The Network of the European Associations for Person Centred Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (NEAPCEPC), called PCE Europe from 2011, aims to achieve and maintain a high standard of training and practice for person-centred and experiential (PCE) psychotherapists and counsellors.
Its main goal is to serve the public through promotion of the person-centred paradigm. It does this by supporting and encouraging scientific study, as well as the improvement of practice in this paradigm, especially in the field of psychotherapy and counselling; and also by engaging in socio-political processes to ensure the continued contribution of the person-centred paradigm in health, social insurance, education and academic contexts.
In order to forward these goals PCE Europe established The European Certificate for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (PCE Certificate) for practitioners, trainers and training organizations.
This will help ensure that PCE psychotherapists and counsellors are trained according to PCE Europe standards and embrace the person-centred paradigm. The PCE Certificate will also aid mobility of PCE practitioners and trainers within Europe.
Among the benefits of the PCE Certificate are:
You will be visible on the official PCE Europe website:
all certificate holders are entitled to be listed in the public online register as practitioner, trainer, or institute with their (personal) information and a direct link to their website. Trainers and Member Organisations can add a profile of the organization of no more than 300 words to the register. This enables a quick search and find of practitioners, trainers and institutes throughout Europe.
Clients and other interested people will be able to find qualified institutions/organisations and PCE therapists and counsellors:
if somebody seeks to make contact with a PCE organisation or needs a PCE therapist or counsellor anywhere in Europe, a look on the Internet site will help through the ‘find a practitioner or institute’ button on the PCE Europe website.
PCE therapies will improve their impact throughout Europe:
PCE therapies will strengthen their stand among the therapy orientations and the socio-political field, while showing how broad the paradigm is represented throughout European countries.
you will get a certificate to be displayed in your office or on your website.
Trainers can present themselves and their workshops online:
trainers will be entitled to add a personal profile to the online list in addition to their data and the link to their website.
The PCE Certificate will aid mobility:
mobility of PCE psychotherapists and counsellors within Europe will be facilitated by a uniform recognizable certificate. To facilitate mobility and European recognition the following statement has been agreed by PCE Europe member organisations:
The following is a statement of intent. Organisations will aim to recognise training from other countries where they can. There is no binding or legal requirement to do so:
PCE Europe member organisations agree to mutually recognize the completed training or individual components of training in person-centred psychotherapy or counselling if the conditions for participation in the training and the training itself are recognised as equivalent.’ (Brussels, November 2001)
Types of certificates
PCE Europe offers different categories of certification for individuals and training institutes who are members of organisations within PCE Europe and/or training institutes:
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You can go directly tothe specific online application forms for the PCE Certificates, including instructions and information concerning the Principles that are to be signed up to by the applicant or organisation.
The application form is accompanied by a payment form.
Your application form will be processed by the PCE Certificate Committee and your certificate will be issued by the board. You may be contacted by a member of the PCE Certification Committee if any information is not clear or if they have additional questions for you. Please note that the full process could take between 2 and 6 months depending on given information to be checked.
The actual committee members are:
Magda DRASKOCZY - Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Scottland, UK, Netherlands, Belgium (Flaams Part), Portugal, Pretherapy International Network, Russia, Poland, Romania
Sylvia RASCH-OWALD - France, Switzerland, Belgium (French Part), Austria, Germany, Spain