencadeada pela perceção de uma ameaça ao seu dever de cuidado perante um grupo minoritário discriminado (de pessoas que buscavam asilo na Austrália), levanta diversos temas importantes no que diz respeito à prática da ética social. Discutirei a ênfase colocada por Kant nas funções reguladoras da vontade própria e o foco colocado por Rogers nas condições facilitadoras que ativam a tendência inata dos indivíduos e dos grupos para se organizarem, desenvolverem e coexistirem de forma construtiva. São feitas inferências a partir da prática da ética social defendida pelos proponentes da socioterapia e de perspetivas humanistas semelhantes.

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