Appendix A: Coaching aids


Repertory Grid flow chart

Repertory Grid template.

Overlay Grid template.

Appendix B: Further resources for constructivist practitioners

We are extremely grateful the PCP internet community, especially to Professor Brian R. Gaines, for their help in compiling this resource.

Internet resources for Personal Construct Psychology

You will find on the internet a wide range of resources supporting researchers and practitioners in Personal Construct Psychology, including mailing lists, calls for contributions to journals and conferences, journal contents, publication archives and conceptual grid elicitation and analysis programs.

Because these are dynamic resources, they are therefore subject to development and change. Those that we have included below tend to be relatively stable and so provide starting points for further exploration on the internet.

Websites with links to PCP resources

Jom Scheer provides and maintains an archive of web-based resources at www. This is a good starting point from which to explore what is available.

Similarly, the Internet Encyclopaedia of PCP at paedia/ is an ongoing project to provide comprehensive information on PCP.

A short biography of G. A. Kelly, with quotations from his work and further links, can be found on the George A. Kelly site at

Search tips

The search term ‘personal construct psychology’ coupled with the specific topics of interest will usually produce a number of relevant links as starting points for a search.

The abbreviations ‘PCP’ and ‘PCT’ are often used in publications but are less useful as a general search terms because the same abbreviations are used differently in many other disciplines. They can, however, be useful in searching a relevant journal, as can ‘G A Kelly’ since his 1955 book, The Psychology of Personal Constructs, is frequently cited.

For those interested in his major tool for eliciting construct systems, his conceptual grid, the best search term is ‘Repertory' Grid’.

Mailing lists

The PCP mailing list has been operating since 1994 and is frilly archived on the web. It was instigated to provide mutual support among researchers and practitioners, and welcomes newcomers with questions about PCP theoiy, applications, methodology and research design. It is accessible at lists/pcp.html

There is an associated list for discussion of computer-based tool usage in Personal Construct Psychology at

Each site provides facilities for joining and leaving the associated mailing list, together with access to archives of past mailings.


Journal-based literature is widely dispersed because Personal Construct Psychology and conceptual grid techniques are widely used in diverse disciplines and professional contexts. For instance, journals in areas such as psychology, management, education, anthropology, marketing and computing cany articles relating to Personal Construct Psychology and its applications in practice.

The primary journal is Journal of Constructivist Psychology> (formerly International Journal of Personal Construct Psychology•) upcy20/current

Personal Construct Theory & Practice Constructivist Foundations You may also find articles of interest in the following coaching publications: Oxford Brookes University publish the open access journal International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring radar/items/b6bb9783-f20a-44f6-9e07-f9bdf4437ebl/l/

The British Psychological Society publish two subscription-based coaching journals that draw from a wide range of coaching perspectives: International Coaching Psychology Review and The Coaching Psychologist member-microsites/special-group-coaching-psychology/publications

Societies and major centres

There are societies based in different geographical areas that each organise regional conferences and jointly coordinate the biennial PCP Congress.

Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN, formerly North American Personal Construct Network)

UK Personal Construct Psychology Association European Personal Construct Association (EPCA) home.html

Australasian Personal Construct Group

Other significant societies and centres

The Centre for Personal Construct Psychology The George Kelly Society

Italian Constructivist Psychology and Psychotherapy Group Italian Institute of Constructivist Psychology Societa Costmttivista Italiana (Italian Constructivist Society): www.

Facultat de Psicologia (Universitat de Barcelona),

Software and services

There are a number of generally available Repertory Grid elicitation and analysis programs. Current guides to using such techniques are: A Manual for Repertory> Grid Technique (Fransella, Bell, & Bannister, 2004); The Easy Guide to Repertory Grids (Jankowicz, 2004); Personal Construct Methodology> (Caputi, Viney, Walker, & Crittenden, 2012); Constructivist Approaches and Research Methods (Denicolo, Long, & Bradley-Cole, 2016) and this book.

Rep Plus is a suite of conceptual modelling tools developed by Dr Mildred Shaw and Dr Brian Gaines. It runs under Microsoft Windows or Apple OS X and is freely available for personal, academic, professional and commercial use. Rep Plus supports conversational elicitation, Focus, Ingrid, comparison of grids with common elements or constructs, content analysis and web-based elicitation and analysis. It is freely downloadable through https://pages.cpsc.ucalgary. ca/~gaines/repplus/

WebGrid Plus is an interactive web sendee for conceptual modelling that is included as a component of Rep Plus, and is a freely available sendee from a number of university websites. Gxdd files may be uploaded to the sender in a wide variety of formats, and the online elicitation tools may be used in research studies to elicit and collect grids from remote users.

GRIDCOR for Windows provides various analyses including Focus and correspondence analysis

RECORD (Spanish version of GRIDCOR as web sendee) at www.tecni.cad

GridSuite for Macintosh and Windows supports elicitation, Ingrid and Focus analyses, and comparison of grids based on the same elements

Idiogrid for Windows provides Ingrid, Procustes analysis and a number of other univariate and bivariate statistics and measures. It is freely downloadable at

OpenRepGrid offers a set of open source tools for grid analysis in the freeware statistical package R ( at

OpenRepGrid on Air offers the analyses as a web service at

References and suggested further reading

Caputi, P., Yiney, L. L., Walker, В. M., & Crittenden, N. (2012). Personal Construct Methodology’. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Denicolo, P., Long, T., & Bradley-Cole, K. (2016). Constructivist Approaches and Research Methods. London: Sage.

Fransella, F., Bell, R. C., & Bannister, D. (2004). Л Manual for Repertory Grid Technique. Chichester: Wiley.

Jankowicz, D. (2004). The Easy Guide to Repertoty Grids. Chichester: Wiley.

Shaw, M. L. G. (1980). On Becoming a Personal Scientist: Interactive Computer Elicitation of Personal Models of the World. London: Academic Press.

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