Germain LietaerOpening conference talk: How Can I Be of Help? Unfolding and Further Differentiation of the Person-Centered/Experiential Psychotherapy Paradigm During the Last Three Decades
Germain Lietaer studied as a post-doctoral fellow with Carl Rogers at the Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla in 1969-70. He was a full professor at the Catholic University of Leuven where he taught person-centered/experiential psychotherapy and process research in psychotherapy on the master and post-master level. Within this context he was a staff member of a postgraduate training programme in personcentered / experiential psychotherapy. Together with his team he organized the first international conference on client-centered and experiential psychotherapy in 1988. During the years 2000-2003 he has been Chair of WAPCEPC (World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling). Professor Lietaer has published widely; see http://users.telenet.be/germain_lietaer/. He is chief editor (with J. Rombauts and R. Van Balen) of Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the Nineties (Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press, 1990) and co-editor (with L.S. Greenberg & J. Watson) of the Handbook of Experiential Psychotherapy (New York: Guilford, 1998). Characteristic of his work is an attempt at integrating new evolutions and related approaches into a broadly conceived paradigm of person-centered/experiential/humanistic psychotherapy.
Dan ZahaviOpening Conference talk: Psychotherapy and Applied Phenomenology
Dan Zahavi is Professor of Philosophy at University of Copenhagen and University of Oxford, and director of the Center for Subjectivity Research in Copenhagen. Zahavi’s primary research area is phenomenology and philosophy of mind, and their intersection with empirical disciplines such as psychiatry and psychology. In addition to a number of scholarly works on the phenomenology of Husserl, Zahavi has mainly written on the nature of selfhood, self-consciousness, intersubjectivity, empathy, and social ontology. His most important publications include Self-Awareness and Alterity (1999), Husserl’s Phenomenology (2003), Subjectivity and Selfhood (2005), The Phenomenological Mind (together with Shaun Gallagher) (2008/2012), Self and Other (2014), Husserl’s Legacy (2017), and Phenomenology: The Basics (2019). Zahavi also serves as the co-editor in chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. Over the years, Zahavi has received a number of academic awards for his work including the Elite Research Prize, and the Carlsberg Foundation’s Research Prize. He is also the recipient of an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. His writings have been translated into more than 30 languages.
Susan StephenConference talk: Holding True: The Continuing Resonance of Rogers’ Theory in Contemporary Person-Centered Practice
Susan Stephen, Ph.D., is a person-centered therapist, supervisor, trainer and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her research interests include investigating the development of congruent functioning in person-centered therapy, exploring methodological innovations in measure development and case study research, and supporting practitioners to develop an informed approach to measurement in counselling. Susan is an active member of the national and international person-centred community with contributions as Secretary of PCT Scotland (2004-7), Chair of the Board of the World Association for Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling (2010-2013; Board Member, 2008-14), and, since 2018, as a co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal, Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies.
Akira IkemiConference talk: How Can I Be of Help to You and to Me: Focusing and Mindfulness Perspectives
Akira Ikemi, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist, Professor: Kansai University Graduate School of Psychology. Having been raised in an international community in Kobe, Japan, Akira is English-Japanese bilingual. He graduated magna cum laude double majoring in psychology and philosophy at Boston College. He studied with Professor Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago Graduate Division and then returned to Japan. He worked at the Kitakyushu Municipal Hospital and then at the University of Occupational & Environmental Health School of Medicine where he got his doctorate. Since then, he has taught at Okayama University, Kobe College and now at Kansai University. He has taught part-time at universities including Shizuoka University Graduate School, Hyogo University of Teacher Education Graduate Division, Kyushu University, the University of Strathclyde (UK). He has also been a doctoral thesis examiner at the University of East Anglia (UK) and the University of Sydney (Australia). Akira has served as one of the founders and past-presidents of the Japan Focusing Association, and has served as board members of the Japanese Association of Humanistic Psychology, The International Focusing Institute (USA), World Association of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling (UK). Currently he is a member of the steering committee of the Eugene Gendlin Center and an editorial member of the journal, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. He teaches Focusing all across Japan and worldwide, including China, Australia, Greece, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Leslie GreenbergConference talk: Changing Emotion with Emotion
One-day pre-conference workshop: The Transforming Power of Emotions
Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D., is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto. He was originally trained in Person Centered and Gestalt therapy and engaged in psychotherapy research. He has authored the major texts on Emotion Focused Therapy from the first books Emotion in Psychotherapy (1986) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (1988) to most recent Emotion-Focused Therapy (2015) and Emotion Focused Therapy of Forgiveness and Letting Go (2019). He has received both the Early Career and the Distinguished Research Career Award of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research as well as the Carl Rogers and the Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research of the American Psychology Association. He also has received the Canadian Psychological Association Professional Award for distinguished contributions to Psychology as a profession. He is a past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He now spends the majority of his time training people in emotion–focused approaches.
Dagmar NudingConference talk: Being of Help in Person-Centered and Experiential Treatment of Young People
Semi plenary speakers
”You are a TOY!” – Kierkegaard’s Concept of Courage and Anxiety in Toy Story
Through an analysis of Pixar’s Toy Story we will see how “the secret art of helping” according to Kierkegaard is not an attempt to ease the pain or remove the problems in life but rather an upbuilding act of helping the other person to regain the very courage to live.
Christian Hjortkjær, Ph.d. from The Søren Kierkegaard Research Center at The University of Copenhagen. Author of several books on the topics of existential theology, ethics and psychology. Currently lectures, writes and teaches existential matters at a Danish Folk High School.