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Coventry Constructivist Centre Cave day 2019 >>
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.
If you are interested, let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2019>>
PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2019
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
An Introduction to Repertory Grid Technique >>
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
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 email@example.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” >>
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