Change: Person, Society, Organisation
July 18 to 20  2013
The XXth International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology
Sydney, Australia

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12 June 2013

Pre-/Post-congress workshops

In conjunction with the 20th International Personal Construct Psychology Congress, we are delighted to announce two workshops presented by two luminaries in the field.

(1) The first workshop will be held in the afternoon of July 17, 2013 at the Vibe Hotel, Milsons Point (the Conference venue): Note this is a half day workshop.

(2) The second workshop will be held on July 21, 2013 at the Vibe Hotel, Milsons Point (the Conference venue): Note this is a full day workshop.

Prof Robert Neimeyer: Grief therapy over time

Personal construct psychology: an introduction
Prof David Winter

This workshop will be held in the afternoon of July 17, 2013 at the Vibe Hotel, Milsons Point (the Conference venue):  Note this is a half day workshop: 1.30 - 4.30 pm.

Full registration $A 100 To book click here
$A 75
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George Kelly’s personal construct theory is often seen as challenging and anxiety-provoking by newcomers to it because of its novel vocabulary (since it was a radical alternative to existing psychologies, Kelly could not simply borrow the familiar terms of these psychologies) and assessment techniques. This workshop will provide an introduction to the theory and its techniques for those who are unfamiliar with it or wish their knowledge of it to be refreshed. As such it will assist them to derive the maximum benefit from the subsequent congress.
The contents of the workshop may be adapted to accommodate the needs of the participants, but will include:
  • personal construct theory and its terminology
  • links with other approaches
  • personal construct assessment techniques and their analysis, e.g. self-characterisation; interview methods; repertory grid technique
  • applications of personal construct psychology, e.g. clinical; forensic; educational; organisational; social.
The workshop will include: numerous case examples; consideration of research evidence; and experiential components, such as the opportunity to practise personal construct techniques.
David Winter is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Programme Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (the only such programme in the U.K. to have an explicitly constructivist philosophy) at the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and has spent most of his working life as a clinical psychologist and personal construct psychotherapist in the British National Health Service, where he has applied personal construct psychology in clinical practice and research. His approximately 150 publications include Personal Construct Psychology in Clinical Practice (Routledge, 1992), and Personal Construct Psychotherapy (with Linda Viney: Whurr, 2005), and he is currently editing (with Nick Reed) the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology. Although his work has primarily been in the clinical field, it has by no means been limited to this area, and some of his more recent applications of personal construct psychology have concerned serial killers and mass murderers, as well as survivors of civil war in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  

Grief therapy over time
Prof Robert Neimeyer
This workshop will be held on July 21, 2013 at the Vibe Hotel, Milsons Point (the Conference venue): Note this is a full day workshop: 9.30 - 4.30 pm.

Full registration $A 270 To book click here
$A 240
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In this workshop we will examine the core case of Cara, a mother whose daughter died in utero, and was stillborn.  The workshop will feature research on parental bereavement, spiritual struggle, and disturbance of sleep and dreams, as well as attention to family systems. Techniques presented and practiced with participants will include virtual dream stories and the life imprint as a way of working on the continuing bond with the deceased.  The inclusion of video material across all six sessions allows participants to watch the progress of therapy unfold, as well as observe the integration of homework into the effort.  The workshop concludes with a study featuring qualitative coding of the entire series of six therapy sessions to reveal moments and categories of change associated with favourable outcome.
Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is a professor in the Psychotherapy Research Area of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has conducted extensive research on the topics of death, grief, loss, and suicide intervention.  Prof Neimeyer has published 25 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved; Grief and bereavement in contemporary society: Bridging research and practice, and The Art of Longing, a book of contemporary poetry. The author of nearly 400 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences. Prof Neimeyer is the Editor of two respected international journals, Death Studies and the Journal of Constructivist Psychology, and has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Distinguished Research Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis; elected Chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement; designated Psychologist of the Year by the Tennessee Psychological Association; made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association; and given the Research Recognition Award by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Most recently, he has received the Phoenix: Rising to the Service of Humanity Award by the MISS Foundation and ADEC’s Clinical Practice Award for his contributions to grief therapy.