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Congruence In Action - The Person-Centred Approach In Action

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Susan Stephen

Saturday 9th November 2024

Premier Inn, George Street, Glasgow G1 1YU

 Congruence is at the heart of person-centred therapy. The theory of the approach positions congruence not only as a necessary therapist condition in the therapeutic relationship for change to occur but also as the change that clients experience in the therapeutic process: that is, becoming more congruent. 
Research can test theory in the real world but the results of research must also be tested for fit with real world experiences. In this workshop, I will share a model of congruent functioning that I have proposed as a contemporary reframing of Rogers’ theory (Stephen, 2023). It was developed using data collected on a questionnaire called the Strathclyde Inventory, which Elizabeth (Beth) Freire created as a theoretically-consistent measure of outcome in person-centred therapy. I will explain how my research builds on Beth’s work and how the congruent functioning model developed from it. Together we will reflect and discuss if this proposed model of congruent functioning fits with our experiences of how clients change during person-centred therapy. We will also explore if congruent functioning feels relevant for us as therapists and, if so, what challenges we experience in nurturing this for ourselves. If there is time and interest, we will also look at preliminary evidence about how congruent functioning appears to differ across cultures. 
Susan Stephen is a person-centred counsellor and supervisor based in Glasgow. She is a lecturer in counselling at the University of Strathclyde, Director of the Strathclyde Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Clinic, and a co-editor of the international journal, Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies.
This workshop is one of a new series of PCT Scotland workshops. Each of these is a stand alone event but the series as a whole is designed to develop, enhance and promote understanding of the Approach. Each of the presenters will be attending all the workshops as facilitators of the group process. It is possible to attend any or all of the workshops.
The cost of each workshop is:
PCT Scotland Members: £50.00 per workshop
Non-members: £70.00 per workshop
The price includes a buffet lunch. Please email any dietary needs to Barbara Malinen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It is possible to join PCT Scotland and this will reduce the cost of the workshops as well as allow access to other benefits of membership. More information at
All of the events will be held at Premier Inn, George Street, Glasgow giving easy access to public transport.
Cancellation Policy
It will be possible to cancel your booking up to 15 days before each event. After that we will not be able to refund any tickets.
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  • First published on 21 Apr 2024
    Last updated 21 Apr 2024
  • By Barbara Malinen
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