AGENDA: First meeting: 7th September 2007
AGENDA: Second meeting: 8th September 2007
List of members and delegates present at the meeting:
AFP-ACP, France, Willi Roes
AFPC, Belgium, Cecile Joris
APG Forum, Austria, Gerhard Stumm
APG/IPS, Austria, Peter Schmid
BAPCA, Great Britain, Andrea Uphoff
GwG, Germany, Gisela Borgmann Schaefer
HAPCPMH, Hungary, Magda Draskόczy
PCAIF, Brigitte Darras
PCT Scotland, Susan Cornforth
SGGT, Switzerland, Alphonse Salamin
Further present: a possible future delegate of BAPCA, Karen Molyneux, and Sheila Haugh representing WAPCEPC.
Apologies: Marylou Andriakopoulou, Halhuber-Ahlmann, Patrick Kaufmann
First meeting: 7th September 2007
3. Report of the board
3.1 Apologies were noted from Marylou Andriakopoulou for not being able to assist the board in their duties during the past year.
3.2 The WAPCEPC board sent a communication to NEAPCEPC in July proposing new conditions for NEAPCEPC to become a Chapter of WAPCEPC. WAPCEPC accept the idea of chapters in general, but their proposal needs discussion as the financial implications are quite different to those that had been discussed previously (see mail in the appendix).
3.3 The board proposed a focus on what members expect from NEAPCEPC (in contrast to WAPECPC) in order to prepare concrete chapter negotiations. The board reminded the delegates present that European organizations such as EAP and EAC need European representation. NEAPCEPC is a EWAO (European Wide Accreditation Organization) and NEAPCEPC must check the implications of this in a more active way. In order to renew this status, the board needs to know which therapists have applied for an ECP (European Certificate of Psychotherapy) in each country during the last 5 years.
3.4 It was noted that it had been difficult for NEAPCEPC delegates to engage in intensive discussions at the last couple of GA’s, as the meetings were integrated into national or World Association conferences. For this reason, beginning this year, the board asked organisations to make their reports in advance of the meeting, leaving more time for discussion.
3.5 It was also noted that being member of the board is only effective if a person can stay on for a number of years. Under the current bylaws a person can only serve for 6 years. Understanding the workings of the NEAPCEPC takes time and it would be more constructive if board members could stay in office for a longer term.
4.0 Chapter discussion
A real conflict of interest is not envisaged should NEAPCEPC become a chapter of WAPCEPC. The amount of money available to NEAPCEPC for its activities might become an issue under the conditions currently proposed by WAPCEPC. Therefore it is necessary that NEAPCEPC clarify its needs and plan its budget accordingly. The proposal that a NEAPCEPC representative should be an automatic WAPCEPC board member was not accepted at the WAPCEPC GA 2007 and is also no longer considered a necessary criterion to becoming a chapter by NEAPCEPC. In sum, it was agreed that becoming a chapter would be a win-win situation for all organizations concerned, but that more reflection is necessary.
Second meeting: 8th September 2007
Michael Halhuber-Ahlmann, NEAPCEPC representative for EAP, sent his apologies. His EAP report was sent to all members via email in advance of the meeting. Representation in EAC and EAP remains a difficult issue. The number of meetings at which presence is required is simply too much for one person; both EAC and EAP require 3 meetings within Europe per year. Gisela Borgman-Schäfer, the board member who has primarily been concerned with this task, offered NEAPCEPC a temporary solution: as well as Michael Halhuber-Ahlmann, she will enlist the help of Eleonore Pleul (GwG) who could go to EAC meetings. However, the ideal solution would be to have one NEAPCEPC board member being responsible for attendance at both EAP and EAC. This would entail travel through Europe 6 times a year and could be prohibitive for any one person.
The finances of the travel involved in NEAPCEPC representation has, to date, been carried by GwG and NEAPCEPC would like to thank GwG for its most generous support. It was, however, felt strongly that NEAPCEPC should begin to take responsibility for its own expenses and that in the near future these trips should be financed directly by NEAPCEPC. It was estimated that this would cost approx. 2000 € per year. For the present representation will continue as described above with any changes being made at the GA 2008.
Furthermore, the difficulty of understanding the topics and relationships for new persons coming on to the GA or board was noted. In connection with this, a proposal was made to erase the limit of 2 re-elections to the board in order to guarantee continuity. The delegates present agreed on this point, but no vote could be taken because of the lack of a quorum. This too will be voted on at the GA 2008.
Gisela Borgmann-Schäfer will not be continuing her work on the board. The new representative of GwG (Sylvia Rasch-Oswald) will be taking Gisela Borgmann-Schäfers place as a delegate.
A clarification : EAC is composed in the same time of national-method-organisations (like BAPCA) and of international-umbrella –organisations (like NEAPCEPC).
4.1 Negotiations with the WAPCEPC board: the board met with Sheila Haugh, WAPCEPC representative, after the GA meeting yesterday. It was agreed that the NEAPCEPC board have another meeting with her in approximately 6 months time in order to have more understanding and continuity in the exchanges.
4.2 NEAPCEPC certification of PCEP a) therapists, b) training institutes, c) trainers, d) supervisors within Europe was proposed. This could be issued to students graduating from NEAPCEPC member organizations. It is envisioned that it be issued in English and the language of the therapist/trainer/supervisor etc. and be signed by the NEAPCEPC Chairperson and also by the EAP/EAC, thereby documenting our existence. This could possibly be beneficial for practitioners negotiating with health insurance companies. It could also been seen as a small source of income for NEAPCEPC. Peter Schmid offered to work on a concrete proposal and submit it to the board.
4.3 Support smaller and poorer countries. Hosting the NEAPCEPC GA in Hungary had boosted their activity. Magda will take up contact with eastern countries and search for a host for 2009. It is understood that NEAPCEPC would undertake to support this financially.
4.4 Ensure that PCEP approaches remain accepted and accredited within Europe by maintaining training principles and standards
Support European PCEP participation at important international meetings, e.g the World Congress of Psychotherapy in 2008 to be held in Bejing, China.
Continue to reflect on and articulate the difference between counselling and psychotherapy
Reflect on the social implications of the PCA
These demands show that a real need for our work exists and will have to be maintained, investing in the means in order to do this work.
Pre-Therapy International Network
Report of AFPC (Belgium) to the General Assembly of the NEAPCEPC
(Cirencester, United Kingdom, 7 - 8 September 2007).
In 2006, AFPC (Belgium, French speaking part of the country) organized on october 21rst a study day and celebrations of 20 years of AFPC as an organisation. The theme of the day was ‘ Between Strength and Fragility’ with, as lecturers, Bernadette Lamboy, Pol Verhelst and Jean Verriest. Gaston Demaret insured the introduction and Dolorès Corso made the conclusion, whereas Marianne Verschooris facilitated the discussions. About 100 persons attended the event which encluded a dinner and a dansing party. The next morning, Bernadette Lamboy was leading a day on ‘Focusing’ (8 participants).
Our website is borned this year (www.afpc.be) thanks to the efficient help of Michel Mélotte, one of our members.
Questions and demands received by AFPC keep raising. 60% of them deal with activities of our association, the PCE approach, the differences between various psychotherapy approaches and other general problems (profession, deontology etc). The other 40% concern the training program and the list of psychotherapists.
Training is seen as the most important activity of AFPC. The training school organises each year course of training in Psychotherapy and in Counselling as well as inter-visions, supervisions sessions, long term Encounter Groups and workshops on Focusing.
AFPC is also active in the field of research among other on the theme ‘L’Approche humaniste et les troubles psychopathologiques’ (Humanist approach and Psychopathology). We also update regularly the french speaking bibiography : the 3rd addendum was published in 2006. (See the site of the Iberico- American University of Mexico, bibliography of the WAPCEPC, done by Alberto Segrera and also the site of Peter Schmid, Austria. Thank to them).
Publications : One of our member, Emmanuelle Zech - Ph-D in Psychology and Professor in the University of Louvain (UCL) - published a book about mourning (E. Zech : Psychologie du deuil. Impact et processus d’adaptation au décès d’un proche. Editions Mardaga, 2006). The members of AFPC publish papers in Journals among other in the ‘Journal de l’AFPC’ (open to members only). Cécile Joris - Ph-D in Psychology - wrote a quite complete and personal report about the General Assembly and the Conference of Potsdam, 2006 (Journal de l’AFPC, 2006, 3&4, pp. 8-15).
The University of Louvain (UCL) invited the confirmed members of the AFPC to be members of a think tank, whose discussions allowed a new training program to be created. The content of it is : ‘Intervention psychologique. Psychothérapie” (Psychological Intervention. Psychotherapy). The part of the program related to the relational dimension is given by the ‘Rogerians’ : in december 2006, Gaston Demaret and Emmanuelle Zech insured the seminar about the topic of ‘Développer une relation thérapeutique’ (How to develop a therapeutic relationship).
In 2006, Claire Demaret, Gaston Demaret and Cécile Joris spent a very huge amount of time to deal with the discussions going on (on a national level) about the regulation of the profession of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. At the moment, the law project is not concluded and due to the recent national elections and the difficulties to create a new governement, the law project is postponed to an undetermined date.
Claire Demaret, President (Translation : Cécile Joris)
Our association is now in transition. Up till now we had about 100 members but were not registered as an independent legal entity, we were part of the Hungarian Psychiatric Society. We have started the process to become legally acknowledged as an independent association and we succeeded this year. This means more freedom in initiating projects and also more possibilities to apply for financial resources. It also means, however, that at this moment we only have those few people as our members who worked with us in this process, and we are now in the process of inviting back our old members and also those people in Hungary who work in the areas of person-centred and experiential psychotherapy, counselling, education, social work, etc.
Our name is somewhat different from the previous one, it is now closer to the name generally used in Europe. The transition has, however, not influenced our basic activities. Our training program is continued, we have weekend encounter groups three times a year with 10-15 participants. Our new plan is to offer opportunity for co-supervision (intervision) for our members.
As you can see from the title, our name has also been modified (“counselling” instead of “mental hygiene”)
In the last two semesters we offered and held about 50 person-centered seminars and workshops.
Peter F. Schmid
Over the years and with careful housekeeping, BAPCA had managed to accumulate a substantial financial reserve. The members voted to spend a large proportion of this by contributing this year to a research project being carried out at the University of Strathclyde by Profs. Robert Elliott and Mick Cooper. The research is intended to update and enhance previous meta-analyses of the outcome of Person-Centred and Experiential psychotherapies, using state-of-the-art research methods. The aim is to disseminate the results to a wide scientific, practitioner and policy-maker audience. BAPCA is proud to be a part of this project, seeing it as an optimal way to support the approach and its practitioners in the climate of professional regulation.
At the beginning of this year BAPCA initiated a Downing Street Petition calling on the Government to consider therapies other than CBT, and managed to accumulate 10,035 signatures over a period of five weeks – an indication of how many people wished their concerns to be considered by the Government. Unfortunately, it seems the Government is intent on its course of action and the reply given was perfunctory.
BAPCA continues to be involved and exert influence in the working party discussions leading up to Professional Regulation. In these discussions it is to be noted that BAPCA is the only organisation representing an approach, rather than a particular institution. It has become clear that a significant amount of primary legislation will be required to implement the Government’s proposals and as a result the regulation of new professions is likely to be delayed beyond the 2008/09 date given by the Department of Health earlier in the year. In the meantime BAPCA continues to respond to consultation documents.
In October 2006 BAPCA took part in a Therapy Today Exhibition, organised by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. BAPCA’s stand at the exhibition occupied a very prominent place at the entrance, thereby drawing attention from a variety of delegates across many orientations. The programme of events carried out at the stand drew enthusiastic comments from the visitors. This exhibition brought BAPCA to the attention of, and consolidated our profile within, the counselling/psychotherapy world generally.
BAPCA continues to support Local Groups by offering a small bursary when they are founded. There are now 25 vibrant groups who meet regularly and offer Continuing Professional Development Workshops as well as run an independent website. We also continue to support PCAN (Person-Centred Approach Network) with free advertising space in PCQ, BAPCA’s quarterly magazine. PCAN runs twice yearly weekend meetings for those interested in a group experience of PCA.
BAPCA’s membership currently stands at approx. 700 and we are following a strategy to increase membership by offering more member benefits. At our Annual General Meeting in March, it was decided that we would raise membership fees to cover some longer term projects and to increase benefits to our members. In 2008 our members will receive, in addition to PCQ and PCEP, The Person-Centered Journal produced by ADPCA as part of their member benefits. In addition to this BAPCA is in the process of establishing a directory of practitioners, trainers, supervisors, students and training courses on its website.
BAPCA is not a training or accrediting body, but is currently working on a project for BAPCA Course Affiliation. This scheme would aim to give person-centred courses a benchmark by which they can judge their course and encouragement if they wish to develop their person-centred curriculum.
The 2007 European Youth Forum arranged by ACP NORD, France, was unable to take place due to lack of European funding. BAPCA continues to support this event for success in 2008.
BAPCA has recently commissioned a film of interviews with those people that have been prominent within the approach with, and after, Rogers. This will be edited in the near future and available on DVD for sale.
And last, but certainly not least, we have arranged our 3rd National Conference at which we host this years NEAPCEPC GA. We welcome the opportunity to foster good relationships with fellow organisations in this way. The conference has attracted a number of prominent keynote speakers and a great number of offers for diverse and interesting workshops from delegates. BAPCA has also awarded a number of bursaries to enable some who would have been unable to attend to do so
Report from AFP-ACP
the French Association for Psychotherapy in the Person Centred Approach
In March of this year the loss of our inspirational founding president, Bérénice Dartevelle, was an emotional experienced which brought us together in sadness but also in celebration of her person and her work.
It has been a busy year for us, with the voting of criteria and procedures and the creation of the first Accreditation Commission. We are just starting to accredit our members according to qualitative and quantitative criteria.
As well as our individual members (about 120), eight training organisations now belong to our association and we had our first trainer's day in April. Preparing the accreditation criteria has sparked off a need for exchange concerning each training organisation's procedures and criteria.
Elke Lambers gave a two day seminar on supervision and a person centred approach to psychopathology which was very well attended by our members.
With the change in government, the decree which was to regulate the profession of psychotherapist has not yet been signed and we do not yet know what the new government's attitude to regulation will be.
Report on the activity of the PCAI-F. Training Institute
-“Programme Européen de Formation et d’Entrainement à la Psychothérapie Centrée sur le Client, au Counseling et aux Applications de l’Approche Centrée sur la Personne » :two groups are actually following this three years training.
-« Formation à l’écoute et à la qualité relationnelle » : this module (four workshops a year) introduces participants to the PCA. Some of them follow later the three years training.
-Supervision: three groups are going on (in the North,in Paris and in Rhone Alpes: french and swiss participants).
-Psychopathology: a course will be offered again by Pr Joao Hipolito in September.
-“Post formation”: we are developping it. A major fact is the support than professionals get by meeting together.
-Person-centred consultants trained in the three years program are working in an office where there is a regular renewal of orders.
-A second issue of the review : « L’Approche Centrée sur la Personne, témoignages et réflexions » (with contributions from students as well as from experienced practionners) will be published this year. The first issue was published in October 2005 and a special publication: “Correspondance Carl Rogers-André de Peretti 1966-1986” prefaced by A. de Peretti and translated by Olga Kauffmann.
-“The training Program “Kid’s workshop” will be offered again by Barbara Williams in April 2008.
Decrees concerning the status of psychotherapists are still not published.
Person Centered Approach Institute Praha Report to the General Assembly of the (NEAPCEPC)
Person Centered Approach Institute Praha is one of the two institutions providing training in PCA psychotherapy and counseling in Czech Republic. In its 13 years’ history it has organized 9 training programs. Two of them were conducted in cooperation with Slovak PCA Institute Ister. There have been hundreds of participants graduated on level A, tenths on level A and B and 12 graduated on all three levels according to our training standards up to the current date. Few others are currently applying for the highest graduation.
Institute has currently 19 regular members, all trained and experienced therapists, providing training in PCA on different levels. There are 3 honorary members – Vladimir Hlavenka, Poly Iossifides and Jan Vymetal, who contributed in remarkable extent to development of PCA in Czechia and provided initial supervision for our programs.
There are two training programs in extension of 770 hours in level A and 360 hours in level B. There are 60 participants altogether.
There is a one day conference on PCA psychotherapy in Czech and Slovak Languages organized in Prague on November 24th by graduates from our programs. Institute takes guaranty of it.
Association for Person-Centred Therapy Scotland Report to the General Assembly of the NEAPCEPC
The Association for Person-Centred Therapy (Scotland) continues to thrive as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2007.
A 20th Anniversary Celebration was held in Edinburgh on Saturday 19 May 2007. This event was open to members and non-members and was supported by 120 participants. The day programme offered a wide range of presentations and workshops while the evening included a reception, dinner and after-dinner entertainment.
A survey of the membership of PCT Scotland was carried out in October and November 2006. 60% of the membership took part in the survey, which focused on discovering information about the practices of person-centred counsellors working in Scotland today. A presentation about the PCT Scotland survey and its results is being offered as part of the programme at the BAPCA conference (Cirencester, UK; 6-9 September 2007).
Membership of PCT Scotland continues to grow. At the most recent annual general meeting held on 19 May 2007, our membership was 253, a 21% increase since May 2006.
In November 2006, Dave Mearns accepted an honorary life membership of PCT Scotland in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of the person-centred approach in Scotland and also of PCT Scotland.
The PCT Scotland website (www.pctscotland.co.uk) continues to attract visitors from all over the world. In the period 2006 – 2007, there were 225,000 visits to the site.
Looking to the future…
Current issues that affect person-centred practitioners in the UK include the government’s ongoing work to regulate psychological therapies and the disproportionate emphasis on CBT as the desired approach within the National Health Service. While these issues affect the whole UK, as a result of devolution, separate Scottish institutions must take forward these initiatives here and we retain hope that there is still time to influence the outcomes.
This will be the subject of a PCT Scotland membership meeting to be held in Stirling on 27 October 2007. The aim of the meeting is to enable members to identify and work towards a shared agenda for the future of person-centred counselling in Scotland.
Report on the activity of the EAP 2006/2007
By Michael Halhuber-Ahlmann
Reports of the Annual General Meeting in Florence (June 2007)
Alexander Filts said that the EAP has made good steps forward on the organisational, financial and political level.
Alfred Pritz reported on the activities in the office and his work as General Secretary:
· There is a new movement in Cyprus to create a National Organisation for Psychotherapists.
· The first association from Luxemburg was accepted at the meeting of the membership committee in Florence the day before the AGM.
· A preliminary solution was elaborated during the year for the tense situation in Poland.
· The EU platform committee continued its work, the missing questionnaires from Sweden and Hungary were finally received.
· There was a Symposium on “Psychiatry – Psychology – Psychotherapy, Common Aspects and Differences” at the Vienna meeting in February 2007. The Symposium was quite successful, but the EAP failed in getting into closer contact with psychiatry and psychology associations.
· There will be a meeting in October 2007 concerning the foundation of the European Psychotherapy University network in Cologne. The aim of this network is to point out the possibilities of already existing activities of university based psychotherapy and to improve the collaboration with other institutes (e.g. Training institutes, psychotherapy research centres).
Mony Elkaim gave a report on the latest developments the EU platform, he said that psychotherapists who want to travel through Europe face big troubles when they want to practise in another country as there is no European-wide law regulation for this profession in the European Union. The Union authorised European association to create so-called platforms for comparing the levels of national requirements and finding compensations. The EAP has the chance to be the first association to use the platform.
At the Vienna-meeting Mony Elkaim had introduced Annik Lambert, a lawyer who volunteered to work for the EAP to establish a European-Wide framework for compensations for migrant psychotherapists.