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André Rochais is the founder of PRH. He was born to a working class family in 1921 in Moulins, a small village in the region of Cholet, France. At the age of 14 he began working at the Brothers of St. Gabriel, where he was trained as a teacher. In 1940, during the second World War, he completed two years of forced labor in Germany. From 1945 to 1952 he became head of several educational centers. Later, he studied philosophy and theology.

 
He was always attracted to adult education and wanted to help them to become more themselves. In 1966, his encounter with the work of Carl Rogers confirmed him in his intuitions concerning the existence of a deep and positive zone, core of the personality, more than just the disturbances in which contemporary psychology was mostly interested. This confirmation recalled his own research on the human being, his psychological structure and the roots of his dysfunctions.

 
Gradually, he developed a methodology, related to both pedagogy and psychology, which will later become the psychopedagogy of PRH. Its goal is threefold: the growth of people, harmonizing their behaviors and improving their relationship. He wants to equip people with the tools to discover the deep zone of their personality to support its deployment, and also help them understand the source of their power to remedy malfunctions. Thus he created his first training sessions focused on self-knowledge, making his discoveries accessible to anyone.


In 1970, he created a training and research organization, PRH (Personnalité et Relations Humaines or Personality and Human Relations), which was soon widely disseminated, and is now present in all five continents.

Tireless and helped by collaborators who are passionate about the same research, he set up a structured set of courses and training addressing the various areas of social life, emotional, as well as relational, children's education, and group life. He requires that PRH trainers follow a thorough training and diffuse the courses and training tools that are developed.

He died in 1990 in Poitiers (France) after a serious illness, which gradually affected him in his work.

                                                            


1 - PERSONAL BELIEFS


Initially, four things resonated with him:

 

Later, along his path, he expressed some of his personal beliefs about the growth of the human being:

 


2 - PEDAGOGICAL ORIGINALITY

 

Research conducted on the psychological and educational level is focused on answering some of the most essential questions, which constantly spurred his work. These include:

 

 

Andre Rochais’ anthropology was developed from a carefulobservation of human reality, understood in terms of personal growth and interpreted as a whole (i.e. taking into account its various dimensions: psychological, physical, social, spiritual...)

His pedagogy, based primarily on self-discovery with a specific method of analysis of one’s own psychological experience, was innovative in the world of psychopedagogy.

 

This pedagogy aims :

 

This psychopedagogy is based on a positive vision of the person, and on two core values: faith in his abilities and respect for his freedom.

 

To achieve these objectives, he has developed:

 

                                                             

 

 


3 - MEANS OF DISSEMINATION

 

André Rochais’ research and that of his collaborators is essentially presented in three collective works made available by PRH-International:

 

This research has given rise to an international school of education for adults, regardless of their activities or level of education (but this training is not recommended for people in psychiatric treatment, unless the opinion of their doctor is favorable). Today, the school organizes internships and training programs and a method of personalized accompaniment.