Category: Environment

Personal Growth And Societal Impact: The PCA as Ethics, Philosophy and Psychology for Personal and Social Change – Peter F. Schmid

The world faces substantial challenges: from globalization to climate change and the planet’s limited resources, from religious warfare and terrorism to new ways of inter- and intra-national relationships and community, partnership and ‘family’ building – to only name a few.

This calls for a considerable change in the self-understanding of us humans. I am convinced that we have the potential to deal with the encounters ahead constructively, if we indeed understand and approach them as encounters, we have to face and are able to do so.

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Into the Chaos with the Person Centered Approach – Peggy Natiello

Peggy Natiello

Radical predictions that include the potential demise of our planet, Earth, and even the collapse of civilization are rising. Contradicting these dire warnings are voices of hope and optimism, including those of person-centred practitioners who have studied Carl R. Rogers, PhD.

His theory of human development embraces the subtle gifts that futurists predict are needed to move into an unpredictable future. Peggy will explore some aspects of the changing world view, the relevance of the person—centered approach, and the mystery and miracle of our profession.

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Hope for this Hour: Watch Out for Angry Flying Cows – Carol Wolter-Gustafson

Carol Wolter-Gustafson

Today, it takes just an instant to be electronically connected to human suffering half way around the world. Amidst endless streams of variously sourced information, we absorb the world, and make choices in response. Amidst cynicism, corporate dominance and competing narratives, how is it possible to “be the change we want to see in the world?” What are we to do?  How is it possible for us to have hope for this hour in which we live?

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We Start From Where We Are – Dot Clark

Dot Clark

Our theme, ‘Going Global’, can easily arouse anxiety and helplessness when we consider the scale of the challenges facing the world today. However, “we start from where we are”, even when that includes despair and panic, by endeavouring to approach our experience with compassion and acceptance. The Person-Centred community has much to contribute here and now, especially if we can reach out beyond the confines of therapy into the world.

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