The monthly DiS podcast

Show notes with references are below. You can listen to all the episodes on You Tube if you don't use a podcast app.

Friday, October 1, 2021

This month's episode is rather seasonal: as the new school year starts, it is about Kelly's definition of anxiety and transition.

Inquiring Man. The Psychology of Personal Constructs. Bannister and Fransella.

Ruby Tandoh Breaking Eggs Audio Guide

Monday, August 30, 2021

An interview with Abi Cohman and Cleo Timney, Trainee Educational Psychologists at Southampton University about The Children’s Exploratory Drawings (CEDS), their PCP technique to use in conversations and therapy with children and young people.  This builds upon the work of Tom Ravenette, modernising and expanding the resources so they are suited to today’s world. We also talk about the process of the developing a new technique. You can download the materials their website for free:

You can also email Abi and Cleo: 

You can come and meet Abi and Cleo at their workshop at the Coventry Constructivist Centre’s next CPD session on September 17th. It is a Zoom session and the cost is £5 to support the Zoom licence cost. Contact Sally Robbins to book a place: 

Linking back to June’s episode about understanding violent offenders, I think that the  BBC Radio 4 series Prison Break is really worth listening to: 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

As promised, this month’s episode is an interview with Cathy Sparkes, Speech and Language Therapist and PCP Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Cathy works with people with brain injury and talks about how she uses PCP in her work and the impact of brain injury on identity. Cathy offers supervision and coaching: The details for things she highlighted as useful are:

Dependency grid - Helen Jones:

Peggy Dalton’s book A Psychology for Living ISBN 0-471-93549-2

Cathy’s paper A personal construct approach to aphasia is published in Psychotherapy and Aphasia. Interventions for Emotional Wellbeing and Relationships, Eds Meredith and Yeates. 

Coventry Constructivist Centre’s CPD sessions are now available on the website. If you work with children and young people, the September one would be very interesting and if you want to know how to use PCP to help yourself, the December one is on selfcare and PCP. You can get on the mailing list for this by contacting Sally Robbins (and listen to her on this podcast in March 2021).

There are also online international Constructivist Meet Ups with videos of last year’s events that you can watch for free. Sessions are either talks with small group discussion afterwards, or workshops (the videos are of the talks or intro presentation only). The content varies in complexity and prior knowledge required. Some are what I would describe as highly technical or philosophical and some are very practical with ideas you can try out. There are a couple below that might be particularly useful and require little theoretical knowledge. If you have a dissertation or thesis to do in the next few years then watch The Extra-Ordinary Added Value of Conducting Research using Constructivist Approaches by Pam Denicolo, Marie-Louise Österlind, Shane Dowle & Kim Bradley-Cole. If you work with children and young people, then try Kelly in the Classroom: Making the Implicit Explicit by Vivienne Baumfield. 

To get onto the mailing list so you hear what is going to be on this year, you can contact Harry Procter, 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

This month’s episode is about a PCP approach to understanding violent offending. I watched a programme called Time by Jimmy McGovern on BBC TV and it got me thinking about this. I had read James Horley book some years ago and I re-read the chapter by David Winter because it made me think a great deal about the issues around it.


A credulous approach to violence and homicide by David A. Winter. Chapter 2 in Horley, J. (Ed.) (2003). Personal Construct Perspectives on Forensic Psychology. (Some cheap second hand copies are listed on Amazon UK).

 Making Sense with Offenders. Personal Constructs, Therapy and Change by Julia Houston (1998). (Watch the price on this - it is hugely expensive unless you but the secondhand copy!)

Thursday, May 27, 2021

This month I have an interview with Adele Pile, a speech and language therapist and PCP psychotherapist with many years’ experience of using PCP in her work. She talks about the value PCP has brought and the influences on her PCP journey. Adele is part of the Personal Construct Psychology Association, a UK association to promote and educate about PCP.  She works with Cathy Sparkes running a foundation course and PCP taster days through Cathy's website - You can view Adele’s profile on UKCP and email her on if you are wondering about supervision or training.