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.

The Taos Institute Celebrates 25 Years of Social Construction Around the World

The institute was founded in 1993 and now, 25 years later, we continue to grow and develop the theory, practices and understanding of social construction.

4th International Congress of the International Certificate in Collaborative-Dialogic Practice

June 27-29, 2019
Location: Brno, Czech Republic

Conversations with and between practitioners in education, research, health, social sciences, psychotherapy, organizations and other topics of interest that may emerge in the conference. See the information at: www.collaborative-dialogic-practices.net/congress2019

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,  MA in Collaborative and Dialogic Practices, certificate programs and participate in online learning, dialogues and more.

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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

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What's New? International Diploma in Social Construction and Professional Practice - apply now for the September 2018 cohort. 

Virtual Relational Research Online Symposium - Join together with people from around the world online Sept. 21-28, and in online dialogues Sept. 25-26, to explore relational research practices. For all the information: Click here.

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Join In


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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