Encounter: Story, Self, Metaphor, Person

Individuals are invited to the kind of Encounter Groups referenced in this article with language such as this: ‘We sit together in a circle, using the opportunity to talk and otherwise communicate. Our aim is to understand and experience our personal relatedness to happenings that concern us. Our conversations are essentially sincere but not without humor. People actually listen, and we hear ourselves as who we more deeply and subtly are. We come to know our lives better and meet other people in a more significant and heartfelt way.’ The author’s most extensive experience has been with nonprofessionals and people from the helping professions. For the most part, these groups of a few hours to a week, are organized around participants’ individually personal intentions. In these facilitated or non-facilitated Person-Centered groups all participants make interactive negotiated entry with others into a process that has the potential for their experiencing a dis-solving-and-coming-to-be of their selves. Their participation may lead to counter-intentional outcomes.

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Upcoming Events

Annual Conference

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.

Csp E-community

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.

PCA International

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.