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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, managers, staff, and consultants an opportunity to explore unconscious processes in their workplace, generate a psychoanalytic hypothesis causally linked to the workplace’s overt dilemmas, puzzles, or perplexities, and then use this hypothesis as a guide to develop a psychoanalytically-informed intervention that minimizes or resolves this quandary.

Each of the six sessions will be divided into two equal parts. The first part focuses on the literature relevant to psychoanalytic theory that explains how these “under-the-surface” psychodynamics gives rise to the overt dilemma. From there, it then moves to facilitate participants developing particular psychoanalytic intrapsychic skills that are useful in addressing, limiting, and resolving the unconscious dynamics that fuel the overt dilemma.

The second part offers one participant in each session an opportunity to put forward an issue, dilemma, or puzzlement from his/her workplace, and through a group reflection, and the group’s “here-and-now” interactions, generate a workable psychoanalytic hypothesis that may lead to a psychoanalytically-informed intervention that minimizes or resolves these unconscious dynamics.

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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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