Questing Voices – Interviews with Person-Centered Practitioners
Carl Rogers’ way of being in working with people has inspired many in the generations that he taught. Will Stillwell’s discussions of the ‘core conditions’ in dialogues with Ernest Meadows, Maria Bowen, and Bob Lee are meetings with three people carrying on this tradition: deepening to their own visions, centering to their own-persons.
“There’s no following in being…no beginning or ending. It’s never not moving, always in motion.”
“A person can do it for herself. She directs inward Carl’s three conditions: She practices empathy to quiet her conscious thoughts, order her emotions, cultivate a relationship with her indwelling spirit; she practices unconditional positive regard toward her own dark side and her contradictory nature; she practices congruence in facing as-it-is-ness.”
“This is a big deal…once a critical mass uses [the core conditions] it really changes how people are with one another… People are not asked to give up what they are for the good of the group. They are prized for who they are, and then their gifts are of a higher order. They come as satisfied people…a very basic social change happens.”
Our theme this year - Finding inner strength, connection and opportunity in times of crisis is particularly apt given the challenges all of us are facing. We’re adapting to the Corona-challenge by moving this year’s conference to an e-format via Zoom. We are compressing our agenda into three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 7 - August 9, making it easier to fit into people’s schedules.
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 who the members may recommend. An online Zoom meeting.
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 by members of the International PCA Community - CSP and others.