The Program for Transformational Community Leadership and Communication has been in existence for over three years. Its initial focus has been on developing leaders in the Latino community in the San Diego area. Our concentration has been on parent groups (and their children) who are affiliated with educational committees, such as Bi-Lingual Action Committees in local schools, or with non-profits who provide support for parents and their children.
The program has evolved into a 24 hour workshop format, with a focus on helping participants learn the three communication skills upon which the Person Centered Approach is based – empathy, authenticity and unconditional positive regard – and incorporate them into their family, work and community relationships.
We call this approach Transformational Leadership and Communication. Our workshops have shown this to be a powerful tool that transforms people and relationships. When used effectively, these skills can transform the person using them, while providing a space in which others in the relationship can be transformed as well.
Our program consists of three 24 hour workshops, which take participants to increasing levels of understanding and mastery of the skills. Workshops blend cognitive, experiential and emotional learning to develop lasting understanding and support cognitive, attitudinal and behavioral change
We are convinced that a key strength of this model lies in its ability to:
- change the way people express themselves (language)
- which affects thinking
- which manifests itself in attitudes
- which express themselves in behavior
Our objective is continue to roll this program out to other groups interested in developing community leadership, both within and without the Latino community, as well as to the staffs of organizations providing support to these communities.
Our vision is to develop trainers who can carry on this work, expanding its reach beyond San Diego, across the U.S. and internationally. We see this as a powerful step to help realize the potential of the Person Centered Approach to transform the world, working with individuals, families and communities to create a new generation of transformational leaders.
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.