Registration and Training Information for

Rediscover Carl Rogers's Way of Being

An interactive group training designed to rediscover Rogers's way of being as present-centered, nonjudgmental mindfulness and a doorway to the unfolding of natural presence. For licensed mental health psychotherapists and counselors practicing at all levels of expertise (introductory, intermediate, and advanced).

Facilitated by
Curtis Graf, Ph.D.
(For his qualifications read About Curtis)

Held in historic
Brattleboro, Vermont

Dates for 2018 Training:

November 16 - 18, 2018

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

Training Relevance:

The pioneering work of Dr. Carl Rogers foreshadowed the recently popular focus on what has been called mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapy. The foundation of Rogers's client-centered therapy was his conviction that people actualize toward wholeness and integration given the growth-promoting characteristics of unconditional acceptance, empathy and genuineness. In the last years of Rogers's long career, he referred to his then expanded person-centered approach as "A Way of Being" (1980) and introduced a fourth overarching characteristic, the therapist's healing presence. Rogers's way of being is a present-centered, nonjudgmental mindfulness and can be a doorway to the unfolding of natural presence. This therapeutic approach is not easily taught but requires experiencing an immersion in the characteristics of this way of being.

Brief Description:

This 20-hour training is an interactive group process and a unique continuing education opportunity to rediscover and directly experience Carl Rogers's way of being. The group training is limited to 12 participants to allow sufficient time to create a supportive group environment that is uniquely suited for optimal experiential and theoretical learning.

Bullet Points:

  • Developing a supportive group experience that becomes an ideal laboratory for participants to explore a present-centered nonjudgmental way of being.
  • Didactic sessions by the presenter describing how trust in the actualizing tendency, the basic foundation of Rogers's approach, creates a present-centered, nonjudgmental way of being.
  • Illustrate the application of this way of being by viewing a videotaped therapy session of Rogers being with a client, followed by Rogers's comments about the session.
  • Clinical supervision opportunities for group participants to present one of their client cases.
  • Exploration of the ethical implications of Rogers's way of being in contrast to change-based therapies focused on symptom relief.


"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 foundation for Roger's approach.
  2. Identify the four characteristics of Rogers's approach.
  3. Define mindfulness and presence.
  4. Identify the ethical basis for Rogers's way of being with clients.


  • Brown, Christine. Understanding Person-Centred Counselling: A Personal Journey. Sage, London, UK. 2014
  • Camp, C. & Camp, L. Teaching Empathy and Conflict Resolution to People with Dementia: A Guide for Person-Centered Practice. Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London, UK. 2018
  • Hayes, Steven, Strosahl, Kiek, & Wilson, Kelly. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Guildford Press, New York City, NY. 2016
  • Natiello, Peggy. The Person-Centered Approach: a passionate presence. PCCS Books, Ross-on-Wye, UK. 2001
  • Patterson, C.H. Understanding Psychotherapy: Fifty years of Client-centred Theory and Practice. PCCS Books, Ross-on-Wye, UK. 2014
  • Quinn, Adam. A Person-Centered Approach and the Rogerian Tradition: A Handbook. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Louisville, KY. 2015
  • Rogers, Carl. A Way of Being. Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1980
  • Wilkins, Paul. Person-Centred Therapy: 100 Key Points, 2nd edition, Routlledge, London, UK. 2015

Training Schedule and Outline:

11:00 -12:30 Introductions and Orientation to Group Process
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 6:20 Experiential Group Process
9:00 -12:10 The Foundation and Four Characteristics of Rogers's approach
12:10 -1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 5:50 Experiential Group Process
5:50 - 7:00 Dinner Break
7:00 - 8:30 Viewing videotape of Rogers's therapy session
9:00 -12:10 Ethical Considerations of Rogers's approach
12:10 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 3:10 Ethics summary & Closing Group Process

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:

  • Your Name
  • License Number for CE Credits
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Day and evening phones
  • Will you commute or will you need a hotel room?
  • Are you in need of any special accommodations to attend the training? NB. The meeting room is not wheelchair-accessible.

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.