Dr. Carl R. Rogers
Education Transformations’ philosophy and work is based upon the Person Centered Approach, the theory and practice of Carl R. Rogers, PhD.
Center for Studies of the Person (CSP) is the nonprofit parent organization of Education Transformations. CSP members continue to explore, expand and extend the Person Centered Approach in both their professional, as well as their personal lives.
“Author Profile” of Carl Rogers, from Freedom to Learn, Third Edition, ©1994
Carl Rogers (1902-1987) is the most influential psychologist in American history. His influence in the fields of education, counseling, psychotherapy, conflict resolution, and peace is similarly outstanding. A founder of humanistic psychology, he has impacted the world through his empathic presence, his rigorous research, and his authorship of sixteen books and more than 200 professional articles. His best known books are: On Becoming a Person, Client Centered Therapy, Freedom to Learn for the 80’s, A Way of Being, Carl Rogers on Personal Power, Carl Rogers on Encounter Groups, and Becoming Partners: Marriage and Its Alternatives.
His lifetime of research and experimental work focused on demonstrating the psychological conditions for allowing open communication and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. He pioneered the move away from traditional psychoanalysis, and developed client-centered psychotherapy, which recognizes that “each client has within him or herself the vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self-directed behavior – and that these resources can be tapped – by providing a definable climate of facilitative attitudes.”
Rogers’ last decade was devoted to applying his theories in areas of social conflict within nations, and he traveled worldwide to accomplish this. In Belfast, Ireland, Rogers brought together influential Protestants and Catholics, in South Africa, blacks and whites, in the United States, consumers and providers in the health field.
Recognition of his work has come through dozens of honorary awards and degrees bestowed on him from throughout the world, among them the American Psychology Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award the first year it was given. A few years later he also received its Distinguished Professional Contribution Award. The day he died, February 4, 1987, also happened to be the day he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination stated, “…your work in Central America, South Africa, Northern Ireland is truly deserving of consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Two of his books have been published posthumously: The Carl Rogers’ Reader, a collection of his most influential writings, and Carl Rogers’ Dialogues, which feathers his interchanges with such other giants in the field as Paul Tillich, B. F. Skinner, Gregory Bateson, and Rollo May.
Most importantly, Carl Rogers modeled the compassion and democratic ideals that he voiced.