Registration and Training Information for

Challenges and Ethics of Practicing Carl Rogers's Way of Being

An interactive group training that offers participants the unique opportunity to directly experience Rogers's approach and explore its challenges and ethical dilemmas.

Facilitated by
Curtis Graf, Ph.D.
A colleague of the late Dr. Carl R. Rogers from 1978 to 1986, Dr. Graf has specialized for 40 years in Rogers's group approach to continuing education.

Held in historic Brattleboro, Vermont

July 12-24, 2019


November 15 - 17, 2019

Training begins Friday 11:00 am and ends Sunday 4:10 pm

Self-selected Participation Fee
(See Registration below for more details about
the self-selected participation fee.)

Training Description:

What is the central hypothesis of Carl Rogers's approach to counseling and psychotherapy?

What are the three conditions that Rogers identified as necessary to facilitate a growth-promoting climate for clients to flourish?

How do these conditions facilitate wholeness and integration in clients?

What are the challenges and ethical dilemmas for therapists attempting to provide Rogers's way of being?

Rogers's approach is a present-centered, nonjudgmental mindfulness that is not easily taught but requires experiencing an immersion in the characteristics of this way of being. This 20-hour training is an interactive group process that offers participants the unique opportunity to directly experience Rogers's approach and explore the challenges and ethical dilemmas that arise in practicing this way of being. The group training is limited to 14 participants to allow sufficient time to create a supportive group environment that is best suited for optimal experiential and theoretical learning.

This workshop offers a total of 20 CE hours including 6 ethics.

Bullet Points:


"I am happy to let you all know that our weekend training group was so meaningful for me. Each of your contributions were uniquely meaningful, emotional, and lovely. I so appreciate all of us making ourselves known to one another, and I would to like thank Curtis for making us feel safe by providing the necessary and sufficient conditions! Personally speaking, I feel the group was so generous to me, and I'm very happy to have belonged."
-Alan Majerol, Brooklyn, NY

"Thanks for an awesome experience. Since coming back to work I have been feeling the benefit of my participation in the workshop, in that I am feeling more aware of my immediate emotional response to others and the group process, and comfortable in sharing it -- while trusting the process more and letting go more of needing to control it."
-Tris Dashti-Gibson, Eliot, ME

"Curtis, I marvel at your gift to facilitate the group, to reflect right at the heart of the matter and to be very empathic all at the same time. I grew professionally and as a person."
-Paul Groleau, Manchester, ME

"This was the most loving, wise group I have ever experienced. That is what I really needed in this professional turning point - to feel loved and accepted and encouraged to follow my heart instead of my head. Curtis, I appreciate you so much more than I could ever put into words."
-Linda Bagshaw, Auburn, NH

"Just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful weekend! I feel so much richness came from the weekend! I keep having great insights. Thanks for your gentle loving way Curtis."
-Lisa Gold, Concord, MA

"Thank you once again for a beautiful and healing experience."
-Patricia Moore, Lincoln, MA

Continuing Education Objectives:

As a result of participating in this training, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the central hypothesis of Rogers's way of being.
  2. Identify the necessary three conditions of Rogers's approach.
  3. Describe one challenge that arose for you working in this approach.
  4. Identify the ethical basis for Rogers's way of being with clients.


Training Schedule and Outline:

11:00 -12:30 Introductions and Orientation to Group Process 1.5
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:00 Experiential Group Process 1.5
3:00 - 3:10 Break
3:10 - 4:40 Experiential Group Process 1.5
4:40 - 4:50 Break
4:50 - 6:20 Experiential Group Process 1.5

9:00 - 10:30 The Foundation for Rogers's approach 1.5
10:30 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 12:10 The three conditions of Rogers's Way of Being 1.5
12:10 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:30 Experiential Group Process 1.5
2:30 - 2:40 Break
2:40 - 4:10 Experiential Group Process 1.5
4:10 - 4:20 Break
4:20 - 5:50 Experiential Group Process 1.5
5:50 - 7:00 Dinner Break
7:00 - 8:30 Introduction to the ethics of Rogers's approach 1.5

9:00 - 10:30 Ethical considerations of Rogers's approach 1.5
10:30 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 12:10 Rogers's foundation & ethical dilemmas 1.5
12:10 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:30 Ethics summary & Group Discussion 1.5
2:30 - 2:40 Break
2:40 - 3:10 Closing Group Process 0.5 (20 total)

Please email Dr. Graf for further information about the outline of topics for group sessions.

Training Location and Overnight Accommodations:

Main Street Brattleboro where the 1908 street clock stands at the entrance to our Training meeting room, across from the 1871 Brooks Hotel.

The training is held in historical downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, which is located in the heart of New England (2 hours drive from Boston, 3 hours from Manhattan). The nearest major airport is Bradley International near Hartford, Connecticut (about 1 hour drive from Brattleboro). All group meetings are held at Dr. Graf's office (139 Main Street) in the midst of Brattleboro's wide range of dining options, shops, and pubs. Accomodations: The most convenient overnight accommodations are available at the Latchis Hotel (50 Main Street), an art deco landmark structure on the National Register of Historic Places. The Latchis Hotel is an easy 5 minute walk from the training meeting room, includes parking during the 3-day training, and single or double room rates of approximately $120 per night plus tax. You will find accomodations of all types and at a range of prices within 2-3 miles of downtown Brattleboro. Please consult with Curtis for suggestions about overnight accommodations.


Self-selected Fee: Please select a participation fee within the range of $150 to $550. In order to determine the fee you select, consider your financial resources and the value you place on the experience. Those who can pay more than the average of $350, can help participants from lower incomes. Please note that if you need the 20 CE Credits, they will be an additional $40 cost to be paid at the completion of the training directly to R. Cassidy Seminars.

To register: Send a $150 deposit check to hold your place (fully refundable until 7 days prior to the training). Make checks payable to Curtis Graf and mail to PO Box 358, Brattleboro, VT 05302. Please include the information requested below. The participation fee includes full participation in the training and daily refreshments.

Please send a note with your check that includes the following information:

Mail note and check to Curtis Graf, PO Box 358, Brattleboro, VT 05302

Continuing Education Credits:

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.

Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists: R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 20 CE hours.

Social Workers: R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 20 continuing education clock hours.

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists: Nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval. Check with your state licensing board to be sure.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board's approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

A CE Certification link will be provided to you by the presenter after conclusion of the training. You will be required to register, complete the online evaluation, and then your certificate will be available to print. For additional CE information please call R. Cassidy Seminars at 866-992-9399.

If you have a concern or grievance with regard to this training, please contact Curtis Graf at 505-977-6215.