Who Is Carl Rogers

About Carl Rogers 

Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987)

In his fifty-year professional career, psychologist Carl R. Rogers (1902-1987) was a pioneer whose work inspired many people. His continuing legacy is evident not only in the field of therapeutic psychology, where he is considered one of the twentieth century’s giants, but also in education, peace work, religion, community and other organizations, and philosophy.

All of these applications stem from Rogers’ abilities to develop a certain way of relating (“bring with”) those people with whom he came in contact. Rogers practiced these abilities in relationships where he was moved to help another person; he researched, thought and wrote about these abilities and their successes. Rogers’ groundbreaking sensitivity is that for a person to be truly helped, the important healing factor is the relationship itself. Rogers focused on the ways that the helper can promote certain core conditions between him or herself and the client.

These core conditions at the heart of his theory of relationship are Congruence, Empathy and Unconditional Positive Regard. For many people this is the essence of the Person Centered Approach (PCA).

The Center for Studies of the Person was the organization where Rogers spent the last 20 years of his professional life, and a person-centered-approach was his focus during this period. Rogers’ contribution and leadership was in his discovery process and his articulation of personal attitudes towards such an approach. Although the principles of PCA were the same as those in his earlier client-centered therapy (CCT), he and his colleagues shifted emphasis. The core conditions which Rogers found essential for personal growth in the field of psychotherapy were experimentally, and carefully, applied to the general arena of broader applications to human relationships and interaction. Today, PCA crosses cultures—studied and practiced today in Europe, the Americas, Australia, Africa and Asia. It is a proven, effective manner for persons to come together.

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.