Plenary Address at Personal Construct Congress

I will be giving a plenary address at the 20th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology in Sydney, Australia. The title of the address is “Beyond Relativism and ‘Anything Goes’: A PCP-based Constructivist Model of Ethical Meaning-Making.”

Summary:

Critics say that constructivism embraces an “anything goes” ethics that permits any position. I disagree.  In my understanding of constructivism, ethics is unavoidable because people are always embedded in ethical perspectives that infuse everything they do. “Anything goes” is never an option, even if what goes varies by person. This talk is divided into three parts. First, I’ll distinguish three versions of constructivism and distinguish epistemological versus ontological modes of construing. Second, I’ll summarize and counter criticisms that portray constructivism as endorsing “anything goes” relativism. Third, I’ll outline a constructivist model of ethical meaning-making.

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Additional 2012 Presentations

I have the following additional presentations coming up this summer:

  1. Raskin, J. D. (2012, July). What’s coming in DSM-5 and what does it mean for psychotherapists? Workshop to be given at the 7th Biennial International Meaning Conference, Toronto.
  2. Raskin, J. D. (2012, July). Constructing and deconstructing DSM-5: The Open Letter Committee story. Keynote to be given at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Constructivist Psychology Network, Arlington, TX.
  3. Raskin, J. D. (2012, July). Thinking, feeling, and Being Human. In S. A. McWilliams (Chair), Rue Cromwell’s “Being Human.” Symposium to be given at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Constructivist Psychology Network, Arlington, TX.

2012 Conference Presentations

I have a number of conference presentations coming up in 2012. Here is what is scheduled so far:

  1. Elkins, D. N., Farley, F., Kammens, S. R., Raskin, J. D., Robbins, B.D., & Rockwell, D. (2012, March). A most dangerous manual. Panel to be presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Pittsburgh.

  2. Raskin, J. D. (2012, March). Ernst von Glasersfeld, radical constructivism, empirically supported treatments, and psychotherapeutic change. Paper to be presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Pittsburgh.

  3. Raskin, J. D. (2012, March).  Social justice counseling: A constructivist  appraisal. Paper to be presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Pittsburgh.

  4. Raskin, J. D. (2012, April). How do clients change in counseling? A constructivist view. Paper to be presented at the Biennial Convention of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, Albany, NY.

  5. Rust, J. P., Raskin, J. D. , & Hill, M. S. (2012, April). Problems of professional competence among counselor trainees. Paper to be presented at the Biennial Convention of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, Albany, NY.

  6. Raskin, J. D. (2012, July). Constructing and deconstructing DSM-5: The Open Letter Committee story. Keynote to be given at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Constructivist Psychology Network, Arlington, TX.

19th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology

I am the program chair for the 19th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, which will be held in Boston July 19-22, 2011.

Boston

Proposals

Proposal Form in Microsoft Word
Submit completed proposals by January 20, 2011 to:pcp2011@constructivistpsych.org

In keeping with the congress theme, “Pushing the Boundaries of Constructivism: Collaborating across Theories, Applications, and Methods,” we are looking for proposals that incorporate multiple constructivist perspectives and/or reach out to multiple disciplines.

Beginning with personal construct psychology in 1955, constructivist-influenced theories have been used in multiple ways in psychology, other social sciences, and the humanities. The goal of this congress is to bring together those incorporating one or more modes of constructivist thought into research, theory, scholarship, and professional practice.

Presentations are sought that elucidate any of these areas. They can be quantitative or qualitative research projects, theoretical explications, or applied projects including but not limited to the areas of psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, group and community work. This congress will allow participants to learn more about cutting edge efforts utilizing constructivist approaches while making new connections with colleagues who share similar visions.