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COURSE FIVE – Leading Teams & Organizations – Psychoanalytic Dimensions

Course FIVE - Leading Teams & Organizations – Psychoanalytic Dimensions

Course Coordinator: Kas Tuters

Seminar Leader: Barbara Williams

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 21, 28, 2019 (6 evenings)

Fees: $360

Registration Deadline: September 14, 2019
Preregistration is required.

Number of participants limited to 8.

This course offers organizational leaders, analysts, consultants, staff and researchers an opportunity to explore unconscious processes that affect and shape leadership, team dynamics, and organizational functioning. It provides participants with ways of using the self to address those aspects in their own institutions and teams that might effect and enhance task completion, role clarity, and optimal interaction. 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). The second part of the evening will be experiential and make use of the ‘small study group’ format in the Tavistock tradition. This will provide the participants a direct opportunity to experience unconscious group dynamics ‘from within’ rather than intellectually ‘from outside’.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the meetings:

  1. List common social defenses against anxiety and innovation in a variety of work-settings.
  2. Describe the interplay between “work-groups” and “basic assumption groups”.
  3. Describe the central importance of self awareness in transforming “beta elements” or “unthought knowns” into “alpha elements” or useful thoughts for thinking in the workplace.
  4. Experience the central importance of the aforementioned unconscious processes in a small group.
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Kaspars Tuters, MD, FRCP(C)

Kaspars Tuters, MD, FRCP(C), Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society. Faculty TPS&I.

Barbara Williams, EdD

Barbara Williams, EdD, Director of Bureau Kensington, a psychoanalytically oriented organizational consulting practice; holds a Doctorate in Education from University of Toronto; Member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, and Organization for Promoting Understanding of Organizations; Advisory Editor for the Journal of Organizational and Social Dynamics. Guest of the TPS.

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2019/2020 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.

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