1st Annual Leaderless Encounter Group NYC


Thursday February 27, 2020 at 6pm -to- Sunday March 1, 2020 at 4pm

Sponsored by Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies North America & the New York Person-Centered Resource Center

Fundamental to the work of the psychologist Carl Rogers, the Person-Centered Approach, and other forms of experiential psychotherapy is the “Encounter Group.” Encounter Groups are a special kind of group experience with no leader, few rules, and no predetermined agenda. One of the basic ideals of the Encounter Group is that members share the responsibilities and privileges of leadership within the group and each member grows to become an equal facilitator within the group experience.

To be located in or around New York City, this 1st annual weekend-long encounter group will be leaderless and is open to mental health professional, students, academics and other interested professionals. The size of this group is unlimited and we hope to accommodate every interested participant. Admission is free but the exact location will be determined once group size is confirmed. We may ask for donations to help cover the cost of the meeting space. Housing is self-determined and should allow for access to New York City or the surrounding areas. Housing coordination is available if needed.

To attend please email: nypcrc@gmail.com or call: 212-989-6086

Carl Rogers in an Encounter Group

Carl Rogers in an Encounter Group

About Groups

Fundamental to the practice of the Person-Centered Approach is a form of Group Therapy referred to as “Encounter Groups.” Encounter Groups are a special kind of group therapy where there are no "leaders," few rules, and no predetermined agenda. Our team does act as facilitators of the encounter process, but, ideally each member grows to become an equal facilitator and so our presence, over time, becomes unnoticeable. There is a long and complex history regarding encounter groups and we feel these groups are, if organized properly, the most powerful form of therapy that exists today. One of the basic components of an Encounter Group is that members share the responsibilities and privileges of leadership within the group. Although Encounter Groups may have facilitators, each group member is seen as equal to all other group members, and no person should have more power than any other should in the group.

Site Specific Person-Centered Groups

We offer a wide range of fee-based and site-specific groups and encounter groups for large and small groups such as businesses, organizations, and families. These groups can be one-time or ongoing, and are designed to meet the specific needs of the group requesting the service. Because of our organizational structure, we are able to meet the needs of many different kinds of groups who are looking for new, progressive, and sustaining ways to accomplish conflict resolution.