May 26th 2015, h 14.30Winter
Aula MusattiClassroom B
Department of General Psychology
Via Venezia 8, Padova

Repertory grid technique: a versatile, computer-analysed method of assessing the structure and content of a person's view of the world
Repertory grid technique is the principal assessment method derived from George Kelly's personal construct theory. It has been used in over 90% of personal construct research investigations, both quantitative and qualitative, as well as in practical applications of the theory in a wide range of settings, including clinical practice, education, and organisational consultancy. This talk will outline the technique and methods of grid analysis, including the demonstration of a software package from which can be derived indices of the structure of the person's view of the world, others that focus on its content, and measures of psychological conflict. There will be consideration of how the grid can be used not only with individuals but to explore the construct systems of couples and groups; and of how it can be administered by computer, with instant feedback of results and the possibility of a ‘therapeutic' interaction between the computer and the subject. More recent variations on Kelly's original procedure will be described, as will other personal construct assessment methods. Examples will be provided of the use of repertory grid technique and related methods in clinical practice and in a variety of research studies, ranging from my work in the English National Health Service and on serial killing to studies conducted with former child soldiers and other survivors of a brutal civil war in Africa. The talk will therefore demonstrate the adaptability of repertory grid technique to work with people across the age spectrum in numerous different contexts.

David Winter is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Programme Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, U.K., and is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of General Psychology at the University of Padova. His previous working life was spent practising as a clinical psychologist and personal construct psychotherapist in the English National Health Service. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and former Chair of its Psychotherapy Section and of the Research Committee of the UK Council for Psychotherapy; and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology and research Editor of the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling. He has published extensively in the areas of personal construct psychology and psychotherapy research, and his books include Personal Construct Psychology in Clinical Practice: Theory, research and applications, Personal Construct Psychotherapy: Advances in theory, practice and research (edited with Linda Viney), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology (forthcoming: edited with Nick Reed), and Trauma, Survival and Resilience in War Zones: The psychological impact of war in Sierra Leone and beyond (forthcoming: with Rachel Brown, Stephanie Goins, and Clare Mason).

17th - 18th May 2013Venice

Liripac via Belzoni 80 Padua
Photolangage: mediation and technique of group conduction
Prof. Cristina Marogna
University of Padua, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology

Friday, May 17th, 2013
9:00 - 9:30 Registration of participants
9:30 - 11: 00 Photolangage: A theoretical and historical landmark – C. Vacheret
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 13:00 The construction of a group device - I. Caldarelli
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Mediation as a care practice in group: main aspects of the group device – C. Vacheret
16:00 – 18:00 Group conduction techniques– C. Marogna
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
9:00 – 11:00 Mediation in the institutional life: access to setting and its variations – C. Vacheret
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 13:00 The creation of a Photolangage group: characteristics and peculiarities – C. Vacheret
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 18:00 Tools and assessment methods in group dynamics – F. Caccamo

Vacheret Claudine, Emeritus Professor, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Lyon-France).
Marogna Cristina, Researcher, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology, University of Padua.
Caccamo Floriana, PhD in Psychology, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology, University of Padua.
Ilene Caldarelli, Psychologist, Specializing in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

The conference is addressed to psychologists and psychotherapists who use the group device in their clinical and institutional practice
Maximum number of participants: 15
Registration fee: 200 EUR for psychotherapists
150 euro for Postgraduates
Payment can be made by bank transfer.
Registrations must be made within April the 29th 2013

For information contact the secretariat:
Licitra Giacoma Tel: 049-8276614 e-mail: giacoma.licitra @
Naccarato Antonella Tel: 049-8276594 e-mail:


Thursday 14th July, 2011 h 10-12
Assembly room 1 DPSS
Department of General Psychology

At first hand: how we get in touch with each other
Sabrina Cipolletta

Departing from different theoretical perspectives, like personal construct psychology, systemic theory and phenomenology, the workshop focuses on presence, understood as the acted and embodied subjectivity in the relationship, and explores its implications in terms of openness, honesty and co-responsibility in the health care relationships. Presenting some clinical examples, and analyzing some important and often unsolved questions in the medical field, we look at how this direction can lead us to move within uncertainty, which may open new and unexpected directions of movements.
Starting from the previous experience I proposed at the conference of the Costructivist Psychology Network last year, I want to step back to the basis of our movement, exploring what allows us to, or prevents us from, moving in certain directions. To do that we need to get in touch with the deeper parts of ourselves, the core constructs which govern the maintenance of our identity. This brings up the fundamental question: what is a person? What is he/she sustained on? Even if modern science defines life in terms of brain activity, our experience is that our existence is based on breathing. It is not by chance that we say of a person who died that he/she “stopped breathing” and that soul was defined by the Greeks as “breath”. For breathing we mean all those embodied processes which govern our existence, as Merleau-Ponty well expressed.
Coming back to our own breathing we can explore our personal way of standing up, which refers to our fundamental way of being. We can then observe how it changes if we change position or simply change our way of placing our weight on the floor. It is even possible to explore what happens when we get in touch with other persons by effectively touching them in different ways, different parts of the body and/or changing the rhythm. This experience may help us to discover and elaborate our personal way of being in relation: How do we get in touch? How does the other react? How do we feel when somebody else touch us?
Some other body movement experiences may be proposed and discussed in the workshop encouraging the sharing of personal experiences among the participants and exploring with them the implications in our professional practices. The aim of this workshop is to allow persons to experience at first hand, within a playful context, what getting in touch means.