Appointment as Associate at Taos Institute

I have been appointed as an associate at the Taos Institute, “a small community designed to extend social constructionist dialogues into diverse practical settings. Taos has sponsored a range of conferences, offered diverse workshops, developed a publishing wing, organized a Ph.D. program, established communication networks, and more” (Kenneth Gergen, personal communication).

I look forward to serving as an associate and engaging in dialogue about links between social constructionism and constructivism, both of which place human meaning-making at the forefront of understanding people.

Appointment as Co-Chair of Diagnostic Summit Committee

Frank Farley and Jon Raskin have been named the new co-chairs of the Society for Humanistic Psychology‘s Open Letter Committee, which is being renamed the Diagnostic Summit Committee. Dave Elkins was the previous chair. The other committee members remain the same:  Donna Rockwell, Brent Robbins, and Sarah Kamens.  Krishna Kumar is a new member of committee, while graduate student Erin Cosby is joining as a consulting member.

This is the “DSM-5 Committee” that was successful during the past year in raising concerns about the proposed DSM-5.  The committee’s petition website attracted more than 14,000 signatories and more than 50 mental health groups and organizations, as well as helping create a firestorm that was covered by major media around the world.  The revised committee will be focusing on the International Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives, tentatively planned for 2013.  Jon and Frank are chairing this summit, as well as the entire Open Letter Committee.  Representatives from all major mental health associations will be invited to the summit to discuss the feasibility of developing an alternative diagnostic system.  For more information about the summit, which is still in planning stages, please contact Frank or Jon.

Appointment to DSM-5 Open Letter Committee

Dr. Raskin has been appointed to the Society of Humanistic Psychology’s DSM-5 Open Letter Committee. This committee’s Open Letter to DSM-5 outlines concerns over proposed changes to the forthcoming version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The open letter, along with an accompanying petition, has generated a great deal of attention since being posted online in late October. More than 7225 people have signed the petition at the time of this post.

The petition is available at

The Society of Humanistic Psychology is a division of the American Psychological Association.

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.



Proposal Form in Microsoft Word
Submit completed proposals by January 20, 2011

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.