Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Department of Psychology - University of Puerto Rico
1774C San Diego St .
San Ignacio, San Juan
Puerto Rico 00927
Dr. Edgardo Morales is an academic, a psychotherapist and an organizational consultant who has practiced his art and craft for nearly thirty years in Puerto Rico , the United States and Latin America . In his work as an Associate Professor in the areas of clinical and organizational psychology at the University of Puerto Rico , he has sought to bridge the gap between scholarly reflection and professional practice, and promote an engaged dialogue between the different disciplines and viewpoints that compose the field of psychology.
As a clinician, he’s worked with individuals, couples and families in public and private settings in both the United States and Puerto Rico . His particular approach to clinical work has been deeply influenced by social constructionist thought, somatic psychology, trance work and a thirty year practice of Buddhist Meditation. It emphasizes the use of dialogue, humor, metaphor, story telling and creative improvisation as a way to deconstruct problematic narratives and co-create new alternatives and possibilities for living.
As a professional in the organizational field, Edgardo worked for three years as a manager in a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico and later founded his own consulting firm. In his consulting work he has specialized in the use collaborative and participative approaches in his work with organizations. He has used large group methodologies to help organizations face the challenge of restructuring and transforming their operating cultures. He co-led a five year project in a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico on the use of autonomous work teams as an alternative mode of organizing and has worked extensively with organizations and groups in transition, crisis and conflict.
As a researcher, Edgardo participated along with Cuban colleagues, in a three year long project on collaborative and democratic practices in Cuban and Puerto Rican Organizations. He has used qualitative methodologies to explore participant perceptions of public health services, as well as to investigate the subjective experience of non-ordinary states of consciousness and the practice of meditation.