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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 sally@covpcp.com to book a place.

UPDATE: PCP Qarterly Study Days Flyer 2021 (pdf version)



The Quarterly Study Session Scheduled for September 17th from 2 to 4 p.m. on Zoom will be led by Abigail Cohman and Cleo Timney. They will present An Introduction to the Children’s Exploratory Drawings. There will be a brief presentation to their new PCP based tool for use with children and young people, followed by discussion and small group workshops to explore the drawings and how you might use them within your work. Please contact Sally Robbins Course Organiser. Sally@covpcp.com

UPDATE: PCP Quarterly Study Session Flyer 2021 (pdf version)



Given the continuing uncertainty about who can meet together and how, because of Covid19 restrictions, we can now confirm that the 2021 Foundation Course will run on Zoom, as did last year’s course. The final details will be available soon, but current thinking is to run 10 weekly two hour sessions on Thursday mornings, starting on October 7th, with a break for the half term week. Please let us know if you are interested to attend, and share this information with friends and colleagues. Sally@covpcp.com

UPDATE: PCP Foundation Course Flyer 2021 (pdf version)



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





Cave Day

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.

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: sally@covpcp.com
We are now discussing what day and date will be best for the group. More news to follow
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Details of PCP Coaching programme for Coventry Constructivist Centre
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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 sally@covpcp.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.

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Coventry Constructivist Centre - PCP Quarterly Study Day Programme 2019

Each day includes a focus on a specific PCP technique

June 14th 2019 Diane Allen, Peter Cummins, Heather Moran and Sally Robbins – 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)

Please contact Sally Robbins on sally@covpcp.com or 07508 399 452 to book a place and for detailed directions]

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



Extending the Range of Convenience of Personal Construct Psychology to the Extremes of Human Experience
Professor David Winter
December 9th, Coventry

This workshop will focus on attempts to extend the range of convenience of personal construct psychology in two main, but related, areas:

i) exploring the limits of Kelly’s credulous approach by the attempt to apply it to people who have committed acts of extreme violence, including serial killing, mass murder, and genocide;
ii) applying personal construct psychology in a country (Sierra Leone) very different from that in which it was developed in an attempt to understand the experiences of perpetrators and victims of horrific atrocities; of psychiatric in-patients, many of whom were survivors of the country’s brutal civil war; and more recently of people who, having survived the war, have now been affected in some way by the Ebola epidemic.

The advantages and challenges of applying personal construct approaches in situations such as these will be considered, and illustrated by numerous examples.

Further Information: Sally Robbins: sally@covpcp.com



The course will provide an introduction to the theory and principles of Personal Construct Psychology (PCP). 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 organisational change. Following completion of the Foundation 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 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 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. A maximum of 12 places are available which means that the group is 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. The course is delivered in a seminar format and so participants are expected to prepare for sessions in advance in order to benefit from this.
This course is offered in Coventry by the Coventry Constructivist Centre (PCPA), and runs for five full days. It is held at Queen’s Road Baptist Church, Coventry, from 10.00am – 4pm each day. Details can be found on the PCPA website at http://www.personalconstructuk.org and also on the Coventry PCP website at www.covpcp.com
The course dates are largely on Thursdays, but there is one Wednesday : May 19th, May 26, Wednesday June 8th, June 16th, and June 23rd (NB: NO session w/c May 30th). The course fee has been kept at the 2015 level of £150 for the whole 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 for the short lunch break, or they can use the café on site. If you would like to attend, please email sally@covpcp.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 Quarterly Study Days Programme 2016

For each of these days, please confirm if you intend to come, so that any references can be sent.
March 11th 2016 Tyranny and the Structures of Hostility – and what to do with them in society and in therapy, with Dennis Bury
June 17th 2016 The impact on Construal of Self of Palliative Care and Chronic Pain with Chris Cutler and Grant Weselby
Other dates for 2016 – September 16th, December 9th
Contact Sally Robbins sally@covpcp.com 07508 399 452 to book a place.
Study Days run from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. The price, which includes drinks and cake, is £20 per person.
REMEMBER THE NEW VENUE! Queen’s Road Baptist Church, Queen’s Road Coventry CV1 3FE There is an on - site café where you can buy lunch.
PCP Quarterly Study Days are open to people who have completed the Foundation Course in PCP



The course will provide an introduction to the theory and principles of Personal Construct Psychology (PCP). The theoretical base of PCP is broad and robust, which makes this an approach with wide applicability in clinical settings, but also in 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 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 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 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 Peter Cummins, Diane Allen, Sally Robbins, Grant Weselby and Heather Moran. A maximum of 12 places are available which means that the group is 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. This year we will be building on that by introducing a seminar format. Participants will be expected to prepare for sessions in advance in order to benefit from this.
This course is offered in Coventry by the Personal Construct Association (PCPA), and runs for five full days. It is held at The Clarendon Practice, No.44 Park Road, Coventry CV1 2LD, 10.15am – 4pm Details of content can be found on the PCPA website at www.pcpassociation.net/news
The course dates are all Thursdays: April 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st, June 4th (NB: NO session on 28th May). The course fee is £150 for the whole course, which includes the seminar materials. Trainee psychologists and assistants pay a reduced fee of £130. The fee includes drinks and biscuits but it does not include lunch. Participants are asked to provide their own packed lunch for the short lunch break.

If you would like to attend, please email sally@covpcp.com to book a place. When that is confirmed, you will need to send a cheque made out to PCPA to PCP Foundation Course Applications, The Clarendon Practice, 44 Park Road, Coventry CV2 2LD 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.



June 13th 2014 Reflections on PCP – using excerpts from Richard Butler’s book.
Please confirm if you intend to come so that I can send any references related to the day, and also tell me whether you would like to join in the shared lunch.
September 12th 2014 [postponed from the June slot] – Resistance to Change and Life Stories – Helen Jones
December 5th 2014 - Papers from the European PCP Congress in Brno held in June 2014
March 13th 2015 - Welcome back ideographic assessment (nearly ) all is forgiven – David Green

The Study Days are held at 44, Park Road, Coventry and run from 10 to 4 (though if you want to use the multi-storey car park next to the station it is half price if you park after 10, so you may want to be slightly late). Contact Sally Robbins - 07501 764 362 / sally@covpcp.com to book your place. The standard price is £20 per person (£15 for concessions and members of PCPA), which includes tea, coffee and cake. n.b. A picnic lunch is also provided and costs are shared – typically around £3. PCP Quarterly Study Days are open to people who have completed the Foundation Course in PCP



This innovative new diploma course is a 2 year programme of independent and collaborative study, supported online by small group tutorials and supervision sessions, and using a dedicated interactive website. This learning model is designed as a stimulating and enjoyable application of personal construct psychology to our learning process. The course tutors are currently Mary Frances & Peter Cummins.

Accredited and run by the Personal Construct Psychology Association in the UK, further information is available from the PCPA website www.pcpassociation.net or from info@covpcp.com



PCPA Certificate in Constructivist Practice for Coaching
The first course began on 7th March , we are now recruiting for the next intake
Introducing an exciting new programme of independent and collaborative learning drawing on constructivist theory and practice, with special reference to Personal Construct Psychology (PCP).

With its focus on the developmental challenges of everyday life, the philosophy and theory of PCP offer a robust and comprehensive framework for coaching practice. This is a relatively new field of application of PCP and students will be located at the leading edge of professional development in this area.

It is expected that students will have completed at least a foundation course in PCP, and will have attended the 2-day introductory workshop ‘Constructivist Coaching’ run by PCPA at the Coventry Constructivist Centre.

The certificate programme runs over 6-9 months depending on scheduling which will be done in collaboration with students.

Please note: this programme is not a comprehensive education or accreditation for people wishing to become coaches. It is designed for those already working as coaches, or who have a coaching component in their work as therapists, counsellors, trainers or managers, for whom it offers an extended and rigorous programme of professional development.

Aims of the programme:

  • to enable those engaged in coaching to locate their work in constructivist theory
  • to examine the implications of constructivist ideas for coaching practice
  • to explore the construction of self as coach, and of coaching in the context of organisations and contemporary working life
  • to strengthen confidence and competence in using constructivist approaches
  • to contribute, individually and as a group, to the emergent field of constructivist coaching theory and practice

Additionally, the structure of the programme offers a unique opportunity to experience, and experiment with, constructivist group learning processes including action learning, practice-in-the-group, peer consultation and collaborative assessment

Programme structure:

The programme is based on supported independent and group learning. Students will be encouraged to maintain learning logs and/or reflective journals throughout the programme.

From the very start, students will be invited to locate and share ideas and resources, selecting and reviewing material from a constructivist perspective, and building the range of course materials as a collaborative process.

The programme will be supported by Moodle, an academic online learning portal based on constructivist principles, where students can upload and share work and resources and exchange news and views. The course page will include a student discussion forum, group wiki for collaborative writing, an online library and reading list & other learning resources.

The formal programme structure includes:

  • Induction day in Coventry (getting to know each other, how to use Moodle, sharing our constructions of coaching and being a coach, agreeing online session dates & times)
  • 6 x 2 hour learning group sessions via Citrix online conferencing (small groups of 4 - including themed discussion, coaching practice and peer consultation)
  • Submission of a case study or reflective practice paper (after group session 4)
  • Preparation of a paper/presentation on an aspect of PCP coaching theory or practice (for the final meeting)
  • A final colloquium in Coventry to share and present work (a mini-conference of students’ papers/presentations, open to selected others, and with a view to developing a shared e-publication on coaching and PCP)

There will also be potential to develop as a PCP coaching interest or supervision group beyond the programme.

Staffing:

The Programme Director will be Peter Cummins, to whom initial queries should be addressed. Peter is a psychologist, psychotherapist and coach based at Coventry Constructivist Centre and is a Director of PCPA: contact

The Group Facilitator will be Mary Frances. Mary is an independent coach and consultant, and a teacher of PCP and constructivist approaches. Mary works with individuals, teams, organisations and academies across the UK and in Europe: contact

The programme is additionally supported by a small team of advisers:

Helen Jones, a PCP counsellor and therapist who has a distinguished background in the development of organisations and their staff specialising in leadership development.
John Fisher
, a PCP practitioner with extensive experience of coaching, counselling, training and organisational development across a range of industries.
Jelena Pavlovic
, the Director of Research & Development at the Serbian Constructivist Association who is currently a tutor and course leader on the first ever accredited PCP Coaching qualification programme in Belgrade.