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Social Construction: Relational Theory and Transformative Practices - Fall 2019

Thu, October 31, 2019

through November 2, 2019

with Sheila McNamee, PhD and Harlene Anderson, PhD

Sheila and Harlene invite you to join them in the beautiful New England environment for an intimate workshop. Bringing their breadth of experiences together, the workshop will introduce social construction and relational practices for those new to it and will help those familiar with it deepen their understandings and practices. Additionally, focus will be on the practical application of constructionist ideas in organizations, therapy, education, and community development. We will focus on relational constructionist understandings of language and meaning making, polyvocality, transformative dialogue, and appreciative and future oriented perspectives. Participants will learn how social reality is constructed in language and the implications of this for our understandings, knowledge, and everyday practice. Participants with a background in social construction will have an opportunity to explore issues of special relevance to their projects and practices. Taos Ph.D. students are encouraged to attend, as are other interested students and professionals. Our meeting venue is the Community Church of Durham.

Hotel rooms can be booked separately at the Holiday Inn Express (information below). Please mention the “Taos Institute Workshop” when booking. Room reservations must be received by October 15, 2019. 

Come to Durham and explore the potential of social construction and relational practices in your personal and professional lives.

CE Credits available through Houston Galveston Institute.
CE Hours fee: $20.00 (payable by check or cash prior to the workshop)

Houston Galveston Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program.

Houston Galveston Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, # 102. The Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Houston Galveston Institute is pre-approved by Texas LPC, Provider #129, Texas LMFT, Provider #197; and Texas Social Work, License #2980, as a Continuing Education Provider.

Registration Fee (includes Thursday dinner reception, Friday and Saturday coffee/tea breaks (lunch & dinner is on your own Friday and Saturday):

  • Regular registration: $600
  • Student registration: $450*

*Taos Students’ registration may be covered by your tuition. Please check with Dawn Dole ([email protected]) to find out about your eligibility.


Opening Reception (dinner) and introductory session 6:00 pm Thursday, October 31

At Sheila’s home: 156 Packers Falls Road, Durham, NH

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2

At the Community Church of Durham, 17 Main Street, Durham (just across the street from the Holiday Inn Express)

To Register:

Send your name, status (student or other), contact information, and any dietary restrictions, along with a check (made out to Sheila McNamee) covering the registration fee to:

Sheila McNamee
156 Packers Falls Road
Durham, NH 03824

Hotel Accommodations

Please make your own hotel reservations before October 15.

Holiday Inn Express
Phone: 603.868.1234
Double/Single: $119.00 plus tax per night


Please remember to make your own hotel reservations by October 15 (mention “Taos Institute Workshop” when booking). Please note that hotel rooms are difficult to find at this time of year due to fall foliage tours (another great reason to come to New England to talk about Social Construction!) If you would like to share a hotel room, let us know and we will put you in contact with other workshop participants.

Flight Arrangements

You can fly into Manchester Airport (MHT) in Manchester, New Hampshire which is approximately a 50 minute drive to Durham. There is no bus or shuttle from Manchester airport to Durham but you can rent a car. You can also fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Durham. If flying to Boston, you can take the MBTA (trip planner: http://www.mbta.com) to North Station and take the Amtrak (Downeaster: http://www.amtrakdowneaster.com) to Durham. You can also take the C&J Trailways bus (http://www.ridecj.com) from Logan airport to Portsmouth, NH and take a taxi from there to Durham.

For more information contact
Sheila McNamee
Email: [email protected]


Harlene Anderson
Email: [email protected]

Download the PDF Flyer for this workshop.