Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Eddy Elmer Post

For those of you with a broad interest in the field of psychology - and a healthy sense of humour - the following site, with its myriad links, is demonstrably a labour of love, and cannot fail to hit the spot:

To quote from a recent email from the man himself:

"I think the PCA is really important and the more information there is about it online, the better."

Couldn't agree more!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Jerold Bozarth Post

The Jerold Bozarth Post

Jerold D. Bozarth, PhD, Professor Emeritus at The University of Georgia, has been a prolific and highly-influential writer on the person-centred approach. The following links are to a selection of his papers (they have not all been uploaded to the PCAyorks collection yet).

Why Person-Centered Therapy?
The Essence of Person-Centered Therapy
The Foundation of Person-Centered Therapy
Forty Years of Dialogue With The Rogerian Hypothesis
The Basic Encounter Group
The Large Community Group
Psychotherapy Outcome Research
Non-directiveness in Client-Centered Therapy
The Specificity Myth

BAPCA event on verge of cancellation

Apparently the August tented PCA gathering (see previously circulated emails and post in April - see below) is in danger of not happening at all due to lack of bookings.

If the event doesn't go ahead BAPCA stands to lose £500! Not reason to go in itself, but not a good situation.

Are any of us interested? If you have already booked, or are interested in going, we could maybe get a contingent together, possibly car-share. Please email if you are thinking about it - as well as getting in touch with Bernard Mooney (who is organising it) at

Counselling News

End Of The 'Prozac Nation'?
Mind have been given 3.7 million funding over two years from the Department of Health. People suffering from depression will be able to have better access to counselling and talking therapies under a major new programme announced on the 16th May 2006 by UK Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

Miss Hewitt said: 'Millions of people suffer from mild to moderate mental health problems, and treating them takes up about a third of GPs’ time. Too many people are prescribed medication as a quick fix solution, but talking therapies work equally well and patients prefer to receive them.'

Albert Ellis not awfulizing
We announced in our newsletter the problems between Albert Ellis and the Albert Ellis Institute which he founded. For those who have not followed the story so far Dr. Ellis was removed from the Board of his own institution. Calls were made for Dr. Ellis to be re-instated and for the resignation of the Chief Executive Dr. Broder; A Committee was formed to put things right and found that Dr. Ellis` removal from the Board was actually Illegal. Al`s intentions are to stay on the Board for the rest of his life and steer the Institute which he founded.

Dr. Broder has since resigned as the Executive Director, however the
domain seems to be becoming a public noticeboard for the dispute, see: and the legal costs continue to mount.

According to an open letter, Dr. Ellis is claimed to have said, "The Institute consists of several idiots - incompetent *astards who are doing me and Debbie in. And I don't like that - why should I like that? I hate it. So, I talk back and fight back. But I never say, 'They shouldn't be that way.' They SHOULD be that way because they were born and raised to be that way - so I accept them and I don't upset myself or awfulize about them."

More information about Albert Ellis can be found on WikiPedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Stress Facts
According to an ACAS report published in 2005, stress is estimated to cause over 13 million sick days each year, and costs employers a staggering GBP 3.7 billion.

News items as circulated by Counselling

Friday, May 19, 2006

The Ruth Sanford Post

Ruth Sanford was a close friend of Carl Rogers and seemingly never tired of telling people what it was like to know and work with him.

She is not short of an idea or two of her own, as the papers below will demonstrate.

If you want to download the whole lot in a single book-sized pdf file, its here.

Otherwise, the following links are to Ruth's own website:

On Becoming Who I am...
This is the autobiography that appeared in Mel Suhd's bio-anthology Positive Regard. (excerpt)

Capetown Conversation Transcript
This tape was made February 12,1986 at the University of Capetown. This was the second trip Carl and Ruth made to South Africa. They were more familiar with the setting but still enthusiatic about the tasks. They were also flushed with the success of the recent conference at Johannesburg where the 36 small group facilitators after finding deep, deep differences in the pre-conference preparation sessions discovered they could work together in the small groups.

This synthesis of the new sciences has been presented many times and appears in Beyond Carl Rogers: Towards a Psychotherapy for the 21st Century, David Brazier, ed., in The Person Centered Reader, Carol Wolter-Gustafson, ed., and in French in Processus Non Lineaires d'Intervention, Paul Carle, ed. (excerpt)

Conversation at Terschelling
Presented at the Fifth International Forum in the Netherlands, it is in answer to the question "What it was like to work with Carl Rogers?"

A Study of Creativity and Intelligence: Implications for Counsellors
This study of creativity (1964) is a work of many years including research studies (the first was the Holding Power Project in which Ruth was invited by the NY State Department of Education to design research for the problem - why do some students drop out of school early and other students remain to graduate from high school), collaborations, statistical measures, and special courses like EXP (a title chosen by students, was a partnership of teachers, students, and parents in the process of education) that was written up in the second and third editions of Freedom to Learn. Carl remarked when he read it, for the first time, in the 80's, "Ruth, I had no idea about your work on creativity! Why, there are four or five doctoral dissertations here! Five!"

Presented in Moscow, it discusses the LeBoyer method of childbirth and many other aspects of creativity.

Forum 1 (ADPCA '94)
These forums within a conference or International Forum started with a short address from Ruth after which she threw it open. They have served to discuss contemporary work and research and also as a platform for those who hadn't spoken at the meeting. This first one was in Tampa, Florida.

Forum 2 (Greece '95)
The second forum was at the Sixth International Forum in Leptokarya. Work from Europe, the USA, and other parts of the world were discussed.

Forum 3 (Kutztown '96)
This third forum was in Kutztown, Pa., May, 1996. Ruth began with a short paper on "The Psychotherapist of Tomorrow" to lead into discussion. Among the topics pursued were current work, other approaches, outreach, labor relations and the PCA, and increasing official recognition of the PCA in Michigan and Germany.

This deals with five healing moments in the USA and in the Soviet Union.. It was sent to Living Now 1998.

Inner Process of Significant Change
This is a discussion in Strasbourg in 1990 of the six year research project on the Inner Process of Significant Change.

Intimacy in a Person-Centered Way of Being. Do We Dare?
This is a dialogue between Ruth and Barry Witz on the topic. It was presented at the First International Forum in Oatepec, Mexico, 1982.

Intimacy in the Person-Centered Way of Being.
A further discussion by Ruth.

Letter To Brigitte
One summary of Ruth's experience in education in response to the question "How does the Person - Centered Approach apply to education in South Africa. See also her description of the EXP program in Freedom to Learn For the 80's, Chapter six, pp. 108-111.

Keynote on Community - ADPCA '93
A short comment on community.

The Place and Value of Community in Person-Centered Groups
A more detailed presentation also given at Knoxville in 1993.

Carl Rogers and Ruth Sanford Review of their First South African trip
This is a tape that Carl and Ruth made for their host Len Holdstock at the conclusion of their 1982 visit.

The Meaning of Carl Rogers at the Opening of the 21st Century
Centers on power and politics and the PCA.

"Unconditional Positive Regard: A Misunderstood Way of Being"
A companion piece to Carl's article "Empathic: An Unappreciated Way of Being" in A Way of Being.

Monday, May 15, 2006

The Richard Bryant-Jefferies post

Following correspondence with Richard, we are delighted to be able to make a number of his papers available as a single pdf document:

  • Carl Rogers' Client-Centred Therapy: A Spiritual Perspective

  • From Person to Transperson-centredness

  • Stress: An Esoteric Necessity?

  • Trust

  • The Person of Tomorrow

  • The Jigsaw of Self

  • Right Human Relations

  • Seeds: A Living Metaphor for Our Time

  • Collaborative Review - helping ensure psychological health in practitioners of all disciplines

  • Europe: The Evolution of an Idea

  • Who Knows Who?: A Challenge to Primary Health Care Counselling

  • Abortion: An Esoteric Perspective for Reflection

  • A Fresh Look at Depression

  • On Becoming an Alcohol Counsellor

  • A Seven Ray Perspective on Addiction

  • A Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities

  • Download here:

    Also uploaded individually:

    Person-Centredness: A Heartening Experience?


    Perhaps Richard’s best known work is the ‘LIVING THERAPY’ Series, but since making this (now edited 3 March 2010) post, he has a brand new website and a number of new publications; you can check out his prolific authorship for yourself at:

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    PCA Papers Nos.7-41

    A 'Pat' Patterson Extravaganza:

    A number of papers written or co-written by 'the Sage' himself:

    A behavioral view of the therapeutic relationship
    A universal system of psychotherapy
    Client-centered career counseling
    Client-centered supervision
    Concreteness (specificity) in therapy
    Diagnosis and rational psychotherapy
    Divergence and convergence in psychotherapy
    Education and the humanistic crisis
    Empathic understanding
    Empathy, warmth and genuineness in psychotherapy
    Ethical standards for groups
    Existentialism and disability
    Group counseling - a personalized view
    Implications of developments in psychiatric treatment for rehabilitation
    Integration in Psychotherapy Part 1
    Integration in Psychotherapy Part 2
    Involuntary clients - a PC view
    Is psychotherapy dependent upon diagnosis
    Is that all there is to counselling and psychotherapy
    Morris Jacksons email interview with CHP
    Multicultural counseling from diversity to universality
    On being client-centered
    On being nondirective
    On interpretation
    Outcomes in counsellor education
    Resistance in psychotherapy - a person-centered view
    The 1994 Leona Tyler Award Address
    The classroom teacher and the emotional problems of children
    The nature of self-actualization
    Transference and countertransference
    Patterson & Nassar-McMillan - The life of a legacy-bearer - biographical interview
    Patterson & Poidevant - Perspectives on school counseling - a personal view
    Patterson & Purkey - The preparation of humanistic teachers
    Patterson, Goodyear & Watkins - The counselor's counselor – interview
    Patterson, Myers & Hyers - The philosophy and practice of CCT with older people

    PCA Papers: (password: ‘pcayorks’)

    C. H. Patterson
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    C. H. (Cecil Holden) Patterson (born June 22, 1912 in Lynn, Massachusetts) is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.
    He received his bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1938, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1955. He is the author of many publications in the fields of educational psychology and counseling.

    He served in the Army during World War II. In 1942, he married Frances Spano, a nutrionist whom he met at Fels Research Institute in Yellow Springs, Ohio. They had 7 children. His second-eldest child is Francine Patterson, a researcher who taught a modified form of American Sign Language to a gorilla named Koko.

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