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SPECIAL EXTENSION PROGRAM – Advanced Group: Carrying Out a “Diagnostic”, and Formulating an “Intervention” for Teams & Organizations that Are “Stuck” – Psychoanalytic Dimensions

SPECIAL EXTENSION PROGRAM – Advanced Group: Carrying Out a

Course Coordinator: Kas Tuters

Seminar Leader: Howard Book

Thursday, 7:30 pm (sharp) – 10:00 pm March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 2020 (6 seminars)

Fees: $360

Enrolment limited to 8 participants.
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2020
Preregistration is required.

Prerequisite: Participants must have taken the initial course Psychoanalytic Understanding of Work Groups, Organizational Dynamics and Leadership, or they must have a higher level of knowledge and experience in Work Group dynamics.

Those who are interested in this course should contact the course facilitator Howard Book ( for more information.

Our intention is that this course offers organizational leaders, consultants, staff and researchers an opportunity to explore unconscious processes in your workplace, generate a psychoanalytic hypothesis that may be causally linked to the workplace’s overt dilemmas, and then use this psychoanalytic hypothesis as a guide to develop an intervention that minimizes or resolves the dilemma. We will also be using relevant psychoanalytic readings and theory to experiment with taking up the “reflective/interpretive” stance. Each session will be divided into two equal parts with the first part focusing on the literature relevant to psychoanalytic theory and interventions guided by that theory. The second part offers one participant an opportunity to discuss a workplace issue or dilemma from his/her workplace, and through a group discussion and interactions, for all present to generate a workable psychoanalytic hypothesis concerning unconscious forces that may be causally linked to the overt problem.

The goal for participants is to broaden your own skills as a “psychoanalytically-informed consultant” and enhance your capacity to reflect on, and access, relevant unconscious issues at your own workplace that may be linked to overt yet puzzling workplace difficulties and dilemmas. The outcome of such reflecting is to enhance your capacity to think deeply, and “under-the-surface” in the service of identifying, containing, metabolizing, and addressing these unconscious issues, with the intent of freeing up the workplace from these unconscious obstacles, so that it becomes more effective and collaborative in attaining its objectives.

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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.

Howard Book, MD, FRCP(C)

Howard Book, MD, FRCP(C), Private Practice in Psychoanalytic Organizational Consulting. Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Adjunct Professor, INSEAD School of Management, Fontainebleau, France & Singapore; Past Board Member, International Society for the Study of Organizations; Editorial Board, Journal of Organizational and Social Dynamics. Guest of the TPS.

The Overall Learning Objectives of the Extension Program

At the end of each course:

  1. Participants should have a clearer psychoanalytic perspective in their work with clients.
  2. Participants will have been guided to read current sources of psychoanalytic literature to understand the material in the course.
  3. Participants will be made more aware of different theoretical schools of psychoanalytic thinking and their application.

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.

For more information about and for registration in the tps&i Extension Programs, Scientific Meetings, Training Programs, Study and Supervision groups and Special Presentations, please visit our website: or email

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