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.
CSP OUTREACH / PROJECTS
Outreach refers to the ways in which CSP, as a Community and through its individual members, reaches out to and interacts with the wider world. This includes our Events, the Projects of its members, the materials available through the Carl Rogers Memorial Library, and other…
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 Annual Conference
The 2022 Carl Rogers Annual Conference will be held March 25th – 27th, 2022 online via Zoom. Our theme, Beyond Empathy And Authenticity: Embracing Unconditional Positive Regard In Our Relationship With Others. We invite you to join us to reflect and share your thoughts, visions and experiences on this topic. We will meet from 6am to 1pm to allow all who wish to join…
Person Centered Psychotherapy
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 encounter. 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
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…
These meetings take place weekly on Friday’s from 12 noon to 3PM, 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…
Antonio Santos is hosting a weekly PCA International Zoom meeting, which is held on alternating Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6AM Pacific Daylight Time. This start time accommodates the needs of attendees who are spread across the globe. The meeting runs for two hours, and is well attended…
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. David Day and CSP founder Will Stillwell is facilitating, CSP Encounter meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
CSP Annual Meeting
January 22nd, 2022
6AM – 1PM (PDT)
CSP annual meeting open to all CSP members, Associate members and invited guests. Meeting will be held online via Zoom.
The Kids’ 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.
Workshop participants will develop ideas and tools that help children to trust and be able to express their feelings and ideas through movement and different play therapy tools. These tools are designed to help children gain self-confidence and resilience. We believe that children are born with the person centered qualities and with nurturing and support they can maintain these qualities throughout life. We have found that these practices go across cultures.
Carl Rogers Annual Conference
September 17 – 19, 2021
The 2021 Carl Rogers Annual Conference will be held on Zoom from September 17 – 19, 2021. Our meeting times – from 6AM to 1PM PST – have been chosen to facilitate attendance from participants from across the globe. Our theme is highly relevant to these times – we invite you to join us to reflect and share our pandemic experiences – past and present…