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Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) CPD study sessions 2022

CPD study sessions 2022
Coventry Constructivist Centre Low cost CPD in Personal Construct Psychology. Sessions are delivered in a seminar format, with some paired or small group discussions and exercises, depending upon the facilitator and session style. More infos here

International PCP Conference 2022

Next International PCP Conference
The Next International PCP Conference will be held in Padua 14th - 16th July 2022. Details as it develops can be found on https://www.pcp2021.org /

Northern Ireland: The Frozen Conflict >>

1st Presentation: 3rd September 2021 – Paul Barbour

Following the very successful first series. Dr Harry Procter and his Team have 15 exciting new presentations on a variety of topics stretching between September 2021 and April 2022.
The draft programme can be found at:

The first presentation, given by Paul Barbour, co-author with Lucy Widdowson of the recent book ‘Building Top Performing Teams’ is entitled: 'Northern Ireland: The Frozen Conflict’

During this interactive and practical session, Paul will share his own experiences of a frozen conflict growing up during the Northern Ireland troubles. He will share how his experiences have influenced his career and research, drawing upon Kelly’s sociality corollary. Paul will challenge each of us to reflect on how we may or may not be contributing to our own and other broader frozen conflicts.
For more information on Paul’s research, see - Barbour, P.J. and Bourne, D.J., 2020. Developing sociality in a post-conflict Northern Ireland: An application of the Perceiver Element Grid. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, pp.1-25.

Please note the sessions are now on a Friday, not Thursday as in Series 1 and the times have been revised: E.g.: 9am (Pacific); 12noon (Ecuador); 12noon (USA East); 5pm (UK); 6pm (Europe); 8pm (Moscow); 9pm (UAE); 12midnight (Hong Kong); 4.00am (Sydney)

Please conact harryprocter20@gmail.com with your NAME and EMAIL address to receive information on how to join the session.

Coventry Constructivist Centre 2021 Foundation Course >>

2021 Foundation Course
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)

September 2021 Quarterly Study Session >>

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 on sally@covpcp.com to book a place.

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

June 2021 Quarterly Study Session >>

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.

INTRODUCTORY DAY Personal Construct Psychology 26TH January 2021 >>

ONE DAY introduction to Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) This day will help you gain an initial feel for PCP and how it might relate to you personally and professionally. It is a stand-alone day but can also be the first day in the 6 day Foundation Level Certificate accredited by the PCP Association. There is no obligation to continue to participate beyond the first day.

As an introduction we will include some basic elements of PCP including:
- Constructs and construing
- Reflexivity
- Experiences of change

The style of the day will be interactive and reflective. There will be opportunities for discussions around personal and professional applications.
No prior knowledge of PCP is required.

We will be running the day via Zoom and will then discuss how the full course might be delivered going forward depending on social distance rules, individual preferences and personal location.

Venue: Zoom (for the initial day) Date: 26TH January 2021 Cost: £95 Course Facilitators: Adele Pile and Cathy Sparkes

For further information and application form contact: Adele Pile adele.pile47@gmail.com 07775 098807
Cathy Sparkes cathy@cathysparkes.co.uk 07970 558072

www.personalconstructuk.org www.pcp-net.org/journal

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A Zoom Interview with Prof Harry Procter and Prof David Winter SATURDAY 6th March 2021 at 2 pm GMT*

Harry Procter and David Winter’s new book, Personal and Relational Construct Psychotherapy, published by Palgrave MacMillan, provides a contemporary perspective on, and a relational development of, George Kelly’s original approach to psychotherapy. Details of the book can be found here.

We thought you might like to hear from them personally about their intentions and experiences in writing the book and just how Personal and Relational Construct Psychotherapy can be seem as an up-to-date evidence-based process, of broad applicability, which combines effectiveness with the ability to do justice to the complexity of people’s personal and social worlds.

There will be a chance to learn of the stories about the ideas behind the book, the challenges of pulling it all together, and the reactions to it. You will have the chance to ask your questions and offer comments. Jelena Pavlovič and Peter Cummins will interview the authors before opening up to general discussion.

All this is happening on SATURDAY 6th March 2021 at 2 pm GMT (see below for start time in some other countries*). The duration will be one hour (+ 30 minutes if it’s still going strong!)

To join this session, click on https://merrimack.zoom.us/j/91298832672 (Meeting ID: 912 9883 2672)



The MeetUp Series of bi-weekly presentations online has been giving Personal Construct Psychology experts the chance to outline their research and understanding

The latest Programme in the Meetup Series can be found in this link

If anyone is interested in joining the Constructivist Meetup Series of presentations please contact harryprocter20@gmail.com with your name and email address with a note about your affiliation and knowledge of personal construct psychology and you will be sent a Link before each of the presentations.

Special Interest Group on Personal Construct Psychology and Coaching Friday 13th Nov &
Update on the Quarterly Study Day 14th Dec 20 >>

Coventry Constructivist Centre - latest news:
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

Update on PCP Quarterly Study Day 11th September 2020 >>

Sadly, we are not able to run our September Study Day in the usual format. Queen’s Road Baptist Church are not hiring out their rooms to outside groups yet. As an alternative, we are experimenting with offering a two hour zoom session, from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 11th, on the same theme. There will be a number of 10 minute presentations of favourite PCP techniques, with opportunities to discuss and maybe try them. We anticipate that this will then lead on to ‘attendees’ trying out techniques in pairs or small groups outside of the formal session. In order to offer this, we have to pay to sign up for the service, so we propose charging each person who attends £5 towards this. Please let me know if you would like to attend, so that I can send you the details. Please also let me know if you would like to do one of the 10 minute presentations, sharing a technique. I hope to hear from you and ‘see’ you then. Sally Robbins Course Organiser



A recent Newsletter of the UKCP put out a Report from a Committee considering the nature of training that the UKCP is considering for the future. To be noted are the beginnings of diversification about the roles and levels of practitioners.

It also raises questions about a standard syllabus for therapies which is interesting in the light of the searching we are beginning to make towards defining essential areas in the study of PCP

SCoPEd July 2020 Draft –

Here are Notes by one of the readers who are helping PCPA by taking on board Complicated [over-complicated?] writings from UKCP as we prepare courses for next year. This is a case by way of example about complicated text where the original references are extremely long, even if thorough.

We are most grateful to our volunteer reader (not wishing to be named) who has given us picture of the proceedings.

SCoPEd July 2020 Draft – from the UKCP Newsletter July 2020

We have to begin with the References because the Report we have here springs from them.



1 – The Vision

It seems to have already been agreed to attempt, essentially, to identify commonalities and to systematize these into a usable core structure.

2 - Executive Summary

Progress so far has identified commonalities that are considered to comprise three levels of ascending range of competencies. All are of “professional” standard in the sense of their possession qualifying therapists to work with clients and charge fees for doing so Titles have varied and therefore have been removed from this stage, to be re-inserted later by agreement.

3 - Context

The present draft is the result of feedback on previous draft, where one in seven members responded to a consultation document, of whom 40-60% were favorable and c.25% had criticisms, which have been taken into account in updating the methodology of the project.

4 - Introduction of this iteration of the SCoPEd framework

Stating changes have been made, expanding working group. Study of feedback on this draft to start Autumn 2020, new draft scheduled Spring 2021.

5 - Changes to the SCoPEd framework – also Appendix 1

Major elements include –

Titles as used by participating organizations have been omitted as misleading and confusing, replaced by categories A, B, C denoting ranges of common competencies.

All approaches have been acknowledged to have a presence in all three categories, so language has been expanded to make this clear, covering the various descriptions of different therapeutic elements.

New members added to the group to increase range of approaches and views included.

Entry Points are distinguished from Practice Standards . Category A competencies are core and required for all therapists. Category B and C can be acquired by further training from the same source as Category A, or by accumulation of separate trainings.

6 - Practice Standards and Training

These are summarized as follows

Category A:

Teaching requirement: 1 year full-time or 2 years full-time (hours not specified)
Practice: 100 supervised client or patient hours
Training Level: Minimum Level 4, which is

Holder has practical, theoretical or technical knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to address problems that are well defined but complex and non-routine. Holder can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas. Holder is aware of the nature of approximate scope of the area of study or work. Holder has an informed awareness of different perspectives or approaches within the area of study or work.
Holder can identify, adapt and use appropriate cognitive and practical skills to inform actions and address problems that are complex and non-routine while normally fairly well-defined. Holder can review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.

Category B (= A + B)

Teaching requirement: 450 training hours over a minimum of 3 years
Practice: 450 client or patient hours (inc. post training)
Training Level: Levels 4-7, which are (in addition to 4 above)

Holder has practical, theoretical or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to find ways forward in broadly defined, complex contexts. Holder can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information, concepts and ideas. Holder is aware of the nature and scope of the area of study or work. Holder understands different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the reasoning behind them.
Holder can determine, adapt and use appropriate methods, cognitive and practical skills to address broadly defined, complex problems. Holder can use relevant research or development to inform actions. Holder can evaluate actions, methods and results.

Holder has advanced practical, conceptual or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to create ways forward in contexts where there are many interacting factors. Holder understands different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the theories that underpin them. Holder can critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information, concepts and ideas.
Holder can determine, refine, adapt and use appropriate methods and advanced cognitive and practical skills to address problems that have limited definition and involve many interacting factors. Holder can use and, where appropriate, design relevant research and development to inform actions. Holder can evaluate actions, methods and results and their implications.

Holder reformulates and uses practical, conceptual or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to create ways forward in contexts where there are many interacting factors. Holder critically analyses, interprets and evaluates complex information, concepts and theories to produce modified conceptions. Holder understands the wider contexts in which the area of study or work is located. Holder understands current developments in the area of study or work. Holder understands different theoretical and methodological perspectives and how they affect the area of study or work.
Holder can use specialised skills to conceptualise and address problematic situations that involve many interacting factors. Holder can determine and use appropriate methodologies and approaches. Holder can design and undertake research, development or strategic activities to inform or produce change in the area of work or study. Holder can critically evaluate actions, methods and results and their short- and long-term implications.

Category C (+ A + B + C)

Teaching requirement: min. 500 training hours over min. 4 years
Practice: 450 client/patient hours during training + mental health placement or familiaristion
Training Level: min. Level 7

7 - Next Steps

It is emphasized that this is a draft, a work in progress, not a final document.
The current iteration is set out under 5 themes:

First theme – Professional Framework – comprising 12 elements for Category A, covering professional self and practice management categorized into 12 items, plus 2 additional items for Category B, and 1 for C, relating to operating within the profession at a higher mentoring and professional representative level

Second theme – Assessment – comprising 10 elements for Category A, relating to evaluation and decision-making re suitability for therapy, and therapeutic management during therapy, including issues of suicide and self-harm and also including a specific element of understanding of prescribed drug dependency which is described as “aspirational”, that is, not already included in all the trainings studied but recommended by a government guidance, plus 4 additional elements for Category B, and 2 for Category C, which relate to handling more severe levels of client problems.

Third theme – Relationship - comprising 16 elements for Category A, covering self-awareness, sociality and awareness of professional requirements in the conduct of the therapeutic relationship, plus 6 additional elements for Category B and 2 for Category C, covering more complex issues in therapeutic relationship. One specifically mentioned in Category B+ only is the element of “unconscious” or “out of awareness” processing, which does not seem to be considered essential for Category A.

Fourth theme – Knowledge and Skills – comprising 13 elements for Category A, covering essentially theoretical framework both that which the therapist is working within and meta theory common to the profession, and how to operationalize these to accomplish therapeutic goals and manage therapeutic relationship, including specific reference to methods of dealing with suicidal and self-harming clients, with 7 additional elements for Category B and 5 for Category C, covering further meta-theoretical and critical functions.

Fifth theme – Self-awareness and Reflection – comprising 6 elements for Category A, covering ongoing self-monitoring and self-awareness, including fitness to practice and use of supervision, with additional 4 elements for Category B and 1 for Category C, covering “unconscious” or “out of awareness” issues, issues of work with great emotional intensity and meta-theoretical critical ability.

*You may wish to view the discussion about what might constitute a basic syllabus for PCP worldwide on pcpa.boards.net (you have to sign yourself in first)

PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2020>>

PCP Coventry Quarterly Study Days Programme 2020

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"With the continuing uncertainty regarding face to face meeting, this course is going to take the form of an interactive Zoom presentation with a small number of participants.  The date is to be settled by mutual arrangement.

Anyone wishing to be involved are asked to write to Dennis at pcp.assn@gmail.com or ring Dennis 07469 952112

Again it is emphasised that this is a course for beginners with Rep Grid and it is not intended to deal with  the complex questions arising out of relative maths of different type of Grid, up to the minute refinements to types of measure .

Cost is voluntary gift afterwards to the PCP Association if satisified!”

A Repertory Grid Start-up day with follow - up for beginners in Rep Grid and PCP
Friday 2nd October 2020

The programme will include practical hands-on work on Grids and their relation to PCP and is for those who would like an introduction. It could even be fun

The Syllabus is suitable for those who want insight into Grids with clients, with teams, in researching and an implicit introduction to Personal Construct Psychology. Education, Healthcare, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Social Care all in view.
The day has an additional Follow–up online as part of the fun. Specifically :

Interviewing for a Grid

The why, the uses and the what-not of using Grids plus some ethics how not to be oppressive

Setting up the Grid

The how you do it, the various styles, the different ‘scoring’ methods and more

Deriving Meaning from the Grid

Non-mathematical ways and some intro to measures, how to translate them

METHODS of the Workshop

Much reference material, but the day is hands-on and a follow-up online

There is no way that an intriductory single day will accomplish detailed statistical knowledge .
For those with no knowledge of Statistics, usage of the Grid without resource to Stats will be prominent in the Programme but a little introduction will also occur.


Syracuse University London, London. Timings 9 - 5 (not too much break time)
Date: Friday 2nd October 2020; other dates to follow.


£90, refreshments [but own lunch /sandwiches]. Concessions.


Please send an email to Dennis at pcp.assn@Gmail.com or telephone 07469 952112 for further details, tutor details, payment and suggestions for pre-reading and also to register specific interests.


The 2020 EPCA Conference will be held in Barcelona. The website for Registration is www.pcp-net.org/epca-2020/registration.html Also on the site is another section with form for Submissions to present with a deadline of 28th February 2020
There is an Early Bird date of 13th March

PCP for Coaching Course fotos >>

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