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2014 Conference Presentations (Archive)

Thursday 9am-10am

The Facilitative Personal Attitude: Rebranding

Alexander Orlov and Vlada Dvurechenskoja
Sunset Room


Community Counselors Aiming to Reduce Health Disparities

Panel with Christina Abassary, Wade Hannon
Marina Room

The core tenets of a person-centered counseling perspective are similar to the guiding principles of a complementary approach to research. The Community-Based Participatory Research model (CBPR) is outlined to provide counselors with an approach to research that will resonate with a person-centered theoretical framework. In order to improve health outcomes, Minkler and Wallerstein (2008) contended CBPR equitably draws upon the strengths of community members, organizational representatives, and researchers through a collaborative approach. Counselors, working from a community perspective identifying with a person-centered orientation, may find a new avenue to address prevention and research. Specifically, for counselors working in communities where prevention and research are aimed at reducing health disparities, counselors can work within a CBPR framework to form equitable and sustainable partnerships that complement the person-centered counseling perspective.

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Intent-Analysis Applied to the “Assisting” Intentions of Carl Rogers

Elena Kirillova
Pacific Room 

Intention of assisting the client in the sense of his own self, in the sense of reflection of self-relationship, searching for sense, establishing contact with his inner self, all this has a significant expression of psychotherapeutic speech of Carl Rogers. This is a report of our study of Rogers’ language use (and variations in his intentions-to-assist) during what we found as three epochs of his career.


Pinnacle: From My Memoirs

Suzanne Spector
Bayside Room

I led a group of Center for Studies people on a Person-Centered Journey to Russia in 1992. It was a follow-up to Rogers’ earlier visit, a time of tumult in Russia, and a personal and professional pinnacle of my life.

Thursday 10:30AM-11:30AM

Demonstration of the Open Case Setting: Person-Centered Attitudes Used in Time-Restricted Workshops (Part 1 of 2)

Renate Motschnig
Sunset Room

In the sphere of group-work, encounter groups are being recognized as one of the most potent inventions of the previous century. While not loosing any of their potency, at times they seem too risky and/or time consuming for the hasty pace of the new century. So the question arises: Is there a setting that emanates in person-centered attitudes and can be used in time-restricted workshops to result in a significant share of the (inter-)personal growth possible in person-centered encounter groups? In this demonstration the "open case" setting (developed within the iCom project at the University of Vienna) is presented and its preconditions, benefits, and limitations are elaborated.Emotional Intelligence: What it Means and How it is Essential to Effective Client-Centered Work with Clients, Whether as a Therapist, Coach or Consultant.


Integration of Migrants Through Communication Training and Facilitation of Language Acquisition Connecting to Your Language Learning Abilities - Focusing
(Part 1 of 2)

Kjell Ribert
Pacific Room

Lecture and Workshop: Integra-migrant program, integration of migrants, collegues and their leaders - through facilitation of language acquisition requirements: a communication training for all parties involved.


The Failure of Complex Systems; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to the Rescue?

Henry Chiu
Bayside Room

In the past decade, we have witness the failures of two complex systems that were thought failure proof. The financial crisis of 2008 and Fukushima. In both cases, very complex systems designed with what was thought of as fault tolerant safeguards failed. On reflection these failures were magnified the human response at the moment of crisis. As systems become endowed with greater and greater complexity, the management structures and strategies for securing them must evolve. Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help?


Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm

Demonstration of the Open Case Setting: Person-Centered Attitudes Used in Time-Restricted Workshops Part 2

Renate Motschnig
Sunset Room


Person Centered Art Education

Elizabeth Wepsic
Marina Room

How is Carl Rogers’ being-present in the conversations between students and their art teachers regarding the sharing, exploration, and evaluation of art?
Art, like any subject can be taught in a traditional way, with focus on the teacher, students at their seats, and a lecture being given. However, when the environment encourages young artists to trust and develop their own creative expression, it can be a powerful, life-changing place. This hands-on presentation will take you through the journey of an art educator, as she learns to develop a student centered teaching philosophy. Participants will also be engaged in art making activity that demonstrates how art can be used as a tool for self-awareness and empowerment. Artistic skill is not necessary, materials will be provided, and fun will be had.


Integration of Migrants Through Communication Training and Facilitation of Language Acquisition Connecting to Your Language Learning Abilities - Focusing Part 2

Kjell Ribert
Pacific Room


Personal Knowledge: Important Moments of Personal Learning at the Center for Studies
of the Person

Jere Moorman
Bayside Room

Memories and reflections of Carl Rogers and CSP from 1975 to the present.

Thursday Evening

The Impact of Carl Rogers and the Person-Centered Approach on Armed Conflict:
“The Troubles,” in Northern Ireland

Pat Rice

Carl and the Person Centered Approach as we used it to enter into that conflict in Ireland and the impact it had and may still be having.

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Friday 9am-10am

Exploring The Core Person-Centered Approach Conditions

Antonio Monteiro dos Santos
Sunset Room

An overview of the core conditions, the importance of understanding the self and the Self in the context of the core conditions. Why sometimes do these core conditions seem to work and other times not? : what to do about it and characteristics of when the core conditions are working at its best.


Person-Centered Approach - from Intervention to Integration

Sandi Wong, Ph.D.
Marina Room

Discover how PCA has been successfully integrated in three diverse contexts:

  • Corporations (global leadership development and team building, organizational change, vision and strategy deployment; the ways we've incorporated PCA in our consulting work with corporations in the past 30 years: in strategy development, in training & in Executive coaching).
  • Marketing communication research (educating clients, designing and conducting research among Asian consumers; how PCA is applied in my work as a Director of Asian Marketing Communication Research).
  • In my current "energy healing" services (as a Reiki Master-Teacher for patients and staff at Stanford Hospital and as an Advanced BodyTalk Practitioner).

Creating Person Centered Communities—How Can We Take PCA From The Textbook Into Society?

Ray DeLagrave
Pacific Room

For the past 10 years I have taught PCA skills to parents in the Latino Community in San Diego. I would like to share the results of these workshops and open a larger discussion of this and other ways that we can create societies in which relationships are grounded in the Person Centered Approach.


Downshifting

Anna Paukova
Bayside Room

I would like to discuss phenomenon of downshifting from the point of view of a Person-Centered Approach.


Friday 10:30am-11:30am

Panel: The African-American Experience and the Person-Centered Approach (Part 1 of 2)

Norman Chambers
Sunset Room

Participants will have an opportunity to observe and to interact with persons, students, interns, staff members, and others, who have been involved in the Carl Rogers Institute of Psychotherapy, Training, and Supervision.

Presenters will reflect on their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors to include both those related to their personal transformations, as well as, those related to their increased social awareness and their increased social involvements / contributions.


Working Together: Resolving Conflict Between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Approaches

Keynan Hobbs
Marina Room

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Approaches are often seen as being at odds with one another. The practitioner using both approaches in work with clients can experience inner conflict regarding fidelity to one model or the other, and many perceive inequalities in how the models are valued by consumers and billing practices. This presentation and discussion will work toward Personal understandings of this conflict, and Personal resolutions.


Carl Rogers in the Classroom: University-Level Education and the Person-Centered Approach
(Part 1 of 2)

Panel with Jay Downing, Renate Motschnig, Andres Escallon, Antonio Monteiro dos Santos
Pacific Room

 How does the “assessment culture” norm help or hinder the application of the PCA in the university classroom? If one reads the original student-centered teaching work, assessment is derided and heavily criticized. Is it useful to think of using past and present research findings to challenge the assessment norm via new writing? Does it make more sense to “package” the PCA in the college classroom to fit into the currently dominant assessment culture, while maintaining integrity of the approach?


Dharma-Based Person-Centered Approach (Part 1 of 2)

Kazuo Yamashita
Bayside Room

This is a growing approach comes from deep connection between Shin-Buddhism and person-centered approach. I will discuss about how both are connected within myself.

Friday 11:30am-12:30pm

Panel: The African-American Experience and the Person-Centered Approach (Part 2)

Norman Chambers
Sunset Room


Emotional Intelligence: What It Means and How It Is Essential To Effective Client-Centered Work With Clients, Whether As a Therapist, Coach or Consultant.

Jeanne Cherbeneau
Marina Room

Whether you are a therapist or a coach or consultant working in organizational settings, it is essential to have honed your own Emotional Intelligence and skills to work with clients effectively in an effort to increase your clients' Emotional Intelligence and skills in managing their own lives and relationships effectively. We will be exploring the basic areas identified as composing Emotional Intelligence and its relevance to effective Client-Centered approaches, i.e., your and your clients' Personal Competence, Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Competence, Social Awareness and Relationship Management.


Carl Rogers in the Classroom: University-Level Education and the Person-Centered Approach (Part 2)

Panel with Jay Downing, Renate Motschnig, Andres Escallon, Antonio Monteiro dos Santos
Pacific Room


Dharma-based Person-Centered Approach (Part 2)

Kazuo Yamashita
Bayside Room

Friday Evening

Reminiscences of Carl Rogers: Working with him in the 1970’s and 1980’s

Gay Barfield

I would simply like to reminisce (and dialogue of course) about Carl; working with him, the principles practiced among us, the high point eras of immense creativity at CSP in the 1970s and 1980s, the social implications of our work, and hopes for PCA in the future.

Saturday 9:00AM-10:00AM

Motivational Interviewing: An Evolution of the Person-Centered Approach

William R. Miller
Sunset Room

Motivational interviewing is a widely-used and evidence-based counseling style that grew directly from the work of Carl Rogers. Bill Miller, who introduced this method in 1983, will describe ways in which it may overlap with or differ from a classic person-centered style and will briefly summarize current theory and research on this approach.


Discussion on the similarities between Spirituality and Person-Centered Approach

Panel with Ray De Lagrave
Marina Room

In this panel I would like to address two themes: the relationship between Person-Centered practice and outcomes and spiritual practice; and the benefits of a transpersonal approach - one that embodies body, mind and spirit as compared to more traditional psychotherapeutic approaches that focus only on the mind. Other panelists and audience members may have other themes they would like to add or weave into the panel.


Bruce Meador’s Psychology of Rhymes: The Inside and Out of Poetry

Bruce Meador
Pacific Room

Bruce reads his original poetry which tugs at our humorous, wistful, and memorial heartstrings. He invites audience response.


How Carl Rogers’ Ideas Come True in Contemporary Theories of Leadership

Wladamir Stroh
Bayside Room

If we carefully analyze the latest concept of leadership, then we can easily "identify" the ideas of Carl Rogers. For example, individualized consideration as the element of transformational leadership is the degree to which the leader attends to each follower's needs, and listens to the follower's concerns and needs. The leader gives empathy and support, keeps communication open and places challenges before the followers

Saturday 10:30am-11:30am

Therapy through the Unconditional: Demonstration and Discussion

Bob Lee
Sunset Room

As We (Self) more and more frequently choose the unconditional state of Mind, both our perceptions and attitudes about the world change, for a clear and precise distinction is made between the conditional mind and the unconditioned Mind: conditional projections make conditional perceptions; unconditional extensions produce unconditional perceptions. With the unconditional state of Mind’s meaning now being extended from our Mind, We come to demonstrate, realize, and recognize that Our Thinking and Perception of the world that unconditionally we see has radically changed. Ironically, everything is as it was before, except we now perceive it in a real way. Cause and effect are one; source and idea are not separated. This means, then, that the cause of all of our distress and disturbance does not lie outside of us, but rather lies in the mind that we choose. Nothing outside ourselves can save us; and nothing outside ourselves can hurt us. We choose the mind with which we are going to see and live in the world. That is all.

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Bullying, Scapegoating and School Violence (Part 1 of 2)

Jacqueline Hicks
Marina Room

A 2 Hour Mini-Workshop and discussion. A FishBowl of current teachers will be facilitated using PCA to handle the most difficult student behaviors. You will be able to observe a process where teachers are learning about PCA while exploring a hot topic which affects them directly in their own work lives.


Carl Rogers: Management and Leadership (Part 1 of 2)

Ernest Meadows
Pacific Room

I propose to talk about the way I saw Carl, my point of view and biases. I propose to trace the beginnings of his general model.


The Concept of Freedom in the Person Centered Approach

Ernesto Rivera
Bayside Room

Where is Carl Rogers? From an anthropological perspective of the Person-Centered Approach, the importance of the concept of existential freedom is seen in the trust maintained towards basic human nature when allowed to function freely and constructively.

Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm

Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Survivor’s Spouses: Transcending Tragedy

Elva Hoxie
Sunset Room

A critical review of the literature on brain injury shows there are not successful medical interventions due to the complexity of brain function and the negative affects damage to this vital organ has on the survivor’s personality. Yet meaningful and supportive relationships can contribute to the TBI survivor’s coping and rehabilitation process, as well as the spouse.

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Bullying, Scapegoating and School Violence Part 2

Jacqueline Hicks
Marina Room


Carl Rogers: Management and Leadership Part 2

Ernest Meadows
Pacific Room


Person-Centered Approach, Mindfulness and Compassion

Antonio Monteiro dos Santos
Bayside Room

Mindfulness and compassion has been a hot topic in psychology and psychotherapy. These terms comes from Buddhist Psychology and are deeply related to the principles taught by Carl Rogers. I will examine this relationship, the implications for the practitioner of PCA and how their core meanings are deeply interconnected, some neuroscientific evidence about these terms supporting PCA´s practice, and how being aware of them helps the PCA practitioner.

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