Center for Studies of the Person
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.
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 Person-Centered Psychotherapy Project has been in existence for the last five years and we have trained people from many parts of the world including India, Europe, South America, and North America. Our work has been to provide high-quality training in the Person-Centered Psychotherapy that emerged from the Person-Centered Approach developed by Carl Rogers…
The La Jolla Program
For more than half a century The La Jolla Program has been at the world forefront in practicing our versions of interpersonal encounters. We convene together facing one another, using the opportunity to talk and otherwise communicate. Our aim is to understand and experience our personal relatedness to happenings that concern us…
The human quest for biosynergy – the synergy of all life – has been ongoing for millennia. From Aristotle’s illumination of the concept of “synergy – the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”— till today, explorers, seekers, and scientists have witnessed earthlings from micro-organism clouds to human communities to natural ecosystems collaborating in mutual synergy…
Recurring CSP Meetings
LGBTQIA+ and Allies Encounter
This group meets every other Monday from 4PM to 5:30PM PST and is focused on providing a supportive environment for discussing various LGBTQIA+ issues or experiences, as well as fostering community with one another. We also hope that allies, family, and loved ones join our encounter group, for we want this group to be a safe space for all to connect.
Encounter With Self
Encounter with Self is a group designed, supported and facilitated to promote personal growth through witnessing (primarily listening and observing oneself in a “sacred I space”) and a sharing of self in a sacred “we space” of a group encounter. Our time also will provide opportunities for intermittent silent introspection…
Antonio Santos hosts a weekly PCA International Zoom meeting, Sunday mornings at 6AM Pacific daylight time. This accommodates the needs of attendees who are spread across the globe. The meeting runs for two hours, and is well attended by members of the International PCA Community, CSP and others…
In an effort to bring the Center’s encounter group experience to the general public, CSP facilitators currently offer a two and a half hour sampling of what it is like in CSP’s more intensive face-to-face experiences. Will Stillwell is facilitating, CSP Encounter meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
These meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Friday’s of each month from 10AM to 12PM, Pacific Daylight Time. We generally have around 14 people attending from around the US and the world. The purpose is to allow attendees to feel Community and Support as we Encounter with one another. The meeting is open to all CSP members, as well as to others who the members may recommend.
We believe that children have the qualities of empathy, trust, acceptance, and congruency from the time that they are born. With nurturing and support they can bring these qualities out and express and keep them as they grow. When children can express these qualities they have high self-confidence and are resilient. Our work focuses on the deep respect for a child and the child’s wisdom.
July 8th & 15th
Person-Centered Psychotherapy – Module I
This is a hands-on course combining theory and practicum. There will be an introduction to Person-Centered Psychotherapy. We will talk about Carl Rogers – the man, his practice and ideas, and explore the self in Person-Centered Psychotherapy – its nature and application. We will introduce the concept of actualizing tendency, and the six conditions for therapeutic change; we explore deep listening; and we work with practicum, feedback, and experience of small and large group therapy.
July 22nd – July 24th, 2022
Person-Centered Psychotherapy – Module II
In Module II we will explore the magical moments of psychotherapy; I-Thou, congruence, and confrontation; personal knowledge in psychotherapy; empathy as a way of knowing and dialoguing; and the concept of As-If. We will address assumptions of the Rogerian era and humanistic psychology, as well as the phenomenal field, and self – identify, “No,” and “Q-Sort”. We will work with triads and dyads and group encounters.
September 9th – 11th, 2022 & September 16th – 18th, 2022