Saturday 2nd July & Sunday 3rd July 2022 at GlobalHagen Venue

The PCE2022 pre-conference takes place on the two days before the main conference at the GlobalHagen venue.

You have each pre-conference day the choice between a workshop or encounter group. You can chose only workshops, or only encounter group, or you can mix encounter group one day and workshop on the other day. The choice is yours!


Leslie Ellis

One-day pre-conference workshop: Monday 2nd July 2022 from 9 to 16.30
Diving Deep: Three experiential focusing approaches to working with dreams and nightmares

Dreams provide immediate access to our clients' inner life. When we are able to help our clients experience their dreams in a curious, open, focusing-oriented way, they are able to directly access the dream's tendency to carry their life situation forward. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Ellis has been working with dreams in clinical practice and has come to favor three embodied experiential dreamwork techniques: 'finding the help' in a dream (from Focusing), re-entering a dream element (from Gestalt) and dreaming the dream onward (from Jung). These experiential methods can be used and combined to safely and constructively navigate the depths of any dream. Dr. Ellis will offer examples and experiential exercises that will show workshop participants how to allow the dreamer to discover for themselves what the dream is trying to tell them. Dr. Ellis is an expert on nightmares and their treatment, and will explain how disturbed dreaming is undertreated and associated with increased suicide risk. She will describe how to apply a simple, experiential method to treat those who suffer from nightmares related to post-traumatic stress injury. Participants will leave the workshop with greater confidence in working experientially with dreams in their clinical practice. 

Dr. Leslie Ellis is a teacher, author and psychotherapist interested in experiential ways of cultivating inner life, especially through dreams and the body. She is currently offering online dreamwork instruction based on her book, A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy (Routledge, 2019). She also offers training in focusing, a somatic approach to psychotherapy. Leslie has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Masters from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is vice president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and past president and a Certifying Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute. 


Leslie Greenberg

One-day pre-conference workshop: Sunday 3rd July 2022 fro 9 to 16.30
The Transforming Power of Emotions

In this workshop I will present an Emotion-Focused view of working with emotion awareness, acceptance, and transformation. We will begin with a discussion of the role of emotion and emotional processing in function and dysfunction. The importance of working with amygdala- based emotion will be emphasized. The use of process diagnosis in an emotion-focused approach to identify both adaptive and maladaptive emotions and primary and secondary emotions will be presented. How to combine relationship and work on different tasks based on marker guided intervention will be discussed. Six major principles of emotional change in psychotherapy Emotion Awareness, Expression, Regulation, Reflection, Changing Emotion with Emotion and Corrective Emotional Experience will be discussed. Videotaped examples of evidence-based methods for evoking and dealing with emotions in self-criticism and in emotional injuries from the past with significant others will be presented and discussed. The importance of moment by moment attunement to affect, and of emotion activation in therapy will be demonstrated.

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.


Encounter Group

Two days of encounter group space: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July 2022 from 9 to 16.30

Initiated by Carl Rogers and several colleagues, the encounter group is a long-lasting tradition within the person-centered and experiential approach. It can be made of 10-15 people up to 200. In case of big groups, nowadays we also speak of “community meeting”. It is characterized by the fact that there is no preceding agenda and no designated leader or host. Early on, the big encounter group became a place encouraging cross-cultural and interpersonal communication.

This years encounter group and community group meetings was prepared by the PCE2022 Encounter Group Preparation Committee, who during the last 2 years leading up to the conference has prepared how best to present the encounter groups at PCE2022.  They have formulated this Encounter Group Letter, which states what to expect when entering the encounter group space. Please read this before you decide:  Encounter Group Letter

If you are new to encounter groups or is interested in knowing more, the Encounter Group Preparation Committee have provided:


Social Gathering

Saturday 2nd July 2022 from 16.30 to 18.00

After the first days program we meet for at time together, all participants from both workshop and encounter group. It is time to mingle, share and relax with a cool drink in sunny garden of GlobalHagen.



PCE Cinema

Saturday 2nd July 2022 from 20 to 22
A PCE movie nights with your PCE friends from around the world

We will gather in the evening for a PCE movie. It's a space to be with colleagues and friends, new and old from the pre-conference. The program for the evening is to be announced later.



Community Encounter Group Space

Sundau 3rd July 2022 from 17 to 19
One meetings for all pre-conferences attendees in the late afternoon on the last day

The Community Encounter Group Space is a forum for all participants at the pre-conference both workshop and encounter group participants. Community Groups are larger groups offering space to the whole of the community in an encounter group way. Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet all delegates in a large encounter.

Please read the Encounter Group Letter, before entering the Community Encounter Group Space.

The Community Encounter Group Space will mark the ending of the pre-conference days.

But you do not have to wait long to meet again. In the morning of the main conference the Community Encounter Group Space will start again at GlobalHagen open for all attendees of he conference.