June 17 - 21. Galveston, Texas

An Experiential Learning Community in Postmodern / Social Construction Collaborative - Dialogue across Cultures, Contexts & Disciplines

Join us in Galveston:

Immerse in exploring postmodern/social construction collaborative-dialogue philosophy and practices. Enjoy warm hospitality and interaction with people from around the world. Learn the heart and spirit of collaborative--dialogic practices--a philosophical stance: see and experience it in action. Have ample time for conversations with colleagues with participants from around the world.


Beginning in the 70’s Harry Goolishian and Harlene Anderson invited a small group of professionals to Galveston for a week to think and work together around emerging collaborative-dialogic ideas and practices. These gatherings evolved into the International Summer Institute: a space for practitioners, researchers, scholars, and students to learn and share ideas and practices. Over the last twenty years the ISI convened in Mexico—as a bilingual event hosted by Harlene Anderson and Grupo Campos Eliseos colleagues--and grew in size and relevance within the international collaborative-dialogic community.

The International Summer Institute (ISI) is a significant contribution to these efforts. Importantly, it provides a space for practitioners to learn, share their work with others and further develop the growing international community of collaborative - dialogue practitioners.


The Institute is designed to meet the needs of participants with experience in collaborative practice and those new to it. The residential-symposium format allows for full immersion in collaborative-dialogic practices and its translation to a variety of contexts, cultures, and 'client' populations. Format: bilingual didactic presentations, live consultations, experiential exercises, dialogue spaces, conversational clusters and socials. Participants love the time for “pop-up” activities the residential-symposium provides.

Dialogue Spaces:

Dialogue Spaces (DS) are designed to provide opportunities for participants to meet in small groups with a facilitator around topics of interest. DS are organized during scheduled times and leisure time as well. Topics include research, clinical issues (i.e., children, couples, substance abuse, domestic violence, etc.), education and training, working in organizations and communities, coaching and more.

The benefit to attending the ISI:


The ISI Begins on Sunday, June 17th and concludes the evening of Thursday, June 21st with a reception and celebration of the Houston Galveston Institute’s 40th anniversary.
ISI Schedule (English)

ISI Sunday Workshops

Back by popular demand! The ISI Workshops will be held on June 17th, from 10:00am to 2:30pm, and are inclued in your ISI registration fee. Visit the ISI 2017 Sunday Workshops [Talleres (Espanol)] for more information. ISI Workshop fee for those not attending the entire ISI conference is $75 US dollars.

Registration Information for ISI


Hotel Registration Information

Tremont Hotel Registration with ISI Rates. Galveston, Texas.

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  • Taos Institute Doctoral Students: The ISI is one of the workshops for Taos Institute doctoral students. Click here for details

    Early discount - Student Rates - Limited Space
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