Call for proposals to host WAPCEPC 2020 Conference – DEADLINE EXTENDED to 31st May 2016

The WAPCEPC board invites organizational members and/or national groups of members to prepare proposals to host the PCE Conference due to be held in 2020 in your country.

The guidelines for hosting a PCE Conference, including the procedure for establishing a venue for the PCE conference, are available on our website at http://www.pce-world.org/news-and-events/pce-conferences.html. Members who are interested in convening the conference in 2020 are invited to indicate their interest by sending a proposal to the WAPCEPC board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 31st May 2016.

In their proposal to host PCE 2020, members should present their team, their competences in scientific, administrative and financial matters, and their plans concerning the location of the conference. We ask that you address the main issues contained in the conference guidelines within the proposal. Please contact Tricia McCann, Chair of the Board, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions about the requirements outlined within the PCE conference guidelines.

Following the deadline for proposals, the board will review all proposals that have been received and may ask proposing groups to address any perceived gaps identified within their proposals.

The board will inform members about the proposals by publishing them in the WAPCEPC newsletter and website prior to the General Assembly due to be held in New York, United States of America, July, 2015.

All groups proposing to host PCE 2020 will present their proposals to WAPCEPC members at the General Assembly in New York, 2016. Voting on proposals will take place in the General Assembly, where members can vote in person or by proxy.

Alternatively, if agreed by the General Assembly, all members will be invited to vote on the proposals electronically at a date arranged at the earliest opportunity following the General Assembly.


Tricia McCann on behalf of
The Board of WAPCEPC


New York Conference 2016 - Call for Papers

Integrity, Interdisciplinarity, and Innovation

PCE 2016

World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling

July 20-24
Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA

We invite persons interested in person-centered and experiential practice, research, and training to make a contribution to the PCE 2016 conference by presenting their findings and/or new insights relating to Integrity, Interdisciplinarity, and Innovation in one of four formats: paper presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, and pecha-kucha. Other topics related to person-centered and/or experiential psychotherapy or counseling are also welcome. Paper presentations will consist of about 45-minute presentations (with at least 10 minutes discussion time) that may have a theoretical, clinical, or research-based character. Roundtable discussions will take a moderator facilitated debate format on a given topic, where 2-3 papers will be presented with about 33-50% of time reserved for audience participation. Workshops will be about 90-minute events that are didactic and interactive in nature with a focus on a specific clinical skill or therapeutic approach. Pecha-kuchas will consist of presenters giving a brief and focused PowerPoint or Prezi presentation using a maximum of 10 slides, telling the essence of one’s story in seven minutes along with up to seven other presenters. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts for papers and workshops, 150-300 word abstracts for Roundtable discussions, and 100-200 word abstracts for Pecha-Kucha that highlight the key points of your presentation along with the name of the first author, institution, address, country, e-mail address, name(s) of co-author(s), title of work, and up to 5 keywords (max 5) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 15, 2016. Please be advised that with the submission of an abstract to PCE 2016 the corresponding author (a) accepts responsibility for the content, (b) accepts to be the contact person for all correspondences, and (c) acknowledges that ethical guidelines were followed in data gathering.

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Formation of the Scientific Committee - Apply now!

Dear WAPCEPC Member:

As a mean to foster PCE research activities, we need to establish and develop a Scientific Committee. You will be able to see the aims, functions and structure of this Committee in the document: Proposal for the Functions and Structure of the Scientific Committee attached below.

Consider this as a great opportunity to collaborate and contribute with the development and promotion of the Person Centred and Experiential approach.

If you would like to be considered as part of this team, then please apply by sending a résumé to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 20 th 2015.

We appreciate your time and effort in contributing to the development of the WAPCEPC.

Best regards,

Iguaraya Morales on behalf of the WAPCEPC Board



Proposal for the Functions and Structure of the Scientific Committee
(by Sheila Haugh and Graham Westwell)


  1. To foster empirical quantitative and qualitative research as a means to develop the person-centred and experiential (PCE) approach and advise the WA board and General Assembly. While empirical research is the major concern, many areas of research and related topics may be fostered.
  2. To promote, support and disseminate PCE research activities and outputs.


  • Create ideas to develop the approach through empirical quantitative and qualitative research
  • Link and liaise with local research initiatives and interest groups, creating a network of research consultants, practitioners and consumers
  • Link and liaise with University, and the equivalent, based initiatives.
  • Create a research database for WA members.
  • Support PCE conference organizers with information about state-of-the-art research for the development of conference themes and keynotes.
  • Represent the WA board on PCE Conferences’ scientific committees.
  • Liaise with the WA Board and the Editors of PCEP
  • Maintain and update research pages of the WAPCEPC website.
  • Explore the possibility of further editions of PCE Works, and the possible commissioning/editing of future publications as part of an ongoing research publication series.
  • Identify other areas of activity for the committee.


  • The committee will have a minimum of 6-8 people and maximum of 10 people.
  • Members will be asked to commit for a period of 2/3 years.
  • One person will be identified by the committee as a coordinator/spokesperson for the committee when necessary.
  • The committee should make sure that, as far as possible, there is representation in terms of diversity.

The overall membership of the committee should cover the following areas:

  • 3-4 members should be University based.
  • At least 3-4 members should be experienced in published research.
  • The majority of members should be currently involved in PCE research activities
  • All members should have research experience of some sort either as a practitioner and/or masters or PhD level (or the local equivalent).


Proposals for PCE 2018

 Proposal for Copenhagen on behalf of Institut for Personcentreret og Oplevelseorienteret Psykoterapi in Denmark: download pdf

 Proposal for Vienna on behalf of IPS-APG and ÖGWG and other associations in Austria: download pdf 

 Proposal for Lausanne on behalf of pca.acp and the training institute IFAACP in Switzerland: download pdf