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Working with the Environment and Climate Crisis as Therapists – A Survey

In October last year, the Person Centred Association formed a number of Working Groups to look at important issues impacting on Person Centred therapists for the development of the theory and approach. One of these groups was asked to look at the impact of the Climate Crisis and the Environment.

Since then we have been working hard, looking at our aims and objectives, considering possibilities and where best to focus our attention. This is where we need your help.

As a Working Group, we would like to be able to work for you and represent your views. In order to do this, we need to know:

  • What is important to you in relation to the environment?
  • What are your concerns?
  • How does the Climate Crisis and Environmental Emergency impact on you and your work?
  • What are your thoughts on growing environmental movements, such as Extinction Rebellion?

To help us collect your views, we’ve drawn up a short survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. It would really help us to know what is important to you and we will use this to inform the future work of our group.

By default, your response is confidential and no personal data is collected; however, if you are interested in further involvement, there is an opportunity at the end of the survey for you to add your contact details if you choose.

The survey will be available to complete until Friday 11th September, and the results shared in the Person Centred Quarterly.

You can complete the survey here.

Or copy and paste the link below into your browser:https://forms.gle/gwUdbyHF1Y31F3kq5

Thank you!


AGM 15 AUG 2020: Vote and Register

The PCA AGM - originally scheduled for June - will now take place on: Saturday 15 August 2020 on Zoom, from 11:00 - 13:00 BST

There will be a further hour for questions and to hear your priorities for the Strategic Plan - with a short break at an appropriate point.

If you wish to attend, please register by Thursday 13 August by emailing agm@the-pca.org.uk. You will then receive an individual link to the meeting.

Note for members:

If you are not attending, you can still vote. You should have received by now details of resolutions and also short biographies for those standing as Trustees. Please return your voting form, by email to agm@the-pca.org.uk by Thursday 13 August. Your email must contain your name, so that we can verify your membership. However, your vote will remain secret. You may also, if you wish, give your proxy vote to the Chair for any matters arising at the meeting.

If you wish to put any resolutions to the meeting, these must be proposed and seconded (by current members) and received by Wednesday 5 August in order for members to have time to consider them. Last minute resolutions will not usually be put to the meeting unless the Chair decides that the matter could not reasonably have been foreseen.

Please address all correspondence and any enquiries to agm@the-pca.org.uk.

We hope to see you at the AGM. 

The Trustee Group



Recruiting Volunteers for Working Group

Recruiting Volunteers for Working Groups

The PR (Public Relations) Working Group and the Inclusion Working Group are seeking extra volunteers. The PR Working Group would like to recruit five extra volunteers to support the strategy of raising the profile of The Person-Centred Association and the Person-Centred Approach. We are looking for individuals who really want to see the person-centred approach better understood by the media and the public. The group’s aim is promote that there is an alternative to other modalities. You do not need to have experience of PR to be part of this group; just an enthusiasm and willingness to spread the word.

The Inclusion Working Group is recruiting eight extra volunteers to support the work it will conduct around inclusion. The group’s work will focus on the language used to describe other, social constructs, labels, attitudes, and how we learn to hear how individuals wish to understand and describe themselves ie their phenomenological experience. The work will be thought provoking and it will be challenging.

For more detailed updates about the Working Groups do keep an eye on our Working Group page https://www.the-pca.org.uk/the-association/about/working-groups.html 

If your interest is piqued by the above please contact Terri Tivey (tivey.terri@yahoo.com) for more information.


Call for New Trustees 2020

New Trustees Invited

The AGM of the  Person Centred Association has been scheduled to take place on 20 June in Coventry. Will any member who wishes to stand as a Trustee please submit the names of a proposer and a seconder (who must be current members of the Association). They should also submit a paragraph or two about themselves and what they would bring to the role of Trustee - to secretary@the-pca.org.uk. These will be published prior to the AGM to allow for proxy votes if members are unable to attend. The deadline for prior publication is currently 31st May 2020. These dates may well change as the coronavirus situation becomes clearer.

Trustees will be willing to engage in TPCA initiatives. This requires that you: meet face to face once a quarter (out of pocket expenses are met by TPCA); have short online meetings with other trustees once a month; learn how to take part in helping to organise TPCA events; take part in the running of TPCA.

Please also note that as a Trustee you will be entitled to claim CPD accreditation of 10 hours per quarter, and that you will almost certainly continue to experience personal growth and learning.Finally, please note that all members, new and old, are welcome to stand.

There are nine trustee roles, including Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Manager, Membership Co-ordinator, Working Groups Co-ordinator, PCQ Co-editor and Social Media Co-ordinator. In addition, there are regular tasks such as liaison with Local Groups and with the Partnership for Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Anyone wanting to undertake one of the roles without becoming a Trustee, please contact secretary@the-pca.org.uk as soon as possible. 


Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

The Person-Centred Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020

Please save the date! 

Dear Member,

Our 2020 Annual General Meeting and Community Encounter will be held on Saturday 20th June at: 

The Quaker Meeting House

Hill Street,


CV1 4AN 

The meeting will run between 10am and 4pm. A more detailed agenda will be circulated to all members closer to the time.  

At this stage we are inviting members to contact us with any item that they would like discussed and added to the agenda at the AGM. If you would like something added please email both administrator@the-pca.org.uk and secretary@the-pca.org.uk before April 30th 2020.  

We hope to see you there! 

The PCA Trustee Group


Your Person-Centred Quarterly (PCQ) needs you! 

We have used this entreaty before.. but it’s true.. The PCA members have – in the past – told us that PCQ magazine is something they value as part of their membership of the Association. Your editors are keen to produce the magazine more often (it is supposed to be quarterly), but we need material; papers, articles, reviews, reflections of practice, and more.

The pages are bare – waiting for your contributions!

The beauty of PCQ is that it isn’t constrained by the requirements of the academic journals, so you can experiment and take risks. We welcome exploration of the issues and experiences of the PCA – for counsellors, therapists, trainers, supervisors, trainees, as well as PCA practitioners in other professions (or none). PCA in relationship at any level is of interest and relevance.

We are looking for submissions over the next month (deadline mid February 2020) – hoping to pull together a ‘Spring’ issue.

If you have any queries or would like to submit a piece please email pcqeditor@the-pca.org.uk or contact Sara or Seb directly.


Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy Video

As a proud partner The PCA would like to share with our members and followers this introductory clip highlighting the aims of the Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCP). 

The Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy is made up currently of 11 organisations (of which The PCA is one) with a shared purpose: To hold open a space to protect counselling and psychotherapy from restrictive standardisation and homogenisation, supporting the wide range of good practice in the field.

We hope you find this clip an informative introduction to the PCP.


More News on Working Groups

As part of the ongoing development of the Working Groups announced last week, the Trustees are delighted to announce that they are up and running and beginning to progress well.  The Working Group Leads are:

Advancing PC theory – Fleur Vickery;

BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) – Simone Ayres;

Encounter groups for communities – Francesco Coni;

GSRD (Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity) – Rachael Peacock;

Inclusion – Gavin Dayer;

PC Migrant Therapists – Lead Required;

PR Working Group (Public Relations) – Jenny Watkins;

Pre-Therapy – Lead Required;

Promoting Person-Centred Therapy as a non-pathologising therapy – Kim Lewin;

The Environment and Climate Crisis – Susan Coldwell. 


To keep abreast with the latest developments regarding our working groups please check our working groups page.


Working Groups - Further Information

The Person-Centred Association has created Working Groups that will focus and act on a variety of important and fundamental issues from a person-centred perspective. The Working Groups are:

Advancing PC theory - for those who are passionate about exploring person-centred theory (past, present and future) and seeing where it takes us;
BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) – synopsis to follow;
Encounter groups for communities - building our shared definition of Encounter, and a foundation consistent with those we hope to facilitate in the encounter groups we introduce to different sectors within our communities;
GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity) – open to PCA members of any gender, sexuality or relationship identity. We will focus on GSRD issues and their relationship to person-centred theory and practice;
Inclusion - will look at the way society is structured and how barriers are created which cause a division in society in all its forms. Inclusion Ideal or Idealistic?
PC Migrant Therapists – synopsis to follow;
PR Working Group (Public Relations) – this group will focus on creating and implementing a strategy that will promote The Person-Centred Association and the person-centred way of being; and it will support other Working Groups with PR;
Pre-Therapy – synopsis to follow;
Promoting Person-Centred Therapy as a non-pathologising therapy – synopsis to follow;
The Environment and Climate Crisis - the scientific community is in agreement that damage to our environments could soon be irreversible. What can we do to raise awareness, to support clients and engage our personal power to bring about change?

Each Working Group will meet monthly online and the Group Leads will meet with The Trustees quarterly. The Working Groups will have Terms of Reference from which they will co-create the aims, objectives and plans for their group.

We are recruiting volunteers for each group. If you are interested in one of the above, please contact Teri Tivey (tivey.terri@yahoo.com) and Suzy Henry, (suzy.henry@ymail.com)