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Exploring Relational Theory and Practices | Winter-2019

Mon, February 4, 2019

through March 11, 2019. 


A Taos Institute Online Course – Winter 2019

Dates: February 4 - March 11, 2019 

(A 6-Week Online Course)

Facilitators: Kenneth J. Gergen, PhD. And Mary Gergen, Ph.D.

Kenneth J. Gergen, Research Professor in Psychology, Swarthmore College; President of the Taos Institute; Internationally known author, noted for his work on social constructionist and relational theory.

Mary Gergen, Professor Emerita, Psychology & Women’s Studies; Penn State University, Brandywine; Author and editor of works in social construction, feminist theory, and arts-based inquiry.

About the course:

Relational theory now provides cutting edge ideas relevant to practices across the professions. The major theoretical shift is from the traditional focus on individuals to the relational processes that are co-produced. This 6-week online course introduces common premises and orienting ideas central to relational theory. The course consists of six modules with online conference meetings, readings, videos and online dialogues.

There will be six "live" conference calls for this course held on Mondays from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM New York time/eastern US time.

On the first call the conceptual framework of relational theory will be developed. This will be followed by five additional conference calls to explore the material from each module. During the week, participants will be asked to do the weekly reading, watch relevant videos, and connect with their inquiry partner/s for that week. Participants should plan to devote at least 5 hours each week on this course.


Weekly live calls, readings, videos, activities, learning partner conversations, online learning platform with weekly commenting.

Orientation to the platform - Monday, Jan.28.

  • Week 1 - Mon. Feb. 4 - Module 1: Relational Theory: Why Now?
  • Week 2 – Mon.  Feb. 11 - Module 2: The Mind as Relationship
  • Week 3 – Mon. Feb. 18 - Module 3: Multi-being: Ourselves with Others
  • Week 4 – Mon. Feb. 25 - Module 4: Dialogue: In Theory and Practice
  • Week 5 – Mon. Mar. 4 - Module 5: Putting Relational Theory to Work
  • Week 6 – Mon. Mar. 11 - Module 6: Relational Ethics in Action

Cost: $500.00 students, $600.00 general

Register at this link: www.taosinstitute.net/registration-relational-theory-and-practices-6-week-online-course

Required book: Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community by Kenneth J. Gergen (please read the book prior to taking this course) 

(Purchase at this link: Click here.)


50% refund for any cancellations up to four weeks before course starts. 25% refund for any cancellations up to two weeks before. No refunds after course starts.