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.

Sydney-PCP-congress

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.

NYMHCA Presentations

I gave two presentations at the April 2012 convention of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA):

  1. Raskin, J. D. (2012, April). How do clients change in counseling? A constructivist view. Paper presented at the Biennial Convention of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, Albany, NY.
  2. Rust, J. P., Raskin, J. D. , & Hill, M. S. (2012, April). Problems of professional competence among counselor trainees. Paper presented at the Biennial Convention of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, Albany, NY.

NYMHCA

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.

Constructivism Lecture at TLC

I will be giving a lecture, “Constructivism and the Myth of Instructive Interaction,” at the SUNY New Paltz Teaching and Learning Center on Friday, October 21 at 11:00 AM. The lecture will address the basics of constructivist theory and constructivism’s relevance for thinking about teaching. Hope to see you there!

Here is a PDF of the PowerPoint slides for this presentation:
Constructivism and Instructive Interaction TLC

For more on constructivism, check out the website of the Constructivist Psychology Network.

Constructivist Psychology Network

PCP2011 Congress Participation

I am co-organizing the 19th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, which will be held in Boston July 18-22, 2o11.

At the congress, I am presenting a paper with graduate student Benjamin Brett: “Stigma and the Reverse Golden Section Among Counselors.”

I am also moderating a discussion panel entitled “Personal Construct Psychology, Radical Constructivism, and Social Constructionism–Points of Contact and Divergence.” The panel participants are Bill Warren, Jay Efran, and Sheila McNamee.