The person-centered approach in Scotland

Stephen, Susan and Lambers, Elke (2010) The person-centered approach in Scotland. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 9 (1). pp. 25-36. ISSN 1477-9757 (

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The purpose of this report is to offer our international colleagues insight into the current status of the person-centered approach (PCA) in Scotland. The report outlines the growth of the PCA in this country from the seeds sown thirty years ago by the Facilitator Development Institute (Britain), an offshoot of the Center for Cross-Cultural Communication. It describes the current successes of the approach in Scotland, including its strong position as a core model for training in counseling and psychotherapy within academic institutions, its lively counseling research community and its well-established system of supervision training and practice. The authors also present a picture of the scope and activities of person-centered and experiential (PCE) therapists in this part of the UK today, based on the main findings of a survey carried out in October 2006 in which a majority (60%) of the membership of the Association for Person-Centred Therapy Scotland participated.