A beginner's guide to Personal Construct Therapy with children and young people

A beginner's guide to Personal Construct Therapy with children and young people

by Heather Moran
A beginner's guide to Personal Construct Therapy with children and young people

A beginner's guide to Personal Construct Therapy with children and young people

by Heather Moran

Paperback(2nd ed.)

    Qualifies for Free Shipping
    Check Availability at Nearby Stores

Related collections and offers


This is an introduction to using a Personal Construct Therapy approach with children and young people. It will be most useful to professionals who already have some knowledge of Personal Construct Psychology and would like to know more about the practicalities of therapy. It might also be a starting point for readers who are trying to find out about therapy styles and want to see what a PCP therapist might do.
This book includes details that are not available in other texts. Heather Moran draws attention to issues around referrals, setting up for therapy and measuring progress. There is an explanation of what happens at the start, middle and end of an episode of Personal Construct Therapy. The book ends with some thoughts about how to write about the therapeutic work. Sample letters and explanations are included. There are also explanations for six Personal Construct techniques which can be used in sessions, including two newly developed and previously unpublished techniques, The Belgrade Difficult Experience Comic Strip Technique and The Super Simple Role Rating.
Heather Moran is a clinical and educational psychologist with 40 years experience of working with children, adolescents, their parents and teachers. She has delivered workshops and conference presentations about her therapeutic work and has had a number of journal publications. Her Drawing the Ideal Self technique has been used in therapy and research to explore the personal views of children and young people: www.drawingtheidealself.co.uk. Heather teaches on the Coventry Constructivist Centre's Personal Construct Psychology foundation course and is a visiting lecturer at the universities of Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781916331105
Publisher: Heather Moran
Publication date: 02/13/2020
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Heather Moran is a consultant child clinical psychologist working in the NHS in the UK. She is also an educational psychologist and a qualified teacher. She has worked with children, young people and their families, and the professionals around them for over 40 years, specialising in mental health, neurodevelopmental conditions and special needs. Heather and her husband have also been a specialist foster carers and have four adopted children.
Heather uses Personal Construct Psychology for her therapeutic work and for her work with teams and organisations. She has published her work so that other professionals can try her techniques and approaches. Her Drawing the Ideal Self technique has been used to explore a sense of self and self esteem and can be found on her website, drawingtheidealself.co.uk.

Table of Contents


Key messages

Referral issues

Practical arrangements

Deciding who to work with

Engagement in therapy

Initial conversations

Example explanations

Absence letter to teacher


Being a credible therapist

Collecting information before your first session

Baseline tools

Initial formulation

Measuring progress across sessions


Practice stems from PCP theory

The importance of finding out about core constructs

The initial phase of therapy

The middle phase of therapy


Ending therapy

The final session


A start-up tool box

Using materials


1. How to find out what a person's constructs are (eliciting constructs)

2. How to explore the detail of a construct (pyramiding)

3. How to find out how a construct is connected to that person's most important (core) constructs (laddering a construct)

4. How to explore a person's view of their own development and their personal ambitions (Drawing the
Ideal Self)
5. How to explore personal construing in relation to a small group (Perceiver Element Grid - PEG)

6. How to explore a person's construing of self in a role (Super Simple Role Rating)
7. How to explore the impact of a difficult experience on a person's sense of self (Belgrade Difficult Experience Comic Strip Technique)


Consider the implications before you write

Example letter to a young person

Example letter to a school

Example consultation summary


Continuing professional development



Further training and CPD

Drawing the Ideal Self - abridged manual

From the B&N Reads Blog

Customer Reviews