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The Person Centred Association

Who are the Person Centred Association?

We are an association of people committed to the person-centred experiential family of therapies and to the wider person-centred approach. Membership is open to everyone who has an interest in or a passion for person-centred experiential theory and practice and, although most members are therapists, we support and encourage our members who are nurses, teachers, managers ...

We provide direct benefits to members, such as: -  information about local person-centred groups and continuing professional development; a newsletter and our own journal, Person-Centred Quarterly; access to the World journal, Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies; support and resources for person-centred trainers and educators; support for students and access to papers and articles; a directory of person-centred therapists and supervisors.  In the wider sphere, we promote person-centred therapy wherever we believe that the approach is misunderstood, misrepresented or in danger of being diluted or sidelined.

We are members of PCE-Europe, which comprises 30 organisations from East to West and we work with our European colleagues on matters such as ethics and the development of the approach. PCE-Europe is a Chapter of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Counseling and Psychotherapy (WAPCEPC) and this is our main link in to world person-centred and experiential matters.

The Association is a charity (Charity number: 1044077) and is organised on democratic lines with a Constitution approved by the Charity Commission. It is the only person-centred experiential UK organisation open to all.

All members may attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is the main forum for shaping the Association, may put forward and vote on Resolutions and engage in discussion about the future of tPCA. At the AGM, members can also stand as Trustees and vote for those who have put themselves forward to work on behalf of us all. The Association has nine trustees, with the option of co-opting three more trustees with special expertise.

Members who wish to contribute to the work of the Association without the responsibility of becoming a Trustee can join one of our Communities of Practice  (Special Interest Groups) - or form a Group if they see an area of work that the Association needs to focus more upon.