Following we may introduce the members of the Scientific Committee for PCE2018, representing the geographic as well as the content diversity within the person-centered and experiential world (in alphabetical order).

Peter F. Schmid has agreed to take the chair.

Arthur Bohart, USA

Art Bohart is a retired professor emeritus. He is the co-author or co-editor of "How Clients Make Therapy Work: The Process of Active Self-Healing", "Empathy Reconsidered", "Humanity’s Dark Side, and Constructive and Destructive Behavior". His work has focused on the client as active self healer and empathy. He is currently completing a three-tier autobiographical novel which he is using to say all the things he has wanted to say over the years.

Robert Elliott, Scotland

Robert Elliott, Ph.D., is Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde, and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Toledo. He has served as co-editor of the journals “Psychotherapy Research” and “Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies”. He is co-author of three books, including “Facilitating Emotional Change”, “Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy” and “Research methods in clinical psychology”, as well as more than 150 journal articles and book chapters.

In 2008 he received the Distinguished Research Career Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the Carl Rogers Award from the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Peter Frenzel, Austria

Peter Frenzel is economy psychologist, clinical and health psychologist and works as person-centered psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice since 1987. After founding and managing a psychosocial counselling center (crisis intervention and conflict prevention until 1993) he works as university course lecturer at various Austrian universities and colleges (focuses „Learning Organization and Self-Control Systems“, Counselling/Coaching, Psychotherapy and Supervision). He is co-founder of a counselling company that accompanies larger organizations (industry, economy, public administration and social profit organizations) in the context of organization and human resources development process. Co-founder and teacher at various training institutions for person-centered psychotherapy (APG • IPS), systemic supervision and coaching as well as management training. Publications: long-term member of the editorial board during the start-up phase of the magazine PERSON, co-editor of two textbooks on person-centered psychotherapy and publication of scientific articles on various topics of person-centered psychotherapy, the person-centered approach apart from psychotherapy (supervision und coaching) and questions on the ethics of management.


João Hipólito, Portugal

João Hipólito, MD, holds Ph.D. in Medicine & Psychology. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa's full Professor & President of his Research Centre in Psychology, published more than 75 papers, 5 book chapters and 3 books, 110 technical items, including short courses & seminars. Was present in more than 100 events in Portugal and abroad. Received two awards. Works in the fields of Psychology & CCT. Was a founder and board member of PCE-Europe and WAPCEPC. Is Honorary President of APPCPC & CCT trainer.

Akira Ikemi, Japan

Professor Akira Ikemi, Ph.D., Kansai University Graduate School of Psychology (Japan). Akira served as board members of several organizations including The Focusing Institute, WAPCEPC, the Japanese Association of Humanistic Psychology. A current member of the International Leadership Council of The Focusing Institute and former president of the Japan Focusing Association, he is active in teaching, studying and practicing Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. He has written numerous articles and books on the subject, and he practices at a medical institution and trains privately.

Marina Iossifides, Greece

Anna Marina Iossifides of Greek parentage was born and raised in the United States. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1982 with a BA in Cultural Anthropology.  She continued her studies at the London School of Economics, London, receiving an MSc in Social Anthropology in 1984 and a PhD in Social Anthropology in 1990. She subsequently moved to Athens, Greece, where from 1991 until 2000 she lectured initially at the University of the Aegean and then at Panteion University in Athens as a lecturer in the department of Social Policy and Social Anthropology and later in the department of Psychology.

From 1999 until 2002 she trained as a Person-Centred Counsellor at the Institute of Counseling and Psychological Studies (ICPS, former KEPP). ICPS is a private college in Athens offering, among other degrees in Psychology and Counselling, an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She is presently attending the Expressive Arts Therapy program established by Natalie Rogers at Meridian College in California, 2016-2017. She is a partner and Director of Quality Control at ICPS, working as a supervisor, therapist, and trainer. Her interests are in Difference and Diversity, Gender, Religion, and the Expressive Arts.

Suzanne Keys, United Kingdom

Suzanne was born in Haiti and grew up in Northern Ireland. After studying French and Italian at Cambridge University she worked as a teacher in the Ivory Coast and France. She has worked as a person-centred counsellor with young people in London for 17 years.
She has been involved in the education of counsellors in the UK, France and Martinique. She has co/edited special issues of the PCEP journal on gender and eco-therapy and with PCCS Books: Idiosyncratic Person-Centred Practice and Person-Centered Work with Children and Young People.
She has written about person-centred practice and human rights, training, disability, education, prayer, ethics and love.
She was at the inaugural meeting for the WAPCEPC and has been on the committees for BAPCA (British Association for the Person-Centred Approach) and the NEAPCCP (Network of the European Associations for Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy).
She is currently on the organising group for Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility in the UK.

Christian Korunka, Austria

Christian Korunka, Professor, PhD., Faculty of PSychology, University of Vienna, Austria. PhD in Psychology, Habilitation in Work and Organizational Psychology; Head of the Research Unit Work and Organizational Psychology, at the Faculty of Psychology; Research areas: Work in times of change; New work demands. Person Centered Psychotherapist; Head of the University basic training program in Psychotherapy (“Propädeutikum”); Trainer and Supervisor at the Institute for Person Centered Studies (APGIPS).

Kirill Kryuchkov, Russia

Got degree in counseling psychology in 2010. Being first introduced to PCE in 2008, then was learning it from both Russian and International trainers. Works as a private individual counselor. Worked in several Russian universities as a lecturer and research fellow, in 2012-2015 was holding the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Practicing Psychologist (Russia). In this role issued two specialized issues dedicated to PCE. Takes an active part in the Russian Community for Person-Centered Approach (RCPCA) activities since its establishment in 2011. Board member since 2014, in 2014-2015 - Executive Director of the Community. Takes part in organization process of the Community annual conferences. Translated into Russian a number of Carl Roger's and his followers papers (including 'The necessary and sufficient conditions...').

Sylvester Madu, South Africa

Prof. Sylvester Madu is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Nigeria, and the President of the World Council for Psychotherapy African Chapter. He obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a Final Certificate in Client-Centred Psychotherapy, from Austria. He also received the International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy of the City of Vienna.

David Murphy, United Kingdom

David Murphy is Associate Professor of Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Nottingham, UK. A Foundation Member of the British Psychological Society’s Register of Psychologists Specializing in Psychotherapy. Co-edited Relational Depth: New Perspective and Developments (2012) Palgrave MacMillan, Trauma and the therapeutic Relationship (2013) Palgrave MacMillan and is currently editing the BPS-Wiley Textbook on Counselling Psychology. He is editor of the international journal Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies.

Bernie Neville, Australia

Bernie Neville’s introduction to counselling was as an untrained school counsellor in the 1960s. He soon discovered Carl Rogers and the person-centered approach and this has framed his approach to both education and counselling ever since. As a university teacher in both of these fields he has had a keen interest in applying both Rogerian, Jungian and ecopsychological thought to the practicalities of teaching and counselling. His books include Educating Psyche: emotion, imagination and the unconscious in learning, Olympus Inc.: intervening for cultural change in organizations and The life of things: therapy and the soul of the world. Until his recent retirement he was Professor of Holistic Counselling at the Phoenix Institute of Australia.

Maureen O’Hara, USA

Dr. Maureen O'Hara is Professor of Psychology, National University, La Jolla, CA, President, International Futures Forum-US, and President Emerita of Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco. Working with American psychologists Dr. Carl R. Rogers, John K. Wood and Natalie Rogers, Maureen helped develop the Person-Centered Approach to large group community process. She also trained psychotherapists in the US and Brazil for many years. More recently her work has examined the bigger picture issues such as the psychological challenges of climate change, the shadow side of virtuous organizations, the cultural role of higher education in culture change, the relationship between culture change and depth psychological adaptation. She has been honored by colleagues with the Donald N. Michael Award; the American Psychological Association’s Carl Rogers Heritage Award, and the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. Maureen served as President of APA Division 32 2009-2010, the Society for Humanistic Psychology. She is a Distinguished Clinical Member of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the Meridian Institute on Governance, Leadership Learning and the Future, and founding member of the International Futures Forum in St. Andrews, Scotland. She serves on the Board of the International Association for Humanistic psychology. She has published over 50 chapters and articles.

Jean-Marc Priels, Belgium

Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in the person-centered approach. Works in Brussels in the management of a psychiatric hospital (Clinique Sans Souci) and as therapist in a Counseling center (Nouveau Centre Primavera). Trainer and supervisor in private practice. Member of WAPCEPC, AFPC (B), AFP-ACP (F) and of the Pre-therapy International Network. Member of the editorial board of "ACP Pratique et recherche".

Aglaja Przyborski, Austria

Aglaja Przyborski, certified psychologist, Dr. phil., Mag. rer. nat., social scientist, person-centered psychotherapist, counselor and coach, trainer for person-centered psychotherapy (APG•IPS), Senior Research Fellow Chair of Leadership & Dynamics in Family Businesses (University Witten/Herdecke), teaching at the University of Vienna, Sigmund Freud University Vienna as well as at the foundation courses for psychotherapy (Propädeutikum) at APG and HoPP. She is founder of the associations ces (Center for Qualitative Evaluation and Social Research) and IKUS (Institute for Cultural Psychology and Qualitative Methods) as well as board member and scientific manager of IKUS, founder and managing partner of the Academy for Personal Development. Research focus: development of qualitative research methods, conversation analysis, image interpretation, media and communication research, media theory, cultural psychology, milieu and culture research, psychotherapy and counselling research, asset and family research, counselling of larger entities based on research (urban research and city counselling et al).

Jean-Marc Randin, Switzerland

Is psychologist, client-centered psychotherapist and trainer. He started working in private practice in 1994, and used to teach PCA in several high schools for social workers. From 1999 to 2001, he directed the French translation of The Carl Rogers Reader. He was a board member of the WAPCEPC from 2006 to 2012, is Managing Editor of the journal ACP Pratique et recherche, member of the Swiss association pca.acp, and co-founder of the institute IFAACP.

Claudio Rud, Argentina

Psychiatrist graduating in 1969.
Founder and coordinator of ‘Casabierta’, an Institution dedicated to assisting and training in the Person Centered Approach since 1989.
Keynote speaker and Professor for Masters degrees in several Latin American and European Universities.
Board Member for the WAPCEPC from 2003 until 2008.
President of the Argentine Association of Person Centered Approach. Organizer and member of the Scientific Committee of the V Psychotherapy World Congress.
Participated in the 7th PCE World Conference in Potsdam.
Keynote Speaker in the 8th PCE World Conference in Norwich.
Member of the Scientific Committee 9th PCE World Conference in Rome.
Author of various articles and of the book: Amongst Metaphors and Chaos.

Pete Sanders, United Kingdom

Pete Sanders worked as a volunteer counsellor for ‘Off The Record’ in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 1972-4. This, and a full time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of Aston in Birmingham in 1974/5, set him on his career as a therapist, trainer, supervisor and author. He was the course leader on three BACP recognised courses, was centrally involved in establishing and running the BACP Trainer Accreditation Scheme, wrote, co-wrote or edited 15 books, and founded PCCS Books. His current interests include the demedicalisation of distress and the politics of therapy. He is a Pre-Therapy trainer and Trustee of the Soteria Network, UK.

Joachim Sauer, Austria

Joachim Sauer, Dr. a.o. Univ. Prof. i. R., born in 1944 in Bamberg/Germany, until 2008 at the University of Salzburg. Research Focus: intelligence research, educational research, effectiveness of psychotherapy & supervision, burnout and suicide prevention. Presently: clinical & health psychologist, person centered psychotherapist, supervisor/coach in private practice, trainer for psychotherapy & supervision/coaching

Peter F. Schmid, Austria

Univ.Doz. HSProf. Mag. Dr. Peter F. Schmid is founder of person-centered training in Austria (1969) and co-founder of both the World Association (WAPCEPC) and the European Network (PCE Europe). He co-operated with Carl Rogers in the eighties and co-founded the two major international academic person-centered journals: the German language journal PERSON and the English language journal Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. He taught at several European and American Universities in the fields of psychotherapy science and practical theology. In 2009, he was awarded the Carl Rogers Award from the American Psychological Association “for outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of Humanistic Psychology”.
Currently he works at the Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, in the department for person-centered psychotherapy science, which he chaired from 2006 through 2014, and as supervisor and group psychotherapist in private practice. He is trainer at the Institute for Person-Centered Studies (APG•IPS) in Vienna. As author and co-editor of 26 books (latest: 2nd edition of The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling) and more than 350 academic publications, his main subjects are the foundations of the PCA and anthropological, epistemological and ethical issues of person-centered psychotherapy and counselling.
Peter also works as a dramatist (among his works “The Person-Centered Trilogy”, 1990, 1997, 2000) and director of a theatre company. His latest work as a playwright is “FAUST III – Der Tragödie Dritter Teil [The Third Part of the Tragedy]”, a work in progress that has been being staged since 2010.


Bill Stiles, USA

William B. Stiles is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA. He has been President of Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He has served as Editor of Psychotherapy Research and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. He has published more than 300 journal articles and book chapters, most dealing with psychotherapy, verbal interaction, and research methods.

Reinhold Stipsits, Austria 

earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Vienna. He is currently Professor of Social Pedagogics and Humanistic Pedagogy at Vienna, lecturer at IES Vienna, co-founder of APG and VRP. He studied and worked with Carl R. Rogers and is a licensed psychotherapist (person-centered psychotherapy) since 1990. He has been a visiting professor at the Babes Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, (Romania) 2004-2006. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, Austin, in spring 2011 and 2015.

Angelique Timmerman, Netherlands

Angelique Timmerman has been trained as a health psychologist and psychotherapist from a person centred and systems oriented approach. She works in her private practice with adolescents and adults, conducting individual, couples and family therapy since 2004. For the training of psychotherapists and psychiatrists, she has been licensed as a training therapist and supervisor for the person centred approach since 2009 and a trainer in couple and family therapy for health psychologists since 2011. For the Dutch Association of Person Centred Psychotherapy (VCgP), she is the international delegate for PCE Europe and the WAPCEPC. From 2010-2016 she has been a board member of PCE Europe, of which four years as the chair. Besides her clinical work, she has been appointed as an assistant professor at the department of Family Practice since 2014, working as a communication trainer and curriculum developer at the Family Medicine Specialty training, her research focus is on communication and assessment in workplace based training.

Ladislav Timulak, Slovakia/Ireland

Ladislav Timulak, PhD is Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin. He is Course Director of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Ladislav (or short Laco; read Latso) is involved in the training of counselling psychologists and the trainings in emotion-focused therapy. His main research interest is psychotherapy research, particularly the development of emotion-focused therapy. He currently is developing this form of therapy for generalised anxiety disorder. He has written several books, over 50 peer reviewed papers and various chapters in both his native language, Slovak and in English. His most recent book is Transforming Emotional Pain in Psychotherapy: An Emotion-Focused Approach (Routledge, 2015). He maintains a part-time private practice.

Margaret Warner, USA

Margaret Warner, PhD is a Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). Dr. Warner is also Co-Chair of the Client-Centered and Experiential Psychology concentration in PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at ISPP, Chicago. Dr. Warner is a client-centered therapist with a broad interest in empathic, relational styles of psychotherapy. She received a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1979 and did her clinical training at the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, an offshoot of the original Center founded by Carl Rogers. Dr. Warner has particular interest in humanistic therapy with severely disturbed clients, in family systems, and in multicultural groups. She has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years and has been teaching in client centered therapy and psychopathology since 1983. She has published widely and has offered many presentations to international groups on Person Centered Psychotherapy and convened Chicago 2000: The Fifth International Conference in Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy. She is a founding member of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling and, in 2005, conducted two workshops in Beijing for a conference in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology and is negotiating with several groups to offer Argosy's Client-Centered and Experiential Certificate in China.

Carol Wolter-Gustafson, USA

Carol Wolter-Gustafson received her Doctorate from Boston University’s Department of Humanistic and Behavioral studies and has taught graduate courses in philosophy, humanistic psychology, counseling, and embodiment for over twenty-five years. As a Visiting Professor in Mexico, the UK and Brazil her focus has been on the Person Centered Approach and it’s power in cultivating a pathway out of the “us-versus-them” thinking and rhetoric, particularly over race and gender, that fuels violence locally and globally. She has also written chapters for PCCS books and other academic publishers.

Since meeting and working with Carl Rogers her commitment has been organizing cross-cultural learning opportunities for understanding our personal power and our power in community. To further that understanding she has co-created a series of workshops exploring our personal and social connections to social justice. Since 2011, Going Global workshops have been held in the UK, Italy, and in the USA.

She consults with Person-centered training programs, creates workshops for empowerment, and maintains a client-centered psychotherapy practice in Boston (USA).

Alberto Zucconi, Italy

Dr. Alberto Zucconi, psychologist, psychotherapist, president Person Centered Approach Institute (IACP), Italy, Switzerland and Malta, member of the Board of Trustees World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), Secretary General World University Consortium (WUC). Alberto has studied and worked 20 years with Carl Rogers and in the last 40 years has been promoting the applications of the Person Centered Approach in various settings in his international activities of training, teaching, research and consulting. IACP has been the first World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for research, training and consulting in Health Promotion at the workplace in Italy and collaborates with the Department of Disasters, fragility and resilience of ILO. IACP is a center of the World Academy of Art and Science and a charter member of the World University Consortium. a member of the Inter University Center (IUC) where Alberto is one of the directors of the post-graduate course program. Alberto was a faculty member of the Western Behavioral Science Institute (WBSI) in La Jolla, CA., senior staff member of the Carl Rogers’ Peace Institute, facilitating in collaboration with the United Nations University, cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution meetings with heads of state and diplomats; he has been teaching for 25 years at the postgraduate level Person Centered Psychotherapy and health promotion at the faculty of medicine of the University of Siena, Italy. Alberto is past-president of the Italian Association of Humanistic Psychology, president of the Italian Association of the Person Centered Approach (ACP), president and founder of CNSP, the umbrella organization of all the Italian Psychotherapy Schools and one of the founders and secretary general of SIPSIC, the Italian Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Zucconi, is the director of the peers reviewed journal Da Persona a Persona, Journal of person centered studies and is a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals: Cadmus and Eruditio, two journals of the World Academy of Art and Science, the Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies and The Humanistic Psychologist. Alberto helped in the drafting and dissemination of the Poznan Declaration, a charter for the teaching of ethics and anti-corruption practices throughout universities; he and IACP are contributing members of the World Justice Project.

Alberto has authored several papers, book chapters and books on psychology, psychotherapy, health promotion, education, sociology of knowledge and the promotion of sustainable change. Alberto designed and directed several research projects funded by the EU. The American Psychological Association Psychology, Division 32, gave the Person Centered Approach Institute (IACP) and to Alberto Zucconi the Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award for 2012 for their outstanding and lasting contributions to humanistic psychology.