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SPECIAL EXTENSION PROGRAM – Advanced Course in Understanding Organizations and Teams through the Psychoanalytic Lens

SPECIAL EXTENSION PROGRAM – Advanced Course in Understanding Organizations and Teams through the Psychoanalytic Lens

Course Coordinator: Kas Tuters

Seminar Leader: Howard Book

Wednesday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: September 21, September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022. (6 sessions)

Fees: $360

Enrolment limited to 8 participants.
Registration Deadline: August 1, 2022
Preregistration is required.

Prerequisite: Participants should have taken the initial course 
Psychoanalysis and Organizations or by permission of the course leader.
Number of participants is limited to 8.

The intention of this course is to offer an advanced opportunity to explore unconscious processes in organizational work. Using a combination of case-study material, related readings of psychoanalytic theory, and interactive discussion, participants will experiment with taking up the ‘reflective/interpretive stance’ in their places of work and on teams.
The goal is to broaden psychoanalytically-informed consultative understandings of workplace dynamics by enhancing the capacity to think about relevant unconscious issues that may be linked to overt yet puzzling difficulties and dilemmas. The outcome of such learning experiences is to enhance the capacity to think deeply in the service of identifying, containing, and addressing these unconscious issues and by doing so accomplish workplace objectives/goals/outcomes in an effective and collaborative manner.

The primary task of this advanced course is to apply the learning from the initial course Psychoanalysis and Organizations. Each session will be divided into two portions: the first hour will be didactic and interactive, and will explore concepts from the readings listed below. The second portion of each session will be experiential and will focus on case study material regarding a dilemma from the workplace using the guide below. These puzzles may involve the participant’s role, leadership, the team function, purpose, as well as from opportunities that might emerge in “shadowing” others, and from case study material found in the literature.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate their own framework for psychoanalytically informed understanding of and ‘consultation’ or ‘intervention’ into organizational dilemmas.
  2. Develop and assess interpretations and interventions in an actual organizational context.
  3. Describe their use of “self-as-container” in transforming “beta elements” into “alpha elements” in the workplace.
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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.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2022/2023 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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