Applying Systems Psychodynamics: Enhancing Organizational Diagnosis

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8 Sessions: Wednesdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Schedule: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Discussion of theory & applications; 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Reflections on Group Process


Applying Systems Psychodynamics: Enhancing Organizational Diagnosis

This course will provide students of systems psychodynamics an opportunity to apply their knowledge to the diagnosis of actual organizational quandaries and challenges they are confronting. Each participant will be asked to prepare a single written case of no more than five pages to be distributed to class members in advance of the discussion. Faculty and class participants will collaborate with the presenter in developing the diagnosis of the organizational dilemma from systems psychodynamics perspectives and in considering effective courses of action. This course is open to students who have taken the theory course (Enhancing Leadership in Organizations) or have participated in a Group Relations Conference, or who are familiar with systems psychodynamics through other pathways. Please contact the instructors if you have questions regarding eligibility.


James Barron, PhD

Chair, Board of Trustees; Faculty, Psychoanalytic Training, Fellowship, and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI; Chair, Section of the Psychoanalyst in the Community, Dept. of Psychoanalytic Education, American Psychoanalytic Association; Former faculty, The Levinson Institute for Executive Education, and Dir. of Exec. Education for Innosight; Private practice, Brookline, MA.

Harry Spence, JD

Trustee Member, BPSI; Former Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Doctor of Education Leadership Program; Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Deputy Chancellor, New York City School System; Receiver, City of Chelsea; Receiver, Boston Housing Authority; Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Social Services; Court Administrator, Massachusetts Trial Court, and other public and private sector leadership positions; long-time staff member for group relations conferences.


Program Administrator
Lauren Lukason:
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Housman, LICSW:
Chris Lovett, PhD:



Explorations in Mind: Community Education at BPSI is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan ( or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.


This course is open to beginning and intermediate licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply systems psychodynamics theory to diagnose the barriers to more effective performance in an organization;
  2. Use systems psychodynamic theory to develop actionable strategy to address an organizational challenge which takes into account relevant aspects of authority, primary task, roles, and boundaries;
  3. Explain how the organization-in-mind influences leader-follower dynamics;
  4. Describe the importance of containment of primitive anxieties during periods of organizational change and transformation;
  5. Identify an organizational practice that serves primarily as a social defense;
  6. Analyze the impact of race and gender dynamic in a leadership team or work group;
  7. Describe the impact of authorization and de-authorization on role performance;
  8. Identify the role of countertransference experiences in differentiating basic assumption groups from work groups.
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $300 Early Bird (use code: EB2020ASP2); $375 Regular (through 12/25/2019)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

Continuing Education 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 12 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credtis has been submitted. Please contact us at or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please noe: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.
Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.


Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459;; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.





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