Course Leaders: Howard Book and Barbara Williams
The primary task of this course is the introduction to psychoanalytic perspectives on groups, organizations and leadership. Groups and the individuals in them function at both a conscious and unconscious level. The conscious tasks and goals can be derailed by powerful dynamics taking place at an unconscious level. These unconscious aspects, unrecognized and unacknowledged, risk eroding the group’s or organization’s capacity for attaining its objectives, compromising its members from achieving their professional goals, promoting the emergence of a toxic culture, and encouraging ineffectual decision making. When explored in a reflective space, these unconscious dynamics and qualities can provide an opportunity for creative and innovative encounters and outputs. Most of us as professionals are part of these settings (departments, committees, associations, etc.).
Each session will be divided into two parts: the first hour will be didactic and interactive, and will explore concepts from selected readings (e.g., Klein, Bion, Menzies, and others). This will be illustrated by work case examples.
The second part of the evening will make use of the small study group format, to provide participants a direct opportunity to experience the group process "from within" rather than intellectually "from outside".
In response to a high demand for this topic, we are offering it again, with new aspects added.
March 7 Introduction and overview
March 14 Bion’s contributions on “task groups” and “basic assumption” groups
March 21 Menzies’s contributions on social defences against anxiety and how they effect group life
April 4 Self-as-container, self-as-other in the context of group dynamics
April 11 Psychodynamic aspects of leadership
April 18 Psychoanalytic interventions when dealing with groups and organization.
After attending this course, participants should be able to:
1. recognize, understand, and address the three basic-assumption groups as they occur in the workplace
2. identify, understand, and address common social defences against anxiety in the workplace
3. understand, identify, and utilize the workplace phenomenon of “self-as-container”
Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2012/2013 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.
Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for psychiatrists, as accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and for family physicians from the College of Family Physicians, are available.
Howard Book, MD, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; past board member, International Society for the Study of Organizations; editorial board, Journal of Organizational and Social Dynamics; guest of tps&i
Barbara Williams,* EdD, University of Toronto; managing partner, Williams O’Connell Associates Inc.
* By invitation