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Obituary of Peter Schmid

The WAPCEPC Board members are deeply sad at the passing of our esteemed colleague, Prof. Dr. Peter F. Schmid.

Peter died on 15 September 2020, having sustained major injuries in a serious car accident in July.

Author of numerous books, lecturer and trainer at the APG-IPS Academy, Vienna, Peter was a very prominent and respected representative of the person-centred approach worldwide.

A student of Carl R. Rogers, in 1969 Peter founded the person-centred psychotherapy training in Austria. Over the ensuing decades, his drive and commitment fundamentally shaped the person-centred approach in Austria and globally, and he contributed greatly to its development while also retaining fidelity to its distinguishing features - it was particularly important to him to preserve Rogers’ genuine basic assumptions.

Peter is regarded as the founder of the dialogical approach in person-centred psychotherapy and in 2009 he received the Carl Rogers Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) for “outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of Humanistic Psychology.”

A man of energy and passion, Peter’s many contributions include:  founder of APG•IPS (The Austrian Institute for Person-Centred Studies), and initiator of both the World Association for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy (WAPCEPC), and the European Network for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (PCE Europe).  He was also co-founder and co-editor of international journals: Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies and PERSON.

In addition, Peter was a member of Saybrook University in San Francisco, USA and had worked at universities in Austria, Germany and the UK.

His special love was the theatre. As a playwright, he most recently published Faust III (premiered in Vienna in 2010).

Peter was not only an outstanding psychotherapist, psychotherapy scientist and practical theologian, but someone who lived the person-centred approach with all his heart. 

Current members of the WAPCEPC board remember him as an extraordinary, warm and open-hearted person and a kind, helpful and generous colleague.  The person-centred world has lost a leading light.

Our condolences and sincere sympathy go to Peter's family and all those who were close to him.

- from the 2020 – 2022 WAPCEPC Board

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Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies Call for Papers Special Issue

Online therapies and person-centred and experiential psychology PCEP is inviting submissions for a special issue on online therapies and person-centred and
experiential (PCE) psychology to be published later this year. In the context of the rapid move to online therapies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inviting submissions on various
aspects of this unique situation. These may include: experiences of working online, as therapists, supervisors and trainers; case studies; ways in which practitioners and clients are utilising the
different online media and platforms to enhance therapy; commentaries on the advantages as well as disadvantages of online therapy; challenges to ways of thinking about the nature of reality, and
the nature of the therapeutic relationship; and implications of different way of working for the theory of PCE psychology and theory; as well as reflections on the impact of the wider context
(including restrictions and “lockdown”) on clients, therapists and PCE therapy itself.

The submission deadline is 31st August this year and, given the relatively short time frame, we welcome short articles of 3000 words maximum in addition to our standard length papers. The journal’s peer review process will be expedited for the special issue, 19(4), which will appear in December this year.
The co-editors for this special issue are Keith Tudor and David Murphy. If you have any questions about making a submission please contact Keith on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance.

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General Assembly and Q&A zoom sessions

Dear colleagues and WAPCEPC members,

As was announced, WAPCEPC General Assembly will take place through zoom on July 25th, 21.00 GMT (more detailed information on the voting process and registration for the GA will follow in due time).

To have enough time for discussion previous to the GA, we will offer two Q&A sessions (to accommodate various time zones, so that you will be able to participate):

Q&A session: June 27th, 16.00 GMT

Q&A session: July 4th, 9.00 GMT 

Please register for the Q&A sessions with the links posted on the following page (members-only access): https://www.pce-world.org/for-members/general-assemblies.html

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

WAPCEPC Board

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PCEP CALL FOR PAPERS ON QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

CALL FOR PAPERS ON QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN PERSON-CENTERED AND EXPERIENTIAL
PSYCHOTHERAPIES: A SPECIAL ISSUE OF PERSON-CENTERED AND EXPERIENTIAL PSYCHOTHERAPIES
(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
Psychotherapies.
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)! 

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