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9/3/2020

The Place of Constructivism and PCP in Society and the Human Sciences

Michael F. Mascolo

Constructivism has evolved over the years. It now spans a wide variety of disciplines and incorporates a myriad of frameworks. It has also been challenged by many movements -- such as neo-nativism, evolutionary psychology, realism and other frameworks. In the face of these challenges, constructivism remains a vital force in both society and in the human sciences. It is especially helpful in directing attention to the need for greater sociality in a world that is increasingly polarized by differences in ideology, identity socio-economic need, and political frameworks.

9/17/2020

Understanding experience of Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in PCP Terms

Sabrina Cipolletta & David Winter

We shall consider experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic from the personal construct perspective, drawing particularly on Kelly’s diagnostic constructs, and providing illustrative quotes from participants in a multinational study. Consideration will also be given to an alternative construction of the pandemic as an opportunity for change.


10/1/2020

What Would Hinkle Make of the COVID Pandemic?

Peter Caputi

This presentation would focus on making sense of what we are experiencing as a result of COVID from the perspective of Dennis Hinkle’s theory of implications.

10/15/2020

Using Playfulness as a Complement to Facilitate Constructive Alternativism

Robert Wright

Often, we are unable to break out of our predicament because we cling on to our habitual biases and preconceived notions, thereby thwarting our potential for Being and Becoming. This Constructivist Meet-up Session attempts to introduce a pedagogical innovation I invented called “Staying F.O.C.U.S.E.D.” to help open up the alternatives to our toughest unsolved problems, issues and challenges.

10/29/2020

AI Based Dialogue Systems for Repertory Grid Online Interviews – Combining Pattern Theory with Kelly`s Theory of Personal Constructs with a Social Resonance Perspectives

Matthias Rosenberger

The goal of my research is the development and optimization of Repertory Grid Interviews Online. Thereby social resonance phenomena (Rosa 2018) shall be broken down. For this purpose, I combine the theory of personal constructs according to G. A. Kelly with Alexander's pattern theory (2002 - 2005). In my research, I hope to develop a system that can support large repertory grid surveys using intelligent algorithms from AI research (e.g. word embeddings) as an online dialogue system.

11/5/2020

The Extra-Ordinary Added Value of Conducting Research using Constructivist Approaches

Pam Denicolo, Marie-Louise Österlind, Shane Dowle and Kim Bradley-Cole

Pam Denicolo (Professor emerita at University of Reading) will briefly reflect on 40 years of conducting and supporting doctoral research into fascinating, diverse topics across a range of disciplines, demonstrating the contributions to the wider community that the constructivist philosophy and methods have made. However, of equal importance to the data and specific understandings generated by this research has been the impact that engagement with PCP has had, not just on the researchers themselves, but on their research participants’ professional and personal lives. The ripples have spread far further than the making of a ‘significant contribution to knowledge’ and the award of a doctorate. This will be ably illustrated by the reflections of three such researchers, one each from the distant, medium term and very recent doctoral study experience, each from different fields of study: Marie-Louise Österlind, Kim Bradley-Cole and Shane Dowle. Colleagues participating in the webinar will be asked to contemplate how PCP has influenced their approach to life beyond their professional practice and how such benefits might be more widely spread.

11/12/2020

Interpretive Clustering

(2 Hour Workshop)

Viv Burr & Nigel King

In this workshop session we will focus on providing hands-on experience with an innovative method for the qualitative analysis of Repertory Grid data, Interpretive Clustering (IC). After a brief introduction to the method, participants will be invited to share a grid they have previously completed and analysed using IC (guidance for how to do this will be sent to potential participants in advance). This will be followed by discussion of the experience of using this method, it's strengths and weaknesses, and possible future applications.

11/26/2020

The Therapeutic Relationship with Clients with Phobic, Obsessive-Compulsive, Eating, and Depressive Disorders

(2-Hour Workshop)

Valeria Ugazio

Do clients with phobic, obsessive-compulsive, eating, and depressive disorders interact with their therapist using ways of relating whose respective meanings are characteristic of the semantic of freedom, goodness, power, belonging? And does the therapist take a position in tune with clients’ dominant semantic? Taking the cue from the results of a recent study (Ugazio et al., JCP in press), the workshop will answer these questions. It also will develop the thesis, maintained by Ugazio’s Family Semantic Polarities Theory (FSPT; 2013): that we do not have one single way of building up the therapeutic relationship. Instead, there are as many different ways as the semantics and the related disorders. Consequently, the therapy has to change according to the different constraints and possibilities offered by the therapeutic relationship, as some clinical cases will illustrate. Some therapeutic stories which are possible in one type of therapeutic relationship– in the sense of being productive, easy to implement, boding well for change – are forbidden for another, in the sense that they are difficult to develop, destined to encourage dropping out or to suffer dysfunctional circuits.

12/10/2020

Being Vaguely Between Something and No-Thing

Peter Edward

Within the social sciences a perennial debate rumbles on between realists and social constructivists. Typically, these debates revolve around the issues of representation: does the mind merely create a representation of an objective world ‘out there’; or is our ‘reality’ entirely subjective and contingent constructed through our socialisation. In these debates it is remarkable just how little consideration is given to the role of the psyche, notwithstanding that ‘how the mind creates reality’ is a central issue for both sides of the debate.

1/14/2021

Opening the Johari Window: Self-Presentation and Self-Identity – Who am I Talking to and What Am I Saying?

(2-hour workshop)

John Fisher

What do Miller Mair’s concept of the community of selves and Hubert Herman’s dialogical self have to say about our self-identity and who we are? What do we choose to reveal and not to reveal and what does that say about who we are?

Following on from research about people with tattoos, and what these implicitly and explicitly represented and explorations about how first line leaders saw themselves, their role and relationship with their colleagues before and after a leadership course I am now exploring what people’s decisions about how they present images of themselves to the world mean. What do they want it to say about who, and what, they are to themselves and to others? What does our choice of clothes, appearance, body modifications, life style mean to who we are? What do we want it to say about us to ourselves and to other people?

During this interactive workshop we will be using the “Self Window” Grid (a variation of a qualitative type of Boston Box). We will explore elements of the way we represent ourselves and the meanings that we apply to that representation, as well as the meaning we intend to give off to others.

1/21/2021

Personal Construct Psychology and Literature

Carmen Dell’Aversano

In his descriptions both of the PCP therapist, and of some of the fundamental points of PCP, Kelly often refers to attitudes and abilities which make up the core of literary competence. The purpose of this workshop is to connect PCP to some literary-theoretical concepts in order to facilitate an experience of how a deep and self-reflective relationship with literary texts can have a role in the acquisition and fine-tuning of these attitudes and abilities, and thus in therapist training.

2/4/2021

Politicians' Communication in COVID Times from a Personal Construct Psychology Point of View

Massimo Giliberto, Francesca Del Rizzo & Chiara Lui

We would try to analyse politicians' communication about COVID during lockdown from a PCP perspective. We will focus on the constructs expressed and on its performative features. It will be a conjoint laboratory, an opportunity to understand and subsume the processes at play by means, in particular of some Italian examples. Participants will be encouraged to work on examples from the experience of their countries.

2/18/2021

Triangulating Ontological Positions

Raya Jones

As a psychology of the self or personality, Kelly’s constructivism is similar to other psychologies in some respects and different from those in other respects. I’ll introduce my constructs of a specific triad (PCP, social constructionism, Jung’s model of the psyche) and then invite an open-ended dialogue about the comparability and uniqueness of PCP in general.

3/4/2021

Kelly in the Classroom: Using Odd-one-Out as a Tool for Pedagogical Inquiry

Vivienne Baumfield

In this presentation I will discuss how Kelly's Construct Theory informed the development of an exercise called 'Odd-one-Out' as an exercise for teachers to use in the classroom. Odd-one-Out gave teachers insight into how the learners were thinking about and making sense of topics in the school curriculum