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PCEP call for papers - Special Issue on Incongruence

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

Incongruence refers to a mismatch/distortion between organismic experience and awareness. It has been usually seen as a negative state or attitude, which creates misunderstanding and hinders therapeutic change. Incongruence carries negative connotations: a sign of vulnerability, maladjustment, defensiveness, lack of awareness, unintentional withholding of inner experience, falseness or even deceit and distortion of the true response. Therapist incongruence has been considered a factor that can negatively impact therapeutic outcome.

The goal of this special issue is to promote better understanding of the personal, interpersonal and intrapersonal elements that affect the experience and manifestation of incongruence in a therapeutic encounter. We invite articles that address these aspects as they appear in theory, research, or practice. We hope to expand our understanding of what triggers or brings up incongruence in a therapeutic encounter and how clients and/or therapists experience and deal with such moments.

We particularly encourage the report of new qualitative or quantitative data or measures that concern this concept, and we welcome new theoretical formulations and models.
Submissions from all schools of PCE are highly encouraged.

All papers will undergo the usual peer-review process for PCEP articles, so revisions may be requested, and acceptance of submissions cannot be guaranteed.

Soti Grafanaki will be the guest editor for this special issue. She can be contacted at [sgrafanaki @] for more information.

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

Articles should be sent by 15th July, 2012, with no more than 7000 words (including references).

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

Looking forward in receiving your submission,

Soti Grafanaki, Ph.D
Saint Paul University

PCEP call for papers Incongruence