Social Constructionist Therapies Workshop

This event aims to provide an introduction to Social Constructionism and an opportunity to learn about therapeutic approaches that map onto this, drawing on Narrative and Systemic therapies.


09:30 workshop starts

16:30 workshop ends.


Workshop description: In the morning of this day-long workshop, we will examine a brief history of systemic therapy and its relationship with post-structuralism and social constructionism (both of which will be explained during the day). We will then focus on narrative therapy, exploring its key assumptions before taking part in an exercise designed to introduce a key concept in narrative therapy -- the notion of externalisation. In the afternoon, we'll watch a short video of the narrative and family therapist Michael White having a therapeutic conversation with two adult siblings and working with a team of professionals. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To learn more about Social Constructionism as a Psychological Approach 
  • To explore various Social Constructionist approaches, such as Narrative
  • To learn about the types of therapeutic techniques involved
  • To understand the types of contexts within which to use Social Constructionist approaches.   


Dave Harper is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London (UEL) and he has worked on the UEL clinical psychology programme for eleven years. Prior to that, Dave worked in mental health services in the North West for nine years post-qualification. Dave completed a part-time PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University whilst working as a clinician in the North West. He has been influenced by systemic ideas and he works one session a week as part of a systemic consultation service in Newham. His research interests are in critical psychology and social constructionist approaches in mental health.

Booking information


  • DCP members: £20 + VAT
  • BPS members: £35 + VAT
  • Non-BPS members: £55 + VAT

(Fee includes refreshments and lunch)

The deadline for bookings is 26 August 2011.

How to book

Register online using the BPS Shop.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.


The BPS London offices.


Fri, 02/09/2011 (All day)
Contact Information: 
BPS Learning Centre, Division of Clinical Psychology's Pre-Qualification Group