Carl Rogers Annual Conference 2020

2020 Carl Rogers Annual Conference

Inspiring a Better Way Through Person-Centered Approaches (PCA)

Carl Rogers Annual Conference 2020 by Center for Studies of the Person (CSP). Theme- Finding Inner Strength, Connection, and Opportunity in Times of Crisis.
About this Event

Carl Rogers Annual Conference is going live on-line!

This theme is particularly relevant given that our major differences as people have surfaced in the wake of COVID-19 and the violence that the world could clearly see in videos that surfaced on television. Our focus has always been on the person and the climate that is needed for people to grow and thrive. These inequities have always existed in terms of power, perception, politics, economics, and equity. The world is changing rapidly and how does the person respond to rapid change? to viewing violent uprisings? to dominance in terms of leadership?

We are compressing our agenda into three days meeting via Zoom, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 7 – August 9. To better attend the needs of our visitors across the globe, our daily sessions will begin at 6AM California time. This will allow us to end our daily sessions at a more reasonable time for our attendees from Europe. Registered participants will receive a detailed agenda prior to the start of the conference.

Conference Co-Directors

  • Antonio M Santos, Ph.D., MSCP
  • Ray De Lagrave

People requesting special consideration for Conference Registration fee- please “contact the organizer” below.

Who Should Attend?

This conference will appeal to people who are interested in the Person Centered Approaches (PCA) as developed by Carl Rogers and others who would like to come together in, and experience,  what it is like to be in a person-centered community – students, educators, therapists, counselors and other healthcare professionals, social workers, community developers and others interested in applying empathy, authenticity and unconditional acceptance in their relationships.

Daily Format

Conference participants will meet via the application Zoom from your computer, laptop, or smartphone. For those new to Zoom, the Help Center provides many tutorials.

  • Zoom is an interactive platform that will allow participants to interact in real time with presenters and other participants.
  • Using Zoom will allow us to record, and pre-record where possible presentations. This will allow participants to access recorded materials before, during, or after the conference. The availability of pre-recorded materials will allow more time for discussion and interaction with presenters.

Our daily format will include

  • Small Group Encounter meetings
  • Large group Community meetings
  • Presentations – live and pre-recorded – in a variety of formats that will include opportunities for discussion/dialogue with the presenter
  • Topical dialogue/discussion groups
  • “Coffee connections” – get togethers informally with others on Zoom
  • Small, informal “pop-ups” – for people who want to get together to continue a dialogue

Discussion and Presentation Topics


We are in the process of defining our presentation and discussion topics, and look for input from people interested in participating and presenting to furnish their suggestions. If you would like to present, please contact Your presentation will be viewed by people all over the world.

Possible themes for presentations and discussions include:

  • Memories of times with Carl Rogers – discussion and share
  • Viewing and discussion with Will Stillwell of videos of Carl Rogers therapy sessions, with subtitles for a number of languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese and Portuguese.
  • Myers-Briggs and PCA – how can I use PCA to work with other personality types
  • The Encounter group process. What do we know about Encounter and why does it work so well ?
  • Research and PCA – what does research tell us about PCA? How can we apply non-medical research models?
  • Taking care of myself in the coming elections. How can I find and express my power and avoiding feeling like a victim?
  • How can PCA help me deal with my fears of the unknown in the current crisis?
  • Just how important are the 6 conditions?
  • How can PCA help me bridge the gap in these hyper-partisan times?
  • What drew you to PCA?
  • Dealing with racial prejudice for the first time – my experiences as an immigrant
  • What does it mean and feel like to be discriminated against?
  • Responding to discrimination – what are my options?
  • Increasing my awareness about discrimination – individual reactions to the Netflix documentary, 13th, and other sources
  • The upcoming elections and my reactions
  • Understanding the political differences that separate us, the narratives we create to make sense of the world and the information we select to support those narratives
  • Bringing our person centered selves to facilitate meetings and discussions that will bring the whole person into the conversation rather than just one facet (facilitator, process consulting)


Aug 07 - 09 2020


6:00 am - 3:00 pm


$75 – $195 (No refunds)

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