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July 12 - 16, 2006

As this years General Assembly (GA) took place within the context of PCE 2006, it was held in two parts.

First meeting: 12th July 2006

  1. Opening and welcoming of the participants
  2. Apologies from the Board
  3. Minutes of last GA in Lisbon, Portugal, September 30-October 1, 2006
  4. Agenda of current GA
  5. Election of the Board and Chair
  6. Report from the Board Current status of NEAPCEPC becoming a Chapter of WAPCEPC
  7. Members Reports 

Second meeting 14 July 2006

  1. Completion of members reports
  2. Financial report
  3. EAP report
  4. EAC
  5. Future of NEAPCEPC as a WAPCEPC Chapter
  6. NEAPCEPC GA 2007

 List of members and delegates present at the meeting:

AFP-ACP, France, Sandra Pedeville,Willi Roes, Colette Pernez
AFPC, Belgium, Cecile Joris
AFTCP, Switzerland, not present
APG Forum, Austria, Gerhard Stumm
APG/IPS, Austria, Peter Schmid
APPCPC, Portugal, Joao Hippolito
BAPCA, Great Britain, Sheila Haugh, Andrea Uphoff
GPF, Luxembourg, not present
GwG, Germany, Gisela Borgmann Schaefer, Michael Halhuber-Ahlmann (second meeting only)
HAPCA, Greece, not present
HAPCPMH, Hungary, Magda Draskόczy
Hellenic Focusing Center, Greece, Anna Karali (second meeting only)
; Pavlos Zarogiannis (second meeting only)
IFEF, France, not present
OeGWG, Austria  Sonja Kinigadner (present at second meeting only)
PCA, Czechia, not present
PCAIF, not present
PCT Scotland, Susan Cornforth
Pre-Therapy Network International, Belgium, Dion van Werde
Psychoconsulta, Slovakia, not present
SGGT, Switzerland, Alphonse Salamin (second meeting only)
; Philippe Wandeler (second meeting only
TCPCA, Greece, not present
VCgP, Netherlands, Henk Hanekamp
VVCEPC, Belgium, Kurt Renders

A number of interested individuals joined the first meeting also:
Robert Elliott (University of  Strathclyde)
Sara Callen and Bernard Mooney (members of BAPCA)
Heike Froehling (member of GwG).

New members and applicants:
ARPCP, Romania are in the process of applying for membership.



1. Opening and welcoming of participants

 Gisela Borgmann Schaefer welcomed the participants of this year’s NEAPCEPC General Assembly on behalf of its hosts, GwG. She emphasised the chosen location of  Potsdam as one of historical importance. Participants of the General Assembly were invited to dinner by the hosts, GwG.

 2.  Apologies from the Board

 Roelf Takens VCgP (Chair) Mary-Louise Andriakopoulos HAPCA (Treasurer) sent apologies for their absence. Magda Draskoćzy took up the chair until elections of the new board and chair could be carried out.

 3. Minutes of GA, Lisbon 2005

 The minutes of the last General Assembly 2005 in Lisbon were approved.

 4. Agenda for both meetings of the GA 2006

 The agenda for the two meetings of the General Assembly was approved.

 5. Elections

 According to NEAPCEPC statutes, Board members are elected for a period of two years and can be re-elected twice. Andrea Uphoff was voted on to the Board in 2005 and as her term had not yet expired was asked to conduct the election process.

 Roelf Takens had completed a six year term and was no longer eligible for re-election. Magda Draskoczy and Marie-Louise Andriakopoulos have completed a four year term and were happy to stand for re-election as were Willi Roes and Gisela Borgmann Schaefer, each of whom had completed a two year term. No other nominations were made and Magda Draskoczy, Marie-Louise Andriakopoulos, Willi Roes and Gisela Borgmann Schaefer were re-elected to the Board in a unnanimous vote.

 In a further unanimous vote, Magda Draskoczy was voted to be Chair of the NEAPCEPC Board with tasks to be distributed among the other Board members at a later date. 

6. Report from the Board on the current status of NEAPCEPC becoming a Chapter of WAPCEPC

Magda Draskoczy  informed the members present of the current status, confirming that NEAPCEPC had made a proposal to become a Chapter of WAPCEPC to the Board of that organisation. During PCE 2006, WAPCEPC were to hold a GA at which they will present proposals to their members of revised statutes and bylaws,  allowing for establishment of regional Chapters within the association. After this, NEAPCEPC can formally approach WAPCEPC to become the European Chapter of WAPCEPC. The date for the transition is expected to be January 1st, 2007.

 In the meantime the NEAPCEPC Board has started negotiations on the conditions of becoming the European Chapter of WAPCEPC. As a Chapter NEAPCEPC will agree to accept the statutes and bylaws of WAPCEPC. In supplement to these, NEAPCEPC will no longer be required to have statutes, but rather an abbreviated set of bylaws clarifying the agreement from the European Chapter’s perspective. Two versions of bylaws were distributed for members to read. It was agreed that a decision would be made at the second meeting of the GA as to which version would be adopted.

 Peter Schmid remarked on the history of these developments, as well as pointing out that in the past there have been NEAPCEPC members who were not members of the WA (often for financial reasons). With the establishment of a European Chapter, there will only be one fee payable, to WAPCEPC, and   NEAPCEPC membership fees can be dropped. The fee will remain equivalent to those paid to NEAPCEPC.

 7. Members reports

 VVCEPC Belgium: The organisation growing well and has approximately 400 members, half of whom are under the age of 35 years of age. Two symposia were arranged last year, each  with approximately 220 participants. The symposia were open to therapists of other orientations. There are plans to raise membership fees 10 € next year and offer the PCEP journal as a benefit.

 BAPCA , Great Britain: BAPCA was working under difficult circumstances last year as there had been a number of bereavements within the co-ordinating group. Despite this, the Constitution was rewritten in more person-centred and accessible language and has been accepted by the Charity Commission. The Website has been established, although it still needs some attention. Professional regulation is still pending. Two very exciting projects are on the horizon; BAPCA is taking part in the Therapy Today Exhibition in October which is intended to showcase the profession and is also fianancing a  research project enquiring into in Client-Centred Therapy, particularly within the health service.

 Pre-Therapy Network International, Belgium: The beating heart of this movement is the annual meeting in Gent, Belgium which has been taking place for the 10 years in which the network has existed. It has approximately 30 participants. It was remarked, that of those 30, 13 were currently participants at PCE 2006. The network maintains close ties to ISPS (International. Society for Schizophrenia and Psychosis) and alot of ideas are exchanged. In 2005 some people were nominated as pre-therapy trainers, a step towards accreditation and possibly initiating a Train the Trainer course in Europe.

 PCT Scotaland: This organisation sees itself primarily as a networking organisation for person=-centred counsellors/counselling in Scotland. It aims to set standards, support its members, make person-centred therapy available throughout Scotland and extend  understanding of the

Person-centred Approach generally. It has 200 members, one of whom recently joined from Cyprus when not finding any organisational support there either for psychotherapy generally, or person-centred work in particular. The website is the main resource of PCT Scotland and can be visited at: www.pctscotland.co.uk. There is a directory of counsellors and supervisors to be found here, a database of notices and events which can be accessed by members and members of the public. Members also receive a weekly email with updates. An event is planned on May 19th, 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rogers’ demise. A further project is underway to survey and create a map of person-centred therapy in Scotland; finding out by whom, where and how person-centred therapy is practiced.

 AFPC Belgium: Training is seen as the most important activity of AFPC. It has 50 members. Last year the organisation took 700 calls from the public with enquiries about psychotherapy and professionalisation. Their website will be online next year. They have established long term working groups and also focusing groups. Ethical and Psychotherapy research is in the process of publication, as are updates to the French Bibliography. The University of Louvain (Leuven) has invited them to facilitate on their course. There was an event last year, a study day and celebrations of 20 years as an orgaisation. The theme of the day was ‘between strength and fragility’.

 IPS Austria are moving towards the end of negotiations for working at the newly founded Sigmund Freud University where Psychotherapy can be studied as an independent science, without students having a previous psychology degree. This course of study does not entitle graduates to become psychotherapists - an additional training programme is required.

The curriculum will offer 8 psycholtherapy orientations at BA, Magister (MA) and Doctorate levels. The BA is achievable in 6 semesters, the Magister, or MA equivalent 10 semesters and a Doctorate 14 semesters. The first 4 semesters will be dedicated to a general foundation including neurology. Specialisation begins in semester 5. The courses will be inexpensive compared to USA fees, but more expensive than Austrian studies. Peter Schmid is to be the co-ordinator for the department of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and he and his colleagues will have a teaching remit.

This is a very exciting development because being within a university opens up doors to research and funding.

The international German journal Person, is now edited by all German speaking editors from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The GwG receives 100 copies. It is a high quality peer-reviewed international scientific journal. An International Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy is due for publication this year.

 In Austria, 18 methods of psychotherapy are recognised natiouanlly. There are approximately  6,000 psychotherapists, 800 of whom identify themselves as person-centred or client-centred, whereby client-centred is considered the more classical approach and person-centred includes experiential approaches.  250 students are currently being trained as psychotherapists. An international conference is planned for 2007, celebrating 10 years of this organisation’s existence. Title: Openess and Diversity in the Person-Centred Approach. 150 participants are expected.

 APPCPC, Portugal held their annual congress recently over a period of 4 days with workshops and encounter groups. There were approximately 200 participants. The university faculty (Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa) of psychology has clearly aligned itself with the Person-Centred Approach. The 1st level of training in psychotherapy is in the university, the rest of the training is with the association. The association also supervises Balint group facilitators from a person-centred perspective. There is a website available, also with an english version. Professional regulation of psychotherapy/psycholgy is not yet established in Portugal. The research centre in the university has been working on themes of self-esteem and values by comparing Rogers’ scales and developing new scales.

 VCgP: In Holland psychotherapy is a regulated profession. Behavioural therapy is on the increase and research is directed towards this approach. Psychologists generally and professors within universities have changed orientations, in order to take advantage of payments by third party health insurance. VCgP has raised its membership fees in order to be able to create a new image and profile of client-centred therapy. The PCEP journal is now a part of membership benefits. Every psychotherapist who is recognised by health insurance can become a member of this organisation in the hope that people will be become interested in client-centred therapy. For the same promotional reasons, the association has paid fees for eight young professionals to be at  PCE 2006. Research already shows that Client-Centred psychotherapy is more helpful for depressiion and chronic depression than CBT. Currently there is a new research project taking place to compare CBT and Person-Centred therapy when working with borderline diagnoses.

 HAPCPMHC, Hungary: Very few psychologists are entitiled to be called psychotherapists in Hungary; it is predominantly psychiatrists who can use this title. Generally, the Person-Centred Approach is utilised more by teachers, social workers, etc. Up until now HAPCPMHC were a chapter of the Hungarian Psychiatric Association. A decision has recently been made to become an independent association and the hope is that the organisation will have more financial freedom and more independence to accomodate their members. Over the last 3 years, a series of encounter weekends have taken place for members and others who are interested. 15-20 people have created a very strong network – this is the organisation’s  way of building a community, rather than arranging conferences.

 AFP-ACP, France: Professional regualtion is still pending. All person-centred training institutes in France are members of this association. The purpose is to develop training standards in line with EAP which is represented in France by FF2P (Federation of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis). AFP-ACP has 95 individual members and 6 training organisations -  2 applications are pending. The Focusing Institute has also been accepted within the association. This decision was taken in part due to last year’s discussion at NEAPCEPC GA about experiential therapies and how individual organisations regarded and integrated them. The Focusing Institute has, on its own  initiative, decided to offer 2 years of basic person-centred training as a premise for focusing training. AFP-ACP has been examining criteria as to whom can be accredited as a Client-Centred Therapist, while remaining in line with standards set by the federation of psychotherapists and EAP. The aim is to set up criteria and procedures for a person-centred accreditation process in order that a list of practitioners can go public. ACP Pratique et Recherche is a high standard international review in French (in conjunction with the Swiss and Belgians). This journal has independent informal links with AFP-ACP. The Collectif Carl Rogers (led by Andre de Peretti) produces Trait d’Union which is a newsletter, reaching out to other professions and training institutes. The Cartright questionnaire has been translated into French and is being standardised for France. It is to be used by volunteer private practitioners in order to feed in to research.

 ACP Nord is organising a workshop in Lille, France, for young people with a theme of the Person-Centred Approach in Europe. The organisers would like support from our organisations as they are hoping to be financed by EU in Brussels. Our members can expect to be contacted by them.

 GwG, Germany: In Germany there are 3 organisations representing the Person-Centred Approach. ÄGG, DPGG and GwG. GwG is the largest of these with approximately 4,000 members. A successful symposium for counselling was held this year, improving the network for trainers. A further general symposium is held annually in Mainz with approx. 300 participants. GwG carries out many trainings and last year it decided that it would offer more short-term modules and curricula for teachers, social workers etc. This is working well. GwG publishes its own books, usually at least 2 books per year. Many professors in Germany are retiring and are being replaced by CBT theorists. There is a trend towards diagnosis and medical model treatments and this fits well with CBT. However, CBT does not deal with co-morbidity and has not been researched sufficiently in this area. The GwG finds itself in a difficult professional political situation since the rules for acceptance into health insurance provision have changed and GwG can no longer attain this. Third party insurance will only reimburse CBT and psychoanalytic treatments.


AGENDA: Second meeting 14 July 2006

  1. Completion of members reports
  2. Financial report
  3. EAP report
  4. EAC
  5. Future of NEAPCEPC
  6. NEAPCEPC GA 2007

  8. Completion of members reports

 OeGWG, Austria:  All psychotherapy training is now done within the University. The organisation collaborates with the university for training in the second year of the MA degree. This has found favour with the students. OeGwG have also established a post-graduate course of study. They have assisted the Chambers of Psychothearapy in regulation of the profession; regulation has stagnated at present. They are trying to develop a branch of counselling alongside psychotherapy, so are trying to establish an academy for supervision and a counselling service. The representative remarked that their organisation would welcome it if NEAPCEPC would arrange more multi-cultural encounters.

 SSGT, Switzerland: The Swiss society is stable both in terms of members and activities. They are co-founder of a new society of counselling in Swizerland for diverse orientations and which will maybe enter the EAC. There seems to be another counselling society in the south of Switzerland as well, but very little is known about them. They participate in the journal ACP Pratique et Recherche, as well as in newsletters.  Because of difficulties in implementing changes within the organisation, more powers were given to the Board in order to do so. Psychology legislation is currently being dealt with in parliament and all training institutions will be regulated as a result of this. Universities are trying to take over psychotherapy trainings and trainers are sceptical about being able to maintain a culture of dialogue within such institutions. The organisation has withdrawn somewhat form this endeavour. The Person-Centred Approach is not well represented in the universities, so the society would like to co-operate on research projects. In Switzerland, Person-Centred therapy is acceptable, but not reimbursed by health insurance.

 Hellenic Focusing Centre, Greece: This centre was established in 1999. The training begins with 2 years of Person-Centred work, followed by 2 years of focusing. The course is aimed towards psychotherapy, rather than counselling..

 ARPCP, Romania: A letter from this organisation was read to the GA. They were accredited this year with the Romanian Federation for Psychotherapy. Their first training is being organised in October 2006. They are currently working on becoming a member of NEAPCEPC.

 8.1. Willi Roes reminds all organisations to send a copy of their reports for the website.

 9. Financial Report 2005

 As the treasurer, Marie-Louise Andriakopoulos, was absent from the GA, no financial report could be made to the members. Andrea Uphoff had received the accounts shortly before the first meeting and had questions in relation to these. She suggested that she clarify any issues and that the accounts be emailed to the participants with the GA minutes. The members agreed to this.

  10. EAP report

 Michael Halhuber-Ahlmann (GwG, Berlin) reported that EAP is busy with applications from Latvia and Poland, as well as applications pending from Belgrade, Belgium, UK, Spain and France. Poland sent delegates from 3 organisations to the meeting in October. Jurgen Kriz expressed that there were difficulties in co-ordination with Poland. Polish therapists are very interested in acquiring ECP but come up against barriers with polish organisations/authorities which prevent them doing so – not a good atmosphere. EAP showed a financial loss of 17,000 € for 2004/2005. The situation is manageable since the organisation retains 63,000 € in reserves, but it is still implementing strategies to save money in future. New annual fees are being implemented at a minimum of ???? and maximum of ????.

 11. EAC

NEAPCEPC has no representative of EAC at the moment. It was thought that if NEAPCEPC cannot establish contact, it should stop paying membership fees. Anna Karali of the Hellenic Focusing Centre knows the chariman of the EAC board and has agreed to take up contact on behalf of NEAPCEPC.

 12. The future of NEAPCEPC as a WAPCEPC Chapter

 At the WAPCEPC GA, the GA voted in favour of the general establishment of regional chapters. The practical proposal about the appointment of the delegate from NEAPCEPC to the WAPCEPC Board, either as a delegate or as a nominated and elected member of the Board, was refused. The WAPCEPC Board withdrew this proposal because of the questions still open among the members and therefore the financial proposal was not discussed.

 WAPCEPC has now elected a new Board. It is thought that they will nominate somebody from the Board to liaise with NEAPCEPC and they have asked for more time to reconsider the situation before they reenter into negotiations with NEAPCEPC.

 There was much discussion among NEAPCEPC delegates as to whether the organisation should still apply for integration as a Chapter of WAPCEPC or not. Gisela Borgmann Schaefer (GwG) expressed surprise at the atmosphere of the WAPCEPC GA and what she felt was the lack of enthusiasm and welcome as a Chapter. She suggested that this process will take time and should be completed only when the idea has been discussed in detail on both Boards. Sheila Haugh of BAPCA also raised concerns about the speed with which the issue is being pushed through.  Peter Schmid pointed there was support for the principle, but not for the extra delegate. What the WAPCEPC GA members had objected to was the extra delegate on the WAPCEPC Board, which was understood as an unnecessary privilege when in fact  so many of the members of the Board are from Europe. Other issues are not under dispute. His suggestion was that NEAPCEPC send a statement to WAPCEPC that NEAPCEPC wishes to become a Chapter of WAPCEPC and will abide by their statutes and bylaws.

 Generally, it was felt that there was too much detail to be discussed in the time available to us. Cecile Joris of AFPC felt she needed clearer information about the spirit behind the proposal in writing. Why do we want to become a chapter? What are the advantages?  It was pointed out that this was the 3rd NEAPCEPC GA at which this topic was being discussed and that information had been given to all member organisations via the GA and the minutes which are posted on the website as to the rationale for becoming a Chapter: at present we adhere to the same principles, but have double administrative expenses. The aim is to synergise financial and political aspects of both organisations.

 A few members felt they needed concrete financial information and provisional budget before voting to go ahead in our application as a Chapter. Discussion was also needed to establish how NEAPCEPC can be linked from our side to the Board of WAPCEPC.

 The NEAPCEPC Chair proposed that we vote on becoming a Chapter, but that each representative take the proposed Bylaws back to their organisations for discussion and suggested amendments. A vote on these could be taken next year.

 The following proposals were put to the vote:

 First Proposal:

 NEAPCEPC waives the right  to a delegate, either appointed or elected to the WAPCEPC Board.

 Votes in favour:         Unanimous

 Second Proposal:

 The GA of  NEAPCEPC entitles the Board to become a chapter of  WAPCEPC from 1.1.2007 under the following conditions:

  1. All members of  NEAPCEPC are informed regularly by the board of NEAPCEPC about  negotiations with the Baord of WAPCEPC.
  2. NEAPCEPC is entitled to continue its work to become a Chapter of the WA as submitted in its original proposal to WAPCEPC, except for delegation of an additional board member.
  3. NEAPCEPC receives 35% of the membership fees that its members pay to WAPCEPC.
  4. NEAPCEPC sends a provisional budget for the year 2007 to its members together with a financial statement for 2005 and 2006, plus an overview of the provisional situation at the end of 2006.
  5. Some organisations that are members of both WAPCEPC and NEAPCEPC do not pay a fee to WAPCEPC due to a special arrangement with WAPCEPC regarding the subscription of the PCEP journal for their members. These NEAPCEPC organisations will pay 35% of the fee they would normally pay to WAPCEPC in accordance with the numbers of their individual members.
  6. If they find themselves in fundamental disagreement, each member of NEAPCEPC is entitled to veto the process of becoming a Chapter by a written statement to the Board of NEAPCEPC.

 There were three rounds of voting as a consensus could not be reached in the first two rounds. The majority accepted the proposal in the third round as follows:

 Votes in favour:      17

Votes against:        7

Abstentions:           3                              


Third Proposal:

 NEAPCEPC retains its current Bylaws until the next GA

 Votes in favour: Unanimous


13. NEAPCEPC GA 2007

 BAPCA will host the next GA within the context of their bi-annual conference at the University of Warwick, England, 6-9 September 2007. 


Complete report of members : Belgium AFPC (french version click here);