Registration and Training Information for

Unconditional Listening in Divisive Times:

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.

A Live Interactive Webinar

August 7 - 9, 2020


November 6 - 8, 2020

Training begins Fridays 10:00 am and ends Sundays 6:00 pm

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

Training Description:

We live in times of divisive and polarised viewpoints that increasingly challenge therapists' ability to listen to clients who express values so opposite their own. This experential workshop utilizes Carl Rogers's person-centered approach to explore how therapists can genuinely and unconditionally listen to clients who present radically different viewpoints.

Rogers's approach is not easily taught but requires experiencing an immersion in the characteristics of this way of being. This 20-hour training is an online interactive group process that offers participants the unique opportunity to directly experience Rogers's approach and to explore the challenges that arise in practicing genuine, unconditional listening.

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


"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. Differentiate genuineness from unconditional acceptance and empathy.
  4. Identify the ethical basis for Rogers's emphasis on genuineness.
  5. Establish how being genuine can conflict with being empathic.
  6. Establish how being genuine can conflict with being accepting.
  7. Relate how personal judgments and convictions influence genuineness.
  8. Connect the experience of genuine listening to client healing.
  9. Differentiate the impact of insincere versus genuine empathy.
  10. Identify some of your ethical dilemmas of providing genuine listening.
  11. Summarize how Rogers's core conditions interact and intercept.
  12. Relate how you experienced a client who presented conflicting values.
  13. Describe a personal conviction that is hard for you to let go of.
  14. Connect how your judgments interfere with being nonjudgemental.
  15. Summarize your weaknesses in being genuinely accepting.


Training Schedule and Outline:

10:00 - 11:30 Introductions and Orientation to Group Process
11:30 - 11:40 Break
11:40 - 1:10 Experiential Group Process
1:10 - 2:10 Lunch Break
2:10 - 3:40 Experiential Group Process
3:40 - 3:50 Break
3:50 - 5:20 Experiential Group Process

10:00 - 11:30 The Foundation for Rogers's approach
11:30 - 11:40 Break
11:40 - 1:10 The three conditions of Rogers's Way of Being
1:10 - 2:10 Lunch Break
2:10 - 3:40 Exploring the challenges of genuineness
3:40 - 3:50 Break
3:50 - 5:20 Introduction to the Ethics of Rogers's approach
5:20 - 6:20 Dinner Break
6:20 - 7:30 Experiential Group Process

10:00 - 11:30 Ethical considerations with divisive clients
11:30 - 11:40 Break
11:40 - 1:10 Genuineness & ethical dilemmas
1:10 - 2:10 Lunch Break
2:10 - 3:40 Unconditional Acceptance & Ethics
3:40 - 3:50 Break
3:50 - 5:20 Ethics Summary & Group Discussion
5:20 - 5:30 Break
5:30 - 6:00 Closing Group Process


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the training, registration or whether there is space available for the dates you wish to participate. or call: 505-977-6215

Self-selected Fee: Sliding Scale $150 to $550

During these unusual times, many are encountering financial difficluties. So if your income has been reduced and you're unable to pay within the self-selected range, any donation is welcome. 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. 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: Email or call Curtis Graf to reserve a place in the training you would like to attend. If space is available, Curtis will reserve a place for you and ask that you mail a check for your self-selected participation fee no later than one month prior to the August (July 10) or the November (October 9) training. The fee is fully refundable until 7 days prior to the training. Make checks payable to Curtis Graf and mail to either PO Box 358, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or 139 Main Street, Suite 601B, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

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.