Strength and vulnerability: exploring authenticity and risk in contemporary organisational life

Conference overview

Conference Director: Lydia Hartland-Rowe

This conference, which includes a members’ group and a training group, is primarily provided for those working, studying and training at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Applications for the members' conference will be open early in the Autumn and for the Training Group in late August.

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This conference offers its members and staff the opportunity to come together and learn about the complex processes that go on ‘under the surface’ in organisational life.  As an organisation that promotes deeper understanding of the significance of the early dyad and the family system, the Tavistock also aims, through Group Relations Conferences, to provide an opportunity for experiencing and learning the passions, problems and possibilities of ‘grown-up’ organisational life.

This is not a conference with papers, presentations, experts and an audience. Instead, it is an entirely interactive environment, where conference members and staff together form a ‘temporary organisation’ - and the only job for that organisation to do is to try and notice the processes at work within it, and to gain some understanding about what fuels those processes. Understanding will be informed by psychoanalysis and open systems theory – and by the multiplicity of models for understanding brought by the membership and staff groups.

Membership is open to students on Tavistock long programmes, and to a number of Tavistock staff members. External membership may be possible once student places have been taken up.

There will be a Training Group of up to 10 members, which is open to those (whether or not internal to the Trust) with group relations experience. Training group members are required to have been on at least one group relations event, and have some relevant interest in understanding groups, in order to qualify and gain the most from this conference.

Monday 17 December
Tuesday 18 December
Wednesday 19 December
Thursday 20 December
Friday 21 December


The training group timings may be extended. Please see full application form for details of timings.

 

Please note that participants are required to attend all events in full throughout the duration of the conference.

This conference, which includes a members’ group and a training group, is primarily provided for those working, studying and training at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Members Conference

Membership is primarily for those who work, study or train at the Trust – no previous experience is required.


Training Group

Participation in the Training Group is open to those (whether or not internal to the Trust) with group relations experience.

Training group members are required to have been on at least two group relations events, and have some relevant interest in understanding groups, in order to qualify and gain the most from this conference.

Membership is limited to ten members and applications close on Friday 10 November.

Diversity, in all its expressions, can generate curiosity and interest in each others’ experiences and perspectives – and the impacts we have on each other.  But perhaps because of those impacts, diversity of experience can also mean the taking up of self-protective positions. So authenticity means taking the risk of expressing some curiosity, rather than relying on beliefs generated by either prior individual experience, or a group belief that makes the world seem a simpler place. It means taking the risk of being oneself, but in the context of an organisational task where there is a job to do and a role to take up. 


The job of this ‘temporary organisation’ is to learn from experience about what goes on in the organization – but allowing something to go on, i.e. live human interaction, with all its wonderful uncertainty, will rely on the capacity collectively  to generate an environment that promotes authentic contact and the creative buzz of taking a risk.

Participants at the Conference 2015 reported through their anonymous evaluations on their learning, stating:

'The intense experience of being and exploring in a group. I thought that was unique and I enjoyed it very much.'


'Moments were hard, upsetting, fun, challenging but I would not change anything as the experience was so unique and a great one.'


'The conference was well structured as large and small study groups offered different experiences and interactions '

Students/Trainees: If included in course fees – No charge. Otherwise £650

Trust staff: If sponsored by Trust – No charge. Otherwise – £750

Training group £880

Lydia is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and Portfolio Manager for a group of postgraduate and doctoral programmes at the Tavisock. She was also a Cohort Director on the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MSc Programme, and has been involved in group relations in a full range of roles for over  15 years.

Type:
Conference
Location:
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BA
Date:
17 December 2018 09:00 to 21 December 2018 17:00

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