welcome to constructivist consulting

These pages feature a selection of items from a constructivist perspective – choose your topic from the drop-down menu above. There are items on organisations, education, and constructivist practice, plus a selection of  ‘lab notes’ from ICP International Lab.

You will also find a developing library of conversations with people who are using Personal Construct Psychology and constructivist approaches in non-clinical settings – I hope you find something interesting and enjoyable here.

Your comments, ideas and elaborations will be warmly welcomed – you can join the mailing list to keep in touch with new posts, follow on Facebook, or drop me an email mary.frances@virgin.net




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Devi Jankowicz interview with Helen Jones

Devi Jankowicz has very kindly sent me a journal article in memory of our dear colleague Helen Jones.

It’s the published record of an interview he conducted with Helen when he was acting editor of Human Resource Development International in 1998, describing her extensive work on personal and organisational development in the NHS.  It came with Devi’s comment : “I can hear Helen’s voice from the tape-recording!”

We are delighted to have received permission from the publishers Taylor and Francis to share it here, and hope you will enjoy reading.

helen jones:devi jankowicz interview





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interview: ‘a vivid portrait of pcp’

Many thanks to the Italian journal of constructivist psychology ‘Rivista Italiana di Costruttivismo’ for interviewing me for their recent edition.

We talked about how I first met Personal Construct Psychology, how I work with it in education, groups, and organisations, and how I understand it in relation to other theoretical approaches. Such an interesting exploration for me – thanks to everyone at the Rivista team!

A Vivid Portrait of PCP – Interview with Mary Frances

(Although it is an Italian journal, each volume has a number of papers in English – it is free to access, you just need to register and choose a password here )


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european pcp conference 2018

The next European conference in Personal Construct Psychology will be in July 2018 in the wonderful city of Edinburgh. The conference website is now open: EPCA 2018 

The theme is ‘sociality’ and the call for papers is here



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personal construct psychology for coaching & consulting

now booking for 17-20 May 2018

This programme is designed for people working as coaches or consultants in organisations who would like to develop their understanding of Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) and explore constructivist approaches to supporting personal and professional change.

led by Mary Frances and Dorota Bourne – 3 days in Italy + online follow-up





full details here 


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icp international lab

13567491_1705975942999778_2804009192744480132_n-copyThe ICP International Lab is an exciting project from the Institute of Constructivist Psychology in Padua. The Lab is an international hub for PCP, connecting people across borders, and offering a range of development opportunities in collaboration with PCP groups and practitioners world-wide.

Our programmes are run in a beautiful historic setting in the countryside near Padua. Our pedagogic approach aims to be true to the spirit of PCP, emphasising exploration and collaboration, dialogue and conversation, critical inquiry, and practical experimentation.

You can find out more here icp international lab

and contact us at icp.lab@gmail.com


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