Carl Rogers
Annual Conference

Finding inner strength, connection and opportunity in times of crisis

Presentations, Demonstrations and Discussions

Just about how important are the 6 conditions, when life turns me all around

Martin Armbrust

When life experience comes down to difficulties described below, it is a gift to get truthful, warm, unconditional acceptance from a present, congruent, empathic human being in a reliable relationship which is perceived as helpful.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), The Enneagram, Archetypes, Psychic Grids and the Person-Centered Approach

Patrick Howley

This will be an Encounter Group with the focus on the following questions:

  • What is my personality type?
  • How does my personality affect my way of being?
  • How does my personality type effect how I facilitate?
  • How I do counseling or psychotherapy?
  • What happens when I work with people who have a very different type than me?
  • Does it make any difference at all?
  • Should it make a difference?

The PCA and Social Psychology, Points of Contact, Collaboration, and Growth

Jay Downing

The Person-Centered Approach (PCA) is a theory of psychotherapy, personality, and human relationships that begs to be examined through the lens of the field of social psychology. Social psychology has been defined as the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual imagined, or implied presence of others (Allport, 1998).

In my presentation and group discussion I will introduce areas of contact between the PCA and the field of social psychology. From individual and group psychotherapy, reducing discrimination, prejudice, and human aggression, as well as promoting prosocial behavior many possibilities for research and application exist when thinking about the PCA through a set of social psychological lenses.

Transforming Lives and Revitalizing Relationships – Learn how to turn relationships around through PCA

Antonio Santos

If there are conflicts, frequent discussions, lack of regular intimacy, drag to see your partner, constant fighting, infidelity, problems with drugs and alcohol, and problems getting along, this lecture is for you. Learn how to nurture your relationships with a family member, boyfriend, girlfriend, and friends. Take care of your relationships, and do not allow your relationships to take care of you because you will lose control of it. Relationship problems are costly, be it psychologically, financially, emotionally, besides being devasted to all involved. Increase your self-knowledge and communication skills; reawaken empathy, compassion and inner strength to build strong and constructive relationships.

The Person-Centered Approach and positive psychology applied as:

  • Relationships
  • Three fundamental conditions for the growth of the relationship
  • The phases through which all relations go
  • Reawakening emotional intelligence
  • Relaxation
  • Meditation and the importance of prayers
  • The importance of forgiveness and compassion
  • How to listen actively and empathetically
  • How they are formed as relationships
  • A weekly meeting

The Practical Philosophy of Baruch Spinoza and Therapeutic Presence

Claudio Rud
Spinoza defines the whole as an absolutely interconnected, unique and current universe.   He names it as a “single substance”, synonymous with God or Nature. In this way it clearly departs from Cartesian dualism, (which recognizes two separate substances: res cogitan and extensive res) that is still present today with consequences in scientific thought and in our daily life.

Man belongs to that same immanent order; it is no longer a question of thinking of man as an empire within another empire, with a privileged place in the cosmos, but of considering it as one more way between the different modes in which the single substance is expressed.

We can no longer conceive of ourselves as individualities, but as an expression of relationships, knots of a larger plot. In this way it falls, another of the dualisms, consequence of the dichotomous thought: the idea that the other and I, are separate individualities. From the immanence, we understand as the other and I are different expressions of the same substance and that difference does not imply separation, but rather inevitable mutual involvement and mutual potency.

When we affirm that we are plot, expressive knots in movement and constant transformation, we also affirm that when we are facing another in the office, we are being there mutually constituted, there is in the encounter a radical, reciprocal, inevitable mutuality, which we name constitutive or radical reciprocity.  We are there, being another versus another, we constitute each other in that present. All our power that is, all we can in the here and now, is expressed there, in communion with the power of the other… In this sense, psychotherapy for us occurs in a common, full and intense space, where the body and soul, participate simultaneously, does not occur only in an intersubjective space. Inter-corporeity is inseparable from intersubjectivity.

From the ACP, therapeutic presence is not something that the therapist DOES, but is something that happens within that mutual involvement, within that expressive plot that is the therapeutic encounter. Therefore, we are not talking about two presences that add up but a single one that expresses itself.

The Journey from Face-to-Face Counseling for the Elderly, towards a digital experience

Carolina Werba

I will share the Fundación Espacios de Escucha experiences through the diverse practices we have been implementing during this challenging period.

Moodie: An Innovative Tool that supports the Therapeutic Process

Richard Wilson

Moodie, created in 2016 with Michael Sandalis, is a Discovery of the inner potential of the individual. It allows the therapist to see the correlations between routines (actions or activities we take) and our mood. The goal is to support the therapists, providing unique insights from client’s application inputs, which in turn helps understand the client better. Moodie aims to be a revolutionary adjunctive delivery vehicle for evidence-based treatment protocols and does not aim to replace or disrupt the current healthcare system.

The Person Centered Approach and Humanity

Barbara Williams, Heather Williams

We will read a paper which covers Carl Rogers and the person centered approach influence on social change, peace, activism, revolution and environment. The paper is designed to help people be aware of the significance and positivity of these dynamics. Suggestions are given on how people can use these dynamics for positive change. The paper also includes the importance of working with children.

We will show a PowerPoint presentation to give an example of how we use the person centered approach with children to help them be aware of the environment, appreciate differences and diversity, to be creative, have high self-confidence and be resilient. 

Person-Centered Therapy with a Chinese Client

Jin Wu

PCA parenting – Find a better way through the dark forest of raising children

Kelly Falvy, Antonio M dos Santos

Parenting has been something we do, based on our experience as children and as a parent. Frequently, young people see themselves as a parent without having a clue about it. And most of us start as a parent unconsciously assuming and believing that we know how to do it, and we keep repeating old mistakes and sometimes damaging children.

  • What is PCA parenting?
  • Is it possible and desirable to parent children from the PCA perspective?
  • What is to be a conscious PCA parent?
  • How do you set limits?
  • How has your family experienced PCA during the pandemic?
  • What challenges and gifts have public health closures (working and schooling from home) provided to your family?
  • How have you responded?

What does it mean and feel like to be discriminated against?

Leon Yang

The post-bariatric-surgery recovery process for people with severe obesity demonstrates specificity and ambivalence. Patients’ interpretation of their obesity predicament was an experience in which they faced up to the challenge of weight loss surgery, and this became the basis for postoperative recovery. The preoperative decision-making time and the integrity of the decisions provided sufficient information and cases for a reference.

Person—centered approach to the prevention of professional burnout of specialists in the social sphere

Marina Zhiguling

The study confirmed the influence of the level of the ‘Fully Functioning Person’ on the level of professional burnout of social sphere specialist. The paper presents the results of work to prevent professional burnout using a person-centered approach and methods based on it, with a group of workers who were identified as having professional burnout. The results show that, compared with the control group, the participants in the experimental group had a decrease in the level of professional burnout, and the results achieved remained after 6 months.

Biosynergy—Linking Our Consciousness with The Living Earth

Anthony Rose

We must get this right! Civilization and the Biosphere are depending on us. To link our consciousness with the Living Earth is to enact the most profound, perilous, and vitally important connections we humans have. Humanity’s return to reverent personal synergy with the rest of nature (biosynergy) is a crucial and necessary first step towards avoiding plagues, reducing human overpopulation, reversing global warming and chaos, halting extinctions, saving embattled ecosystems and societies, and healing the planet.

As Person-Centered Practitioners, we know the uplifting powers of reverence, authenticity, and compassion. By uniting with the distinct and common powers of personhood in each living organism, we can recover our indigenous capacity to venerate and collaborate with wildlife and nature, thus converting human civilization from an architect of deadly Bio-dominance to an enabler of life enriching Biosynergy

Hello Neighbor: Carl and Fred Rogers and a Process of Person-Centered Mentorship

Matthew Bolton

Although professionally unaware of each other, Carl and Fred Rogers had much–including religious upbringings, early career interests in child well-being, and primary aspects of their philosophies on life and human potential–in common. Carl Rogers became one of the most influential American psychologists to date, in formulating person-centered approaches to psychotherapy and life, and as a children’s television host Fred Rogers was–and has remained, in the eyes of generations of kids and adults alike over the last 50 some-odd years–in many ways perhaps the most exemplary late 20th century embodiment of Carl Rogers’ proposed way of being.

Here, I–a mentor to motivated students in the meteorological and psychological sciences, and others in wider life–discuss my discovery of the person-centered approach, via childhood exposure to Fred Rogers; and provide perspective on the ways the person-centered approach can be utilized to foster more effective and meaningful mentorship and learning-based relationships.

Spirituality, Person-Centered, and the Deep Connections We Make With Each Other

Ray DeLagrave, Patrick Howley

This is an Encounter for PCA people who are attracted to spiritual practices. There seems to be a complementary/mirroring in values between Spirituality and PCA. Counseling, Psychotherapy, Encounter, are all tools for opening our knowledge of our selves – the psychological dimension. Meditation opens up a path to Wisdom and knowing of our Selves -the spiritual dimension. Psychological development, meditation and other spiritual practices, for some, are different paths. For others they are almost the same path. This is an opportunity to share some of our direct experiences that we have had in our Psycho/Spiritual journey.

  • How can we best integrate our person-centered approach with our quest for spiritual development?
  • What does it mean to “Wake Up”, “Grow Up”, “Open Up”, “Clear Up”, “Clean Up”?  Do these lead me to “Showing Up”where more of me is available to me and to the people I interact with in the present moment? By  “Showing Up” am I more whole, more “self-actualized”, more “fully functioning”, more “congruent”?
  • Does a person-centered way of being lead to a deeper spiritual life? Does a deep spiritual life lead us to being more spiritual?
  • Is there a difference between awareness of self and knowledge of self?
  • Is there a Self who can simply be a Witness of my ordinary, manifested self?
  • Is our true identity Ray & Pat, or as Ken Wilber has suggested, “a case of mistaken identity”? Is our true identity One of Spirit?

These are just some of the questions that Ray and Pat have for each other and hope that you will have answers to so that we can be more at peace in life!!!!!!

Bonus Presentations!

Congruence as a foundation for love: An open discussion

Discussion Led By Mark Harrison

An open discussion considering a definition of love in terms of openness to the experiencing of others and of the world, and then to a congruence with David Bohm’s concept of the wholeness or oneness of existence.

COVID-19- Insights and Challenges: A Person-Centered and Spiritual Perspective

Nicola M. Richter

Covid-19 has for most of 2020 dominated the headlines, social media stories and many personal communications. It presents practitioners of any persuasion with the challenge of wanting to understand the clients world, wanting to be of help, whilst actually being in that very world oneself, maybe needing help oneself. I would like to share and hope to hear from our person-centred community about that which happens after the challenges: what have we learned about life, about ourselves and about our clients and from our clients? One key aspect for me and others I encountered: going inside, being quiet can be tremendously beautiful – if we don’t judge, if we have empathy with ourselves, if we are real with ourselves, genuine. Lets explore together if Covid-19 is more than an unwanted ‘monster’, maybe we can together transform it to an invitation to self-actualisation?!

Format: interactive presentation for us to dialogue, self-inquire and enrich each other.

From Exclusion to Inclusion

Carlos Mario Velez (Presented in Spanish with English Translation)

I describe personal, therapeutic and professional experience evolving from mental, emotional and interpersonal marginalization toward the consciousness and awareness of one’s proper presence, participation and connection with humanity, the vitality of the spiritual universe. This includes the integration of profound Empathy with Transactional Analysis, Rebirth, Transgenerational Psychology and Spirituality. It also includes reflection about the importance of not stigmatizing oneself or others with diagnostic labels—a great offering from Carl Rogers. We are dealing with liberating, not with condemning. If time permits we can also look at experience on the internet as a recourse for connection, service and reaching out to the other from the heart.


Carlos Mario Vélez (Presented in Spanish with English Translation)

“Hay un momento en la vida en que tienes más preguntas que respuestas y podrías llegar a la experiencia de quedarte sin preguntas sintiendo que eres una fuente de respuestas.”

Cuestionamientos Personales y Profesionales:

  • ¿Puede una persona cambiar de ser un introvertido, aislado, carente de atención y con gran susceptibilidad emocional enfocada a la invaloración?
  • ¿Es posible encontrar una ayuda que acompañe en la liberación, que no rotule, que no estigmatice con categorías diagnósticas?
  • ¿Hay libros que pueden ayudar a encontrar el camino, a una persona perdida y sumida en la ignorancia y en la incomprensión de sus propias oscuridades?
  • ¿En citas de psicoterapia es posible tomar la decisión de ser quién se es,  liberándose de lo que no es?
  • ¿Existen patrones transgeneracionales, prenatales e infantiles que causan el aislamiento y la exclusión? ¿Estos patrones se pueden cambiar?
  • ¿La exclusión es un patrón mental? ¿Se puede cambiar?
  • ¿Es posible integrar la empatía profunda para ayudar a la identificación de los patrones inconscientes y facilitar la experiencia de la autonomía para vivir?
  • ¿Es posible alcanzar niveles de energía positiva superiores, con sensación de creatividad y satisfacción personal por abrirte a ti mismo y a quienes te rodean?
  • ¿Es posible poner la propia presencia al servicio de la consciencia, de la vida y del amor?
  • ¿Es posible trascender la mentalidad local y abrirse a la comunidad planetaria aprovechando la internet? ¿Es posible comunicarse para crear conexiones, vínculos y relaciones con el corazón y al servicio del bienestar de todos los seres vivientes?

La respuesta a todas estas preguntas es ¡SI!

Este es el testimonio viviente de Carlos Mario Vélez, siendo beneficiario de la Consejería, la Terapia Centrada en el cliente, y estudioso apasionado del Enfoque centrado en la persona de Carl Rogers. Desde sus inicios y a través de los años en su desempeño profesional evolucionando de la vocación a la formación. De la formación a la dedicación y el compromiso. Y del compromiso a la consagración.

Eterna gratitud para Carl Rogers y sus colaboradores.