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Carl and Helen Rogers, 1973

 Carl and Helen Rogers, 1973

Important Events in the Life
of Carl Ransom Rogers

Formative Years

1902, January 8: Carl is born in Oak Park, Illinois

1919, Enters agriculture program at University of Wisconsin, Madison

1922, Travels to the Far East, Japan, Korea, China

1922, October 22: Becomes engaged to Helen Elliott

1924, June 23: Receives BA in History from University of Wisconsin

1924, August 28: Marries Helen Elliott

1924, Enrolls in liberal Union Theological Seminary, New York City

1925, Summer: Serves as visiting pastor in Dorset, Vermont

1926, Leaves Union for Columbia University Teachers College

1926, March 17: David Elliott Rogers born

1927, June 1: Receives MA from Columbia University Teachers College

Emerging Theory

1928, Joins Rochester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSPCC) as child psychologist

1928, October 9: Natalie Rogers born

1929, Appointed director of the Child Study Department, RSPCC

1931, March 20: Receives doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College

1931, Measuring Personality Adjustment in Children is published

1939, The Clinical Treatment of the Problem Child is published

1940, Accepts position at Ohio State University as clinical psychologist and full professor

1940, December 11: Client-centered therapy is “born” as Carl addresses the University of Minnesota’s Psychological Honors Society

1942, Counseling and Psychotherapy is published Theory in Practice

1945, Moves to the University of Chicago to start Counseling Center

1945, Counseling With Returned Servicemen is published

1946-1947, Serves as president of the American Psychological Association (APA)

1951, Client-Centered Therapy is published

1954, Psychotherapy and Personality Change (with Rosalind Dymond and others) is published

1956, Receives the APA’s first Distinguished Contribution Award

1957, Accepts appointment at University of Wisconsin, Madison in psychiatry and psychology

1961, On Becoming a Person is published

Global Influence

1964, Moves to La Jolla, California, to join staff of the Western Behavioral Studies Institute (WBSI)

1967, The Therapeutic Relationship and It’s Impact: A Study of Psychotherapy with Schizophrenics is published

1968, With several WBSI colleagues, leaves to form the Center for Studies of the Person (CSP)

1968, Man and the Science of Man (with William Coulson) is published

1968, Person to Person (with Barry Stevens) is published

1968-1977, Works with “encounter groups” and larger organizations

1969, Freedom To Learn: A View of What Education Might Become is published

1970, Carl Rogers on Encounter Groups is published

1972, Becoming Partners: Marriage and Its Alternatives is published

1977, Carl Rogers on Personal Power: Inner Strength and its Revolutionary
is published

1979, March 29: Helen Rogers dies

1980, Freedom To Learn for the 80’s is published

1980, A Way of Being is published

1975-1985, Travels extensively in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Russia, Japan, and South America to facilitate Person-Centered Approach workshops

1985, The Rust Peace Workshop, Austria

1987, January 28: Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Congressman Jim Bates

1987, February 4: Carl dies in La Jolla, California

Transitions (Published after Carl's Death)

1989, The Carl Rogers Reader, edited by Howard Kirschenbaum and Valerie
Henderson, is published

1989, Carl Rogers Dialogues: Conversations with Buber, Tillich, Skinner, Bateson, Polyani, May and others, edited by Howard Kirschenbaum and Valerie Henderson, is published

1994, Freedom To Learn is revised by H. Jerome Freiberg and is published

1995, A Way Of Being is re-published

2002, Carl Rogers: The Quiet Revolutionary, an Oral History is published

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