Events Calendar: Constructivism & Constructionism

History of Constructivism World Congress


From SCHS Newsletter (November 2004)

Constructivism has been around for a long time.  I suspect that future constructions of its history of will reflect the fact that multiple groups were simultaneously converging on parallel themes.  On the eve of our (officially) IX World Congress on Constructivism, I thought it might be worth sharing some personal re-constructions. 

Bob Neimeyer and I organized a conference on Constructivism in Psychotherapy that took place in Memphis in 1990.  The presenters there included Mayte Miro and Guillem Feixas of Spain, Oscar Gonccalves of Portugal, Mario Reda of Italy, and Larry Leitner, George Howard, Joseph Rychlak, Greg Neimeyer, Stephanie Harter, and Robert Kegan from the USA.

Oscar Gonccalves organized a conference in Braga the following year, and Guillem Feixas and Manuel Villegas hosted a meeting in Barcelona in 1992.  The fourth constructivism conference was held in 1994 in tandem with the meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration in Buenos Aires.  It was in Buenos Aires that the idea for an international society and journal took shape.

The Society for Constructivism in the Human Sciences was formed in 1996, just prior to the fifth congress in Tenerife.  The size and scope of the meetings continued to grow.  There was broad international representation in both Siena (1998) and Geneva (2000), with increasing contributions from specializations far beyond psychotherapy and psychology.  This multidisciplinary matrix was evident in Bari, Italy, as well, which was the largest and most diverse congress to date. 

The IX World Congress in Sweden is likely to set new standards for both attendance and range of topics.

Michael. J Mahoney


Year Country Host City
1990 USA Memphis, TN
1991 Portugal Braga
1992 Spain Barcelona
1994 Argentina Buenos Aires
1996 Spain Tenerife
1998 Italy  Siena 
2000 Switzerland Geneva
2003 Italy Monopoli (Bari)
2005 Sweden Göteborg 


International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology

  • 16th International Congress (Columbus, OH, USA, 2005)
  • 15th International Congress(Huddersfield, England, July 14-18, 2003)
  • 14th International Congress (Wollongong, Australia, July 16-22, 2001) 
  • 13th International Congress (Berlin, Germany, July 26-31, 1999) 
  • 12th International Congress (Seattle, WA, USA, July 8-12, 1997) 
  • Previous International Congresses


    Constructivist Psychology Network

  • 12th Biennial Conference (San Diego, CA: July 19-23, 2006)
  • 11th Biennial Conference
  • (Memphis, TN: June 16-21, 2004)
  • 10th Biennial Conference
  • (Vancouver, BC, July 10-14, 2002) 
  • 9th Biennial Conference
  • (New Paltz, NY, July 12-16, 2000) 
  • 8th Biennial Conference
  • (Denton, TX, July 8-11, 1998) 
  • 7th Biennial Conference
  • (Banff, Canada, May 29-June 2, 1996) 
  • 6th Biennial Conference (Indianapolis, IN, July 1994)
  • 5th Biennial Conference (Seattle, WA, July 1992)
  • 4th Biennial Conference (San Antonio, TX, 1990)
  • 3rd Biennial Conference (Memphis, TN, 1988)
  • 2nd Biennial Conference (Banff, Cananda, 1986)
  • 1st Biennial Conference (Cincinnatti, OH, 1984)