Online Psychotherapy Training Course

Introduction to Person-Centered Therapy

This review of Person-Centered Therapy covers key concepts including the actualizing tendency, the therapeutic relationship, and limitations of the theory.



1 CE


This introductory course on Person-Centered Therapy presents an overview of key concepts including background information on Rogerian Theory, principles of the actualizing tendency, the conditions necessary for an effective therapeutic relationship, and some limitations of the person-centered approach.

Learning Goal

By the end of the course, the participant will have a basic understanding of Person-Centered Therapy.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the contributions of Carl Rogers to Person-Centered Therapy
  • Summarize he development of the Person-Centered Approach
  • Summarize the relationship between the actualizing tendency, self-actualization, and the self-concept.
  • Summarize the conditions necessary for an effective therapeutic relationship according to Person-Centered Therapy
  • Identify limitations of the Person-Centered Approach

Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction and Background

The first module of this course provides both an introductory video to the course as a whole, as well as an introduction to person-centered therapy, including background information on the work of Carl Rogers and factors influencing the development of the person-centered approach to therapy.

Module 2: The Actualizing Tendency

In the second module, the actualizing tendency will be explored as a foundational concept underlying the therapeutic process from a person-centered perspective. The relationship between self-actualization and self-concept is also discussed.

Module 3: Conditions Necessary for an Effective Therapeutic Relationship

The third module reviews the six conditions identified by Carl Rogers as necessary for an effective therapeutic relationship. Among these six are three of the most well-known key concepts within person-centered therapy: genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathy.

Module 4: Limitations of the Person-Centered Approach

In the fourth module, limitations and criticisms of the person-centered approach to counseling are examined, particularly with respect to multicultural considerations and the ability to apply person-centered concepts across cultures. The course concludes with three (3) quiz questions to review what you have learned.

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