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Introducing Qualitative Grids: Construing Sibling Relationships

Harry Procter

University of Hertfordshire, UK

This workshop introduces Qualitative Grids, powerful tools for looking at the way people construe relationships in families, teams and groups. It will look at various types of QG such as the Perceiver Element Grid, Event and Situation Grids as well as Dyad and Triad Grids (Procter, 2014). As an example, we will use them to throw light on the interpersonal construing in sibling relationships, looking at the experience of the well-known Personal Construct Psychologist, Dorothy Rowe in her excellent book on siblings (2007). Participants will begin to learn to use the grids to explore their own or their clients’ experiences in their work and lives.


Harry Procter is a Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He conducted his doctoral research in the early 1970’s at the Department of Mental Health, University of Bristol, applying Personal Construct Psychology to family processes and beginning the development of a Systemic Constructivist approach to family therapy. He worked as Clinical Psychologist in Adult and then Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Somerset before retiring from the NHS in 2004. Currently, he teaches in a number of countries. He has published over 50 papers and chapters covering a variety of topics including family therapy for children and adults with mental health and learning disabilities, schizophrenia, autism, hypnotherapy, reflective practice, formulation and is currently engaged in researching the philosophical background of his approach.

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