ADPCA Conference

ADPCA Annual Conference

The ADPCA Conference is a unique way to experience and learn about the PCA (Person-Centered Approach) and CCT (Client-Centered Therapy). It happens annually and aims to provide opportunity for self and professional development in an atmosphere where participants can freely express themselves. The experiential side of the conference combines daily large community meetings (encounter groups) and regular small groups, both being a central part of the conference. The academic quality is also very present and consists of person-centered practitioners, trainers and students from different cultural and professional backgrounds sharing workshops, presentations, discussion groups and/or practical demonstration sessions. At the conference, we also have ADPCA Business Meetings where matters related to the Association are openly addressed, discussed and decided in a democratic way. ADPCA does not have a hierarchical structure like in traditional associations, so all members have the right to share their views and equally have a say in the decision making process. The annual Business Meetings are where official functional decisions regarding the association are made. Non-members participating in the conference are also welcome to join these meetings.

You find below news about our next conferences and details of past events.

2017 Conference

The Annual Meeting of the Association for Development of the Person-Centered Approach will begin at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday evening, July 19th, in the Community Meeting Room, and will end at 12 noon on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Dorm and meeting rooms are located in the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 700 South Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607.

Pre-conference will convene on Wednesday, July 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Marge Witty will be teaching a didactic on client-centered theory in the morning and will facilitate an open discussion in the afternoon. Please note on your Registration Form if you plan to attend the Pre-conference workshop.  No separate fees are required for attending.

CEs and CEUs are in process for psychologists, counselors, and social workers.  We will be able to confirm the number of CEUs offered in late May.

Registration All information regarding registration and accommodations are on the registration form (click here).

Scholarship Requests We encourage anyone for whom the registration fee is a barrier to applying for any aid needed.  Please fill out the registration form and submit it without payment for the registration fee. (We are not able to offer aid with housing or parking fees.)  We will respond to your request within 4 weeks. 

Contributions to the scholarship fund are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!

Housing at UIC. To guarantee on-campus housing, please submit your registration no later than June 1, 2017. The dorm is accessible 24 hours a day. However, the Dorm Registration Desk is closed between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. Please let us know several days in advance if you expect to arrive after 12 a.m. on your first night, so security will be notified in advance of your expected arrival. For more details on finding your way to UIC, parking and housing, please visit the Logistics page of our website after January 20th.

Meals. Coffee, tea, and rolls will be served each morning in the main conference room. There are a number of fast food restaurants located within the Student Center. The University’s cafeteria plan may also be available to us as well (we will not know until early summer).

We have created a specific webpage for the event:

Our best to Everyone. Looking forward to seeing you in July.

The ADPCA 2017 Conference Committee

Past Conferences

  • 2016 Las Vagas, USA, with a parallel event in Nottingham, England
  • 2015 Chicago, USA
  • 2014 Nottingham, England
  • 2013 Caldwell, NJ, USA
  • 2012 Savannah, GA, USA
  • 2011 Chicago, IL, USA
  • 2010 Rochester, NY, USA
  • 2009 Kutztown, PA, USA
  • 2008 Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • 2007 New York, NY, USA
  • 2006 Fargo, ND, USA
  • 2005 Warwick, England
  • 2004 Anchorage, AK, USA
  • 2003 Albi, France
  • 2002 Cleveland, OH, USA
  • 2001 Manchester, England
  • 2000 La Jolla, CA, USA
  • 1999 Ruston, LA, USA
  • 1998 Norton, MA, USA
  • 1997 Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • 1996 Kutztown, PA, USA
  • 1995 Tampa, FL, USA
  • 1994 Evanston, IL, USA
  • 1993 Maryville, TN, USA
  • 1992 Redwood City, CA, USA
  • 1991 Coffeyville, KS, USA
  • 1990 Hebron, CT, USA
  • 1989 Athens, GA, USA
  • 1988 New York, NY, USA
  • 1987 La Jolla, CA, USA - Concurrent Meeting with the 3rd International Forum of the PCA
  • 1986 Chicago, IL, USA