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The Essential Practitioner's Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology



The Essential Practitioner's Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology

Fay Fransella (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-01323-6 April 2005 312 Pages


This is a concise paperback version of the authoritative International Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology, focusing on the practical elements of that volume. Ideal for the individual practitioner, this selection of chapters covers the basic theory of personal constructs; the many skills and tools used by personal construct psychologists; its general application to psychotherapy and counselling; as well as many specific applications such as cross-cultural understanding, post-traumatic stress, children, teacher education, organizational change, nursing and family therapy.

This is an indispensable guide to theory and skills for those wishing to use the personal construct psychology approach in their practice. It will appeal to a wide range of professionals such as psychologists, teachers, psychiatrists, nurses, system engineers and managers.

About the Editor.

International Advisory Panel.

List of Contributors.



Section I: What Personal Construct Psychology Is All About.

Chapter 1: George Alexander Kelly: The Man and his Theory (Fay Fransella and Robert A. Neimeyer).

Chapter 2: The Logic of Passion (Don Bannister).

Chapter 3: The Power of a Good Theory (Sean Brophy, Fay Fransella and Nick Reed).

Section II: What Are Some of PCP’s Techniques?

Chapter 4: Some Skills and Tools for Personal Construct Users (Fay Fransella).

Chapter 5: A Range of Elicitation Methods to Suit Client and Purpose (Pam Denicolo).

Chapter 6: The Repertory Grid Technique (Richard C. Bell).

Chapter 7: Making Sense of Dependency (Beverly M. Walker).

Chapter 8: Expertise and Expert Systems: Emulating Psychological Processes (Mildred L.G. Shaw and Brian R. Gaines).

Chapter 9: From Theory to Research to Change (Fay Fransella).

Section III: How Can PCP Help Us to Understand People or Help Them to Change?

Part 1: Working with the Individual or Individuals in Small Groups.

Chapter 10: Is Treatment a Good Idea? (George A. Kelly).

Chapter 11: An Audacious Adventure: Personal Construct Counselling and Psychotherapy (Franz R. Epting, Marco Gemignani and Malcolm C. Cross).

Chapter 12: The Evidence Base for Personal Construct Psychotherapy (David Winter).

Chapter 13: Constructive Intervention with Children when Presented as Problems (Tom Ravenette).

Chapter 14: How Can We Understand One Another if We Don’t Speak the Same Language? (Devi Jankowicz).

Chapter 15: Working with Anger (Peter Cummins).

Chapter 16: An Approach to Post-Traumatic Stress (Kenneth W. Sewell).

Chapter 17.1: Nursing (Julie M. Ellis, Jacqui Costigan and Julie Watkinson).

Chapter 17.2: Family Therapy (Harry Procter).

Chapter 17.3: The Metropolitan Police, London: A Personal Account (John Porter).

Chapter 17.4 :A Sporting Use of Personal Construct Psychology (David Savage).

Chapter 17.5: Artificial Intelligence (Jack Adams-Webber).

Part 2: Working with Large Groups of People.

Chapter 18: Construing Teaching and Teacher Education Worldwide (Maureen Pope).

Chapter 19: Making Sense of the ‘Group Mind’ (Adrian Robertson).

Chapter 20: Charting Organizational Change (Nelarine Cornelius).

Chapter 21: Clarifying Corporate Values: A Case Study (Sean Brophy).

Section IV: Where Might Personal Construct Psychology Be Going Now?

Chapter 22: Personal Construct Psychotherapy and the Constructivist Horizon (Robert A. Neimeyer and Scott A. Baldwin).

Chapter 23: New Avenues to Explore and Questions to Ask (Fay Fransella).

Appendix 1: Theoretical Definitions.

Appendix 2: Some Basic Books on Personal Construct Psychology.

Appendix 3: Internet Resources for Personal Construct Psychology (Brian R. Gaines).



"...This book certainly lived up to its title as 'essential handbook'...very readable on a recreational level, yet challenging and thought-provoking on a professional level - a refreshing experience..." (The Psychologist, November 2005)

"...very readable on a recreational level, challenging and thought-provoking on a professional level - a refreshing experience..." (Psychologist, November 05)

"…extremely readable… challenging and extensive, making it a must read for all practitioners with an interest in Personal construct psychology." (The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Summer 2007)