PCE2019 Mini Person Centred Conference

CONFERENCE THEME: Emotions in the Context of the Person Centered Approach

Keynote speakers: Louise Cooper, Mikuni Makiko, Merle Conyer, Kelliegh Ryan and Keith Tudor

Rogers (1987) stated, the whole purpose of therapy, as I see it, is to hear and accept and recognise the feelings that the client is having.
The Australian and Aotearoa-New Zealand Chapter of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling (WAPCEPC) is pleased to announce its first mini conference in Melbourne, 26th and 27th October 2019

Person-centred therapy has a low profile in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand. While Rogerian theory has had a broad and significant influence on therapeutic practice, psychotherapists and counsellors have generally not been inclined to adopt the labels “person-centred” or “client-centred” when describing their practice in professional directories. This mini conference gives counsellors and psychotherapists an opportunity to connect with fellow person centered colleagues and to listen to some wonderful speakers from Japan, Queensland, NSW, New Zealand and locally. There will also be an opportunity to engage in encounter groups which is a hallmark of the Rogerian approach. Please go to the website for more information about the conference, registration details, and how to submit abstracts for presentations. Students are half price and there is an opportunity for students to help out the organisers at the conference at no cost.

WAPCEPC provides a worldwide forum for practitioners and scholars working within the person-centred and the experiential paradigms. It fosters the exchange of research, theory and practice across language groups and cultures. it supports and encourages scientific study as well as improvement of practice in the field of psychotherapy and counselling. It promotes person centred and experiential perspectives and stimulates cooperation and dialogue with other psychotherapeutic orientations.

We encourage submissions of abstracts in relation to the conference theme

Keynote speakers

Louise Cooper: Counselling Psychologist in private practice specialising in working with the LGBT community.

Mikuni Makiko: the associate professor at Kyushu Sangyo University is trained as a Person Cantered counsellor at the University of East Anglia by Brian Thorne. She wrote and edited “The Person-Centered Approach in Japan: Blending a Western Approach with Japanese Culture”

Merle Conyer: a psychotherapist, currently works in private practice supporting individuals, teams and organisations responding to interpersonal, institutional, political and cultural trauma.

Kelliegh Ryan: a psychologist, is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi people of South-East Queensland and the Australian South Sea Islanders with connections to the people of the Loyalty Islands on her mother’s side. She provides psychological consultancy around Trauma Response and Healing for communities and individuals across Australia for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients.

Keith Tudor: is a professor of psychotherapy and head of the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies at Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand

This event counts as 13 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.


26/10/2019 - 27/10/2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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