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Regional Activities and Courses, including Foundation Courses

A PCPA Foundation Course will provide an introduction to the theory and principles of Personal Construct Psychology (PCP). As such, it is an ideal way of gaining a working knowledge of PCP which can then be tailored to suit the individual student. The theoretical base of PCP is broad and robust, which makes this an approach with wide applicability in clinical settings, but also in education, supervision, coaching, staff management, staff development, and organisational change. Following completion of the Foundation Course there are opportunities to attend further workshops and supervision in order to help people to begin to apply the theory in their own setting, should they wish.

Personal Construct Psychotherapy, which has developed from PCP, is a flexible approach to therapy 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, Personal Construct Psychotherapy is often useful when other therapies have failed to produce sustained improvement.

The PCPA Foundation Course has been run on an annual basis each spring in Coventry for some years. From time to time, there are also PCPA run courses elsewhere in the UK. Contact sally@covpcp.com if you would like to discuss the possibility of PCPA running a course in your region. The course in Coventry 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 current tutors in Coventry have a range of expertise which includes work with children, adults and older people, in trauma, anger, dementia, autism, voice hearing, in community mental health, and with couples, as well as in management settings. Places are limited in number, which means that the groups are small enough for both good discussions and personalised teaching. The Foundation Course has always contained a large component of practical exercises which help participants to engage well with the materials presented, and the format has now been extended by introducing a seminar format. Participants are expected to prepare for sessions in advance in order to benefit from this.

PCPA Foundation Courses in Coventry generally run on consecutive Thursdays. Fees are kept low to promote easy access. A copy of the Coventry Foundation Course Guide is provided to each attendee.

Personal Construct Courses for post- Foundation level

Diplomas

In 2017 the PCPA Diploma, which gives UKCP registration, was re-approved by the UKCP. Contact Adele Pile for information - Adele.pile47@gmail.com

PCPA Study Days and other Courses

A programme of PCPA Quarterly Study Days is run in Coventry, typically on the middle Friday of March, June, and September, and in the first week of December each year. Topics are wide ranging and attendees are consulted on the programme. We have recently had presentations from Prof David Winter, and from Dr. Chris Cutler. Recent topics have included Dreams, Ideographic Assessment, Resistance to change and life stories, Papers from the EPCA conference in Brno in the Czech Republic and input from recent European and Worldwide PCP conferences.
The cost is generally £20 per day.

Other one and two day courses are run from time to time in Coventry. Previous courses are listed in the who we are section of this website . Contact peter@covpcp.com for details.

A programme of other courses and study opportunities are planned, primarily for London. Details of all the events are made available on this website.

Other Events

Seminars

From time to time a variety of seminars and events are held around the UK.


Research Groups

The Northern PCP Research Group has met for 30 years in York on a monthly basis for half a day at the weekend. Contact h.jones363@btinternet.com for details.

European Personal Construct Psychology Conference in Edinburgh

The EPCA Conference in 2018 will take place in Edinburgh. See elsewhere on this website for details.