ABOUT US

PCP ACADEMY

Welcome to the PCP Experience! We invite you to join us here to explore, investigate, study, inquire, learn, share, question and grow your PCP practice! We have a blog where we post articles and ideas about PCA and PCP, and we look forward to your comments and conversations about them. We also have a members only area, the PCP Café, for all our students and clients to support each other in their Person-Centered practices and growth. You will need an account name and password to enter that area, which you are given once you have done work with the PCP Academy. So grab a cup o’ joe, and let’s explore!

Psychotherapy is not about fixing others but about being there with the other in an environment of trust, caring, profound respect, and empathy. Rogers built his theory and practicum through the experience before naming them. This model is the basis of our teaching at PCP ACADEMY as you are taken to experience the Person-Centered Psychotherapy, its concept, and practicum and then find the name for them, names that make sense to you.  

PCP ACADEMY is for we who practice or aspire to practice psychotherapy, individually and in groups, mutually learning through our own experiences, reflections, and practices. Utilizing their whole potential, psychotherapists can rediscover personal strengths in efficiency, skill, and wisdom, becoming an actualizing instrument of change for their client’s benefit. 

We offer courses, lectures, supervision, and psychotherapy face to face and online to clients all over the world. 

DIRECTORS

William Stillwell and Antonio Santos created PCP Academy after more than 40 years of practice in psychotherapy. Co-directors of the Center for Studies of the Person, they decided to share their experiences and inspire other professionals who chose the Person Centered Approach as their way of doing psychotherapy.

Antonio SANTOS

Antonio Santos, Ph.D, MSCP, is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in Brazil (CRP-01/0702) and in the USA (CA-PSY-19983).He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Development, from International College in Los Angeles, California, and a post-doctorate in Psychopharmacology from Alliant International University, San Francisco, California.

Antonio worked directly as a mentee and colleague of Carl Rogers in the 70s and 80s. He is currently the co-director of Rogers’ co-founded organization, the Center for Studies of the Person, in La Jolla, California, and is a member or the American Psychological Association (APA), in the USA.

Antonio is a writer, psychotherapist, organizational consultant, coach, professor, trainer and lecturer. He has worked for the last thirty years with a cross-cultural population from different parts of the world (South and North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa). He is the author of the book Miracle Moments, and co-authored, with Dr. Carl Rogers and Dr. Maria Constanca Bowen, the book When the Heart Speaks. He also collaborated in writing the Clinical Handbook of Schizophrenia, as well as in translating the book A Course in Miracles, into Portuguese.

Antonio SANTOS

Antonio Santos, Ph.D, MSCP, is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in Brazil (CRP-01/0702) and in the USA (CA-PSY-19983).He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Development, from International College in Los Angeles, California, and a post-doctorate in Psychopharmacology from Alliant International University, San Francisco, California.

Antonio worked directly as a mentee and colleague of Carl Rogers in the 70s and 80s. He is currently the co-director of Rogers’ co-founded organization, the Center for Studies of the Person, in La Jolla, California, and is a member or the American Psychological Association (APA), in the USA.

Antonio is a writer, psychotherapist, organizational consultant, coach, professor, trainer and lecturer. He has worked for the last thirty years with a cross-cultural population from different parts of the world (South and North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa). He is the author of the book Miracle Moments, and co-authored, with Dr. Carl Rogers and Dr. Maria Constanca Bowen, the book When the Heart Speaks. He also collaborated in writing the Clinical Handbook of Schizophrenia, as well as in translating the book A Course in Miracles, into Portuguese.

William Stillwell

For over fifty years, Will Stillwell, Ph.D., has maintained a consulting practice with people in various organizations: as a coach to individuals, a facilitator for groups, and as a mediator in conflict situations. He is a partner in the Center for Study of the Person (CSP)’s Enterprise for Creative Leadership.

For thirty-five years Will has been a staff member of CSP’s The La Jolla Program.  In this capacity he facilitates encounter groups of few and many members, in the format originally pioneered by Carl Rogers. Presently a co-director, he has also taken this work to a number of foreign lands. Will also co-directs CSP’s Person-Centered Psychotherapy Course. Particularly relevant to this work is his essay and video “The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers: How it Seems to Me”. Will is the director of the Carl R. Rogers Memorial Library at CSP as well.  

After a career as an experiential education faculty member in Behavior Sciences at several universities, Will currently is an adjunct professor with San Diego University for Integrative Studies, where he works with students on their psychotherapy skills and advanced research degrees. Among his 30 publications are 7 books and 5 video presentations. Several articles addressing his living-world — work in organizations, psychotherapy and encounter, and cross-cultural understanding — are available on-line at the Center for Studies of the Person website (Library).

William Stillwell

For over fifty years, Will Stillwell, Ph.D., has maintained a consulting practice with people in various organizations: as a coach to individuals, a facilitator for groups, and as a mediator in conflict situations. He is a partner in the Center for Study of the Person (CSP)’s Enterprise for Creative Leadership.

For thirty-five years Will has been a staff member of CSP’s The La Jolla Program.  In this capacity he facilitates encounter groups of few and many members, in the format originally pioneered by Carl Rogers. Presently a co-director, he has also taken this work to a number of foreign lands. Will also co-directs CSP’s Person-Centered Psychotherapy Course. Particularly relevant to this work is his essay and video “The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers: How it Seems to Me”. Will is the director of the Carl R. Rogers Memorial Library at CSP as well.  

After a career as an experiential education faculty member in Behavior Sciences at several universities, Will currently is an adjunct professor with San Diego University for Integrative Studies, where he works with students on their psychotherapy skills and advanced research degrees. Among his 30 publications are 7 books and 5 video presentations. Several articles addressing his living-world — work in organizations, psychotherapy and encounter, and cross-cultural understanding — are available on-line at the Center for Studies of the Person website (Library).

Guest Speakers / Instructors

Ho Cheung NG

HC is a trainee psychotherapist (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and is in his final year of MSc in Contemporary Person-Centered Psychotherapy & Applications, at Metanoia Institute in the United Kingdom.

He is also undergoing the Person-Centered Psychotherapy training with Antonio and Will, here at the PCP Academy. HC has also trained in Person-Centered Expressive Arts with Dr. Natalie Rogers and Dr. Sue Ann Herron, and currently is an intern of the Person-Centered Expressive Arts program in the United States. 

HC has worked in counseling since 2013, and, in recent years, has begun to offer support to people touched by cancer and their families, focusing on end-of-life, loss and grief, self-regard, and self-acceptance.

Carolyn Schneider, A.M., LCPC

Carolyn is a Director at Chicago Counseling Associates. She first encountered client-centered therapy as a practicum student at the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, where she later interned, joined the staff and provided administrative and supervisory services. Carolyn currently runs a small practice and client-centered training center, where she aspires to provide a level of service that honors the exceptional education and support she received from her mentors, particularly Barbara Brodley, Susan Pildes, Marge Witty, Garry Prouty, Nat Raskin, and Barbara Roy. She is gratified to work with such dedicated and purposeful learners at CCA.

Dr. Dominic L. Cirincione, Ph. D., C.P.C

Psychotherapist and organizational and management consultant Dominic has more than thirty-five years of consulting, training, coaching, and team-building experience. Dominic was a co-founder with Carl R. Rogers and other colleagues of The Center for Studies of the Person in LaJolla, California, in 1968. His Master’s degree is in Clinical Psychology, and he practiced as a licensed therapist in a partnership practice for Feeling Therapy and Psychological Fitness. Dominic completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and wrote a dissertation on the subject of Individual and Organizational Integrity.

Professional memberships include the Organizational Development Network, American Society for Training and Development, American Psychological Association, and a founding member of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association.

Dr. Carey Patrick Wertz, Ph.D., M.Ed, LCPC

Carey has worked in education since 2004 in various positions, including teaching, administration, and research. In 2017 he began a second master’s degree in counseling which introduced him to the Person-Centered Approach. Carey is a transgender psychotherapist working as a human services instructor and a mental health counselor at a tribal college in rural Montana. He realized he was transgender but feared coming out and transitioning, and the Rogerian approach inspired him to fight to be himself. Carey works with American Indian clients and rural and LGBTQIA clients. He completed the first module of the PCP Academy Program and got training in focusing, somatic experiencing, and expressive arts therapies.

 

Dr. Robert Lee

In a past life, Bob Lee was a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the San Diego Unified school district. He became acquainted with Carl Rogers and Client-Centered Therapy and encounter groups, in 1963. This took place in a Counseling Institute held at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, USA. He thought that what he experienced was unworkable but, nevertheless, was in the beginning of the La Jolla Program in 1967 experientially learning to become an encounter group facilitator. He is one of two remaining charter members of Rogers’ organization, the Center for Studies of the Person, in La Jolla, California.

Dr. Patrick Howley, Personal Growth Facilitator

Pat Howley has been a person-centered facilitator, counselor and educator for more than 50 years. In 1968 he read Rogers’ “On Becoming a Person” while pursuing his graduate degree and advanced degree in counseling psychology, and since then the person-centered approach has been his base. He began his work counseling young children and soon initiated group encounters for young adolescents. In 1978, he attended “The La Jolla Program” which at that time was a two and a half week training in the person-centered approach. He then began his own “studies of the person”, that person being himself. He explored and continues to explore his own personal growth to enable his clients to benefit from what he is learning about the experience of personal growth.

He has worked at several universities in Connecticut as a teacher, facilitator and consultant. He also has written several chapters for books on education and articles on counseling. A significant part of his work was as a school district coordinator at the School Development Program, Yale Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University for over fourteen years. While there he was also director of adult development and teacher development. While doing his consultant work, Pat also maintained a private practice and continues today seeing people from across the world as a person-centered facilitator and counselor.

He is currently the co-director of the Center for the Studies of the Person in La Jolla, California.

Business Admin

Carla Swan Gerstein

Carla is the business and marketing manager for PCP Academy. She holds a California Teaching Credential, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UCSB. She spent 13 years as a software developer, project manager, department manager, and customer liaison, then she acquired her teaching credential in 1999 after having children. In San Diego in 2002, she co- founded the Rainbow Kids Integral Preschool, and in 2006 the Integral Elementary School, both alternative schools, based on the holistic and student-centered Integral Education philosophy.

In 2013 she joined Jacqueline Hicks and started Education Transformations, a project of Center for Studies of the Person (CSP) that dedicated itself to bringing the Person-Centered Approach to children’s education and teachers. She also worked with CSP for several years to help produce the Annual Carl Rogers conferences in San Diego. Carla is delighted to join Antonio and Will in their endeavors to bring more PCA to the world!

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