Ethics Chapter Published

New book chapter on ethics! Read it for free online. Printable electronic copies and hard copies can be purchased from the publisher.

Raskin, J. D., & Debany, A. E. (2012). The inescapability of ethics and the impossibility of “anything goes”: A constructivist model of ethical meaning-making. In S. Cipolletta & E. Gius (Eds.), Ethics in action: Dialogue between knowledge and practice (pp. 13-32). Milan, Italy: LED. Available in PDF format

From the introductory section of the chapter:

“In our 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. After distinguishing three versions of constructivist theory, we briefly summarize and counter various criticisms that portray constructivism as endorsing an ‘anything goes’ relativism. Then we outline a constructivist model of ethical meaning-making.”

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.

Evolutionary Constructivism and Humanistic Psychology Article Published

Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical PsychologyMy article, “Evolutionary Constructivism and Humanistic Psychology,” was published in print form this week. Full reference and abstract below.

Raskin, J. D. (2012). Evolutionary constructivism and humanistic psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 32(2), 119-133. doi:  10.1037/a0025158

Abstract:

An evolutionary constructivist approach combining Donald Campbell’s selection theory (also known as evolutionary epistemology) with constructivist theories is discussed as it pertains to four issues typically associated with humanistic approaches to psychology: (a) embodiment, (b) agency, (c) human science, and (d) becoming. Ways in which selection theory informs these four issues by adding a naturalistic approach to the usual humanities-oriented emphasis of humanistic psychology are presented. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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’s Faculty Retreat

I will be giving a reprise of my October 2011 presentation, “Constructivism and the Myth of Instructive Interaction,” at the SUNY New Paltz Teaching and Learning Center faculty retreat on Wednesday, January 18 at 9:30 AM. The lecture will address the basics of constructivist theory and constructivism’s relevance for thinking about teaching.

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.