11th PCE Conference

"Beyond the frontiers… experiencing diversity"

The theoretical foundations and the solid conceptual structure developed by Carl Rogers and his collaborators, has been enriched today by multiple research and experiences carried out worldwide by psychologists, counselors, educators, doctors and other professionals of health that share this orientation and participate in his philosophy.

Different lines of therapy have been developed from the original theories of the P.C.A: the experiential, the process-experiential psychotherapy, the existential-phenomelogical, the transcendental, the expressive, the analytic, the behavioral therapy-operational, and the classic non-directive customer-focused, among others. All of them enriched and enlarged in an undeniable way and deep understanding of the person nature and help us to get into its uniqueness.

The gaze of Carl Rogers transcends boundaries and psycotherapies uses, being applied in different  fields such as education, encounter groups and organizations in general, facilitating the understanding of social, cultural and political processes.

In many of his articles he shares his thoughts and reflections on the "man of tomorrow" in a changing society, in continuous movement.   Thinking about technological advances he encouraged himself to explore the "..probable routes through which we could travel" (C. Rogers, “Interpersonal Relationships”, USA 2000); also he shares with us his view on some topics as political changes, the increase in world population, the urban agglomeration, education and  man-woman relationships.  He presents us a world that "is suffering a distressing confusion" and his belief that "the winds of cultural change, social and scientific are blowing vigorously". (C. Rogers, “The person of tomorrow”, 1969)

Today, we are living in a world in constant transformation, with borders that are blurring, with vertiginous advances in communication and technology, and permanent changes that affect people in all aspects of their  life: family, society, education, religion and political economy.

We are witnessing social protests, claims of outraged people who does not find satisfaction to their needs and basic rights; survey of people to overthrow their leaders in struggles and bloody confrontations; people who migrate to other countries looking for a new possibility of life and development, and many other processes in gestation.

If we understand the scope of this situation and assume the legacy that Carl Rogers left us, we are being challenged to reflect on our role as therapists, on the ways of linking with our clients, on our attitudes in ours relations in our social, political and educational spaces. To question us once again on our "being-in-the-world".
For all this we consider the 11th PCE Conference as an opportunity for dialogue and debate about “The implications of different cultures in the theoretical and practical developments of PCE and experiential psychotherapies and Counseling”, and its meaning in society and contemporary culture.

Motto: "Beyond borders, experiencing diversity" invites us to share a forum to learn about our peculiarities, appreciate the contributions of the different cultural visions, and discuss about the challenges to our task have the coexistence with:

  • Global cultural changes in modern society have driven to new forms of relationships, of approaches, of exchanges, disagreements and clashes; as also the emergence of new phenomena that are needed to be known, understand and respond.
  • Culture and idiosyncrasy of each town, country or region with their different ways of thinking, actions, relate.

  • Culture and idiosyncrasy of particular groups - subcultures - with their own codes, values, behaviors and beliefs that differentiate and gives them a distinct identity.

The issues raised open up new questions:

What are the challenges in this socio-cultural context changing?; In what way they affect our work?; Are our presence and therapeutic attitudes affect by them?; How we interact with clients when they belong to different cultures?

How is affected our performance in the different areas of work (private, community, organizational)? Are the issues equal in each field? What can we learn from different experiences in these areas?

Different cultures, promote different paths of development and reflection of our model? What is the uniqueness in every culture?

We hope and wish that the Conference will be a space of encounter of different languages and cultures, to reflect together on these and more questions, as well as also learn, share and enrich us with the experiences developed in the different countries.