This is a hands-on course combining theory and practicum. There will be an introduction to Person-Centered Psychotherapy. We will talk about Carl Rogers – the man, his practice and ideas, and explore the self in Person-Centered Psychotherapy – its nature and application. We will introduce the concept of actualizing tendency, and the six conditions for therapeutic change; we explore deep listening; and we work with practicum, feedback, and experience of small and large group therapy.
The faculty strive for students to gain clarity with the Person-Centered Approach (PCA) as a psychotherapeutic approach. After completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the basic concepts of the Person-Centered Approach and its application to psychotherapy, education, and organization consultation.
- Distinguish the application of the Person-Centered Approach from other, more directive approaches to behavioral change.
- Apply and experience listening in depth.
- Discuss and understand the six essential conditions for therapeutic change.
- Experience and practice receiving Empathy, Unconditional Positive Regard, and Congruence.
- Explain the nature of the self in its application within the theory of the Person-Centered Approach.
- Differentiate between individual Person-Centered Psychotherapy, and its application to small and large groups.
Continuing Education Units are only available for Module I currently, but we are working on adding the others. Participants desiring CEUs will have to take a test at the end of each module, and must be present for the whole course. Participants who miss any hours will have an opportunity to recover those hours by writing a paper, doing supervision, or doing another appropriate activity to get certification. We ask all participants to write a reflection — 5 to 20 pages — about their experiences, at the end of each module, and a final paper on a subject of the participant’s choice, at the end of the full course.