Leadership and management in the public and voluntary sectors: a systemic perspective

Course overview

In today’s changing and uncertain political and financial climate, a practical and theoretically grounded course in leadership and management skills is essential for being able to manage change and the uncertainty this brings, reshape services and maintain motivation in the workforce.

This course aims to:

  • Provide professionals, working in voluntary and public sector organisations, with a theoretical framework within which to reflect upon and prepare for the processes of leadership and management
  • Develop leadership and management skills that facilitate the effective delivery of the outcomes required
  • Develop a systemic framework and understanding of organisations with the focus on relationships, taking into account the context and cultures in which people are working and the various levels of meaning which shape our abilities to act
  • Explore the processes involved in carrying out management tasks, reflecting on participants’ own experiences and common concerns
  • Facilitate the process of applying knowledge and skills from the course to participants’ daily work via project work and consultation

The course is designed with a focus on action learning. This consists of:

1)  Two three-day modules, separated by five months, with a mixture of formal staff input, small and large groups and experiential exercises. The modules constitute an integrated package and both must be attended

Module 1: A Systemic Leadership and Management Task

a. Theoretical overview, drawing from a range of systemic ideas including a whole systems approach, coordinated management of meaning, social constructionism and narrative ideas.

b. Understanding participants’ organisations and positions within these. Participants are able to observe and reflect on ways of communicating and the range of possibilities available to them in their practice.

c. The task of leadership and different leadership styles.

Module 2: Leading and Managing Services

a. The Manager as Internal Consultant: Throughout the course participants develop skills in taking up an ‘observer position’ in relation to their own behaviour and actions and those of others.

b. The Political and Social Context and Organisational Culture: Systemic ideas are used to help make sense of the contradictions and complexities that occur in a variety of organisational cultures both within and between these and external environments.

c. Management of Change: The challenge for managers is how to manage and lead organisations that will survive but maintain their core values and identities within new contexts.

d. Application of systemic thinking via skills practice with opportunities to apply systemic ideas to work situations and receive detailed coaching and feedback.

2) Between the modules, participants will be asked to complete a project of writing up a management task or activity that they are engaged in. They will be able to consult course members and course tutors to help in this task.

This course will appeal to those who have recently taken up, or are considering senior management posts as well as existing managers who would like the opportunity to enhance their skills. 

Places are limited so early booking is advised.

Rita Harris

Rita Harris is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist, CYP IAPT Leadership and Management Programme Co-Director and Non-executive Director. She also works as a Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist in the Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care Service within the Trust. Rita teaches management and leadership skills within the public sector, is Co-Director of a CYP IAPT leadership and management course and consults to those managing these services. She has a long record of developing community services in partnership with local authorities and the voluntary sector, involving children and young people in their planning and delivery.

Wendy Lobatto

Wendy Lobatto is a Systemic Psychotherapist and Service Manager of First Step, a mental health screening and assessment service for looked after children in Haringey. She manages a multi-disciplinary staff team and manages the service contract with the local authority. She has a longstanding interest in the benefits of multi-agency working and has developed and delivered training on how to run child-focussed multi-agency meetings for vulnerable children.

Beverly Clarke

Beverly is a Systemic Psychotherapist, Organisational Consultant and Visiting Lecturer for The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Module 1                   14-16th May 2019 (9.30am - 4.30pm)

Tutor sessions           17th July 2019 (times tbc)

Module 2                   1-3rd October 2019 (9.30am - 4.30pm)

The cost of the course is £1100
The course will be held in a central London venue, tbc
Trust Certificate
Admission status:
May 2019 to October 2019
Course lead:
Karen Partridge

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