LINKING FIELD THEORY TO 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 facing in their personal and professional lives. We will also pay close attention to the to the social and cultural context in which those challenges are embedded. 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.

This field is required.
This field is required.


8 Sessions: Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 17; Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22,2021; Jan. 5, 12, 2022 Make-up Date(s): Jan. 19, 26, 2022
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Schedule: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Organizational Self Study: Reflections on our Group Dynamics


All courses will take place online.
Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 28, 2021

 

LINKING FIELD THEORY TO SYSTEMS PSYCHODYNAMICS: ENHANCING ORGANIZATIONAL DIAGNOSIS

This course will link field theory and systems psychodynamics perspectives, and will apply those perspectives to enhance participants’ understanding of actual organizational quandaries and challenges they are facing in their personal and professional lives. We will pay close attention to the social and cultural context in which those challenges are embedded. 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 to diagnose the organizational dilemma and consider effective courses of action. Each session will have theoretical and experiential components: there will be only one assigned reading that we will integrate into the case-based discussion, and we will reserve 30 minutes at the end of each session to share our observations and reflections of our personal experiences of our group dynamics as they relate to our primary task of learning together about organizational diagnosis.

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. If you are uncertain about your eligibility for the course, please contact Dr. Barron at office@bpsi.org.


Instructors

James Barron, PhD
Chair, BPSI Board of Trustees; Faculty, Psychoanalytic Training Program; Chair, Section of the Psychoanalyst in the Community, Department of Psychoanalytic Education, American Psychoanalytic Association; Associate Editor, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Special Issue on Psychoanalysis in the Community; Former faculty and consultant, The Levinson Institute for Executive Education; Former Director of Executive Education for Innosight, founded by HBS Professor Clayton Christensen, focusing on theories of organizational change and disruptive innovation; Private practice, psychoanalysis and organizational consultation, Brookline, MA.

 

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 the concepts of boundary, authority, role, task, and culture to diagnose the barriers to more effective performance in organizations.
  2. Identify the interaction of basic assumption group and work group attitudes and behaviors.
  3. Discuss the influence of race and gender dynamics in relation to specific organizational dilemmas.
  4. Compare social defenses that facilitate on-task behavior and social defenses that inhibit on-task behavior.
  5. Analyze the interplay of transference and countertransference in the development of an organizational impasse.
  6. Explain how “waking dreams” can lead to organizational enactments.
  7. Describe one example in which field theory (the intersubjective field of forces in a group) helps to locate your interpersonal position and valence in your work setting.
  8. Apply systems psychodynamics perspectives to design two actionable recommendations for improving performance and effectiveness in an organization.
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.

FEE:
$375 Course Fee
$300 Early Bird (available until 10/18/2021) Use Code at Checkout: EB2021SYS
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 the 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.
-Updated July 2021-

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 course offers 12 hours of CE credits for psychologists.

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.
 
 
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.