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Minutes of the 15th General Assembly of PCE Europe Prague, Czech Republic, 25th April 2014



  1. Introductionboardandparticipants

  2. AgendaGA2014

  3. Minutes GA 2012

  4. Newmemberorganisations

  5. ReportsEAP/EAC

  6. FinancialReport

  7. Future of PCE Europe

  8. Donation – Membership Assistance Fund

  9. Connection PCE Europe (Board) with member organizations

    Outcome round table PCE conference 2012: how to create this?

   10. Certificate committee

         Response to member organizations in verification process


         Update contact details member organizations Activities from the Board

   11. Activities from the board

         Information for new organisational members – website and documents 

   12. WAPCEPC – developments and proxy votes (Susan Stephen)

   13. Items from the organisations?

   14. AOCB

   15. Election of the new Board 

   16. Next General Assembly 2016

Delegates of PCE Europe member organisations present:

+ Administrator for PCE Europe, UK: Di English

+ AFP-ACP, France: Sandra Pedevilla
+ AFPC, Belgium: Isobelle Franscolet
+ APG Forum, Austria: Gerhard Stumm

+ APG/IPS, Austria: Peter Schmid
+ ARPCP, Romania: Mihaela Bonatiu, Florentina Palada and Georgeta Nicolescu

+ BAPCA, UK: Annie Thompson
+ GwG, Germany: Sylvia Rasch-Owald
+ HAPCPC, Hungary: Magda Draskoczy
+ HFC, Greece: Pavlos Zarogiannis and Anna Karali
+ ICPS, Greece: Pat Helsen
+ Metanoia Institute (PCA department) UK: Peter Pearce
+ ÖGwG, Austria: Sonja Kinigadner
+ PCA-ACP / AFTCP Swiss: Jean-Marc Randin
+ PCA Institute Praha, Czech Republic: Daniela Rös Siffelova
+ PCPCA, Russia: Kirill Kruchkov and two guests
+ PCT Scotland: Clair Higgon
+ Pre-therapy Network, Belgium: Jean-Marc Priels
+ VCgP, Netherlands: Angelique Timmerman
+ WAPCEPC: Susan Stephen


Minutes of the GA meeting:

  1. Welcome, introduction of the board and participants.

  2. Agenda GA 2014 – was introduced, no new topics were added.

  3. Minutes of the GA 2012
    No comments were offered. However, some delegates had not received the

    documents. The documents will be resent to all delegates.
    Action: Board PCE Europe

  4. New member organisations were welcomed:

    a) Association for Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling - Cyprus b) Institut für Gesprächspsychotherapie und Personzentrierte Beratung –

    c) Person-Centred Department of the Metanoia Institute – UK.

  5. Reports EAP/ EAC

    European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP)
    EAP representative Heino Mönnich sent apologies for not being present at the GA. Sylvia Rasch-Owald reported that EAP is busy with re-structuring the organisation. It is unclear what the outcome of this process will be and consequently it is not yet clear what are the benefits for PCE Europe being a member of the EAP.

    The European Association for Counselling (EAC)
    The most recent EAC meetings were attended by Simone Anderhub (2012) and Sylvia Rasch-Owald (2013/2014). As an organisation EAC is gaining members. The EAC’s statutes are now complete and currently the EAC is working on creating training standards. Regina Jȕrgens (Chair of the German National Counselling Organisation), was sent as delegate to represent PCE Europe on the EAC training standards committee.

    Some participants were curious about the difference-of-meaning in the terms/words consulting (Beratung), counselling and psychotherapy, specifically what their definitions were in each of the member European countries. It was suggested that a document of terms and their meaning be developed. This document should outline how each member country uses each term. The completed Definition of Terms document would then be circulated to the member countries via the PCE Europe news-letter or a specific email.

    A questionnaire will be sent out to the member countries requesting them to define the terms: Consulting – Counselling – Psychotherapy, as used in their country.

    Action: Board PCE Europe
  1. Financial Report

    The PCE Europe Financial Accounts for the period 2012–2014 were prepared by Simone Anderhub and Clair Higgon. Also, the financial accounts for the period of 2011-2012 were updated by Simone Anderhub and Clair Higgon. The auditors, Magda Draskoczy and Annie Thompson, reviewed a selection of random samples from each set of accounts. Both auditors reported that they found no discrepancies and that the accounts were clear and well presented.

    The updated finance accounts for 2011-2012 and the finance accounts for 2012-2014 were accepted by those present.

    Due to gaining new organisational members PCE Europe has received more income from membership fees during this financial period than the last. However, applications and therefore income, for the European Certificate have dropped. The expenses for PCE Europe to attend EAC and EAP meetings is substantial, additionally the membership fee for EAP has risen dramatically in recent years. Consequently, the bank account has balanced well partly because the Board did not meet personally face-to-face in 2013.

  2. Future of PCE Europe

    Due to the financial instability of PCE Europe, the cost of EAP and EAC membership, the expenses for attending their meetings and the probability that the organisation was less coherent, creative and organised than it would be if board members met face-to-face annually, instead of only every 2nd year at the GA, 4 options were outlined for a way forward concerning EAP membership (see discussion paper attached):

    1. To maintain the current situation with EAP and EAC membership and representation at some of their meetings, implying no finances available for a face-to-face meeting of the PCE Europe board.

    2. To maintain the current situation with EAP and EAC membership and representation at some of their meetings. To raise membership fees to enable the Board to meet face-to-face in the intervening year between GA’s.

    3. To continue to hold membership of EAP and EAC but not send representatives to meetings – the saved revenue would permit a face-to- face board meeting in the intervening year between GA’s.

          4. To consider membership of EAP and EAC and explore other mechanisms to support and promote PCE counselling                 and psychotherapy in Europe.

There was much discussion around the options; with the majority of those present supportive of PCE Europe staying member of EAP (and being represented at their meetings) and also recognising the importance of the PCA Board being able to meet annually. Consequently a lot of the discussion involved ways either to save money or to raise the membership fees. There were different models suggested. For example: raising a set percentage, another suggestion was to raise the fee one Euro per member. The question of equality and accessibility of membership for poorer countries was also discussed. The outcome of the discussion was the board presenting the following proposal to the members:

The board is permitted to raise the membership fees in 2015 should they financially deem it necessary. The fees will be raised to a maximum of 20% in A Category countries and 10% in B Category countries.

For: 23 Against: 0 Abstain: 0

The proposal was carried unanimously.


  1. Donation–MembershipAssistanceFund

    PCT Scotland has donated £500 (GBP) to PCE Europe to start a fund that will enable PCE Europe to assist organisations on low income with membership fees. There will be an application process, which has yet to be determined. The Board would formally like to thank PCT Scotland for their generosity.

    The Board suggested that current member organisations may also want to make a donation to the Membership Assistance Fund. Please contact Clair Higgon (clairhiggon@aol.com) if you or your organisation is able and/or willing to make a donation.

  2. Connection PCE Europe (board) with member organizations

    A discussion ensued about the amount of connection and communication that the PCE Europe board had with member organisations. The Board was concerned that members were not feeling involved enough. However, the majority of those present confirmed that receiving the annual PCE Newsletter and using a column in the WAPCEPC newsletter alongside using the website where sufficient. Consequently, the Board will continue communicating with the member organisations in these ways.

  3. Certificate Committee

    Marina lossifides resigned from the Certificate Committee: the Board warmly thanks her for her commitment and contribution. Sylvia Rasch-Owald is taking over her tasks in the Certificate Committee, besides her role as a certificate coordinator – thank you Sylvia. The other members of the Certificate Committee are Magda Draskoczy and Annie Thompson. As a result of this change on the committee, all countries were re-divided between the current committee members.

    As a response to member organisations, given the concerns about the certificate verification process, the procedure has been reviewed by the Board and all pending certificates are now processed promptly. The current Certificate Committee is working hard with Daniela (website manager) to ensure that all applicants receive a quick and efficient service.

    Sylvia circulated the current contact list for the member organisations present to update. It was also noted that the PCE Europe Board needed to send out a reminder email to all member organisations to annually update the number of members in their organisation. 

Action: Board PCE Europe


11. Activities from the board

The Board confirmed that the information requested about ‘How to Become a New Member Organisation’ and material ‘For New Organisational Members’ has been created. This information is available on the PCE Europe website, under the subheadings ‘network’ and ‘new membership’.


    Susan Stephen from the WAPCEPC thanked PCE Europe for organising the upcoming Symposium in Prague.
    Susan informed the General Assembly that the WAPCEPC GA was due to be held on 21
    st July 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She explained that those not attending could place an e-vote via WAPCEPC website or nominate someone to be a Proxy voter. She reminded those present that, regardless of membership numbers, votes were limited to a maximum of 4 per organisation.

    Susan went on to inform us of the following developments within WAPCEPC:

     On-line learning events for members; developing contact and communication between the members through Skype meetings and chat-boxes
     The creation of a Scientific Committee, which is still work under progress
     A Spanish on-line translation of the journal has been established
  2. She ended by reminding us that the WAPCEPC newsletter is the forum to share papers and info about up and coming events if you want to reach a wide international PCE audience.

    The Chair thanked Susan for her input and relayed her thanks to WAPCEPC from PCE Europe for all the brilliant work that they do.

  3. Items from the member organisations

    Some of the delegates were keen to inform colleagues about Person-Centred gatherings that they have planned. A list follows:

    •   3rd Annual conference of the Russian Association: End of September 2014 in Russia

    •   2014 Congress: 25-27th October in Salzburg, Austria

    •   13th International Forum of PCE: 24-31 May 2015 in Snagov, Romania

    •   BAPCA Conference: September 2015, England, UK

    •   Person-Centred Research on pre-conditions (carried out in UK) is to be presented in Austria. For more information go to www.pce-literature.org

If you send advertisements/links for your events to PCE Europe via an email they will be placed on the PCE Europe website. E-mail address: webmaster@pce-europe.org

Our Belgium colleagues informed us that there are now 4 main streams of psychotherapy available in Belgium: 1. Psycho-analytic, 2. Family, 3. Systemic and 4. Person-Centred.
In the Netherlands person-centred psychotherapy has always been reimbursed in the past, but new guidelines are coming out based on result- evidence from CBT so it is felt that random control trials (RCTs) are needed to gain evidence of the effectiveness of PCA.


14. AOCB

The GA was notified that next PCE World Conference will take place in New York (July 2015). Therefore, the board proposes to have a separate GA meeting combined with a symposium in Europe. The participants consent to this during the meeting. Any offers are welcome, please contact: angelique_timmerman@hotmail.com.


15. Election of the new board

Pat Helsen resigned from the board and was acknowledged and thanked for the work she has done.
All other Board members were re-elected: Angelique Timmerman (24 votes), Clair Higgon (25 votes), Simone Anderhub (24 votes), Daniela Rös Siffelova (24 votes) and Sylvia Rasch-Owald (23 votes). New member: Annie Thompson (24 votes).


16. Next General Assembly 2016

There was one offer from Austria to host the 2016 PCE Europe symposium/GA. If there are any other offers please contact the PCE Europe Board. The Board will notify members of the dates/country/venue when they are finalised for the 2016 meeting.

The chair closed the 2014 PCE Europe General Assembly and thanked all those present for their attendance and support of PCE Europe.  


Reports from the members organisations

Forum/APG (Austria) report
ICPS (Greece) report
Hellenic Focusing Center (Greece) report
PCA Institut Praha (Czech Republic) report
VCgP (The Netherlands)
Pre-Therapy International Network report