PCE Europe and the Hellenic Focusing Center invite you to Athens, Greece, for the
5th PCE Europe Symposium Athens 2023

To celebrate in person and online
25 years of PCE Europe
20 years of the Hellenic Focusing Center

Theme of the symposium


Welcoming Polyphony in a Changing World

Ιn a changing world, in a state of crisis, norms and language can’t possibly mean the same as they used to; hence polyphony prevails, both in the ‘outer’ and in the ‘inner’ world, since everyone has, or should have, a voice.
There are so many voices to be listened to, thought about, responded to. Are these voices interchangeable? Is there still a dialogue in process? Can we be congruent with both the ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ voices? Can we hear and include societal voices within a ‘protected’ psychotherapy practice?
And furthermore, is it possible to respond to these voices, to have a genuine dialogue, to accept the responsibility of being present and authentic as trainees, clients, therapists, individuals, citizens, participants of a symposium? How might we positively affect the social becoming/the unfolding of society? Can the Person-Centred and Experiential approach change itself if needed?

What would constitute polyphony in our profession, during these critical times?
What would constitute polyphony within the Person-Centred and Experiential approach?
And, finally, what would constitute polyphony in a symposium? Polyphony does not only mean a plethora of ideas on the same topic, drawn from idiosyncratic experiences, frames of reference, interests, cultures, ethnicities, places of origin, languages, sexualities, religions, corporealities, lives… but also evokes the very multiplicity and diversity, indeed, the plurality of topics.

We therefore welcome you all and invite you to participate and contribute to this Symposium of Polyphony, by unfolding whatever interests you, troubles you, makes you happy or unhappy… along with your expertise, knowledge, and experience…

The following specific themes are just a suggestion, a kind of frame to hold and create the necessary space for us to meet, exchange, interact:

  • voices of/in the community (working with/approaching the community)
  • voices of psychotherapies (common ground, different views)
  • voices of other sciences (talking with, other views, technology)

Dear Colleagues,
We invite all in the field of Person-centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling to submit abstracts for the PCE 2023 European Symposium.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is March 15th 2023.
We are looking forward to the results and insights of all scientists, theoreticians, trainers, supervisors and practitioners, who look closely into the Symposium theme.

The presentations and workshops will be available at the Symposium in Athens, Greece.
Online attendees will be able to attend the presentations via live streaming, as well as to participate in workshops carried out online.
Your submission will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee.
The Symposium submission form can be found below. All the abstractions, the presentations and the workshops will be in English.
We look forward to your presentation and to seeing you in person in Athens or ONLINE.

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Important Dates

March 15th 2023

Deadline of Call for Papers

June 1st 2023

Deadline Early Bird registration

June 31st 2023

Deadline for bursary applications

Registrations & Fees

City of Athens