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Reading Seminars on Organisational Consultancy & Change

Reading Seminars on Organisational Consultancy & Change

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


Collage William Luz

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The seminars fee is £750.

Payment details will be sent after participants have applied.

  • Application deadline 2024

    Mon 1 April

Upcoming dates for:
Reading Seminars on Organisational Consultancy and Change - Series 1

  • Series 1 2024

    Wed 20 March
    5pm — 8.30pm

  • Series 1 2024

    Wed 17 April
    5pm — 8.30pm

Upcoming dates for:
Reading Seminars on Organisational Consultancy and Change - Series 2

  • Series 2 2024

    Wed 15 May
    4pm — 7.30pm

  • Series 2 2024

    Wed 19 June
    4pm — 7.30pm

  • Series 2 2024

    Wed 17 July
    4pm — 7.30pm

  • Series 2 2024

    Wed 18 September
    4pm — 7.30pm

  • Series 2 2024

    Wed 23 October
    4pm — 7.30pm

  • Series 2 2024

    Wed 13 November
    4pm — 7.30pm

Past Dates

  • Series 1 2024

    Wed 14 February
    5pm — 8.30pm

  • Series 1 2024

    Wed 24 January
    5pm — 8.30pm

  • Series 1 2023

    Wed 20 December 2023
    5pm — 8.30pm

  • Series 1 2023

    Wed 22 November 2023
    5pm — 8.30pm

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.

Programme directors

Design: how we will work

Each series comprises 6 seminars and all seminars are held online (via Zoom), 16.00 – 19:30 UK time.

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

16.00 - 16.30 Social Dreaming Matrix (whole group)

16.30 - 18.00 Introductions and present chapter/theory (in small groups)

18.00 – 18.20 Break

18.20 - 19.20 Work presentation (in small groups)

19.20 - 19.30 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 May 2024 and ends in November 2024.


Certificate

A Tavistock Institute Certificate of Attendance will 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 join the Reading Seminars, complete the online application form. Payment details will be sent after registering. 

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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