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  • Constructivism, Reality, and Psychotherapy with Kjell Rudestan, Ph.D.

Constructivism, Reality, and Psychotherapy with Kjell Rudestan, Ph.D.

  • 07 Apr 2017
  • 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Home of Dr. Dean Given
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This salon will describe constructivism as an integrative meta-theory for conceptualizing psychotherapy.  Constructivist thinking, with its focus on multiple social realities, has infused many schools of psychotherapy, including experiential therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychoanalysis.  But what are the full implications of a post-modern constructivist epistemology on understanding the goals and process of psychotherapy? Through lecture and discussion, I plan to take my colleagues down this path, leading to several specific clinical interventions that may empower our work with clients.


Learning Objectives:

1. Summarize the differences between a constructivist and an objectivist philosophical orientation to conducting psychotherapy;

2. Describe the nature of a client “problem” from a constructivist perspective;

3. Discuss several specific constructivist interventions that cut across multiple theoretical orientations


Gergen, K. J. (2015).  Toward a relational humanism.  Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 54, 149-165.


Leitner, L. (2001).  Experiential personal construct therapeutic artistry: The therapeutic relationship and the timing of interventions.  The Humanistic Psychologist, 29 (103), 98-113.


Lieb, R. J., & Kanofsky, S. (2003).  Toward a constructivist control mastery theory: An integration with narrative therapy.  Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 40 (3), 187-202.

Neimeyer, R. A. (2009).  Constructivist psychotherapy.  New York: Routledge.  A short (150 pages) paperback summary of constructivist theory and technique in psychotherapy

CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


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