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.


2019 Conference

We are looking for someone to host the 2019 conference. If this is something you would consider, please contact us.


2018 Conference

July 25, 2018 (Wed) TO July 29, 2018 (Sun)

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street Ne
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

Please put the above conference dates in your calendar. We chose the Sheraton because of its central location. It also had meeting space for our dates. There is an airport shuttle ($20). Also, you can take the subway (MARTA) from the airport to within a block or two of the Sheraton hotel.

The Sheraton group rate ($145) including tax. Kenny is talking with someone to see if he can get that lowered, however, there are many hotels nearby and within walking distance that may be less expensive. It has up to 4 meeting rooms that we can use. We may not need that many. Each meeting room is $250.

We also checked with the Hampton Inn and LaQuinta Inns. Their rates were lower but neither had meeting space for our dates. Also, neither would let us conduct workshops in regular rooms. Also, GA State University did not have meeting space available for our dates.

Please send in ideas for workshops and resumes as soon as possible so that the CEU applications. In addition, we will always have room for spontaneous presentations as need arises.

We are excited about meeting in Atlanta and hope that each if you will feel welcome and want to come.

Please, send workshop proposals and resumes to either:

Kennethbarthels@yahoo.com (or) robrichpsyd@gmail.com

Warmest Regards,

Ken B and Rob R
535 East Perry Street
Savannah, GA., 31401

Please do not hesitate to contact us at
(912)-341-0579 Home
(912)-220-9276 Ken Barthels
(912)-596-0040 Rob Richardson


Past Conferences

  • 2017 Chicago, USA
  • 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