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COVENTRY CONSTRUCTIVIST CENTRE FOUNDATION COURSE 2017

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 have many years of experience in PC, and are all HCPC registered. 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 14 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 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 www.personalconstructuk.org and also on the Coventry PCP website at www.covpcp.com

The course dates are on Thursdays, : May 4th, May 11th, May 18th, May 25th, and June 8th. (NB: NO session on June 1st). The course fee £170 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.



Coventry Constructivist Centre - PCP Quarterly Study Day Programme 2017/2018

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)
September 15th 2017 Mary Frances – a.m. Nests of Meaning: Alternative ways of understanding constructs, p.m. Identity, Diversity, and Privilege
Special focus i.e. relevance to a wide range of working environments: Diversity, complexity, and ways to understand others’ construing on their own terms

December 8th 2017 Prof Viv Burr – Construing the generation gap (n.b. this includes the construing of young people)

March 16th 2018 Prof Harry Procter – Using Qualitative Grids: Construing Sibling Relationships (download workshop summary)

Future dates: June 15th, September 14th and December 7th 2018

Contact Sally Robbins via sally@covpcp.com or 07508 399 452 to book a place. The cost, which includes tea, coffee and cake, is £20 per day. Study Days run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The venue is Queen’s Road Baptist Church, Coventry, CV1 3FE which is near to Coventry Station and its car park, and also to other parking – see the 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



Syracuse University, London. WC1N 3AE

This one day seminar aims to bring together those who are interested in the application of Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) as a psychology for learning. The main purpose of the seminar is to explore how PCP can support educational practitioners today.

PCP was developed by the American psychologist, George Kelly, and is based upon his theory of personal constructs. This assumes that each person constructs their own meaning of the world and that teaching and learning is a meeting between the subjective realities of both teacher and learner. As individuals we can look at the world through different perspectives, which means that change is possible, and we do not have to be trapped by previous experiences.

Even though many people may not have heard of PCP, it underpins considerable areas of teaching and learning and can be seen in action in many different educational contexts.

If you wish to attend this seminar please contact either lizthomson@aol.com or chris.walker@psi-uk.com There will be a charge of £10.00 for the day, which will include lunch and refreshments



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.



December 5th 2014 Resistance to Change and Life Stories, with Helen Jones
March 13th 2015 Welcome back ideographic assessment (nearly) all is forgiven, with David Green
June 12th 2015 Intruders in the Night: a constructivist approach to working with our dreams, with Mary Francis
Sept 18th and December 11th 2015 TBA
Contact Sally Robbins sally@covpcp.com 07508 399 452 to book a place. The standard price, which includes drinks and cake, is £20 per person ( £15 for concession and PCPA members). A picnic lunch is also provided and costs are shared – typically around £3. Study Days are held at 44, Park Road, Coventry CV1 2LD 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).



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.


Coventry, 9th and 10th October 2014
Harry Procter PhD
This workshop will introduce participants to Personal and Relational Construct Psychology, an elaboration of Kelly’s original approach designed to do justice to the relational nature of human functioning. The bipolar construct is one of the distinguishing features of Kelly’s approach. It remains an idea of exceptional power in integrating many different psychological experiences and processes. Individuals for Kelly have construing systems but so also do cultures, organisations and families.
It is vital in therapy and consultation to understand and work with the group or family construct system. This allows the family members and the therapist to achieve new levels of understanding of how all the members see the issues, themselves and each other. This leads to fresh dialogue and interaction enabling the family to approach their problems in fresh ways. Harry Procter has developed a variety of interviewing methods and guidelines for working in this way, including Qualitative Grids, powerful methods for mapping and intervening in the interpersonal construing occurring in clinical and organisational settings. The workshop will look at some of the most important of these and give participants the chance to try them out.
Some Reading:
Procter, H. G. (2005) Techniques of Personal Construct Family Therapy. In Winter, D. and Viney, L. (eds.) Personal Construct Psychotherapy: Advances in Theory, Practice and Research. Whurr, London.

Procter, H. G. (2007) Construing within the Family. In Butler, R. and Green, D. The Child Within: Taking the Young Person’s Perspective by Applying Personal Construct Theory, 2nd Edition. Wiley, London.

Procter, H. G. (2009) Reflexivity and Reflective Practice in Personal and Relational Construct Psychotherapy. In Stedmon, J. and Dallos, R. (Eds.) Reflective Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Open University Press, Milton Keynes.

Denner-Stuart, S., Procter, H.G. and Dallos, R. (2011) Fathers, sons and ADHD: A Qualitative Personal Construct Study. In Stojnov, D., Džinović, V., Pavlović, J. and Frances, M. (Eds.) Personal Construct Psychology in an Accelerating World. Serbian Constructivist Association, EPCA, Belgrade, Serbia.

Procter, H. G. (in press) Qualitative Grids, the Relationality Corollary and the Levels of Interpersonal Construing. To appear shortly in the Journal of Constructivist Psychology.

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A number of my articles can be downloaded here