At the opening cocktail in Padova, Davidson happened to chat with Harry Procter and David Winter, two well-known researchers in PCP. They told her they were looking for a place to host the 2017 international congress.
“My immediate reply was, ‘Do you want to come to Canada? Concordia is the best place to host this event!’”
Beginning with pre-congress workshops, this year’s ICPCP will allow participants to network with scholars, students and practitioners from groups including the George Kelly Society, the European Personal Construct Association, the Constructivist Psychology Network (North America) and the European Constructivist Training Network (ECTN). Groups from Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom are also coming to Montreal to participate.
In addition to being its first-ever visit to Quebec, the 2017 ICPCP will mark its first return to Canada in 35 years.
“This project will unite international scholars, students and practitioners who have been using PCP in interdisciplinary fields and those who are developing creative methodologies that can be associated with PCP to understand human experience,” Davidson says.
“We want to introduce students, practitioners and scholars to PCP and identify new techniques and applications that will benefit Canadian society, as well as internationally.”
Valeria Ugazio, founder of the European Institute of Systemic-relational Therapies in Milan and the University of Bergamo will deliver a keynote address — Being Diverse Within Different Family Semantics — on Friday, July 7 after the conference’s opening ceremony.
The following day, congress attendees will be invited to hear another keynote address by Davidson’s doctoral supervisor François Desjardins: From Lecturing to Lurking: A Constructionist Educator’s Guide to Online Learning.
Learn more about the 2017 International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology at Concordia, July 6 to 9. There are still a few spots left in the pre-congress workshops. To register, email the organizers.