JULY 20 - 24, 2016



Welcome to the 12th World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling conference, to be held at the CUNY Graduate Center here in New York City!

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 The PCE 2016 conference will feature keynote addresses, a variety of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, small groups, encounter groups, professional development, as well as social and tourism related activities.  All contributions have been carefully selected by the program committee on the basis of at least two peer reviews.

Here is a PDF version of our conference program and schedule (A-Final, B-Final5).  

*Please note we are offering the program as a developing draft document, so please be aware that newer/edited drafts will be released leading up to the conference.

There will be a two day pre-conference workshop on Motivational Interviewing located at the Columbia University School of Social Work. This two-day workshop will be led by MI founder William Miller. Social Work CE credits will be offered at this workshop through Columbia University. The La Jolla Program encounter group has been canceled as of 6/28/16.

We are pleased to announce that the conference will begin with on July 20, 2016 from 9am to 2pm  with Motivational Interviewing in Groups: Theory and Practice with Chris Wagner at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Participation is free for PCE 2016 registrants and $100 for others.

The theme for the 2016 PCE conference is: Integrity, Interdisciplinarity, and Innovation. Following the theme we hope you will recognize our attempts to plan this conference with innovation. Look around the site and you will see we are doing things differently, hoping to align our egalitarian beliefs with our conference practices. In particular we are working to make this conference affordable and accessible to students and young professionals around the world. To this end we are facilitating a global network of barter, exchange, trade and giving to help make this conference more accessible for participants from all backgrounds.  Please join our Facebook event dedicated to Barter, Exchange, and Giving.  

We are saddened by the loss of Dr. Natalie Rogers (daughter of Carl Rogers) who passed away on October 17, 2015. Natalie was a constant supporter of this conference and because of her we have chosen the 1924 photo of Carl Rogers, his wife Helen, and their Model T Ford automobile traveling to New York City as a symbol for our conference. Rogers, full of hope and idealism, found in New York City a deeper understanding of his spiritual beliefs and a love for psychology, which would change his life forever. To honor the life and work of Dr. Natalie Rogers, we will host a special presentation given by her official biographer, Dr. Sue Ann Herron. This presentation will include a video addresses prepared by Natalie prior to her death. 

And, for our second special presentation, Dr. Eugene Gendlin, founder of Focusing Oriented Therapy, will receive a lifetime achievement award. Our Planning Committee has been in consistent contact with the New York based Focusing Institute and we have made regular visits to sit with Dr. Gendlin at his home and discuss the conference. Dr. Gendlin is very excited about the coming conference and we are hoping that his health will remain in a state that he can attend and receive this award in person. At our last face-to-face meeting Dr. Gendlin seemed inspired by the chance to come and receive this award and have, as he stated, a “scientific” engagement with the conference participants. Additionally, to honor Dr. Gendlin, two of his colleagues, Lynn Preston and Dr. Kevin Krycka will speak about his life and work, especially in relation to Carl Rogers and the connection between Focusing Oriented Therapy and the Person-Centered Approach.

Regarding tourism, we have ideas for exciting, unique, and personalized plans for exploring New York City. Please contact us at nypcrc@gmail.com.  Our main social event will be a sightseeing boat and land tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island followed by a picnic in Battery Park City. This tour will depart from Lower Manhattan on Sunday morning, July 24th. Following these tours there will be an open air picnic in a Battery Park City, just to the left of the tour dock exit. The picnic site will offer amazing views of the State of Liberty as well as New York Harbor, and will be a wonderful way to close the conference in a relaxed and personal picnic setting. Please be aware that as of July 1st the on-site food package and the tickets to the State of Liberty and Ellis Island will no longer be available. We must close these purchases in advance of the conference because they both require advanced preparations. You can still purchase participation in the Sunday Social event after July 1st but it will not include tickets for the boat tours (only lunch).

Connect with us and learn more on our Facebook conference page!

More developments to come...


PCE 2016 Planning Committee

nypcrc@gmail.com  |  nypcrc.org/pce2016


July 20-24, 2016
New York City, NY, USA

PCE 2016 Welcome
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