before the PCE 2010
The General Assembly of PCE Europe took place in the rooms of the Italian Person Centered Institute
Minutes of the 13th General Assembly
This years General Assembly (GA) took place prior to PCE 2010 held in
June 30th- July 4th 2010.
List of members and delegates present at the meeting:
PCA Institute Praha, Czechia, Daniela Siffelova
PCAIF, France, Patrick Kaufmann
APPCPC, Portugal, Joao Hippolito, Odette Nunes
Further present: Susan Cornforth representing WAPCEPC
Apologies: Cécile Joris, AFPC
1. Agenda for the present meeting accepted with additions.
It was noted that with delegates from 16 of 20 member organisations present and 1 pre-advised proxy vote (AFPC Belgium) the meeting was quorate for voting purposes.
2. Minutes 2009 were accepted having been previously distributed via e-mail
3. Report of the board
Magda Draskoczy, Chairperson, reiterated the content of the report sent to members via
Gerhard Stumm presented the most current figures available of member organisations showing that PCE Europe represents some 7,000 psychotherapists and counsellors through 20 organisations across
A financial report was sent to members in advance. Andrea Uphoff presented detailed accounts to the members present at the GA. Clair Higgon raised the question on behalf of Cécile Joris, AFPC Belgium, as to why these had not been sent with the advance report. Andrea apologised for forgetting to add the attachment to the e-mailed report. In accordance with PCE Europe’s Statutes and Bylaws, an audit for financial affairs 2008 and 2009 was undertaken during the GA. Also, an audit of accounts up to the 19th May 2010 when the bank transfer from
Revised Statutes and Bylaws accommodating the new status of PCE Europe as a chapter of WAPCEPC were presented by Gerhard Stumm for acceptance by the membership. A vote was taken with reservation for editorial changes with unanimous response.
Willi Roes presented the new PCE Europe website (www.pce-europe) and demonstrated the application process for the European Certificate for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling via powerpoint. He informed the meeting about links to the member associations’ websites, information on PCE events in
Anne Wunderle and Marina Iossifides reported as members of the certification committee on the process of validating certificate applications. They reported having processed 17 applications to date and considered the project an ongoing success despite minor glitches. Peter Schmid reminded all organisations to send the template letter introducing the certificate to their individual members after the summer holidays to encourage application, as well as advertising it again in the next WA newsletter. Anne Wunderle sought a replacement as she will be stepping down from the certification committee next year. A further person is needed to replace Andrea Koch who resigned at the beginning of this year. Magda Draskoczy offered to become one member of the committee and the other organisations agreed to ask their members for a second person to join.
Michael Halhuber-Ahlmann reported that PCE Europe has been re-accredited by EAP as a European-Wide Accrediting Organisation (EWAO) for PCE therapists. EAP currently represents psychotherapists in 28 countries and is attempting to create a European platform by forming templates for psychotherapy regulation and equivalency recognition. A report on their progress can be found in the next edition of the International Journal of Psychotherapy. Michael was thanked by the GA as he stepped down as PCE
9. Report EAC
During the year, the board co-opted Danae Marinakis as EAC representative for PCE Europe. After many attempts by PCE Europe to make contact with EAC, Danae was able to make a positive connection to the new president, Jennie McNamara, which resulted in an invitation for PCE Europe to send a delegate to their next board meeting in
A question was raised as to the content and intent of the questionnaire devised by Clair Higgon and Cécile Joris which was sent to the organisations. Clair explained that the intention was to map the situation of psychotherapists/counsellors of member organisations in relation to regulation. This may enable PCE Europe to make a position statement within EAP and EAC and could be helpful to those countries approaching regulation. There was some discussion during the meeting about the possible duplication of work already undertaken by EAP and the paper due to be published in the Journal for Psychotherapy. It was agreed that it was still important to continue the initiative with an emphasis on information specifically for those working in the person-centred approach. Clair and Cécile have not set a time scale to publish the results of the questionnaire but will start collation of the material in the near future.
Andrea Uphoff 27
Sylvia Rasch-Owald 25
Clair Higgon 27
Danae Marinakis 27