“Facilitating Hope – Personal and Societal Challenges“

With this theme we invite you to attend the 13th World Conference for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (PCE 2018), after New York and Buenos Aires for the first time taking place in Vienna, the heart of Europe! This important event takes place every two years under the patronage of the World Association WAPCEPC (World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling - ).

During the Pre-Conference, July 6 – 8, 2018, we would like to reach a wider public to sensitize for the hot topic of “Facilitating Hope – Personal and Societal Challenges”. In this context the co-operation with public media (newspapers, TV and radio) and events open to the public is planned. The Conference, July 8 – 12, 2018, will be a meeting of person-centered psychotherapists and counsellors from all over the world to conduct an international scientific discourse as well as to develop further the person-centered and experiential approaches. The operational Organization Committee and the Scientific Committee cordially invite interested persons to contribute to the Conference with papers of various kinds.

A key component of this World Conference is a continuous encounter-group, facilitated by experienced psychotherapists and counsellors. Alongside the scientific frame there will be the opportunity to enter into direct and close exchange with persons from all parts of the globe and of various “tribes” of the person-centered and experiential world.

Conference language is English. Key note lectures will be interpreted simultanuously into German, French and Spanish. We hope for the support of colleagues for translations during lectures, workshops etc. - at previous conferences we have experienced this as extremely helpful and connecting. We are looking forward to large support!

The World Conference will be completed by a gala dinner with all participants invited by the mayor of Vienna to the Vienna City Hall.

We are looking forward to a Conference that will make visible all the various strands of the person-centered and experiential approach, with numerous aspects of the Conference theme being presented and discussed. With a schedule leaving much room for encounter and critical engagement we would like to support the possibility of developing something new together.

We do hope that we are able to share with you our excitement, enthusiasm and pleasure in organizing this Conference prior to the Conference itself – in any case we do hope to provide the opportunity allowing for your unique and unforgettable participation in the Conference in Vienna. We are already looking forward to seeing you!



Leonore Langner

Susanna Markowitsch

Mairi McMenamin

Susanne Mliner

Astrid Pfneisl

Michaela Zolles