Call for papers

Dear Colleagues

We invite all in the field of person centered and experiential psychotherapy and counselling to submit abstracts for the PCE2022 world conference.
Submission will open 30nd October 2021 and end 1st February 2022.

We are looking forward to the results and insights of all scientists, theoreticians, trainers, supervisors and practitioners, who look closely into the conference theme:

"How Can I be of Help?" - Formulating and Facilitating Change Together

Other topics are also welcome at the conference.

The presentations will be available at the conference in Copenhagen. Some presentations will be video-recorded and available in the online conference program. When submitting your abstract there is also opportunity to upload online material for the benefit of the participants in the online conference program. Depending on your submission you can upload your presentation, a pre-recorded video of your presentation, extra material (a paper, chart etc.), or posters. 

Your submission will be review by the Scientific Committees strong team of reviewers diverse on geography, gender, age, PCE-orientation etc.

Below you find the submission formats for the IN PERSON conference. We believe that the COVID-situation allows for a full IN PERSON conference in 2022.

Deadline for submission is 1st of February 2022

For final acceptance of your submission(s), you need to register to the conference. Maximum 2 submissions as first author is allowed.

We look forward to your presentation and to see you in Copenhagen 2022



David Murphy
Chair of the Scientific Committee



Niels Bagge
Chair of the Organizing Commitee

Formats for presenters

Brief individual Papers:

20 minutes: 15 minutes presentation + 5 minutes discussion

This format encourages individual presenters to submit papers that are theoretical, brief empirical reports or that have a focus on practice. Individuals may submit their paper on their own or as part of a panel. If submitted on their own the Scientific Committee will thematically organise all individual papers and arrange them into 60-minutes og 90 minutes sessions to include three or four 20-minutes individual papers.

Individual Papers:

60-minutes 40 minutes presentation + 20 minutes discussion

The long paper submission will consist of a single paper presentation. Submissions will typically involve a 40 minutes presentation and allow a minimum of 20 minutes for discussion with audience participation. There will be only a limited number of these submissions accepted and the Scientific Committee might, after peer review, instead offer a presenter the opportunity to shorten their paper and resubmit as a Brief Individual Paper.


60-minutes: 3 x 15 minutes presentations + 15  minutes discussion

90-minutes: 4 x 15 minutes presentations + 30 minutes discussion

A panel/symposium may either be 60-minutes or 90-minutes, and include either three or four brief individual papers with a moderator/discussant who will be responsible for introducing the presenters, managing the time, and facilitating the audience discussion after the presentations have been made. All papers must be presentations that focus on the same theme and are related in their organisation and focus. The scientific committee will favour submissions that include presenters from different research groups or tribes of PCE. Submissions for this format must include both (1) an abstract that presents an overview for the whole session naming a moderator/discussant, AND (2) an individual abstract for each of the brief individual papers.

Structured Discussion:

60-minutes: 2-4 x 5 minutes statements + 45 minutes discussion

90-minutes:  2-4 x 5 minutes statements + 70 minutes discussion

A structured discussion provides an opportunity for group discussion among colleagues on a specific topic/theme. A structured discussion may either be 60-minutes or 90-minutes, and include two to four presenters offering a brief position statement (max. 5 minutes) on the topic/theme to elicit active participation from audience members. These sessions should be structured in a way that encourages and allows audience participation in the discussion for a  substantial proportion of the time. A moderate/discussant may be chosen. The scientific committee might, after peer review, change the proposed length of the session.

Experiential Mini Workshop:

90 minutes

A mini-workshop (experiential) can be either an experiential workshop on any topic related to the conference theme that allows for a significant amount of time for audience participation through experiential exercises or other forms of audience participation such as discussions or practical tasks.

Demonstration Mini Workshop:

90 minutes

A mini-workshop (video-practice or live-demonstration) will focus on two perspectives on an aspect of psychotherapy practice. Each perspective is represented by a different person. Each perspective presented must include the presentation of video footage or live demonstration highlighting and centring a practice-focused issue. The focus is the same in each perspective. The video clips or live-demonstration form the basis for audience participation through discussion, experiential exercise or deliberate practice. It is preferential that video-practice/live-demo focused mini-workshops will bring together two of the ‘tribes’ and look at the ways in which different approaches might work with similar situations in therapy.


120 minutes

There will be an in person poster presentation session within the conference programme. Posters are graphic representations of research studies that include the presentation of the findings of research study that has been carried out by the presenter. Physical poster sizes can be up to A0 (1189mm x 841mm) or A1 (841mm x 594mm) but no smaller than A1 size. The poster should also be posted online in the online poster gallery. Online posters should be a PDF-file with a page size no smaller than A4 and pictures no larger than 150 DPI.

Information on the submission of abstracts

More info will follow soom