Linking Field Theory to Systems Psychodynamics: Enhancing Organizational Diagnosis

This course, which will be taught via Zoom, has two goals: (1) Link key aspects of field theory/intersubjective processes to critical concepts of systems psychodynamics; (2) Apply that expanded knowledge base to think together about actual organizational quandaries and challenges participants are confronting in their work environments. Each participant will be asked to prepare a written confidential case of no more than five pages to be distributed to class members in advance of the discussion.

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10 Sessions: Wednesdays, Oct. 21, 28, 2020; Nov. 4, 18, 2020; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2020; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 2021; Snow Date: Jan. 27, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  
Schedule: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Discussion of
theoretical concepts; 7:30pm - 8:30 pm Presentation and discussion of an actual organizational dilemma; 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Learning from Experience - Reflections on Group Process
 
All courses will take place online until further notice. 
 
Linking Field Theory to Systems Psychodynamics: Enhancing Organizational Diagnosis
 
This course, which will be taught via Zoom, has two goals: (1) Link key aspects of field theory/intersubjective processes to critical concepts of systems psychodynamics; (2) Apply that expanded knowledge base to think together about actual organizational quandaries and challenges participants are confronting in their work environments. Each participant will be asked to prepare a written confidential 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 and field theory perspectives and in considering potential courses of action. Participants in the course must have some demonstrated knowledge of group relations/systems psychodynamics, either through participation in a previous class at BPSI, a similar course of study elsewhere, or participation in a group relations conference.
 
 
To complement the learning in this seminar and to provide a rich experiential component, we strongly recommend that participants also enroll in this on-line weekend workshop.*
Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems and the Austen Riggs Center
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 to Sunday, November 8, 2020
To register for the workshop, click here or visit www.csgss.org/events/
*Note that seminar participants will receive a $100 discount in the workshop registration fee.
 
 
Instructors
 
James Barron, PhD
Chair, BPSI Board of Trustees; Faculty; Chair, Section of the Psychoanalyst in the Community, Department of Psychoanalytic Education, American Psychoanalytic Association; Former faculty, The Levinson Institute for Executive Education, and Director of Executive Education for Innosight (focusing on disruptive innovation); Private practice, psychoanalysis and organizational consultation in Brookline, MA.
 
Harry Spence, JD
Trustee Member, Faculty in the Explorations in Mind Program, 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.
 
This course is open to participants from multiple disciplines including scholars, clinicians, management consultants, and organizational leaders and practitioners. 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 obstacles to effective organization functioning.
  2. Demonstrate the utility of field theory in the diagnosis of organizational case presentations.
  3. Analyze the dynamics of work groups and basic assumption groups in the organizational context.
  4. Compare procedures and practices that function as adaptive social defenses facilitating on-task behavior and those social defenses that are destructive and lead to avoidant off-task behavior.
  5. Analyze race and gender dynamics in your assessment of organizational dilemmas.
  6. Describe how boundaries, authority, roles, and tasks interact in the formulation of their organizational diagnosis.
  7. Describe the concept of the dynamic field and its relevance to organizational diagnosis.
  8. Compare the concept of shared unconscious phantasy to the concept of basic assumption groups.
  9. Discuss the field theory concepts of bulwarks and bastions in relation to roadblocks and impasses in the organizational environment.
  10. Describe how the lack of a sufficiently containing environment in the work setting can contribute to off-task behavior.
 
 
 
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $300 Early Bird (Use code: EB2020FTSP); $375 Regular (through Sep. 30, 2020)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.
 
 
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 (cnathan@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to www.bpsi.org, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program Administrator
Stephanie Cavanaugh: scavanaugh@bpsi.org
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org
Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com
 
 
 
Continuing Education 
 
Physicians: 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 20 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 20 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 credits has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please note: 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-Cardoso at dbrydon@bpsi.org. 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; office@bpsi.org; 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 to or administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.
 
 

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