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An Introduction to Repertory Grid Technique >>

A One Day Workshop

Repertory Grids are one of the most widely use methods of Personal Construct Psychology and they are unusual in that they contain both qualitative and quantitative data. Repertory Grids have been used in a wide range of applications including: psychotherapy, counselling, organisational development, coaching, education and research.

Using a repertory grid can bring about a precise understanding of how another person sees (construes) the world and themselves in their own terms. Both academics and practitioners have found them a very useful tool.

Repertory Grids are not standardised questionnaires or inventories. That means they have to be specifically designed for the particular use to which they are to be put. A Repertory Grid consists of 3 things: Elements (the things construed in the grid which can be people, places, situations or things); Bipolar personal constructs and some way of linking those constructs to the elements (usually a rating scale). This introductory workshop will:

  • Introduce the different types of Repertory Grids that have been in use since George Kelly originally wrote about them in 1955 in his major work The Psychology of Personal Constructs
  • Look at element selection - the most important part of designing a Repertory Grid
  • Enable participants to practice methods of eliciting constructs including the Triadic Method and Laddering
  • Give participants the opportunity to create and administer a ratings Repertory Grid on an individual and to ‘eyeball’ analyse the grid they have administered
  • Give a short presentation on using a computer program to analyse individual Repertory Grids (please note that computer analysis of Grids will NOT be covered in any detail)
  • Look at a case study illustrating the use of Repertory Grids to conduct a survey
The workshop will take place in London. No previous knowledge of Repertory Grid technique or Personal Construct Psychology is necessary to attend the workshop.

Nick Reed is Director of the Centre for Personal Construct Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Nick has been teaching and practising Personal Construct Psychology for over 20 years. His publications include:

Catulli, M. & Reed, N. (2017). A personal construct psychology based investigation into a Product Service System for renting pushchairs to consumers. Business Strategy and the Environment, 26 (5), 656–671.

Havsteen-Franklin, D., Jovanovic, N., Reed, N., Charles, M. & Lucas, C. (2017). Developing a shared language within Arts Psychotherapies: A personal construct psychology approach to understanding clinical change. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 55, 103-110.

Kington, A., Reed, N., & Sammons, P. (2013). Teachers’ constructs of effective classroom practice: Variations across career phases. Research Papers in Education, 29 (5), 534-556.

McGettigan, P., McKendree, J., Reed, N., Holborow, S., Devereaux Walsh, C., & Mace, T. (2013). Identifying attributes required by Foundation Year 1 doctors in multidisciplinary teams: A tool for performance evaluation. BMJ Quality & Safety, 22 (3), 225-232.

Winter, D. & Reed, N. (Eds.) (2014). Towards a radical redefinition of psychology: The selected works of Miller Mair. London: Routledge.

Winter, D. & Reed, N. (Eds.) (2016). The Wiley handbook of personal construct psychology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


The dates of presentations are not yet fixed but will be at suitable junctures in 2019. The venues will be in London and Coventry and the cost will be £90.

In order to register your interest, please would you send an email to pcp.assn@gmail.com, or PCPA, c/o 47 Mayfield Road, London N8 9LL or telephone 0208 348 9181, indicating days of the week, including Saturday which would suit you and your best months for such an event, plus the best way to contact you when dates are finalised to suit a majority.

PCP “Circus” >>

A PCP “Circus” is offered to any group new to PCP who would like a day learning more about PCP. Costs would be the provision of a place to meet + travel of the presenter + subsistence only to where in the UK you are. The programme is tailored to requested areas of interest. Details from pcp.assn@gmail.com

Foundation Course in Personal Construct Psychology West London 2018 >>

This foundation course in Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) will benefit anyone wishing to understand behaviour change both in individuals and groups. On this course you will explore how people make sense of the world, by standing in another person's shoes and understanding what their unique core values are and how they respond when these are challenged, how they cope with change.

PCP is a meta theory that provides us with a powerful tool in exploring and understanding behaviour change, in individuals, organisations, and society as a whole. It will benefit people working in education, in business and in behaviour change.

Clare Morris, a psychotherapist with twenty years experience applying and teaching Personal Construct Psychology, teams up with David Dansky of Cycle Training UK. Clare uses PCP in her work with people at all stages of dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment, developing a variety of interventions that help improve people's quality of life and wellbeing. David is a teacher who now works in cycling and transport behaviour change and uses PCP both in his work in educating people to consider how they move around, as well as in managing human resources as a member of one of the UKs leading worker's cooperatives, Cycle Training UK.

Clare and David are co authors of Carsickness: reconstruing driving and cycling (Personal Construct Psychology at 60: Papers from the 21st. International Congress) and have collaborated to develop the award winning project Positive Spin: enabling people with dementia and their families to cycle.

They will be facilitating this 6 day foundation course comprising three 2 day units:
2nd/3rd February 2018 16/17th February 2018 2nd/3rd March 2018

Fees: £850 for all 3 units £300 per unit

The course is of interest to anyone working with change in any area, and the group process benefits greatly from studying PCP and change across a range of contexts. The style of learning is experiential, illustrating the theory by looking at your own ways of making sense in the world, and participants will be facilitated to apply the ideas in their own practice.

Enquiries to Clare Morris
by email: clrmrrs@me.com
by phone: 07545 287139

PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2018 / 2019>>

PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2018

Each day includes a focus on a specific PCP technique (For each of these days, please confirm if you intend to come so that I can send out materials and references ahead of time, and you can arrange pre-payment)

December 7th 2018 Dr. Chris Cutler and Grant Weselby - Virtual Reality and Fixed “Roll”-Play: the use of games as a potential therapeutic tool
(Constructs of Transition applied to role-playing games, and a contrast to Fixed Role Therapy)

March 15th 2019 Rachael Ward – Measuring the impact of Social Media on young people using PEG Grids/ Self Characterisations

June 14th 2019 Diane Allen, Peter Cummins, and Heather Moran – Anger through the lifespan

Future dates in 2019 – September 13th, December 6th

Contact Sally Robbins sally@covpcp.com or 07508 399 452 to book a place.
The cost, which includes tea, coffee and cake, is £25 per day. Pre-book by BACS, (Coventry Constructivist Centre sort code 40-18-57 account no. 50574783) or pay on the day. Study Days run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Queen’s Road Baptist Church, Coventry, CV1 3FE, near to Coventry Station and its car park, and also to other parking – see QRBC website for further details. There is wifi, an on-site café where you can buy lunch, and other cafes within 400 yards.

PCP Quarterly Study Days are open to people who have completed the Foundation Course in PCP