Press releases from WAPCEPC


(PCEP) Edited by: Maria Kefalopoulou & David Murphy

We are inviting manuscript submissions for a special issue of Person-Centered and Experiential
Psychotherapies (PCEP) on Qualitative Research in Person-Centered and Experiential
The aims of this special issue are:
 To relate Qualitative Research with Person-Centered and Experiential essentials,
 To understand, with the assistance of the Qualitative Research, different ways of
interpreting phenomena related to the different meanings clients and PCE therapists bring
to their experience,
 To elaborate and deepen knowledge on Person-Centered and Experiential practice as an
effect of Qualitative Research,
 To promote Qualitative Research in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
including all forms of qualitative empirical inquiry, advancements in qualitative methods,
and debates about methodology, theory, ethics and practice,
 To enhance reflexivity in the Qualitative Research within Counselling and Psychotherapy and
more particularly in the research methodology and in the experience of interviewing, and
 To invite a critical dialogue on the major significance of Qualitative Research in the field of
Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Types of papers: We are inviting theoretical and research-based contributions. We encourage
authors to critically evaluate Qualitative Research innovations in the field of Counselling and
Psychotherapy and offer a range of different perspectives and methodological understandings of
how Qualitative Research in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies can be applied
within different settings. We are optimistic that authors will link theoretical developments in Person-
Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies and research to practice in specific interventions. We
finally welcome the authors to explore the impact of humanistic values of Person-Centered and
Experiential Psychotherapies in the Qualitative Research area.
Please contact one of the editors to discuss your proposed paper before May 2020. Maria
Kefalopoulou will be contact editor, contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 May 15, 2020, with no more than 6000 words. All submissions should be
made online at PCEP's Scholar One site  http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rpcp.

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WAPCEPC Board Election 2020 – 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 Florentina Palada (coordinator), Jeffrey Cornelius-White and Lidia Fogliati. 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 2020 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. Further information about the election and about how to make a nomination can be found on the website here.

The election for the WAPCEPC Board will take place by email. Please send your nomination by the 1st April 2020 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (you may use the attached nomination form which is also stored at the webpage)!

General Assembly 2020

The next General Assembly of the WAPCEPC will take place during PCE 2020 in Auckland on Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3, at 18:30. 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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Leif Braaten - Obituary

It's with sadness that I can inform you that our colleague Leif Braaten died 18 May 2018 after just having turned 90.  Leif was professor emeritus from University of Oslo, and began his career as a PhD student with Carl Rogers in the 1950's at University of Chicago. After Chicago he was at Cornell University before he returned to Norway where he worked at University of Oslo. His main areas of interest were person centred therapy, groups and student learning (in groups). He wrote books and papers on these topics. Later the started a private practice where he worked until last year.  In Denmark we had the fortune to invite Leif Braaten several times since 2004 to the Danish Carl Rogers Forum, where he gave lectures and workshops each year for a period. He was our Nordic connection to Carl Rogers and we loved his anecdotes from his time with Carl. He helped to strengthen the person centred tradition in Denmark, that Lisbeth Sommerbeck had energized after the millennium by starting  the Danish Carl Rogers Forum in 2002.  We will always love Leif’s warm and bright presence, humour and this willingness to dare offering him self (byde på sig selv) in the relation. There was all ways a new edge of development when you were with Leif but also support and understanding when it was needed. 

Niels Bagge

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Person-Centered & Experiential Therapies Work

 A review of the research on Counseling, Psychotherapy and related practices

 Book edited  by Mick Cooper, Jeanne Watson and Dagmar Hölldampf

  PCE Works  

This book is the product of a World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling Task Force examining the evidence base for person-centered and experiential counseling and psychotherapy.

Person-Centered and Experiential Therapies Work provides a comprehensive, systematic and accessible review of the evidence base for the approach and the methods and measures by which it can be evaluated. It gives clear evidence for the effectiveness of person-centered and experiential therapies, and is an essential resource for students and practitioners who want to know more about the empirical support for their work, and to promote it with confidence.

Special offer for all members of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling:
WAPCEPC member price: £17.00
(UK delivery free, Europe delivery £1.70, Rest of World £3.40)
• To access this offer, click on the following link: WAPCEPC SPECIAL OFFER
• WAPCEPC members can also order by telephone - orders are dispatched to addresses on the membership database. To order call +44 (0)1989 763 900 office hours 09.00 - 17.00hrs.
• This offer is available to WAPCEPC members only. Membership status will be checked.

1. The Effectiveness of Person-Centered and Experiential Therapies: A review of the meta-analyses
Robert Elliott & Elizabeth Freire
2. Effectiveness of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies with Children and Young People:A review of
outcome studies
Dagmar Hölldampf, Michael Behr & Ina Crawford
3. Effectiveness beyond Psychotherapy: The person-centered, experiential paradigm in education, parenting, and

Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White & Renate Motschnig-Pitrik
4. Qualitative Meta-Analysis of Outcomes of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
Ladislav Timulak & Mary Creaner
5. Clients as Active Self-Healers: Implications for the person-centered approach
Arthur C. Bohart & Karen Tallman
6. Relating Process to Outcome in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies: The role of the relationship
conditions and clients' experiencing

Jeanne C. Watson, Leslie S. Greenberg & Germain Lietaer
7. Operationalizing Incongruence: Measures of self-discrepancy and affect regulation
Jeanne C. Watson & Neill Watson
8. Measuring the Relationship Conditions in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies: Past, present, and
Elizabeth Freire & Soti Grafanaki
9. Researching in a Person-Centered Way
Paul Wilkins
10. Key Priorities for Research in the Person-Centered and Experiential Field: ‘If not now, when?'
Mick Cooper, Jeanne C. Watson & Dagmar Hölldampf

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WAPCEPC statement: Research evidence about effectiveness of PCE Psychotherapy

In November 2006 the Gemeinsame Bundesausschuss, the German clinical advisory body, recommended that patients in Germany with mental health needs should not be reimbursed by health-insurance for receiving person-centered psychotherapy (PCEP).

In support of our colleagues of the GwG, the WA formulated a statement to the German Health Minister, outlining the scientific reasons why this recommendation should be re-considered.

The Health Minister has now rejected the original decision and we look forward to hearing what is going to happen next.

The WA statement was written by Robert Elliott and Jeffrey Cornelius-White in cooperation with Michael Behr and Juergen Kriz.

The full text can be found in GwG Statement

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