Brief intro and question-Long post

(From Dennis McCracken [950226.1715 PST]

I'm a lurking member of the list since January 1, 1995. I joined after
learning about the group from the PRYNCYB-L . Because I have for years been
thinking about PCT after reading BCP when it first came out and later
Glasser's book , (Stations--) I was curious why I had heard nothing since
then about PCT-- Or CT as I had remembered it. One of the posts on that list
was from Bill P and I wrote him an e-letter to check this out. After a
coupla exhanges Bill suggested I join this list to find out more and
introduce myself on the net. He asked me to describe what I had been doing
with CT/PCT since 1973 but to answer that question on the net.

I thought this would be simple but for good measure I ordered several
pieces of Info on PCT: Ford's intro book, Dag's papers, both of Bills
collected materials books, video tapes of the '94 conference, Robertson's
intro psych. Did some archival searches on the list in my favorite
hobby-horse areas (reality construction- a popular theme on the net, therapy
and counseling). After some excited long days and short nights and
recovering from massive reorganization ( Solipsistically I believe it was in
a positive direction) ------->

WOW! I feel like I died and went to heaven- at least went to heaven. For you
to understand why this is the case I would need to explain something about
my back ground.

I graduated in psychology UC Berkely in 1966, and MSW there too 1969. About
that time I had a little epiphany about the potential integration of
knowledge from many fields, coupled with a simultaneous (more frustrating)
awareness that many if not most academic fields were linguistically
insulated from each other. Some of you may recall that we were collectively
experiencing a socio/politco/cultural [etc] cataclysm about that time as
well. Since that time I have found myself often uttering/mumbling Rodney
King's bewildered " Why can't we just get along?" And casting intellectual
nets widely looking for answers.

I have worked in community mental health, private practice and since 1981 in
the psychiatry department of Kaiser HMO in Sacramento. Went back to school
for a PhD in clinical psychology (1989) . In addition to individual, group
and couple/family therapy, I've done a lot of teaching basic mental health
principles and relaxation/meditation to large groups -probably thousands of
folks by now- for Kaiser and my private practice. Over that time I have
become increasingly convinced that "mental health" has to break out of the
illness model and look at how people are formed by social institutions and
vice versa. I felt PCT was a breakthrough in the 70's and still is and I
can see very few people get it yet. But I'm begining to see why they don't
get it and I am beginning to see how to answer Bill's question about what I
've been doing with PCT since 1973.

This post is already too long and I plan to try to answer Bill's question
over an extended period of time by joining in discussions, asking questions
and sharing ideas. BUT, briefly I've been interested in integrating insight
from philosophy, sociology of knowledge (Berger and Luckman, Gergen)
developmental psychology (ego psychology, Kegan)
constructionism/constructivism) with clinical experience and
solutions/systemic/narrative therapy. Semi-consciously I have been looking
at the insights from those knowledge areas and submiting them to the Occam's
Razor test of translation into PCT terms--as understood with my 1970's
knowledge thereof. Iv'e been looking at the PCT literature and posts since
9501 checking out areas of interface with what I'm doing and I am glad to
find many of my "what would PCT say about that ?" questions answered.

This gets to my question:
.
On the 1994 conference tape Tom Bourbon mentions a paper integrating social
institutions and sociological issues with H PCT and spoke of a diagram on
video of this work. The published article was limited to a tabular
presention-- no diagram. I lust for both the article and the tape. HOW CAN I
GET THEM?! { sorry i'll contain myself }.

Hasta,
Dennis