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November 9 through 11, 2001 (Friday, 6 p.m. to Sunday, 12 a.m.).

Host: A.F.P.C. – Association Francophone de Psychothérapie Centrée–sur–la–Personne et Expérientielle, organized by Jean Marc Priels (jean.marc.priels@pce-europe.org)

Provisional Agenda

1.  Opening and Welcoming of the participants
2.  Minutes of the 3rd GA in Salgotarjan, November 2000
3.  Report by the Board
4.  Report by the Members

5.  Financial Report 2001
6.  Budget for 2002 (1st round)
7.  New applications for full or affiliate membership of the NEAPCEPC
8.  Developments within the EAP and the European Certification
9.  NEAPCEPC’s (full or affiliate) membership of the EAC
10. Co-operation with the World Association
11. Training standards in Europe
12. Acknowledgement of (parts of) training by other countries (1990 declaration of the Network)
13. Research collaboration in Europe
14. Promoting person-centred and experiential therapy and counselling in Europe


Continuation of Agenda Saturday (if necessary) and

15. Budget for 2002 (2nd round)
16. Celebration of Rogers' 100th birthday
17. Agenda for the 5th General Assembly in Vienna, July 12-14, 2002
18. Choice of location 6th GA, 2003


Summary of the Meeting
by Peter F. Schmid

Participants:    (19)

 AFP-ACP (Bérénice Dartevelle): 1 vote
  AFPC (Nathalie Andries, Jean Marc Priels): 1 vote
  APG/Forum (Hans-Peter Ratzinger): 1 vote
  ARCEP (Françoise Ducroux-Biass): 1 vote
  BAPCA (Gill Wyatt): 2 votes
  GwG (Paulus Wacker): 3 votes
  HAPCA (Marie-Louise Andriakopoulos): 1 vote
  HAPCCPM (Magda Draskoczy): 1 vote
  ifrdp (Elisabeth Kremer): 1vote
  IPS of APG (Peter F. Schmid): 1 vote
  ÖGwG (Elisabeth Zinschitz): 2 votes
  PCA (Peter F. Schmid, Elisabeth Zinschitz): 1vote
  PCAI-F (Patrick Kauffmann): 1 vote
  PCT Scotland (Terry Dale): 2 votes
Pretherapy Network International (Garry Prouty, Jill Prouty): 1 vote
  SGGT/SPCP (Raimund Dörr, Anne Wunderle): 2 votes
  TCPCA (Polly Iossifides): 1 vote
  VCgP (Marijke Baljon, Roelf J. Takens): 2 votes
  VVCgP (Geert Derre, Sara Plessers): 2 votes

(27 votes)

2.     Minutes of the 3rd GA in Salgotarjan, November 2000
The Minutes were accepted unanimously.

3.  Report by the Board
Peter F. Schmid reported on the construction of the website and asked for the translation into the languages of the Members. Roelf Takens (Dutch), Patrick Kauffmann (French), Polly Ioussifides (Greek) and Magda Draskoczy (Hungarian) promised to organize the translations.

4. Report by the Members
Developments, problems, progresses reported etc. can be read in detail in the minutes.

5. Financial Report 2000 and 2001
The financial report for 2000 was approved unanimously by the Auditors and the GA. (Balance 31. 12. 2000: 1493,58 EUR). The balance as of 24. 10. 2001 is 5949.54 EUR (open invoices).

6. & 15.  Budget for 2002
The budget for 2002 was approved unanimously by  the GA. The expected balance as of 31. 12. 2002 is 2834.54 EUR.

7.  New applications for membership of the NEAPCEPC
The following 3 associations became new members accepted by the Board in its meeting in November 10, 2001
ifrdp – Institut de Formation et de Recherche pour le Développement de la Personne, France (Elisabeth Kremer)
ARCEP – Association Rogérienne pour le Counselling et la Psychothérapie, France (Françoise Ducroux-Biass)
Pretherapy Network International, seat: Destelbergen, Belgium (Dionysius Van Werde)
Thus the number of members increased to 24.

The following 6 institutions expressed their serious interest, but the formal procedure was not concluded until now:
IACP (Istituto dell'Approccio Centrato sulla Persona), Italy (Alberto Zucconi)
IRO  (The Personal Development Institute of Slovakia), Slovak Republic (Ludovít Dobšovič)
PCA (Institute–Ister, Bratislava), Slovak Republic (Vladimir Hlavenka)
• a Hungarian association ('Greenharmony')
SPPCCACP (Sociedade Portuguesa de Psicoterapia Centrada no Cliente e Abordagem Centrada na Pessoa), Portugal (João Marques-Teixeira)
UUAP (Division of Client–Centered Psychotherapy of the Ukrainian Umbrella Organization of Psychothgerapy), Ukraine (Alexander Filz, Olexander Kocherian)

8.  Developments within the EAP and the European Certification
Paulus Wacker reported on the developments in the European Association for Psychotherapy: 
revised Statutes including the applications of the Strasbourg Declaration 1990 and the integration of the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP) (see the EAP's homepage: www.europsyche.org)
the booklet of the EAP with a short description of all the methods (for Person-Centred Psychotherapy an article was written by Peter F. Schmid: you can read it here)
• the Patients' Charter for Persons in Psychotherapy (from the Fédération Française de Psychothérapie, FFP, Paris: www.psychotherapie.asso.fr)
• the Memorandum on Terrorism of the EAP and the setting up of a committee against terrorism etc.
• the AGM and the 10th Congress of the EAP and the Russian umbrella association (PPL) in Russia
• the EAP Congress in Frankfurt on October 2001

9.  NEAPCEPC’s membership of the EAC
Paulus Wacker reported: The NEAPCEPC finally became an Affiliated Member of the European Association for Counselling (EAC). The affiliated membership was chosen because a full membership would have been too costly.

10. Co-operation with the World Association
The importance and concept of the new Journal of the WAPCEPC (click here for information) were presented and the Members were invited to support the efforts for membership which is the financial basis for the journal.
• The next World Conference (6th PCE-Conference) will take place in Noorwijkerhout, The Netherlands, July 6-11, 2003 (click here for information)
• The address of the new website of WAPCEPC with comprehensive information and hundreds of links to PC information in the web all over the world is: www.pce-world.org.

11. Training standards in Europe
There was a discussion on two levels: 
Firstly there was agreement that the statement in the Statutes (IV.2) should not be altered: "As far as psychotherapy /counselling, according to the EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy) / EAC (European Association for Counselling) regulations, is concerned, members acknowledge the standards of the EAP / EAC and, if not yet met, aim towards fulfilling them within a given period of time." It was consensus on not imposing common standards on the Members.
Secondly there was a discussion on collecting the 'philosophical' principles of person-centered training. A draft was made formulating "Principles for person-centred and experiential training and further training in psychotherapy and counselling". It was slightly altered and unanimously accepted by the GA (1 abstention for formal reasons.)
Read the text here.

12. Acknowledgement of (parts of) training by other countries
The 1990 declaration of GwG, ÖGwG, APG, UGwG, ACCT, VRT and SGGT should be replaced (on request of the SGGT). A new agreement should be made by those Members of the Network who want to in order to facilitate the process of acknowledgment of the entire training or individual components of the training for individuals changing their residence.
The following text was accepted as a proposal to the Members:

"The representatives of the associationsinstitutions in the Network come to the following agreement:
In case of a change of residence completed trainings or individual components of trainings in Person-Centred Psychotherapy will be recognised reciprocally if
- the conditions for participation of the training as recognised by the association of the new country of residence and
- the entire training or individual components of trainings are compatible with the training curriculum of the association in the new country."

13. Research collaboration in Europe
Information is being collected from the Members about research (not only quantitative and empirical research but also qualitative research) and should be sent to Roelf J. Takens.

14. Promoting person-centred and experiential therapy and counselling in Europe
See 13.
In addition there was the suggestion (Anne Wunderle) of a working group on how to respond to things that are going on in the world from a person-centred perspective.

16. Celebration of Rogers' 100th birthday in the year 2002
Elisabeth Zinschitz informs about the preparational work for the subsymposium of the 3rd World Conference for Psychotherapy (3rd WCP). There will be five keynote speakers in the mornings: Howard Kirschenbaum, Maureen O'Hara, Dave Mearns, Wolfgang Keil, Peter F. Schmid. (More information is available here). In the afternoon there will be presentations. In a pre-symposium workshop the approach will be presented.
The 'Carl Rogers Symposium 2002 - His Life, Our Work, A Global Vision' will take place in La Jolla, California, July 24-28, 2002 (click here for more information on diverse activities re the anniversary).

19. Common German and French name for the approach (SGGT/SPCP)
Anne Wunderle reports that the SGGT wants to change its name and wants to know where the international development is going to. In a separate meeting of representatives of different German speaking associations during the GA she found out that, although "Gesprächspsychotherapie" and "klientenzentriert" are still used the trend goes towards "personzentriert". Thus she will propose to her association to change the name in this way.

18. The next (5th) General Assembly will take place in Vienna, Friday to Sunday, July 12-14, 2002
It was decided that the 6th GA in the year 2003 will take place in Holland. VVCgp will host. It will take place after the PCE Conference in Noordwijkerhout, Friday to Sunday, July 11- 13.