Australasian Personal Construct Newsletter
From: Personal Construct Interest Group and
We are all looking forward to meeting you at the Brisbane conference. If you
haven’t been before you will find it very different in feel from many other conferences - very supportive and easy to get to meet everyone. If you haven’t yet registered you need to contact Barbara Tooth quickly - 07 3367 3379, [email protected].
We are also anticipating a stimulating and enjoyable visit from Greg Neimeyer.
Details of his workshops in Wollongong are enclosed. He will be repeating a one-day workshop in Brisbane. The prices are the same. Although at the moment we have an introductory workshop down for Brisbane, if, as seems likely, people wanting to do it are more experienced, Greg will adapt that workshop to suit the participants. Once again, if you want to do it in Brisbane, contact Barbara. Professional Development points from the Australian Psychological Society have been applied for for the clinical, counseling and educational boards.
Barbara has sent a timetable for key events to help people plan their comings
Greg's and Peter's workshops start at 9am on the Saturday 4th. Greg's finishes at 5pm and Peter's at 1pm. Conference Registration 5-6pm Saturday and 8-9am Sunday Conference Opening 9am Sunday and Closes Tuesday 4pm. Executive Committee meeting Saturday 6pm. Welcome drinks early Sunday evening Conference dinner Monday 7.30pm at ABOUT FACE Symposium Monday 9-10am. Daily sessions start at 9am and finish at 5.30pm Sunday, 5pm Monday and
Notice of Annual General Meeting Tuesday 7th July 9am. Bardon Conference Centre, Brisbane. 2. NOTICE OF ELECTIONS.
Nominations are called for the committee of the Personal Construct Interest Group. Office bearers required are President, Secretary, Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, plus there are two other members currently. The Secretary has indicated that she will not be standing for election. Since this is a part of the Australian Psychological Society office bearers must be full members of the society. Nominations should be sent in writing to the secretary, Barbara Tooth by 26 June. 3. CHECK OUT THIS GREAT WEBSITE Dear friends, I’d like to invite you to have a look into the First International Internet PCP Photo Album. It is at the site: http://www.med.uni-giessen.de/psychol/pcp/gallery/gallery.htm Have fun! Cheers 4. PCP EVENT: CONSTRUCTS OF OBJECTS ON THE FLOOR WITH RANULPH GLANVILLE. 3/4/97 - FROM THE VICTORIAN GROUP
Those present were: Michael Thong, Cara Jones (Ranulph's Masters student),
Chris Laming, Suzanne Kell, Vivienne Decleva, John Reid, Prasuna Reddy & me.
Apologies were received from: Richard Bell (who was heading for the EPCA
conference in Chester the next day and still writing his paper), Julie Ellis, Vikki Stott & Bernie Closs.
We changed the venue at the last minute to allow for more space and left
notices in that regard, but I hope no-one missed out through being lost.
After chatting with Ranulph for a while about the place of constructivism in
teaching architecture students, we undertook the exercise: objects on the floor. We had been asked to bring three small moveable objects which had visual appeal for us - it was fascinating to note the different prepared and unprepared choices. Then in small groups, three objects from the group's pool of objects were selected for each member to place on a chalk line on the floor with five gradations such that two objects construed as alike were placed at one end and the third, construed as different, at the other. Then that member located the other pooled group objects along the 5-point scale on the floor. The whole exercise was non-verbal. Each group member carried out this part of the exercise three times so that, despite no speaking, the others could endeavour to construe each other's constructions.
Next, the group arranged all the objects as they believed each group member
would do it and the person whose constructions were being construed by the group assented, or more often dissented, with the group's appraisal.
It was fascinating also to observe the differences between the groups. One
which comprised more practitioners was unconstrained by the line and added an orthogonal dimension whereas the other, comprised of academics, adhered to one plane. There were differences also in the levels of intensity as well as in the chosen objects: the former more intense group included a toy gun, a plastic hand and computer parts whereas the latter included pretty and personal objects, photos and parts of living plants. Eventually, the first group invaded the others, shifting their objects and inserting their own.
Of course the construing process is contingent upon the elements being
construed but undoubtedly other contingencies influenced the differential group behaviours. Ranulph noted that when the late Don Bannister did this exercise in 1979 at the 3rd PCP Congress at Nijenrode, Netherlands, Don was intensely overwhelmed when others construed his construction of his objects differently from his personal constructs.
This event was a great learning experience, my only regret being that it was
Our next meeting on a Friday in mid June at the Swinburne Centre for Psychological Services has yet to be confirmed. It will be an occasion for people presenting in Brisbane to have a test run of their papers.Anyone interested could give me a ring on 9479 5799 or send an email and I'll contact them when details of the meeting are confirmed.
???????????????????????? 5. XIIIth INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON PERSONAL CONSTRUCT PSYCHOLOGY Berlin / Germany, July 26th to 30th, 1999 THE PERSON IN SOCIETY: CHALLENGES TO A CONSTRUCTIVIST THEORY
German Personal Construct Group (Deutsche Arbeitsgruppe zur Psychologie der Persˆnlichen Konstrukte - DPPK) Department of Medical Psychology, University of Giessen, Germany First Announcement
The 13th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology is devoted to the Psychology of Personal Constructs originated by George A. Kelly and further developed by Don Bannister, Fay Fransella, Al Landfield and many others. It is the first one to be held in Germany. Personal Construct Psychology For the last 25 years, the International Congresses on Personal Construct Psychology have provided a forum for discussing the ideas presented first by George Alexander Kelly in 1955 in his groundbreaking work The Psychology of Personal Constructs. Kelly stressed the importance of the meanings that individuals attach to persons and events in the world surrounding them, and introduced Repertory Grid Technique as the prime research tool to explore these individual meanings. The Psychology of Personal Constructs was originally conceived as "a theory of personality" as the subtitle of the first volume of Kelly’s monumental work indicates. "Clinical diagnosis and psychotherapy", the subtitle of volume two, shows Kelly¥s focus in the clinical field. However, since then the range of application of the theory has transcended the boundaries of clinical psychology, and even of psychology as a whole. Cognitive science, education, architecture, nursing, social work, organisational development, sociology, even theology are among the disciplines in which the personal construct approach has proved fruitful. Kelly saw already personal constructs of the world as modified by common experiences of people and stressed the importance of "construing other
persons’ constructions". Now it is even more evident that Personal Construct Theory is a theory of "the person in society". Constructivism While in 1955 Kelly was considered very much an outsider to the mainstream of psychology, the last decade has seen the rise of a "constructivist" movement in psychology as well as in other disciplines. This move has made the personal construct approach appear quite modern - although some see it more as "postmodern". Some theoreticians even recommend the absorption of Personal Construct Psychology into or its amalgamation with contemporary constructivism, while others maintain that Personal Construct Theory by virtue of its own theoretical power and practical applicability can still provide important contributions to the "human sciences" in the broadest sense of the word. Objectives of the Congress Recent International Congresses have explored in depth the relationships of Personal Construct Psychology to other constructivist theories. We think it appropriate now to look at the challenges posed to Personal Construct Theory itself both from the outside and from within. Among the challenges from the outside are: What has PCP to offer researchers and practitioners in view of the demands of rapidly changing societies at the change of the millennium? And from the internal perspective: Is a theory that was conceived 50 years ago as such prepared to meet these challenges? Or does it need overhauling, re-definition or extension? Hopefully, the plenary debates, the symposia and the workshops to be held during the congress will help answer these questions. Format of the Congress There will be plenary sessions with invited speakers, symposia focussing on a large number of applications of Personal Construct Theory, poster sessions, and workshops where in-depth explorations of theoretical and practical aspects are facilitated. Inevitably there will be multiple concurrent sessions. To really permit more interaction and discussion there will be more time allotted to the single paper presentations than usual. Submission of Papers Participants are invited to suggest plenary presentations, papers, workshops, symposia, posters etc. The deadline for the submission of contributions will probably be in January, 1999. Organisation The congress is organised by the German Personal Construct Group (Deutsche Arbeitsgruppe zur Psychologie der Persˆnlichen Konstrukte - DPPK) and the Department of Medical Psychology at the University of Giessen whose support is gratefully acknowledged. Organising Committee * Christine Altstˆtter-Gleich, Dept. of Psychology, University of Landau
* Norbert Ammermann, Psychiatric Hospital, Lengerich * Ursula Bartholomew-G¸nther, Berlin * Ana Catina, Centre for Psychotherapy Research, Stuttgart * Rolf Deubner, Dept. of Medical Psychology, University of Giessen * Jˆrn W. Scheer, Dept. of Medical Psychology, University of Giessen (Chair) * Ulrike Willutzki, Dept. of Clinical Psychology, University of Bochum Dates The congress will begin at lunchtime on Monday, July 26th, 1999, and will end after breakfast on Saturday, July 30th, 1999. Congress Venue The congress will be a held in a Conference Centre in Berlin-Wannsee (Bildungs- und Begegnungszentrum der Gewerkschaft ÷TV). Accommodation Accommodation will be available for most participants at the congress venue itself. Other accommodation will be available near the congress site. Congress Web Site A Congress Web Site which will contain the necessary information will be accessible probably from May 1998 on. It will be attached to the Web Site of the German Personal Construct Group: http://www.med.uni-giessen.de/psychol/pcpmain.htm All inquiries about the conference should be directed to: Prof. Dr. Jˆrn W. Scheer Dept. of Medical Psychology, University of Giessen, Friedrichstrasse 36, D-35392 Giessen, Germany Phone: +49-641-99-45682 / Fax: +49-641-99-45689 email: [email protected] @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 6. TONY MINCHIN (1942-1998)
Sad news from the Western Australian PCP group. Tony Minchin died earlier this year. Many past and present psychologists at the Department of Community Services have appreciated Tony’s support for the PCP approach in assessment and therapy. During his course on child and Adolescent Therapy for the UWA Master’s Clinical degree, he arranged for Janet Bayliss, one of the PCP group, to run a workshop each year as an introduction to PCP. This continued until he retired. Consequently many students were able to obtain a working knowledge of this approach, which otherwise would not have been available. Tony will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. 77777777777777777777 7. NEWS FROM THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GROUP
The WA group recently held a Dorothy Rowe workshop on Depression.
Miriam Stein produced a summary of the day, reproduced here briefly.
• Three experiential tasks - laddering.
• Article on addictive properties of Prozac
• working with depression - images of depression
• Her model - how people get depressed
• Personal experiences (private or shared) - How do you feel when
depressed? How would you paint a picture of your feelings of
• The paradox of the theme- a thread common to all; yet as individuals,
no person’s meaning is the same as another
• challenge to a genetic theory of depression
• Her model - the view of the self - the realizqatin between what one
• three ways of construing why things go wrong - my fault; someone
• How to work to help the person out of the prison of depression - how
constructs have been built up - what we can make of life and death
In conclusion the workshop emphasised that WE ARE OUR MEANING
STRUCTURES - THE SUM OF EVERYTHING. The meaning structure
has to fall apart before change can take place. When this is imminent,
anziety, fear, hostility or anger may surface.
A lively and thoughtful discussion followed. I noted Tony Jonikis’ remark
that therapy can restart the Experience Cycle to initiate change. Also Viv
Bainbridge’s comment that althought the behaviours of two people can
look the same, they may arise from different core construct - important
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