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E ngā matawaka, e ngā mana, e ngā reo, e rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou. E ngā hau e whā, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou me ō koutou whānau hoki. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. 

To our esteemed colleagues, propelled together by the four winds from near and afar, we greet you and your families.

On behalf of the conference organising committee, we extend a warm welcome to PCE2020, the 14th International Conference of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling, to be held at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand next year, only the second the time that the WAPCPEC Conference has been held in the Southern hemisphere.

We are delighted to confirm the dates and to present our four keynote speakers – Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Nuhaka, Ngāti Ranginui ki Tauranga Moana, Ngāti Porou ki Muriwai), Dr Raewyn Connell, Dr Maureen O’Hara, and Folasaitu Dr Julia Ioane – tēnā koutou.

The theme of our conference is “Tihei mauri ora: Contact, culture, and context”. The Māori phrase, “Tihei mauri ora” is generally interpreted as “Behold the breath of life” and is a traditional way of beginning a speech or, indeed, a conference, especially one about health – and we see PCE therapies as contributing to the health of the clients, and the person-centred approach (PCA) as contributing more generally to the health of families, communities and, indeed, our world. The whole conference is designed to provide opportunities – experiential, theoretical, and social – to explore person-centred and experiential psychotherapy and counselling in relation to this overall theme. Moreover, each full day of the conference will reflect the three themes contained in the paired words and concepts: tihei - representing contact, mauri - culture, and ora - context. We will soon be inviting you to submit proposals for papers, workshops, and poster sessions that explore and develop these three themes.

In addition to the keynote speeches, which will stimulate us to think about and act on the overall theme of the conference, presentations, workshops, an ongoing open encounter group, each full day of the conference will end with sessions honouring a number of elders of our PCE community.

We appreciate that, for many of you, coming to PCE2020 in Aotearoa New Zealand will represent a huge commitment. We can only assure you of a warm welcome, a stimulating conference, and the opportunity either before and/or after the conference to stay and see something of our beautiful country, to which end, we will be providing a lot of support to you in planning your trip and answering questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you in Auckland.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Professor Keith Tudor
Chair, PCE2020 Conference Organising Committee

Important Dates

Registration Opens
Monday, 2 September 2019

Call for Abstract
Monday, 2 September 2019

Call for Abstract - deadline
Friday, 27 March 2020

Call for Abstract - notification
Friday, 10 April 2020