CSP 50th Anniversary
Book Available:

More Info / Purchase


Sign up to our Mailing List:



2017 Conference Info

2016 Carl Rogers Anual Conference


The 2017 Carl Rogers Annual Conference


From Connectivity to Connection - Using Dialogue and Engagement to Shift Paradigms

January 25-28, 2017
San Diego, California

Our theme for 2016 — From Connectivity to Connection - Using Dialogue and Engagement to Shift Paradigms— Our theme is particularly apt for our era and should raise interesting issues for discussion and analysis:

  • Does the technological connectivity which is changing the way we communicate preclude connection at a deeper level?
    • How can we use it to facilitate connection?
  • To what extent can we use dialogue and engagement to shift the paradigms we find around us?
  • Can we harness the power of connectivity to help create the paradigm shifts that interest us?
  • In what ways can person centered approaches help us accomplish these goals? What can they tell us about the obstacles to achieving them?

We will continue with the mix of activities that was so highly prized by participants at our 2016 Conference by providing a balance between:

  • The opportunity to:
    • Connect
    • Encounter, and be in
    • Community
  • The ability to
    • Present and share ideas
    • Hear and learn from others’ experiences
    • Reignite and recharge their commitment to PCA
    • Create or find resources and a Person Centered support system of other practitioners of person centered approaches
  • The conference format, which will be a mix of
    • Small groups
    • Large groups – meetings of the entire community
    • Keynote presentations by respected members of the person centered community
  • Presentations, demonstrations and discussions conducted by the individual participants
  • New this year will be topic-based small and large group discussions about how we can shift the paradigms that interest us using the tools at our disposal.

Our process will create opportunities to:

  • Inspire and be inspired
  • Explore, create and shape our own legacy and that of person centered approaches
  • Craft our vision and develop our road map for the future.
  • Make the conference a force for social, personal and interpersonal change and development

We welcome the participation and contributions of practitioners of person centered approaches and from other Humanistic modalities, as well as those who were influenced by Rogers but practice other approaches in psychology. The integration - now or in the future - in Humanistic psychology between Rogers and other person centered approachesand other orientations can provide rich ground for exploration and interaction.



San Diego is blessed with a Mediterranean climate – a welcome respite for visitors from northern climes.

We have moved our venue to the Holiday Inn Bayside, with its attractive setting facing the waterfront in San Diego's Point Loma. The hotel offers comfortable meeting facilities, attractive rooms at discounted rates, an exceptional location 5 minutes from the airport and in close walking distance to a number of dining and recreation options. Additional venue info here.

The hotel has provided us with a special pricing package for conference attendees: Its recently remodeled double rooms for $119 per night plus tax; upgraded rooms are available in the new wing at $20 more. BOOK NOW!


Keynote Speaker

David Ryback is co-author of the recently released book, Transforming Communication in Leadership and Teamwork: Person-Centered Innovations, and several other books, including Putting Emotional Intelligence to Work, ConnectAbility, Psychology of Champions, Secrets of a Zen Millionaire and over 60 professional articles and innumerable book reviews in such publications as Psychology Today among others.  He was associate editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and book editor for the American Journal of Family Therapy.  He has also done research and published on such topics as perception affected by mind-set, emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, scholastic achievement, and enlightened management.


Wednesday Only Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Wednesday Times Wednesday, 1/25 Thursday, Friday, Saturday Times Thursday, 1/26/17 Friday, 1/27/17 Saturday, 1/28/17
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CONFERENCE REGISTRATION 8:30 - 10:30 AM Small Group Encounter Small Group Encounter Small Group Encounter
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Welcome, conference objectives and overview; Jay Downing update on the "unconcealed caring" response to the legal carry of concealed weapons on his university campus; large group dicsussion and share 10:30 - 11:00 AM BREAK BREAK BREAK
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PRESENTATIONS:
- Mathew White
- Jeff Leonardi
- David Ryback
- Bob Lee
- Kazuo Yamashita
- Venya Kopachnikov
- Marcia Tassinari
Ana Maria Arruda
Paul Diaconescu
- Sophie Muller
- Karissa Burnett
- Antonio Santos
GROUP DISCUSSION - PCA Outreach to Future Generations
- Sophie Muller facilitator
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM BREAK 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM BREAK BREAK BREAK
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Anthony Rose: Beyond Humanism: Actualizing Biosynergy In A Person-Centered World 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION - Presentations And Paradigm Shifts LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION - Presentations And Paradigm Shifts LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION - Presentations And Paradigm Shifts
- David Ryback
How Carl Rogers changed my life - and yours: a paradigm shift into the current global culture
7:30 - 9:00 PM LARGE GROUP - Community Meeting and Encounter LARGE GROUP - Community Meeting and Encounter CLOSING EVENT - Large Group Meeting, Community and Encounter
WEDNESDAY - Afternoon
Jay Downing Jay Downing: Jay will provide us via a video update the status and process of the efforts toward "Unconcealed Caring," a response to unconcealed carry of weapons now legal on his university campus.
Anthony L. Rose, Ph.D. Beyond Humanism: Actualizing Biosynergy in a Person-Centered World.
The Biosynergy Institute, Palos Verdes, California USA

  • The arena wherein PCA faces the greatest resistance, and paradoxically is most needed for the survival of earth-life, is the study and promotion of human synergy with nature – Biosynergy.
  • This talk & workshop will explore intellectual, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual factors affecting a Person-Centered Approach to the study, care, and conservation of wildlife and wilderness. Since 1994 I've identified aspects of congruence, regard, and empathy – "reciprocal affinities" – that humans and beings of other species must share in order to facilitate their mutual wellbeing, social harmony, and the sustainability of habitats, societies, and ecosystems.
  • Key to facilitating Biosynergy is the valuing of Personhood in all living beings. This presentation will encourage participants to pursue three objectives of a Person-Centered Approach to Human-Nature-Relationships: 1) to facilitate multi-directional empathy among humans and nonhumans, 2) to foster unconditional positive regard among members of diverse species, and 3) to enable interpersonal congruence and compassion throughout threatened and thriving ecosystems.
  • This will lay groundwork for collaborative change in psychosocial structure and dynamics to assure mutual vigor of all life forms, thriving of critical ecosystems and biomes, and actualization of Biosynergy in a Person-Centered World.

David Ryback How Carl Rogers Changed My Life -- and Yours A Paradigm Shift into the Current Global Culture
How Carl transformed my personality at 3 separate occasions— as a graduate student, as his host at a national conference when we sat down and I "confessed," and at a fishbowl exercise where I finally "discovered" the source of his magic.

How I became an "overnight millionaire" by following Rogerian principles in my investment strategies. What happened to Rogers' ideas over the decades? Should Rogerians take more credit? Why? Why not? What is the future of the Person-Centered Approach?

A former consultant with Rohrer, Hibler & Replogle in Montreal, David has also researched and published on perception affected by mind-set, emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, scholastic achievement, and enlightened management

Mathew White Lessons learned while conducting PCA courses for 3rd and 4th year Japanese university students.

I'd like to share my experiences in conducting person-centered approach seminar courses to 3rd and 4th year Japanese university students. Last year at the conference, I shared some of my experiences, materials, and recorded interactions in group discussions, as well as feedback from the students from their first year of encountering the person-centered approach. The loss of some members and the addition of new members have affected the dynamics of this course in various ways.

In addition, a new batch of 3rd year students has embarked on its own exploration of the person-centered approach as a seminar course. Unlike the group that started last year, this group consists solely of Japanese students. I'd like to share how this group has embraced, and at times resisted, the person-centered approach.

Jeff Leonardi Person to Person in a digital age

Marcia Tassinari
Ana Maria Arruda
Paul Diaconescu
The image in the context of connectivity: PCA to Photography Project

Our main interest is about photography as a medium of relating to each other in two different levels: the creative and active process of taking a portrait, as well as the action of looking at photos for recollecting memories, feelings and ideas. Another dimension also presented here is the psychotherapist as the photographer within the relationship. Through the empathic understanding, the other person (the client) will be seen through the feedback of the therapist.

We will suggest some experiments regarding the two levels above mentioned: from the side of the portrayed as well as from the portraitist side in order to shed some light in the facilitation of interpersonal communication that goes beyond words.

Sophie Muller Facilitating Encounter Groups in an Environement where Attendees are Formally Assessed

For the first time, I am offering a seminar for second year Japanese university students, opened to international students (mainly from the US). I'd like to discuss with others three specific areas where we are challenged: first, tensions generated by the double objective of teaching what the PCA is and practicing it in class; second, challenges connected with having international students and Japanese students in the same big group or small groups; and third, issues when conversations cannot be steered beyond superficial chitchat or empirical arguments.

David Ryback Bringing Rogerian therapy into the current paradigms of Neuroscience, Mindfulness, Deep Empathy and Social Networking
(2 hrs)

What does mindfulness tell us about the PCA?
Can modern neuroscience help us understand the physiology of empathy?
Evolution of the brain and the trust factor.
A small group experience with deep empathy.

Bob Lee Life changing nature of unconditional presence (being) and listening: love and do what you will, and demonstration
(2 hrs)

Can humanity (the collective independent and individual conditional psychological selves) TRULY change? A resounding YES! While the conditional psychological self changes and changes and changes all around its basic nature, at its core (foundation) it remains the conditional same: absolutely no change at all.

A genuine paradigm shift in the Mind (Self) is necessary for a TRUE change: From the conditional mind to the unconditional state of Mind. Such a shift results in unconditional Presence (Being sui generis) and Listening. This is equivalent to "Love, and do what You Will."

An experiential opportunity will be also provided to here-and-now experience the Nature of Your unconditional Presence and Listening and then we will talk about this experience in terms of what we have been learning together.

Karissa Burnett Teaching client centered therapy to future psychologists

The presenter will reflect upon the process of teaching Carl Rogers' client-centered model to 6 first-year clinical psychology students and supervising their clinical work within this framework. A key struggle for students was learning to sit with their clients without rushing in to "fix them," and there was a tendency to distract clients away from their pain with mismatched affect or by pointing out "the positive." Parallels to the "quick fix" culture in America and difficulty in expressing negative affect among both clients and student therapists will be explored.

The presenter will offer unique reflections on what the learning process was like for her, and how lessons from her initial training have deepened and continue to heavily impact her clinical work now to become the person of the psychotherapist. Lastly, the presenter will reflect upon how Carl Rogers' influential ideas are echoed even in “competing” contemporary therapy models, suggesting a greater recognition of the need for authenticity, connection, and enhanced empathy in our psychotherapeutic paradigms and society at-large.

Antonio Monteiro dos Santos Spirituality and the Person-Centered Approach — Change in Paradigm

Kazuo Yamashita A Climate of Facilitative Psychological Attitudes Provided by Dharma-based Person-Centered Approach

This is a growing approach coming from the deep connection between Buddhism (especially Shin-Buddhism) and person-centered approach. Professor Gisho Saiko (1925-2004) called this approach, "D-pca: Dharma-based person- centered approach."

I am awaking how helping person’s attitudes are important within the relationship; I will discuss these four attitudes: Dharma-based congruence; Dharma-based unconditional positive regard; Understanding of the person's internal frame of reference, thought, feeling and his/her perception; and Dual relationship.

Then I will demonstrate them with some exercises.

Venya Kopachnikov Person-Centered Approach from the Standpoint of Cultural-Activity Theory

Person-Centered Approach (PCA) and Client-Centered psychotherapy (CCT) are analyzed from standpoint of cultural-activity theory of Lev Vygotsky. It is shown, that PCA may be understood as a cultural way of being in the world. PCA applies to main features of culture and may be seen as a developing subculture in complex human culture. CCT is analyzed as a cultural psychotechical system from positions of psychotechnical approach as a modern development of cultural-activity theory. It is shown, that change of a client in the CCT goes in accord with laws of development of higher psychological formations and CCT is a cultural professional psychotechnical system, aimed at facilitating of personal growth, actualizing and well-being of the person.

Sophie Muller Outreach for Future Generations

Teaching about the PCA and leading encounter groups made of 19- to 24-year old university students has pushed me to rationalize my intuitive experience of the PCA. This rationalization process has lit up the path to a digital outreach project for younger generations and beyond.

Looking for inspirational material to help students understand the 3 core principles of the PCA and how relevant they are to their lives, I found that today's hyper connected and technological society can actually play to our advantage.

Online you find talks, videos and other materials that can beautifully and easily connect to the PCA. We just need to harvest what is popular online, and analyze it through the lens of the PCA, before sharing it back with the world, a task that has become easy with social network services (Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, ...) and blogs.

The ultimate goal of this outreach project is the nurturing of congruent and empathic global citizens who can show unconditional positive regard. A number of grant providers are actually looking for just this kind of project, proving that universal peace isn't just a dream but a goal many of us strive to finance and/or achieve, as C. Rogers epitomized it and was recognized for when nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Learn More Button




Sign up to our Mailing List:



CSP 50th Anniversary
Book Available:

More Info / Purchase


Sign up to our Mailing List:


CSP Memorial Library Store
CSP Papers

Site Map

CSP Programs
Carl Rogers Annual Conference
Carl Rogers Memorial Library
The LaJolla Program
Transformational Communication
Education Transformations
Person-Centered Psychotherapy
The Pajaro Group
Community Transformation
CSP Members
CSP Current Members
CSP Former Members
Site Built and Maintained by Dale Wozny Media