“Creating Space for the Client through Body-Consciousness”

By Willi Rös, Czech Republic

See presentation of the morning lecture, page 15.
In this workshop, the participants can experience through practical exercises how they can enrich the presence offered to the client by concentrating on the body experiencing.
The exercises in the workshop will focus:
• on participants’ own physical awareness;
• on discovering how presence to another person can be established and felt without words;
• on checking if it is possible to accompany a process of another person simply by physical presence.
A demonstration of my way of accompanying clients will be proposed.
Finally, we can exchange and share our experiences and question the possibilities of approaching the client in this way. It is easier but not necessary to attend the lecture before participating to the workshop.

WILLI RÖS, native German, has four children. He worked as PCA psychotherapist in private practice first in France, now in Czech Republic. He is trainer and supervisor, former boardmember of AFP-ACP and of PCE-Europe, and co-organiser of the PCE Symposium 2014 in Prague. He is developing his PCE body-approach including touch since over 10 years.

“Gender Matters !”

By Karin Macke & Gabriele Hasler, Austria

Does the gender of your psychotherapist/client really matter? In this workshop, “gender” and its implications for both clients and psychotherapists are explored. Gender sensitivity tries to ensure that people rely less on assumptions about traditional and outdated views on the roles of men and women. We will try to uncover unconscious gender psychology at work and to break away from societal views. This socio-cultural perspective integrates the impact of cultural and social norms. We will explore our own experiences as well as Judith Butler’s theory of doing gender in order to implement it into a person-centred practice.

KARIN MACKE, Mag.a, is a person-centred psychotherapist and counsellor, member of the IPS Vienna (Institut für Personzentrierte Studien) and of the WAPCEPC, works at the Women Counselling Service Vienna Frauen beraten Frauen and at the Counselling Service for the Webster University Vienna; teaches ethical questions in Psychotherapy at Universität Wien as well as Gender Sensitivity in Counselling at Donau-Universität Krems.
GABRIELE HASLER is akademische Referentin für feministische Bildung und Politik (“academic referent for feminist education and politics”), person-centred psychotherapist and counsellor, member of the IPS Vienna (Institut für Personzentrierte Studien) and of the WAPCEPC.

“Introduction to Emotion-focused therapy: Working with emotion in a person-centred manner”

 By Catalina Woldarsky Meneses, Switzerland

Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is an experiential approach that is based on personcentred principles. The aim of this therapeutic model is to transform emotional difficulties through the focus on emotion. In this experiential workshop participants will learn about the theoretical aspects of this model, as well as concrete skills to inform their clinical practice. Specifically, they will learn when and how to activate, regulate and eventually transform emotions in an effective way, while prizing the therapeutic relationship and respecting the client’s needs. Special attention will be placed on the use of empathy to promote emotional change, and on the importance of therapeutic presence.
Through discussions, video-clips and role plays, participants will learn how to integrate emotion-focused interventions in a Rogerian spirit.

CATALINA WOLDARSKY MENESES completed her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at York University (Toronto, Canada) under the direction of Dr. Leslie Greenberg. Dr. Woldarsky Meneses is involved in training and supervising therapists learning EFT in Canada and Europe. She is currently based in Switzerland and works in private practice, while also teaching in Webster University and dedicating time to her family and yoga practice.

  “On becoming a person-centred community for refugees”

By Chaja Kaufmann, The Netherlands

Refugees get a lot of attention: in a positive way like in Angela Merkel announcement “Wir schaffen das schon” (We will manage this) and in negative ways when people attack asylum centres. It doesn’t take too much effort to understand how traumatized refugees are. What it can mean for the children, the next generation. And this exodus has already begun.
In the presentation I will point out the development of somatoform disorders, trauma and the possibilities for person-centred psychotherapy. How do we, as being person-centred psychotherapists, manage to help refugees? What are the obstacles already? With a vignette and a guided discussion, I will make a first step towards exploring how person-centred psychotherapy in Europe could contribute to this issue: a European approach for treatment formulated by the board of PCE and presented to the European ministers of health care and education. This approach can then be implemented nationwide.

CHAJA KAUFMANN is a (group) psychotherapist, clinical psychologist and dance therapist. She supervises therapists in training at the Dutch PCE association (VCgP). She works with families and couples, with somatoform and conversion disorders. She has 30 years of clinical experience, and is now working in her own practice where attention to the body is an important issue. Therefore, she has developed her own unique approach of couples therapy called tango & therapy.

 “Person- centered counselling and a space for safety”

By Irina Yakimanskaya, Russia

C. Rogers pays much attention to the position of a counsellor in his articles. He displays acceptance, empathy, congruence and authenticity, and creates a space where a client can contact himself, explore himself and discover something new and useful that is valuable for his personality. We suppose that in counselling, each party is looking for happiness and safety. Our ideas of safety often determine our well-being and mental health. The master class will offer the participants to study their own ideas about safety through verbal and non-verbal material. We will create the image of a safe place for each group member and try to discuss its possibilities as a resource for personal growth and development as well as its restrictions and weaknesses. We will explore how the ideas about safety create the space of counselling. Besides, the participants will try to figure out what they can do for their own safety and how to take care of it in these challenging time.

IRINA YAKIMANSKAYA, PhD in Psychology, docent, head of social psychology department at Orenburg State University, counselling psychologist, training leader, presenter in Russian and international conferences. Practicing psychologist since 1987, director and founder of the institute for counselling and training STATUS (, Orenburg, Russia.

“Person-centered expressive therapy. The empathic touch as expanded dialogue”

By Columbus Salvesen, Norway

In this workshop, a number of “expressive” modes, methods and evaluation procedures will be introduced. Focusing on awareness and emphatic presence, we will, apart from verbal communication, use expressive, nonverbal modes of communication such as breathing, movement, eye contact and touch. The event being essentially nonverbal, spontaneous, touching and “organismic” may hopefully inspire new interventions to be used in group and therapy sessions.
Background: Based on the Person-Centered Approach developed by Carl Rogers, Natalie Rogers and Columbus Salvesen coined in 1982 the concept Person Centred Expressive Therapy. While PCA focuses on verbal communication in human relationships, PCET also integrates a broad specter of Person-Centered - Non-Verbal modes of Communication. The approach was described by Carl Rogers as a new off-shoot of the Person-Centred Approach.

COLUMBUS SALVESEN, initially a clinical psychologist, moved from the therapy room into organisation and working-life, focusing on initiating learning processes which strengthen participation and communication and thus lead to transparency and personcentered attitudes and skills. He has had assignments world-wide involving mediation and diverse HRD programs such as leadership and team building, coaching, conflict resolution and development of communicative infrastructure.

“Symbolic Assertiveness – working with trauma in group therapy”

By Dariusz Tkaczyk & Joanna Kaczmarek, Poland

Developed at the INTRA centre in Warsaw, experiential symbolic assertiveness helps clients to deal with former traumatic situations. Group members recall difficult situations in which they suffered from violations of personal dignity and powerlessness. The aim of the work is experiential assistance in finding the sense of agency and an accurate self-actualizing action step in a specific traumatic situation. The client tests new behaviors to express unexpressed before primary emotions and the verbal reactions in a reconstructed situation from the past until experiential markers of change appear. Language of assertive communication helps to build the new adaptive reactions and behaviors. Although the therapeutic group is the most effective environment for this type of experiential work, it can be applied in individual work.

DARIUSZ TKACZYK, M.A. Psychologist, focusing- oriented psychotherapist and trainer. Works in Academic Psychotherapeutic Centre at University of Social Sciences and Humanities and in INTRA Psychotherapeutic Centre (Warsaw). Member of Polish Psychological Society and Polish Society of Integrative Experiential Psychotherapy. Works with adults (individuals and groups). Experienced in working with victims of violence.
JOANNA KACZMAREK, M.A. Sociologist and humanistic psychotherapist. Member of Polish Psychological Society and Polish Society of Integrative Experiential Psychotherapy. Manages team of six therapists in her private practice. Cooperates with the psychotherapy school of INTRA.

“Working with ‘parts‘: A workshop to explore the nature of our many selves”

By Gerhard Stumm, Austria

A number of terms and concepts refer to a pluralistic understanding of personality; i.e. that the self is not a monolithic gestalt but consists of an assemblage of different voices, parts, schemata, sub-selves or configurations of self. While this is and has been a topic in many other psychotherapeutic approaches, within person-entered theory it has, only recently and somewhat implicitly, become an issue: through concepts like the “inner critic” (Gendlin), “inner child”, “inner facilitator” (Vahrenkamp & Behr), “internal team” (Schulz von Thun) or “configurations of self” (Mearns). After a brief introduction in terms of theo retical considerations and practical perspectives, the workshop will offer opportunities for the participants to carry out exercises concerning the work with these various “parts”.
An exploration for dealing with “self- configurations” can be enhanced by guidelines and techniques such as “partializing” or “personifications”, both of which will be explained further within the workshop.

GERHARD STUMM, Ph.D., 1950, is a freelance person- centred therapist in Vienna, a clinical and health psychologist, and trainer of the ‘Forum’, a training institute for person-centred therapy. He has authored and edited several publications, including Wörterbuch der Psycho - therapie (“Dictionary of Psychotherapy”) (2000), Die vielen Gesichter der Personzentrierten Psychotherapie (“The many Faces of Person-centred Psychotherapy”) (2002), Praxis der Personzentrierten Psychotherapie (“Practice of Person-centred Psychotherapy”) (2014), and Psychotherapie: Schulen und Methoden (“Psychotherapy: schools and methods”) (2011).