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The Society for Humanistic Psychology has been holding annual conferences since 2007. The annual conference is an opportunity for colleagues and students to meet together and discuss their interests and work in an intimate venue.

An Introduction to Div. 32 Conferences

Members of Div. 32, speakers and psychologists discuss what the Div. 32 conferences mean to them and how this event informs their practice and research.

Learn more on the 2019 conference website.

Thirteenth Annual Conference

As Within, So Without:

Humanistic Psychology, Revolutionary Stewardship and Global Justice


March 19-22, 2020 (Please note that the dates of this event have changed. Please see the Div. 32 president's message about the date changes for more information.)


New Orleans

About the conference theme:

Since the vision of humanistic psychology collectively articulated at the Old Saybrook Conference in 1964, humanistic psychology has embraced the notion of becoming fully human. This paradigm has always offered a powerful and meaningful answer to needlessly reductionistic and overly pathologizing approaches to therapy. In honoring the ways in which each of us embrace our being in the world, moving from fragmentation into wholeness (if that is what we value and choose) and becoming more genuine and authentic (if we wish to do so), humanistic psychology has restored heart, body and soul to therapy and to living. 

Perhaps current injustices also bring an invitation to embody a more inclusive and expansive vision. Self-development for its own sake is not sufficient. Imposing individualistic Westernized notions of humanness on the rest of the world and rationalizing away the psycho-spiritual and ecological harm incurred in doing so is no longer tolerable. While any languish in invisibility or suffer injustice, none of us can truly be free and whole. 

Building upon previous endeavors of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, this conference seeks to explore multiple facets of this invitation. What do we do when we realize how intricately interwoven are our lives with those of everyone else, when health and well-being depend so critically on the planet on which we live? How do we honor our responsibility to care for the natural world when we are seemingly hell bent on destroying it (and each other)? The new, or perhaps true revolution of humanistic psychology lies in a notion of stewardship rather than dominion, of global justice rather than “mere” self-awareness.

Keep calm, there's still time to submit your abstract Call for proposals:
The deadline to submit abstracts is Dec. 1, 2019. While proposals that relate to our conference theme are especially invited, all proposals addressing issues in humanistic psychology and psychotherapy are welcome.

Preferences will be given to continuing education (CE) workshops and presentations. APA's Div. 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA's Div. 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Those interested in submitting proposals should review the call for proposals and abstract submission form on the conference website.

Twelfth Annual Conference

Dates: March 21-24, 2019
Location: Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore. 
Theme: Embracing our Fear, Courage and Love in Pursuit of a Just Community

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As we seek to build a just community for all to live, work and strive in peace, we must first seek to answer the question, “How do we create such a society?” Research by Aly and Green has shown fear as a key factor that creates discord among individuals, groups, cultures and religions. Therefore embracing our fear challenges us to understand "the other" in his or her true humanity. To face our fears, we must embrace courage. Courage is the strength to act on our beliefs despite disapproval, grave danger, pain or grief. Often when we find courage, we also find heroes who touch our hearts deeply with gratitude and admiration. As tennis player and social activist Arthur Ashe noted, courage "is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." Our desire to "serve others" is primarily rooted in Love. As Mahatma Gandhi believed, “peace between countries,” and therefore our communities, “must be based on love between individuals.” Please join us in 2019 at the upcoming 12th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference. Let us together honor our quest for a just community by embracing what we fear with great courage and abundant love. 

Continuing Education Credits: The annual Society for Humanistic Psychology conference will provide Continuing Education (CE) credits for approximately 75 percent of its sessions. The fee for CE credits is $75. 

Call for Proposals: Div. 32 is now accepting proposals for its 2019 annual conference. While proposals that relate to the conference theme are especially invited, all proposals addressing issues in Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy are welcome. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2018. Please review the call for proposals on the conference website for more details and submission information.

Find more information on the conference website.

Eleventh Annual Conference

Dates: March 22-25, 2018
Location: Boulder, Colo. 
Theme: Liberation through Wisdom and Love: Humanistic Psychology, Social Justice and Contemplative Practice

Hosted by Naropa University and the Society for Humanistic Psychology. Find more information and register on the conference website.

Ninth Annual Conference

Dates: March 17-20, 2016
Location: San Francisco
Theme: Humanistic (R)evolution 2.0: Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education & Healthcare

Hosted by San Francisco State University and the Society for Humanistic Psychology. View conference website.

Fifth Annual Conference

Dates: March 29 - April 1, 2012 
Location: Pittsburgh 
Theme: Person, Consciousness and Community 
Keynote Presenters: Isaac Prilleltensky, PhD, Constance Fishcer, PhD, and Robert Stolorow, PhD

Hosted by Point Park University and the Society for Humanistic Psychology

Fourth Annual Conference

Dates: April 15 - 17, 2011 
Location: Chicago 
Theme: In the World...On the Edge 
Keynote Presenters: Ernesto Spinelli, David Elkins, Voyce Hendrix, Maureen O'Hara

Conference Sponsors: APA Division 32, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, International Institute for Humanistic Studies, Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center, Existential-Humanistic Institute, Louis and Heatherlynn Hoffman, Todd and Jennifer DuBose, Switzer Counseling Center, Saybrook University, Kerry Moustakas and The Center for Growth.

Third Annual Conference

Dates: October 8 - 11, 2009 
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. 
Theme: Humanistic Psychology, Psychotherapy and Action: Transformation in a Time of Change 
Keynote Presenters: Leslie Greenberg, Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, Tom Pyszczynski
Date created: 2011
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