Reading Seminars on Organisational Consultancy & Change

Reading Seminars on Organisational Consultancy & Change

An online series of 6 reflective text-based seminars...

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The seminars fee is £875.

Payment details will be sent after participants have applied.

  • Application deadline 2024

    Fri 12 July

Upcoming dates for:
Reading Seminars on Organisational Consultancy and Change - Book 3

  • Seminar 1 2024

    Wed 24 July
    3pm — 6.30pm

  • Seminar 2 2024

    Wed 4 September
    3pm — 6.30pm

  • Seminar 3 2024

    Wed 9 October
    3pm — 6.30pm

  • Seminar 4 2024

    Wed 6 November
    3pm — 6.30pm

  • Seminar 5 2024

    Wed 11 December
    3pm — 6.30pm

  • Seminar 6 2025

    Wed 8 January 2025
    3pm — 6.30pm

Are you interested in an introduction to consultancy in organisations? Join a group of practitioners to learn more about what happens between consultant/s and client organisations and expand your understanding of the philosophy, methods and techniques of consultancy.

The recently published 3 volumes on Systems Psychodynamics by Mannie Sher and David Lawlor form the basis for these Reading Seminars: on Organisational Consultancy & Change.

This series of six 3.5-hour seminars is a unique opportunity to study the fundamental concepts of Tavistock systems psychodynamics through discussions in a group setting facilitated by the two authors and Rachel Kelly.

Reasons for joining the Reading Seminars: on Organisational Consultancy & Change

The reflective Reading Seminars introduce both the newcomer and experienced consultant to the field of systems psychodynamics, organisational development and change.  The seminars offer deep and holistic learning that focuses on principles, links and meaning, and tolerance of uncertainty. Together with the two directors, participants are active explorers, in whole and small groups. The series provides opportunities to:

  • discuss the theory and real consultation dilemmas
  • examine the roles consultants are sometimes unwittingly ‘invited into’ by the client system and how to remain task-orientated (and avoid anti-task pressures)
  • problem-solve, plan and collaborate on consultation issues and dilemmas
  • present your consultative practice in your search for new ideas
  • expand your ability to work with issues of dynamics at micro, mesa and macro levels in organisational systems
  • to learn and share from our collective understandings of what happens between consultant and client system, ie the organisational transferences
  • increase your capacity for reflection 
  • be open to the emotional experience of work
  • discover the unconscious dynamics of debate, communications and behaviour in organisations that may help or hinder its work.

Who is this for?

The Reading Seminars are open to all. You may be working in a training and development context, you may work in human resources from which you provide change processes internally, or you may be self-employed as consultant, coach or mentor. You may be interested in learning more about system psychodynamics. We welcome those who are already well versed in this way of working and looking to enjoy reading the books alongside others through to those who have never encountered systems thinking before. 

Programme directors

I enjoyed the combination of social dreaming, reading and consulting exercises. I’ve been able to use the learning from these seminars in my professional work - applying systems thinking to challenges and dilemmas. 

Programme Participant, 2024

Design: how we will work

Each series comprises 6 seminars and all seminars are held online (via Zoom), 15.00 – 18:30 UK time.

Seminars build on each other and broadly follow the same pattern:

15.00 - 15.30 Social Dreaming Matrix (whole group)

15.30 - 17.00 Introductions and present chapter/theory (in small groups)

17.00 – 17.20 Break

17.20 - 18.20 Work presentation (in small groups)

18.20 - 18.30 Review (whole group)

The Reading Seminars are run on traditional Tavistock lines of self-regulation and semi-autonomous work groups as participants engage reflexively with their dreams, the theories and with examples of their practice. The Reading Seminars establish both a supportive and a challenging culture.

Our next series of seminars starts in July 2024 and ends in January 2025. This seminar series will have a specific focus on Vol III: Systems Psychodynamics: Voices from the Field.


A Tavistock Institute Certificate of Attendance can be awarded for CPD purposes.

During the programme and afterwards

Basecamp is our virtual hub where the participants of each series of seminars have their own private space for keeping in touch and continuing the learning between seminars. Basecamp also hosts the Tavistock Community, a place for alumni to meet colleagues, continue their learning, exchange ideas, develop practice, expand learning or work together, under the umbrella of Tavistock ‘thinking’.

Next steps

To apply please complete the online application form. Payment details will be sent after application.

Each cohort will be limited to 18 places.

If you have any questions and/or would like a conversation about the Reading Seminars with one of the directors, please contact Meg Davies, Professional Development Manager at: m.davies@tavinstitute.org

Get in touch

If you have any questions and/or would like a conversation with one of the directors about this programme, please fill in the form below and Meg Davies will get back to you.

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