Welcome to Center for the Studies of the Person
We are a face-to-face community of people for whom the Person Centered Approach plays an important role in our personal and professional lives – as a way of Being and of doing. Our commitment is to maintain/build/create an environment where each of us can be heard, where we can be fully ourselves, where we accept and embrace each other as we are.
Latest News & Events
- CSP Monthly Community Meetings
Held at our La Jolla Offices – 1150 Silverado – on the third Thursday of each month, from 6PM to 8:30PM. All who are interested in interacting with our community and learning more about us are invited to attend.
A time to be listened to and heard, a time for sharing and exploring.CSP Monthly Community Meeting
1150 Silverado, La Jolla, CA.
- Carl Rogers Annual Birthday Conference
The Center for Studies of the Person invites you, as a member of the PCA community and as someone who has made PCA a key part of your personal or professional life
to participate in:
- A celebration of Carl Rogers' life
- A review of how far PCA has come
- An analysis of where PCA is now
- A discussion of new perspectives for the future
- An opportunity to create our vision for the future
- The La Jolla Program
Seven days and seven nights, eleven waterfalls, a beautiful environment for a time of personal growth and discovery.
The next La Jolla Program will be August 12th to August 18th, 2013. The tuition which includes all meals and room is $960.00 double, $1200.00 single occupancy. We will meet at Silver Falls, Oregon. This is truly a beautiful part of the world. Also, comfortable and excellent meals.
- Carl R. Rogers Memorial Library
Carl R. Rogers Memorial Library is an archive in video and print format of work by Carl Rogers and Center for Studies of the Person colleagues. Most of our holdings are works produced from 1960 through the present. Library print and video products are available for purchase.
- Conflict Transformation Project
Sometimes on our way to a goal we get stuck, unable to move through differences between ourselves and others who are pursuing their own ends. Conflict Transformations is a non-profit group aiming to facilitate people in innovative, creative relationships and conversations. We help people to use conflict rather than be driven by it as they try to work together and follow their own best choices.
- Transformational Leadership & Communication
The Program for Transformational Community Leadership and Communication has been in existence for over three years. Its initial focus has been on developing leaders in the Latino community in the San Diego area.
The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Monopoly Gives Way
Revolution in Swedish Mental Health Practice: The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Monopoly Gives Way
Over the last decade, Sweden, like most Western countries, embraced the call for “evidence-based practice.” Socialstyrelsen, the country’s National Board of Health and Welfare, developed and disseminated a set of guidelines (“riktlinger”) for mental health practice. Topping the list of methods was, not surprisingly, cognitive-behavioral therapy.
The Swedish State took the list seriously, restricting payment for training of clinicians and treatment of clients to cognitive behavioral methods. In the last three years, a billion Swedish crowns were spent on training clinicians in CBT. Another billion was spent on providing CBT to people with diagnoses of depression and anxiety. No funding was provided for training or treatment in other methods.
The State’s motives were pure: use the best methods to decrease the number of people who become disabled as result of depression and anxiety. Like other countries, the percentage of people in Sweden who exit the work force and draw disability pensions has increased dramatically. As a result, costs skyrocketed. Even more troubling, far too many became permanently disabled.
The solution? Identify methods which have scientific support, or what some called, “evidence-based practice.” The result? Despite substantial evidence that all methods work equally well, CBT became the treatment of choice throughout the country. In point of fact, CBT became the only choice…