gave what felt like a historic lecture in La
Jolla which can be found on his website
www.pca-online.net or accessed through the
BAPCA website which feels important in terms
of the scholarly and clear way he approaches
issues to do with the identity of
person-centered therapy, setting it in a
hugely broad and deep context. What I have
particularly remembered from his paper are his
three distinguishing characteristics of the
person-centered approach: the client and
therapist spring from a fundamental 'we', the
client is the expert and the therapist is
present. As a therapist it is my
responsibility, my ability to respond, which
is called for: my ability to be fully present
in a person to person encounter. This gives me
hope and liberates me.
Peter Schmid presented a brilliant paper that I recommend to all of you. It is truly impressive and USEFUL. Peter gave it at one of the "free space" hours. He also gave an excellent 5 minute paper as one of 9 of us who were invited to do that to stimulate discussion on the topic of psychotherapy/counseling. I recommend that paper of his too. I am at the moment particularly referring to the hour long presentation he gave. The superb article is titled: " The Characteristics of a Person-Centered Approach to Therapy & Counseling: Criteria for Identity and Coherence." by Peter F. Schmid. Peter's presentation made my trip worthwhile the most. Peter's background is theology and philosophy and he puts that kind of scholarly perspective into his papers.
Barbara Temaner Brodley, Chicago, USA
It made my trip to La Jolla truly worthwhile.
As always, I was intellectually stirred by
your presentation. It makes such an
important distinction, and will help people
understand their philosophical positions
much more clearly.
I really liked the power point presentation
at Peter's website. I think it is a
wonderful laying out of what to me is
client-centered therapy. I was deeply moved
by Peter's chapter in the Congruence book
with his discussion of authenticity. To me,
Peter was clearly saying "we", as in the
therapist is a companion on the client's
journey. I think he explicitly reverses the
"I and Thou" statement to a "Thou and I"
dichotomy, meaning, the client leads and the
therapist follows. The word "we" heralds the
value and belief we place in the central
role of the relationship in our work. What
struck me from this power point outline, and
in my memory at the ICCCEP Chicago
conference, was that Peter is speaking as a
client-centered therapist who springs from
an ethical point of departure, as do I,
while accepting and subsuming the
actualizing tendency within his personal
therapeutic framework. About his use of the
word "person", which in no way alters my
preference for the term "client-centered"
over "person-centered", I was totally moved
by what was to me a profoundly religious and
political use of the word in the quote he
gives us at the end. The quote [by Carl
Rogers] was "I have come to value the person
above all". To me this was a deep expression
of the idea, we do not diagnose, we do not
harm, it is not "I before Thou"; it is "Thou
before I". I deeply appreciated Peter's
presentation at Chicago 2000, such that I
felt a real
fondness for him...
It is speculation on my part, given Rogers ministerial background that he had ethical intents "flowing" through his prose; although, he seemed not to be a religionist in the formal sense. In this regard, although I am not versed enough in Peter Schmid's writings, I perceive Peter as moving in a useful attempt to explicate Rogers "hidden ethics".
Garry Prouty, USA
Let me appreciate you for the paper you
presented in San Diego. What a truly fitting
honor for Carl to be understood so well and to
be so elegantly represented to the world. How
beautifully conceived and brilliantly written!
To be continued ...
... your brilliant paper ... I remain
emotionally excited by that paper. It is
I wonder if you could send me an attachment
of your presentation in La Jolla. Barbara
and several others were very complimentary
of it. I would like to read it. Glad you are
I wish I had met you at the Centennial. I
was told that your presentation was
I just wanted to let you know that I found a
number of wonderful papers on your website I
really enjoyed (and that were helpful to me
in writing). I especially enjoy the way you
use the origin of words to deepen and
clarify your meaning, including finding the
discussion of "Kunde" very interesting.
Thanks very much
The new journal came today and I was
delighted to see your article. I
... appreciate it very much.
I have just attended the Carl Rogers'
Centenary Symposium at La Jolla, and sadly
missed your presentation. Can you tell me if
it will be back on line soon? I am so
sorry to have missed it.
I loved your paper - a really thrilling, and
what felt like a historic, moment in the
symposium for all present. I have been
spreading the word. I hope it gets published
... your masterful La Jolla paper ...
I have viewed your PowerPoint presentation
from La Jolla and was very impressed with
the potential it has as a resource to show
the students on the counselling courses I
teach. It conveys Person Centred theory and
practice so well. Is it possible to
have a copy of the presentation on disc or
CD to show my trainees? I am sure my
Caroline Kitcatt, Centre Director, The Norwich Centre, Norwich, UK
I was at your presentation in La Jolla and
very moved by it.
... a paper for which we have already
received offprint requests [before it was
Conceptually I think this paper is excellent.
It is the best argument I have read
concerning the differences between "pure"
person-centered therapy on the one hand and
the experiential therapies on the other. It
provides a profound theoretical grounding
for person-centered therapy and theory. I
want to have this published so I can
I found this an extremely relevant and
important publication, and was very pleased to
see that it opened up a dialogue with a
previous paper in the journal [PCEP] – great
to see that the journal is becoming a place
for the development of key dialogue in the PCA
world. The paper makes a number of very
important points and will almost certainly be
a key contribution to the debate around the
nature and scope of person-centred therapy.
A coherent paper which advances the
theoretical/philosophical basis to our work.
This places ‘the image of the human being as a
person’ as the central position in defining
‘person-centeredness’ and subordinates all
else. A strong and clear argument. Usefully
contrasts this with Lietaer’s position. Also
very usefully underscores the process of
becoming an independent person, and one in
relationship to others. Describes
distinguishing characteristics of
‘person-centeredness’ and makes links with
ethical stances in psychotherapy. Builds on
and develops similar arguments published
Congratulations on producing such a lucid
paper in a second language.
It will be wonderful, if you can e-mail me
your talk note and I can quote from it.
I really appreciate Peter Schmid's clearness
of delineation toward other therapies and
clearness of presentation of the
non-directive attitude, when he talks about
therapies, therapists, and clients ...
it was good to see your paper in the latest edition of PCEP.
Paul Wilkins, GB
I'm glad I was there
for your presentation in California. It was super.
Click here for the presentation
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