Person Centered Psychotherapy

Module I

Person-Centered Psychotherapy Module1 | Center for Studies of the Person

Person Centered Psychotherapy Module I


Live Online Video Course

15 Hours

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. Participants will learn to enhance possibilities for their own change. We will practice utilizing our whole potential as an instrument of change for our client’s benefit.

Course Outline

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.


The faculty strive for students to gain clarity with the Person-Centered Approach (PCA) as a psychotherapeutic approach. After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of the Person-Centered Approach and its application to psychotherapy, education, and organization consultation.
  • Distinguish the application of the Person-Centered Approach from other, more directive approaches to behavioral change.
  • Apply and experience listening in depth.
  • Discuss and understand the six essential conditions for therapeutic change.
  • Experience and practice receiving Empathy, Unconditional Positive Regard, and Congruence.
  • Explain the nature of the self in its application within the theory of the Person-Centered Approach.
  • Differentiate between individual Person-Centered Psychotherapy and its application to small and large groups.

Continuing Education Credits

16 Units for Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Registered Nurses; and National Board for Certified Counselors.

This program is done in partnership between The Chicago Counseling Associates and the Center for Studies of the Person (CSP).

The course is approved for all mental health professionals including, psychologists, counselors, psychotherapists, and nurses.

The 16 Units for Continuing Education will be offered by The Chicago Counseling Associates, which is approved by The State of Illinois Department of financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) for continuing education for psychologists and social workers.

* This course will be conducted in English.

Throughout this person-centered training, I’m repeatedly returning to that only in such a group of empathic attitudes and genuine responding does it become possible for me to be congruent, to say to myself and to the group the things that I’m really thinking.  And when I am less defensive, I am freer to accept others, too.  It’s a heady thing, this feeling of permission to be yourself with others.  I think I’ve only felt this with those very close to me and it doesn’t happen every day.  It’s invigorating and exciting and is bringing up an awful lot.

It’s not just me; we’re all touched by our trainers’ encouragement around finding definitions that make sense to us, as well as dismissing the parts of Rogers’s theory that aren’t (for lack of a better term) congruent with our worldview.

More and more, it’s clear to me that one of the more important things distinguishing this training from my experience of school and agency work is that we are treated like people with resources within us rather than boxes to be filled with information.  I’ve enjoyed several skills-based trainings, and really liked the feeling of getting better at a specific therapeutic style, but this way of learning feels…more important.  Little by little, I am stopping to notice whether I’m treating myself and others as people, too.
Pat H.
Workshop Participant

Workshop Instructors

Event Schedule

July 22nd6AM – 9AM(PDT)
July 23rd 6AM – 1PM(PDT)
July 24th 6AM – 1PM(PDT)