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The Carl Rogers Center for Studies of the Person [CSP] in San Diego is proud to announce its new Long-Distance Learning Program.

Distance Learning:
Person-Centered Training, Supervision, and CEUs via the Internet


This Internet-related course is a didactic and experiential introduction to theory and practice of Client-Centered Therapy. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a personal client-centered approach. Course experiences will include self-exploration and renewal, client-centered diagnosis, cultural diversity and spirituality as well as envisioning fundamental concepts such as empathy, congruence, unconditional positive regard and their development in the historical context.  Course length will be between 6-9 months depending on the participants.  There will be two personal encounters (face-to-face), one at the beginning and one at completion of the program.

This course is offered by The Center for Studies of the Person, which was founded by Carl Rogers and Associates in 1968. 

The core faculty will be:

David Meador
Robert Lee * William Stillwell
Susan B. Schwarz * Joachim Schwarz


In this course:

1. participants will increase their knowledge and understanding of the inner self, empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard as the foundation of trustworthy therapeutic relationships

2. participants will identify and develop therapeutic skills and visions to facilitate growth in themselves and in others

3. participants develop an understanding of the needs of self-determination,  the self-regulatory principle, and their dialogical nature

4. participants apply the person-centered approach in diagnostic assessment, research and therapeutic encounter

5. participants will experience and utilize person-centered perspectives of empowerment, guided imagery, intuition, and spirituality in transformative therapy


Length of sequential discussions groups and subjects/themes/content for the 6-9 month and are subject to change based on participants interests and preference.  Our suggestions are the following:

Month 1: One week intensive training (in person) in San Diego: required                          
- introduction to each other, core concepts, vision quest

Month 2: empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard
- how much is too much and what do we do with it

Month 3: love, guilt and perfection: client's and therapist's expectation

Month 3: special population: the couple and the family, cross-cultural therapy                             
- conflict is inevitable, war is optional

Month 4: person-centered diagnosis: the roles of the client and the therapist

Month 5: power, empowerment and personal power in the therapeutic encounter

Month 6: the presence of the therapist: intuition and spirituality in client-centered therapy
- outlook into person centered perspectives

The program will conclude with an elective intensive face-to-face seminar.


Participants need e-mail addresses and Internet access. Particular articles and papers for each month, as well as discussion e-mails, will be distributed via e-mail. There will be required readings, e-mail exchanges  and discussion groups for each month of the course.  The course participants will decide which books to use.  Our suggestions include:

Brazier, D. (1995).  Zen therapy:  Constable Publishers, London.
Fairhurst, I. & et al. (1999)   Women writing in the Person-Centered Approach. UK: PCCS Books.
Martin, D.G. (1999).  Counseling and therapy skills  (2nd edition). Waveland Press: IL.
Mearns, D. &  Thorne, B. (1999). Person-centered counseling in action. California: Sage Publications.
Mearns, D. (1997). Person-centered counseling training. London: Sage Publications.
O'Leary, C.J. (1999). Counseling couples and families: a person-centered approach.
Stillwell, W. & Moorman, J. (1997).  Conflict is Inevitable -- War is Optional.
Thorne, B. & Lambers, E. (1998) Person-centered therapy: a European perspective.  London: Sage Publications.
Whyte, D.  (1998).  The house of belonging.  Many River Press.


Participants will be evaluated based on:

- self-evaluation based on self-directed goals and feedback received by the group
- their attendance and participation in e-mail discussions
- completion of reading assignments prior to each e-mail discussion
- submission of confidential audio/video tapes for feedback
- participants will keep a journal of their learnings and experiences throughout the course
- participants will have a choice between
a) a final paper of approximately 25 pages (double spaced) that will reflect
the required readings and independent studies, comprehend their class experiences and embody their personal vision of a person-centered clinician and counselor
b) presenting a project (video, book, art project, ...) that represents their learnings or vision of a PC counselor (which could be expressed in a paper but the student preferred a different mode other than written expression)

Certification will depend on the participants self-evaluation based on the achievement of self-directed goals and feedback from the group.
Instructors will be evaluated based on:
- their ability to emphatically demonstrate knowledge, genuineness and unconditional positive regard for participants and their ability to assist them in their self-directed goals.

Tuition - $ 750 (US), with a $100 deposit, of which $ 50 are refundable until 4 weeks before the initial training seminar.

For Registration e-mail at schw@access1.net or visit the website at www.centerfortheperson.org   for further information

Center for Studies of the Person:
Distance Learning
1150 Silverado, Suite 112
La Jolla, California 92037
T. (858) 459-3861

Susan Schwarz, Ph.D.,
Center for Studies of the Person

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