Costruttivismi

Editorial

For some years now, psychologies and psychotherapies sharing a constructivist view of knowledge are becoming widespread, both internationally and nationally. Such spreading is even more manifest and meaningful considering that some perspectives can be legitimately regarded as “constructivist” even if not making direct use of such appellation. Such is the case of personal construct psychology and psychotherapy, the movement of social constructionism, cultural psychology, discursive psychology, symbolic interactionism, post-rationalist cognitive therapy, just to mention the better known and popular approaches. Furthermore, one should consider that also some recent developments of “classical” psychotherapeutic approaches, grounded in their original formulation on different epistemologies (for instance psychoanalysis, just to mention the most significant case, but also Gestalt therapy) make at present reference to constructivism.

With the precise aim of promoting the spreading of the constructivist perspective, together with some colleagues forming part of the School of Specialization in constructivist-oriented cognitive psychotherapy of CESIPc in Florence, we founded in 1997 the Italian Association of Constructivist Psychology and Psychotherapy (AIPPC), maybe the first to set itself such an aim as a goal in its statute.

Since the first year of its foundation, among the tools used by AIPPC to pursue its aim, in addition to the organization of congresses, conferences and seminars, there was a newsletter which in 2003 was named Costruttivismi (Constructivisms). Its publication, in paper format and released to members only, ceased in 2006. Now the managing committee of AIPPC believes that times are ripe for a true journal, and we chose the electronic format for the possibility it offers to reach a wider readership.

The main aim of the journal – still headed Costruttivismi in order to highlight the several expressions of psychological constructivism – is to spread the constructivist perspective in Italy, and this is why the articles will mainly be in Italian (with an abstract in English); but the journal is also open to the publication of papers in English, which will be offered in the original format and unabridged in the Italian translation. The journal is peer-rewied: the manuscripts submitted to the editorial staff will be anonymously reviewed by an expert group to assess whether they are publishable on the journal and give a feedback to the authors about possible revisions to the manuscript.

In addition to original works, published in the section “Articoli” (Articles), the journal intends to publish the Italian translation of writings of international “Protagonisti del costruttivismo” (Protagonists of constructivism). A section will be devoted to the reports of “Casi clinici” (Clinical cases) followed in psychotherapy, for which the clients concerned have given the authors the permission to publication with the guarantee of anonymity. The “Esperienze” (Experiences) in the application of the constructivist perspective in settings different from those strictly psychotherapeutic are presented in a specially provided section.

The journal will be published biannually, the subscription is free and will allow to download the articles. In order to subscribe, it is enough to register and use the password received by email.

The Scientific Committee of Costruttivismi includes some of the most important names of international and national psychological constructivism. Among the latter, many are the representatives of most of the Italian Schools of specialization in constructivist psychotherapy. Their enthusiastic welcome to our invitation to join the Committee represents for us and the whole managing committee a strong encouragement to set out on this adventure.

 

The Co-Editors of Costruttivismi
Gabriele Chiari and Lorenzo Cionini