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Details of our Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) Quarterly Study Sessions 2023 are included in this flyer.
For more information please download the flyer.

Details of our Personal Construct Psychology Foundation Course for 2022 are included in this flyer. Places are limited to 16 and tend to book up fast so you are advised to contact if you are interested to join us this year, without delay..
For more information please download the flyer.


Our old colleague Alan Thomson is offering some books, free. Please see the list below and contact if you would like any. You would need either to collect them, or to pay postage.
Drawing on the right side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
NLP at work by Sue Knight
Working with people by Gavin Dunnett
Personal Construct Psychology by Jorn Scher
The Theory of Personality by George Kelly
Clinical psychology and Personality: selected papers edited by Brendan Maher
New perspectives in Personal Construct Psychology by Don Bannister
Perspectives in Personal Construct Psychology by Don Bannister
Uncommon Therapy Jay Haley
Practical Magic by Stephen Langton
A Manual for Repertory Grids by Faye Fransella and Don Bannister
George Kelly by Faye Fransella
Personality and Learning by Jane Wolfson
Good health through natural therapy E K Ledermann
The Emprint Method by Leslie Cameron Bandler
BMA New Guide to Medicine by Dr John Henry

Comments made by people who participated in the PCP Foundation Course 2021 on Zoom:

I just want to say an enormous thank you to you all. It has reignited my passion for psychology and reminded me why I do the job.

I was amazed at how well both the depth of the theory and application of the tools were covered.

I felt I left with a much better understanding of the theory (and lots more reading to do) as well as tools that I could go out and use straight away.

It was a great course and I’d recommend it to colleagues. Thank you for an enriching experience.

A very interesting and enlightening course. I am so happy I had the opportunity to participate and study the foundation course.

I have added a lot to my toolbox and skill set so thank you to all of you. The structure of the sessions was great as there was a good balance of theoretical and practical input.

I think (PCP) is highly useful for my role and fully intend to further develop my skills.

I loved the course. I love PCP. I could go on and on!

They specifically liked:

  • The level of interaction and group work was very good.
  • Excellent presentations
  • Great to be able to do the course online as otherwise it would have been very difficult.
  • The variety of presenters and presenting styles.
  • Practical content – having activities modelled to us and the chance to practice with each other.
  • Good breakout sessions that worked.
  • The demonstration videos were perfect.
  • Having a book summarising everything.
  • The requirement to read the relevant chapter ahead of the session was incredibly valuable.
  • It ensured that a foundation understanding was I could go on and on….

Working with a Metaphor is a recently published paperback (2021 Orpen Press, Dublin) by Dr. Bernadette O’Sullivan, a former teacher in the Clanwilliam Institute of Family Therapy. Ruth Eustace contributes a chapter. This book is now available on application to the Institute.
For more information please download the flyer.

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 to book a place.

The new practical guide to using PCP has recently been published: Following on from Heather Moran’s “A beginner’s guide to Personal Construct Therapy with children and young people”, Diane Allen and Peter Cummins have produced “The beginner’s guide to Personal Construct Therapy with adults and couples". Both are available from Amazon in both kindle and paperback format, and in keeping with the rest of our activities at Coventry Constructivist Centre, they are priced affordably.

Heather Moran’s Study Day on March 13th “It’s all about the how” was really well attended, despite a handful of cancellations. The day focussed on all the practical issues about how to work with children and young people using PCP, which was very relevant to other age groups as well. Heather introduced us to two new techniques, which we were able to try out in the afternoon. The whole day related to her new book - A beginner’s guide to Personal Construct Therapy with children and young people - available at all good bookshops, as they say.
Feedback included:
  • A really productive day that I will find very helpful in my practice
  • Tools really relevant to my role - can pick up and use straight away
  • Environment felt comfortable and relaxed - as a newcomer I felt welcome

Friday 17th of January saw the end of our  PCP for Coaching course; a really enjoyable and successful programme led by Mary Frances, with input from Dorota Bourne and John Fisher. Participants now have the option of producing a written piece of work to complete the programme.

There is also talk of setting up a Special Interest Group following on from the course. If this goes ahead we will put details on this website.

Experiential Personal Construct Psychology: Selected papers,  P. Cummins and L. Leitner eds. available on kindle or in paperback on Amazon UK.

Third day of the PCP for Coaching course

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


Feedback on PCP Quarterly Study Day 13th September 2019
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

PCP Quarterly Study Days - March 2019:
Young people and social media - looking through the lens of PCP

Feedback from the participants:

  • Lots of thought-provoking discussion. Great to have discussion with a range of professionals.
  • Really good use of examples.
  • Perfectly planned and paced presentation - plenty of input and ideas with space to think and consider ways to use these ideas.
  • Relaxed and purposeful day; safe to share ideas and ask questions but also learned a lot from others.
  • Great treacle cake!

CP Quarterly Study Days- September 14th 2018    PCP and Supervision

Feedback from the participants:

  • An ideal session!
  • Helpful and thought provoking. Useful tools/ activities to use again elsewhere. V friendly! Approachable!
  • Great to have a day which meets the needs of a group with such diverse needs and roles, achieved by taking ideas from everyone and allowing people to discuss in groups what they do.
  • You packed a lot into the day.
  • It has made me think hard about my own practice and I came away with ideas about how I might improve.
  • Great cakes too!

2018 Foundation Course participants, with tutors Diane Allen and Peter Cummins standing in back

Feedback from the participants:

  • Learning more about PCP, the theory and practical application so that I am able to use it as part of my work - I have already done this during and after!
  • The passionate and engaging teaching team. A really lovely bunch of people.
  • Meeting other psychologists and gaining different perspectives
  • I enjoyed the course very much and hope to see you at a study day in the near future

Prof Harry Procter (photo) – Using Qualitative Grids: Construing Sibling Relationships
(with a focus on developing your knowledge of using PEG grids in your practice)

- brilliant range of techniques for use in clinical practice and supervision

- Harry Procter workshop was very illuminating and brought up a lot of thoughts for my working and personal life
- Lots of usable tools. I love the flexibility that PCP and Qualitative Grids offer for my practice.
    I cannot see any other way of eliciting such powerful information. Very enjoyable.
- Thought provoking day, well presented, with clear theoretical links to practice. The flexibility in this approach is refreshing to
   think about in all types of professional, clinical and personal relationships.
- Thought provoking day which made me reflect on myself in my work and family roles. Very useful, flexible grids explained.

PCP Approaches to Transgender Experiences , led by Heather Moran and Diane Allen, and with a presentation from Dr. Jenny Whyatt-Sames, a local expert on Transgender experiences (Using PCP techniques to explore and elaborate the personal construing of self and gender, and signposting further PCP techniques for different situations) ***Contact for this day – Heather Moran 07921 082 384 -

The George Kelly Society is a multidisciplinary professional society is founded in June 2016, with the aim of supporting the study of, and communication about, the life and work of George Alexander Kelly [1905-1967], the Psychology of Personal Constructs, and Kelly's ongoing influence in the many fields to which he contributed. This includes the theoretical development and the practical applications of the Psychology of Personal Constructs, and its relationships to neighbouring fields. The George Kelly Society supports conferences, websites, journals and other media that share the goals of the society.

The Steering Committee consists of Prof Franz Desley Hennessy (Australia), Secretary/Treasurer, Prof Jörn Scheer (Germany), Information Officer, and, as Members-at-large, Dr.ssa Chiara Centomo (Italy), Prof Gabriele Chiari (Italy), Peter Cummins (UK), MA.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the life and work of George Kelly and the Psychology of Personal Constructs. Currently, no membership fees are charged.

If interested, please contact the secretary, Desley Hennessy (

PCPA now has its own channel on YOU TUBE. The channel can be accessed at:
PCPA YouTube channel

A really useful, up to date guide to PCP resources on the net has been produced by Professor Brian Gaines. You can access it at: Gaines-Internet-PCP-2016a.pdf

Check out this book on the iBooks Store: Using Personal Construct Psychology with Children and Adolescents
Heather Moran Category: Psychology

David Green presented a workshop in Coventry on 13/3/15 called “Come back Idiographic assessment, all is forgiven-almost"

al enquiry. Miller Mair (2014)
Miller Mair’s last book has just been published. As its editor ( Simon King- Spooner) says on the cover “ Another way of knowing has the theme of a personal journey, taking in smaller themes as it feels its way forward………… It should be read by anyone tired of bullying know-all reductionism, and feeling the need for another way of knowing”.
 Available direct from the publishers  Lulu Press, or from Amazon.

coaching certificate course

A  review  of  a  presentation  at  the  University  of  Herts  on  12th  June  2014  given  by  Peter  Cummins and   Dr  Dina  Pekkala.

This  day  course  was  attended  very  substantially  and  reflected  the  researched  experience  of  the   presenters  in  providing  clinical  care  for  those  referred  for  treatment  of  anger.
They  described  their  utilising  standardised  instruments,  comprehensive  survey  of  developmental   features  including  socialisation  and  abuse  and  also,  from  an  idiographic  position,  what  people   themselves  actually  say  in  the  initial  phase.    The  presenters  noted  that  sometimes  referrals  for anger masked  pressing  social  and  interpersonal  concerns,  more  suitable  for  the  resolution  of  normal social   pressure  than  for  ‘Anger  treatment’.
They  gave  an  account  of  their  use  of  popular  Anger  Management  strategies  that  have  owed  much to Ray  Novaco,  portrayed  as  helpful.    At  a  certain  point,  though,  almost  paralleling  their  treatment   progression,    the  presenters  gave  their  cardinal  view  that  it  is  structure  of  meaning  issues  that  lie   behind  anger.    In  essence,  they  demonstrated  very  clear  researchable  indications  that  anger  is  the   expression  of  some  initial  change  in  structure  of  meaning  and  subsequent  fixity.
Normally,  PCP  protagonists  blather  incomprehensibilities  about  the  theory  but  on  this  day  it  slipped   in  so  easily  how  invalidation  of  a  frame  of  meaning  can  in  the  end  lead  to  stuckness,  hostility   and,   quoting  Leitner,  “Structural  Arrest”.
We  received  many  illustrations  of  the  ways  in  which,  within  a  semi  manualised  framework  (and,   modesty  forbids,  informed  and    fluid  facilitation)  people  reconstrued  themselves  and  their  anger.     And  there  were  graphs  to  prove  it!!
In  this  day  presentation  there  was  everything  which  the  evidenced-­‐based  afficionado  desired  and   also  something  more  about  wider  meaning  than  just  the  dehumanising  label  of  ‘anger’.
Reference:    The  supporting  literature  is  available  in  the  text  called  “Working  with  Anger:  a   Constructivist  Approach”  by  Peter  Cummins  (2005)  and  published  by  Wiley.    If  you  are  thinking  of   running  an  anger  programme  then  this  is  well  worth  the  investment.