The purpose of the Center for Studies of the Person (CSP) is to explore the richness and complexity of the person, to help individuals discover and experience more fully in their own lives, relationships and organizations the wealth of what it means to be personal—of what it means, for example, to be private as well as open, to be accepting and present to others, to be self-affirming. The Center is concerned with new experience and with old truths. It is a Center of scientific and humanistic search and a Center of informal education. As members, we intend to experience anew and in our own lives, meanings of democracy and of community. We intend to invent and submit to the public our understandings of what it is to be fully human.
The nature of CSP as a face to face community provides members an ample opportunity to engage with one another in a Person Centered way. In this environment members can see for themselves the transforming nature of PCA in its impacts on others and within themselves.
CSP Outreach / Projects
Membership in Center for Studies of the Person provides the identification, recognition and sense of value that comes from being affiliated and associated with Center for Studies of the Person and contributing to the accomplishment of its goals and supporting its activities.
CARL Rogers Interim Conference
The Encounter Group process is central to the way we seek to be with and interact with one another at the Center for Studies of the Person (CSP). Even those familiar with the structure may have questions…
Person Centered Psychotherapy
The La Jolla Program
As a citizen of the United States and as a PCA practitioner I have a variety of feelings and thoughts in me as I watch the violent protestors attack the process of certifying the Electoral College result of the November 2020 Presidential Election. Fear, anger, sadness, a resolve to engage conflict and understand, while at the same time maintaining my personal integrity and preserving basic democratic processes in my home country are some of things that fill my mind.
PERSON CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY
Carl R. Rogers developed a profound practice and understanding of psychotherapy. Rogers’ essential insight is that certain qualities of the relationship between therapist and client (or person and person) can be learned and practiced to create an optimal interpersonal climate for personal growth, development, and healing. In this course, we will be learning through our own experience, reflection, and practice.
March 5th - 7th 2021.
Carl Rogers Interim Conference
We are pleased to announce our upcoming interim conference, which will provide a safe space to join together for Community and support during our continuing Corona-isolation.
The Encounter Group process is central to the way we seek to be with and interact with one another at the Center for Studies of the Person (CSP). Even those familiar with the structure may have questions…March 20 & 21, 2021
This workshop presented by Barbara and Heather Williams will explore the person centered approach and play therapy. With their own developed philosophy, they build upon the principles of humanistic psychology developed by Carl Rogers, Virginia Satir, and Virginia Axline. Their work focuses on the deep respect for a child and the child’s wisdom.
April 17th & 18th, 2021