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June 2021 Quarterly Study Session >>
The Quarterly Study Session scheduled for June 18th from 2 to 4 p.m. will be led by Diane Allen and Sally Robbins. The title is “ Who cares, and how? Construing the transition to caring roles” The session will include a workshop element, as normal, to give participants a chance to apply PCP techniques and to have some discussion. As with our recent sessions, this will be held on Zoo, and we ask participants for a £5 contribution to our running costs. Please contact Sally on email@example.com to book a place.
INTRODUCTORY DAY Personal Construct Psychology 26TH January 2021 >>
ONE DAY introduction to Personal Construct Psychology (PCP)
This day will help you gain an initial feel for PCP and how it might relate to you personally and professionally.
It is a stand-alone day but can also be the first day in the 6 day Foundation Level Certificate accredited by the PCP Association. There is no obligation to continue to participate beyond the first day.
As an introduction we will include some basic elements of PCP including:
- Constructs and construing
- Experiences of change
The style of the day will be interactive and reflective. There will be opportunities for discussions around personal and professional applications.
No prior knowledge of PCP is required.
We will be running the day via Zoom and will then discuss how the full course might be delivered going forward depending on social distance rules, individual preferences and personal location.
Venue: Zoom (for the initial day) Date: 26TH January 2021 Cost: £95 Course Facilitators: Adele Pile and Cathy Sparkes
For further information and application form contact: Adele Pile firstname.lastname@example.org 07775 098807
Cathy Sparkes email@example.com 07970 558072
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT >>
A Zoom Interview with Prof Harry Procter and Prof David Winter
SATURDAY 6th March 2021 at 2 pm GMT*
Harry Procter and David Winter’s new book, Personal and Relational Construct Psychotherapy, published by Palgrave MacMillan, provides a contemporary perspective on, and a relational development of, George Kelly’s original approach to psychotherapy. Details of the book can be found here.
We thought you might like to hear from them personally about their intentions and experiences in writing the book and just how Personal and Relational Construct Psychotherapy can be seem as an up-to-date evidence-based process, of broad applicability, which combines effectiveness with the ability to do justice to the complexity of people’s personal and social worlds.
There will be a chance to learn of the stories about the ideas behind the book, the challenges of pulling it all together, and the reactions to it. You will have the chance to ask your questions and offer comments. Jelena Pavlovič and Peter Cummins will interview the authors before opening up to general discussion.
All this is happening on SATURDAY 6th March 2021 at 2 pm GMT (see below for start time in some other countries*). The duration will be one hour (+ 30 minutes if it’s still going strong!)
To join this session, click on https://merrimack.zoom.us/j/91298832672 (Meeting ID: 912 9883 2672)
MEETING UP >>
PERSONAL CONSTRUCT PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH AND VIEWS
The MeetUp Series of bi-weekly presentations online has been giving Personal Construct Psychology experts the chance to outline their research and understanding
The latest Programme in the Meetup Series can be found in this link
If anyone is interested in joining the Constructivist Meetup Series of presentations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address with a note about your affiliation and knowledge of personal construct psychology and you will be sent a Link before each of the presentations.
Special Interest Group on Personal Construct Psychology and Coaching Friday 13th Nov &
Update on the Quarterly Study Day 14th Dec 20 >>
Coventry Constructivist Centre - latest news:
The first Special Interest Group meeting on PCP and Coaching will run from 2 to 4 p.m. next Friday 13th November. This session is open to all with an interest in both PCP and Coaching. Let me know if you would like to attend and I will send you the link. Given the lower overheads involved, we are just asking for a £5 contribution to offset our costs such as the zoom subscription. Sally Robbins Course Organiser. Sally@covpcp.com
Following the success of our zoom version of the September Study Day, the December Quarterly Study Day ‘ What if there is not much time?’ will run on zoom from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday 4th December. We ask for a £5 contribution, and please let me know if you are coming so I can email you the link. Sadly this year you will have to provide your own mince pies! We look forward to seeing you at this and other future events. Sally Robbins Course Organiser. Sally@covpcp.com
Update on PCP Quarterly Study Day 11th September 2020 >>
Sadly, we are not able to run our September Study Day in the usual format. Queen’s Road Baptist Church are not hiring out their rooms to outside groups yet. As an alternative, we are experimenting with offering a two hour zoom session, from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 11th, on the same theme. There will be a number of 10 minute presentations of favourite PCP techniques, with opportunities to discuss and maybe try them. We anticipate that this will then lead on to ‘attendees’ trying out techniques in pairs or small groups outside of the formal session. In order to offer this, we have to pay to sign up for the service, so we propose charging each person who attends £5 towards this. Please let me know if you would like to attend, so that I can send you the details. Please also let me know if you would like to do one of the 10 minute presentations, sharing a technique. I hope to hear from you and ‘see’ you then. Sally Robbins Course Organiser
UKCP BEGINNING TO DIVERSIFY AND THE BEGINNINGS OF STANDARD SYLLABUS >>
UKCP BEGINNING TO DIVERSIFY AND THE BEGINNINGS OF STANDARD SYLLABUS *(see blow)
A recent Newsletter of the UKCP put out a Report from a Committee considering the nature of training that the UKCP is considering for the future. To be noted are the beginnings of diversification about the roles and levels of practitioners.
It also raises questions about a standard syllabus for therapies which is interesting in the light of the searching we are beginning to make towards defining essential areas in the study of PCP
SCoPEd July 2020 Draft –
Here are Notes by one of the readers who are helping PCPA by taking on board Complicated [over-complicated?] writings from UKCP as we prepare courses for next year. This is a case by way of example about complicated text where the original references are extremely long, even if thorough.
We are most grateful to our volunteer reader (not wishing to be named) who has given us picture of the proceedings.
SCoPEd July 2020 Draft – from the UKCP Newsletter July 2020
We have to begin with the References because the Report we have here springs from them.
1 – The Vision
It seems to have already been agreed to attempt, essentially, to identify commonalities and to systematize these into a usable core structure.
2 - Executive Summary
Progress so far has identified commonalities that are considered to comprise three levels of ascending range of competencies. All are of “professional” standard in the sense of their possession qualifying therapists to work with clients and charge fees for doing so Titles have varied and therefore have been removed from this stage, to be re-inserted later by agreement.
3 - Context
The present draft is the result of feedback on previous draft, where one in seven members responded to a consultation document, of whom 40-60% were favorable and c.25% had criticisms, which have been taken into account in updating the methodology of the project.
4 - Introduction of this iteration of the SCoPEd framework
Stating changes have been made, expanding working group. Study of feedback on this draft to start Autumn 2020, new draft scheduled Spring 2021.
5 - Changes to the SCoPEd framework – also Appendix 1
Major elements include –
Titles as used by participating organizations have been omitted as misleading and confusing, replaced by categories A, B, C denoting ranges of common competencies.
All approaches have been acknowledged to have a presence in all three categories, so language has been expanded to make this clear, covering the various descriptions of different therapeutic elements.
New members added to the group to increase range of approaches and views included.
Entry Points are distinguished from Practice Standards . Category A competencies are core and required for all therapists. Category B and C can be acquired by further training from the same source as Category A, or by accumulation of separate trainings.
6 - Practice Standards and Training
These are summarized as follows
Teaching requirement: 1 year full-time or 2 years full-time (hours not specified)
Practice: 100 supervised client or patient hours
Training Level: Minimum Level 4, which is
Holder has practical, theoretical or technical knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to address problems that are well defined but complex and non-routine. Holder can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas. Holder is aware of the nature of approximate scope of the area of study or work. Holder has an informed awareness of different perspectives or approaches within the area of study or work.
Holder can identify, adapt and use appropriate cognitive and practical skills to inform actions and address problems that are complex and non-routine while normally fairly well-defined. Holder can review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.
Category B (= A + B)
Teaching requirement: 450 training hours over a minimum of 3 years
Practice: 450 client or patient hours (inc. post training)
Training Level: Levels 4-7, which are (in addition to 4 above)
Holder has practical, theoretical or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to find ways forward in broadly defined, complex contexts. Holder can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information, concepts and ideas. Holder is aware of the nature and scope of the area of study or work. Holder understands different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the reasoning behind them.
Holder can determine, adapt and use appropriate methods, cognitive and practical skills to address broadly defined, complex problems. Holder can use relevant research or development to inform actions. Holder can evaluate actions, methods and results.
Holder has advanced practical, conceptual or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to create ways forward in contexts where there are many interacting factors. Holder understands different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the theories that underpin them. Holder can critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information, concepts and ideas.
Holder can determine, refine, adapt and use appropriate methods and advanced cognitive and practical skills to address problems that have limited definition and involve many interacting factors. Holder can use and, where appropriate, design relevant research and development to inform actions. Holder can evaluate actions, methods and results and their implications.
Holder reformulates and uses practical, conceptual or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to create ways forward in contexts where there are many interacting factors. Holder critically analyses, interprets and evaluates complex information, concepts and theories to produce modified conceptions. Holder understands the wider contexts in which the area of study or work is located. Holder understands current developments in the area of study or work. Holder understands different theoretical and methodological perspectives and how they affect the area of study or work.
Holder can use specialised skills to conceptualise and address problematic situations that involve many interacting factors. Holder can determine and use appropriate methodologies and approaches. Holder can design and undertake research, development or strategic activities to inform or produce change in the area of work or study. Holder can critically evaluate actions, methods and results and their short- and long-term implications.
Category C (+ A + B + C)
Teaching requirement: min. 500 training hours over min. 4 years
Practice: 450 client/patient hours during training + mental health placement or familiaristion
Training Level: min. Level 7
7 - Next Steps
It is emphasized that this is a draft, a work in progress, not a final document.
The current iteration is set out under 5 themes:
First theme – Professional Framework – comprising 12 elements for Category A, covering professional self and practice management categorized into 12 items, plus 2 additional items for Category B, and 1 for C, relating to operating within the profession at a higher mentoring and professional representative level
Second theme – Assessment – comprising 10 elements for Category A, relating to evaluation and decision-making re suitability for therapy, and therapeutic management during therapy, including issues of suicide and self-harm and also including a specific element of understanding of prescribed drug dependency which is described as “aspirational”, that is, not already included in all the trainings studied but recommended by a government guidance, plus 4 additional elements for Category B, and 2 for Category C, which relate to handling more severe levels of client problems.
Third theme – Relationship - comprising 16 elements for Category A, covering self-awareness, sociality and awareness of professional requirements in the conduct of the therapeutic relationship, plus 6 additional elements for Category B and 2 for Category C, covering more complex issues in therapeutic relationship. One specifically mentioned in Category B+ only is the element of “unconscious” or “out of awareness” processing, which does not seem to be considered essential for Category A.
Fourth theme – Knowledge and Skills – comprising 13 elements for Category A, covering essentially theoretical framework both that which the therapist is working within and meta theory common to the profession, and how to operationalize these to accomplish therapeutic goals and manage therapeutic relationship, including specific reference to methods of dealing with suicidal and self-harming clients, with 7 additional elements for Category B and 5 for Category C, covering further meta-theoretical and critical functions.
Fifth theme – Self-awareness and Reflection – comprising 6 elements for Category A, covering ongoing self-monitoring and self-awareness, including fitness to practice and use of supervision, with additional 4 elements for Category B and 1 for Category C, covering “unconscious” or “out of awareness” issues, issues of work with great emotional intensity and meta-theoretical critical ability.
*You may wish to view the discussion about what might constitute a basic syllabus for PCP worldwide on pcpa.boards.net (you have to sign yourself in first)
PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2020>>
PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2020
PCP THROUGH THE GRID: REP GRID FOR A START UPDATE >>
"With the continuing uncertainty regarding face to face meeting, this course is going to take the form of an interactive Zoom presentation with a small number of participants. The date is to be settled by mutual arrangement.
Anyone wishing to be involved are asked to write to Dennis at email@example.com or ring Dennis 07469 952112
Again it is emphasised that this is a course for beginners with Rep Grid and it is not intended to deal with the complex questions arising out of relative maths of different type of Grid, up to the minute refinements to types of measure .
Cost is voluntary gift afterwards to the PCP Association if satisified!”
A Repertory Grid Start-up day with follow - up for beginners in Rep Grid and PCP
Friday 2nd October 2020
The programme will include practical hands-on work on Grids and their relation to PCP and is for those who would like an introduction. It could even be fun
The Syllabus is suitable for those who want insight into Grids with clients, with teams, in researching and an implicit introduction to Personal Construct Psychology. Education, Healthcare, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Social Care all in view.
The day has an additional Follow–up online as part of the fun. Specifically :
Interviewing for a Grid
The why, the uses and the what-not of using Grids plus some ethics how not to be oppressive
Setting up the Grid
The how you do it, the various styles, the different ‘scoring’ methods and more
Deriving Meaning from the Grid
Non-mathematical ways and some intro to measures, how to translate them
METHODS of the Workshop
Much reference material, but the day is hands-on and a follow-up online
There is no way that an intriductory single day will accomplish detailed statistical knowledge .
For those with no knowledge of Statistics, usage of the Grid without resource to Stats will be prominent in the Programme but a little introduction will also occur.
Syracuse University London, London. Timings 9 - 5 (not too much break time)
Date: Friday 2nd October 2020; other dates to follow.
£90, refreshments [but own lunch /sandwiches]. Concessions.
Please send an email to Dennis at pcp.assn@Gmail.com or telephone 07469 952112 for further details, tutor details, payment and suggestions for pre-reading and also to register specific interests.
EPCA CONFERENCE BARCELONA >>
The 2020 EPCA Conference will be held in Barcelona. The website for Registration is www.pcp-net.org/epca-2020/registration.html
Also on the site is another section with form for Submissions to present with a deadline of 28th February 2020
There is an Early Bird date of 13th March
PCP for Coaching Course fotos >>
Day 1 of the PCP for Coaching Course. Several participants could not attend on the day, but we were joined by a colleague from Iceland who had come specially for the session.
The second day of the PCP for Coaching Course was led by Dr. Dorota Bourne of Henley Business School, pictured here with Mary Frances, the Course Coordinator.
participants getting down to work on the second day of the course
Coventry Constructivist Centre 2020 Foundation Course >>
Coventry Constructivist Centre Cave day 2019 >>
Friday February 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Queen's Road Baptist Church. Costs will be split between those who sign up to attend, and so should will be modest.
Are you interested?
A Cave Day is when people come together in a group to work alongside each other on their own creative projects. The structure provides focussed silent sessions during which participants work alone, interspersed with breaks in which they share with others. The aim is to try to make a first draft during the day. You do not need an extensive knowledge of Personal Construct Psychology in order to participate.
We have been considering producing a collection of papers, each written from a personal point of view, about the work that we do and how it affects us. Some of the products of the Cave Day might fit in with this idea.
Looking into the Future >>
Something we are getting pretty jumpy about and rightly so. One off shoot of humanity’s big existential crisis is that we get get more creative when needs must. We are digesting the recent update on traditional PCP techniques and attitudes contained in Personal Construct Methodology published by Wiley Blackwell and Edited by Peter Caputi, Linda Viney, Beverley Walker and Nadia Crittenden [Review to come]. In the meantime Dr Peter Goodge has allowed us to link you to his application of the new Formal Concept Analysis to business. Here it is – a fascinating read and a hint of valuable tools psyinbiz.blogspot.com/p/repertory-grid-analysis Thank you Peter.
Download Flyers for details of PCP Coaching programme for Coventry Constructivist Centre>>
PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2019>>
PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2019
Here is a little feedback from September 13th 2019 Sally Robbins – Meet the Family
The PCP Quarterly Study Day 13th September 2019 was titled 'Meet the Family' and led by Sally Robbins. We started with three challenging papers which participants would normally have trouble accessing, and a through lively debate and discussion ranged from the theoretical understanding of family work in PCP through to the implications of this work in terms of practicalities in our everyday lives. There was a particular focus on eliciting non-verbal construing and participants worked together on two new techniques.
Feedback on the day was enthusiastic:
- Fabulous day on Family Construing
- Really interesting, thought provoking day
- Will be using this next week!
- Loved the creativity
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)
March 15th 2019 Rachael Ward – Measuring the impact of Social Media on young people (Using PCP techniques to assess the impact of Social Media)
June 14th 2019 Diane Allen, Peter Cummins, Heather Moran and Sally Cummins – Anger through the lifespan (clinical experiences, practical approaches, theoretical underpinning, and PCP references on working with anger)
September 13th 2019 Sally Robbins – Meet the Family
(PCP theory, research, and techniques for use in working with families)
December 6th 2019 Peter Cummins and Sally Robbins – Structural Arrest: the PCP approach to early experiences and their influence on later development
(Theory, research and practical applications based on the work of Prof Larry Leitner, and linked with the release of a new accessible collection of his papers edited by Peter Cummins)
Contact Sally Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org 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
COVENTRY CONSTRUCTIVIST CENTRE FOUNDATION COURSE 2019 >>
The course will provide an introduction to the theory and principles of Personal Construct Psycho- logy (PCP), allowing participants to develop a practical understanding of the theory which will then guide their work. The theoretical base of PCP is broad and robust, which makes this an approach with wide applicability in clinical and educational settings, but also in supervision, coaching, staff management, staff development, and organsational change. Following completion of the Foundati- on Course there are opportunities to attend further workshops and supervision in order to help you to begin to apply the theory in your own setting, should you wish. Personal Construct Psychotherapy, which has developed from PCP, is a flexible approach to the- rapy which is well suited to consultation and short term work, as well as to more intensive clinical work. It is suitable for all client groups, ages, and ranges of ability. In this age of the quick fix, Per - sonal Construct Psychotherapy is often useful when other therapies have failed to produce sustai- ned improvement. The course is taught by tutors who are all HCPC registered and have many years of experience in PCP. Between them, they have a range of publications about their therapeutic work using PCP. The tutors are Diane Allen, Peter Cummins, Heather Moran, Sally Robbins and Grant Weselby. You can find out more about our tutors on our website, under ‘Our Staff’. A maximum of 16 places are available which means that the group is small enough for both good discussion and personali- sed teaching. The Foundation Course has always contained a large component of practical exerci- ses which help participants to engage well with the materials presented. The course is delivered in a seminar format and so participants are expected to prepare for sessions in advance by reading the Foundation Guide in order to benefit from this. This course is offered in Coventry by the Coventry Constructivist Centre and runs for five full days. It is held at Queen’s Road Baptist Church, Coventry, from 10.00am – 4pm each day. Details of our organisation and our courses can be found at www.covpcp.com. The course dates are on Thursdays, except for the second week which is on a Friday. The dates are: April 4th, April 12th, May 2nd, May 9th, and May 16th. The course fee is £195 for the who- le course, which includes the seminar materials. The fee includes drinks and biscuits but it does not include lunch. Participants are asked to provide their own packed lunch, or they can use the on site café, or other nearby facilities.
If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com to book a place. When that is confirmed, you will need to pay the fee to secure your place, together with details of your name, professional role, personal email address & mobile number (for emergency contact in case of a problem before or during the course).
Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. In the event that there are insufficient numbers to proceed with the course, all monies will be refunded. Please note that the fee cannot be refunded for failure to attend once a place is reserved.
PCP “Circus” >>
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
by phone: 07545 287139