A conference assisting professionals, psychotherapists, academics and managers to work effectively where there are multiple roles with sometimes conflicting interests.
Professionals acquire their training in a certain field of expertise. When they are employed, however, or take up a professional role in their field, they find themselves having to manage a variety of other roles for which they have not been trained.
Whether they work in education, at a university, a hospital or in private practice, as psychoanalysts or psychotherapists, they discover that managerial roles are also required. This means either having to fulfil managerial tasks and functions personally, without much pertinent preparation, or cooperating with a manager who is not necessarily familiar with the requirements of the professional’s role and expertise. Conflict between professional expertise, managerial tasks, and economic pressures may ensue, both within a person and between people in an organisation.
The variety and richness of academic, clinical, professional and managerial roles in large and small organisations is a rich source of tension. The ways in which different roles are taken up is also shaped by organisational systems and societal contexts and by individual temperament, personality, experience and purpose – so that each member finds his or her own personal style in relation to their given tasks and roles.
This experiential learning conference aims at helping professionals and managers to work more effectively in their multiple roles, with multiple groups and to manage conflicted interests.