The monthly DiS podcast

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

This episode is an answer to a question I hear often, "How can I use PCP approach in work with children and young people?" I thought I would talk about my own approach but please remember that other practitioners will have a completely different and equally successful approach. This is one of the great benefits of PCP - there is no prescribed way, so it is about gradually working out your own way of doing things.  This means that the approach is accessible to all professionals working with children and young people. Although I am a psychologist, I hope this explanation could be useful to people of all those professions. 

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Ian is a PCP psychotherapist and a social worker who has been using a PCP approach throughout his career. He talks about his journey to date and how he uses PCP in his daily work. 

Ian’s contact details are Ian Gillman-Smith, Independent Social Work Consultant, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Social Worker 




Peggy Dalton & Gavin Dunnett (2005) A Psychology for Living ISBN 0-471-93549-2

Miller Mair (2014) Another Way of Knowing: The Poetry of Psychological Inquiry.

Winter & Reed (Eds.) (2014) Towards a Radical Redefinition of Psychology: The selected works of Miller Mair (World Library of Mental Health).

Fay Fransella (2021) Inquiring Man: The Psychology of Personal Constructs. (3rd Edition)

Sunday, January 30, 2022

This month I re-read Tom Ravenette’s paper, Who are you? A structure for exploring a ‘sense of self’ (1989) and was reminded how creative Tom was and how good he was at designing PCP techniques. This is a paper which describes his exploration process, something he developed from what he learned from his practice. So, that is the topic for today’s episode. 

A copy of the technique can be found at this link: Read it here

If you would like to get Tom Ravenette’s book, you can find out more here: Personal Construct Theory in Educational Psychology.