Welcome to The Taos Institute ®

The Taos Institute ® is a community of scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value. We are a non-profit (501c3) organization committed to exploring, developing and disseminating ideas and practices that promote creative, appreciative and collaborative processes in families, communities and organizations around the world.  

Social constructionist theory and practice locates the source of meaning, value and action in the relational connection among people. It is through our social and relational processes that we construct the world. 

We achieve our educational ends through conferences, workshops, publications, a PhD program, certificate programs, distance learning programs, newsletters, and web-based offerings. We work at the interface between the scholarly community and societal practitioners from communities of mental health, social work, counseling, organizational change, education, community building, gerontology, healthcare and more.

We develop and explore the ways in which scholarly research can enrich professional practices, and practices can stimulate scholarly inquiry.

Message from the President

We invite you to view the commentary
by Kenneth Gergen...

This year we have a written message to
our members.

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Latest News

Ken Gergen receives the award of Distinguished Alumni from Duke University Graduate School

Please join us in congratulating Ken Gergen for this well deserved honor.

For the full story and an history look at his contribution to the field of psychology, see:


About The Taos Institute

Books & Publications


Taos Institute Publications offers contributions to cutting-edge theory and practice in social construction. Our books are designed for scholars, practitioners, students, and the openly curious public.

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Educational Programs


Learn about our upcoming conferences, workshops, the Ph.D. Program and certificate programs and participate in online learning, dialogues and more.

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Anne and Erin UTCC 2010 w credit

View the Taos Institute newsletter, journals, publications and books, videotapes, noteworthy dissertations, manuscripts for downloading, visual resources, and more.

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What's New

Maria Camilla with Ken and Mary

What's New? Relational Practices in Healthcare - a conference, Summer Institute - a conference, online dialogues...

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Join in our activities by signing up for our mailing list and newsletters, participate in online dialogue groups, programs, learning opportunities, and publications.

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