Articles: "Beating the experience of diversity"

This is a set of documents that invite us to reflect on the personal and regional identity of our work, and for the possibility of enrichment from the exchange of the diverse and unique approaches and ideas around the world

It also allows us to get closer to a better knowledge of the main speakers of the Conference, their thoughts and their ways of working.

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Charles O'Leary

Denver, Colorado, USA(Received 31 December 2011; final version received 21 May 2012)To cite this article: Charles J. O'Leary (2012) A couple and family therapist's view of nondirectivity, Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 11:3, 215-224, DOI: 10.1080/14779757.2012.696528The author reflects on the foundation and importance of nondirectivity. Couple and family therapy are different from individual therapy and require directivity that may be in the service of client directivity. A couple and family therapist may be seen as Translator, Moderator and Host in order to align with client goals of dialogue and change rather than individual exploration. The author reflects on possible differences in style between his work with couples and families and Carl Rogers’s approach to...

Mick Cooper

Mick Cooper* and John McLeodUniversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK; University of Abertay Dundee, UK(Received 19 March 2010; final version received 22 September 2010)The aim of this paper is to articulate a ‘‘pluralistic’’ understanding of what it means to be person-centered. This perspective places particular emphasis on an understanding of clients as unique, nonstandardizable ‘‘othernesses,’’ whose therapeutic wants and needs are likely to be highly heterogeneous and unknowable in advance. Based on this idiographic standpoint, it is argued that a person-centered understanding of therapeutic change necessitates an openness to, and appreciation of, the many different ways in which clients may benefit from therapy – including, but not limited to, established person-centered and...

Claudio Rud

Notes on a psychotherapy of the vital eventDr. Claudio Rud.Buenos Aires. Argentina.claudio@casabierta.comI start by clarifying the meaning of the title of these notes about the “what for” of the rain, it refers to the purpose, usefulness and / or the results of some phenomenon or event.The answer to that question may be formulated from two possible points of view. But both refer to the purpose of the phenomenon, both of them are answers to the question “what for?”.One of the possible answers, from man’s perspective, may be: to irrigate the fields, to nourish the crops, to increase river flows, to maintain ecological balance, to cause floods, etc. This means there is a purpose that extends beyond the phenomenon of raining itself, that transcends it. From this point of view, the power of...

Peter Schmid

Autor: Peter F. SchmidVienna, Austria The ethical position and challenge of Person-Centered Therapy and the ‘necessary and sufficient conditions of being person-centered’ – towards a paradigm change within the approachAbstractWhat does it really mean  to be person-centered? Is it a (‘postmodern’) question of what you like and what you believe? Where are the limits? Is it possible to indicate a core? And if so, what is it? Is it possible to combine orientations, to integrate methods and add techniques? Is there actually a ‘Beyond Carl Rogers’? What are the prospects of the development and influence of what once was regarded a radical paradigm? Where is it going to and what will be its future? What is its place and challenge  in the realm of psychotherapy and counseling?A...

Belén González

The training as a counselor in the Person Centered Approach proposes to go beyond the theoretical concepts developed by Carl Rogers through his experience as a therapist and facilitator.Definitions of human being, of the qualities of interpersonal relationships, theories about the self-knowledge and display process join in a humanistic-philosophical stance and to a look of the possibilities for change that imply a gradual personal involvement of the counselor beyond an intellectual knowledge.The PCA is an invitation to a permanent self-exploration, the challenge of being affected by the mutual influence in the encounter with the other.In their training and subsequent development of the profession, counselors go over a long way of expanding consciousness that lead them to rethink their...

Salvador Moreno

When we relate with our body as soul carrier, we deal with its beauty, its poetry and its expressiveness. The same habit of treating the body as a machine where its muscles are like pulleys and its organs like engines carries his poetry to the underground, so we experience the body as an instrument and we only see his poetry in disease. (Thomas Moore quoted by Schnake, 2008, 184).Our health is related, in big part, to our way of life, to the conditions of our cultural and ecological environment, and to our interactions. It has to do with our life story, our present and our project into the future. It is connected to what we do, think, feel and value. And it is a dimension, like other aspects of our life that partially depends on us, on each other, and partially depends on others, on the...

Juan Facundo Cincunegui

*by Clr. Juan Facundo CincuneguiI am dedicated to the work of supporting and accompanying people with drug problems. I was called to help them from my own experience using substances as a teenager. Due to my difficulty with consumption, my parents ended taking me in a Rehabilitation Center back in 1987, when I was 18 year old.After a long and difficult experience of twists and turns to drugs, in and out of the first Center with the Modality of Therapeutic Community called Programa Andrés (“Andrew Program”, its translation into English), founded by the pioneer of the Therapeutic Community movement in Argentina, my dear Carlos Novelli, I began to feel the need to change. In 1995, in the role that I naturally had of Social-therapeutic Operator - which was at that time the one that any...

Shoji Murayama

Shoji Murayama – YukishigeNakataSHOJI MURAYAMA earned his Ph.D. in educa­tional psychology from Kyoto University and is now a professor at the Department of Educational Psychology, Kyushu University, Japan. He teaches psychotherapy theories and research methodology and works as the director of the University Psy­chological Clinic. He studied with Carl Rogers for two years at the Center for Studies of Person in La Jolla, California. His research interest is in expe­riential focusing and group therapy. He has long been the editor of the Japanese Journal of Human­istic Psychology and is now the chairman of the Japanese Association of Humanistic Psychology.   YUKESHIGE NAKATA, MA, , works as a labora­tory assistant at the Department of Educational Psychology, Kyushu...

Marcia Tassinari

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICE AND ITS INCLUSION IN THE CONTEMPORANEITYDr. Marcia Alves Tassinari, Wagner DurangeABSTRACTThinking about aspects of contemporaneity as representatives of a new order of life, of fluid dimension, implying a dynamization of subjectivity and society becomes a difficult endeavor in the search for understanding modern man. In addition, it requires a (re) evaluation of the concept of health to get healthier practices. In this context, it is essential the questioning of the role of psychology to adapt to new counseling practices that are most appropriate to respond to social demands. The Psychological Guard (Plantão Psicológico) emerges as a powerful proposal from the Psychology service for XXI century challenges, especially the proposals based on the Person-Centered...

Andrés Sánchez Bodas

“In human life, there’s no set place which I would either praise or blame; no, it is not possible, because chance sets upright, and chance dashes down the lucky and the unlucky, day after day. How things are fixed for men, no one can prophesy.”                                      Words of the Messenger in “Antigone”, SophoclesREASONS OF THE SUBJECTFacing the presentation of writing a paper for the journal in virtual mode, I wondered what the appropriate topic would be and I decided on the present one as I think it is appropriate to bring my thinking on which the key feature of the PCT/PCA is, with the idea...