Vol I: An Introduction to Systems Psychodynamics: Consultancy Research and Training
Vol II: Systems Psychodynamics: Innovative Approaches to Change, Whole Systems and Complexity
Vol III: Systems Psychodynamics: Voices from the Field
In this three-volume series the authors introduce and expand on the theory and practice of systems psychodynamics – which integrates psychoanalytic thinking, open systems theory and complexity theory – in its applications to consultancy work in organisations and wider social contexts.
Multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical in nature, the systems psychodynamics paradigm develops from the understanding that no single theory or approach explains the complex nature of organisational systems. Replete with explanations of key theories, practical guidance and exercises, this book demonstrates how systems psychodynamics can be used by consultants to plan and put into action organisational changes in four main areas: change planning and management; action research and evaluation; leadership and whole systems; and professional development and next steps. In light of systems psychodynamics, rather than functioning as a leader of change processes, the role of an organisational development consultant is one of providing containment, understanding and facilitation for others to take up their leadership roles responsibly in their change processes.
With a focus on practical application in real situations, these books are invaluable for psychoanalysts, managers, policymakers, consultants and researchers in a wide range of professional and clinical settings.
Taking place at the Tavistock Institute Office, 63 Gee Street, London, UK and online via Zoom, we invite you to attend the book launch on Sunday 3rd December 10:00 - 14:00 (GMT) for a morning of readings, a conversation with the authors and discussion in small groups. Participants can attend both in-person and online, click ‘Tickets’ above to register via Eventbrite.
For 20% off Vol I and Vol II download the discount flyer to the right of this page up to 30th September 2023.
David Lawlor, PhD, MSc, DipAppl Beh, Sc, CQSW
David Lawlor is a Professional Partner at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. At the TIHR he specialises in research and consultancy. He was formerly a Consultant Social Worker at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust where he was the Head of the Social Work Discipline and member of the Senior Management Team. He was a Principal Consultant at Tavistock Consultancy. David trained in organisational consultancy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. He works as an organisational consultant and coach. He helps organisations learn and develop through training and consultancy interventions. He works with the technical and emotional challenges involved in implementing change. David has a PhD in the evaluation of Tavistock consultancy and an MSc in Human Resource Development from London South Bank University Business School.
Mannie Sher, PhD, FBAP, TQAP, AAPSW, BA (Hons.)
Mannie Sher is a Principal Consultant/Researcher in organisational development and change at the Tavistock Institute in which role he manages consultancy assignments with top teams on their leadership roles in effecting strategic change. Mannie co-leads several professional development groups, seminars and workshops. He offers executive coaching for leaders and has worked with people from industry, commercial business, family businesses, government, international agencies, universities, the armed forces, the health, social and education services, faith organisations and the arts. Mannie’s approach to organisational consultancy and group relations work focuses on producing change through a participative process of examining organisational aims, creating inter-dependent systems of work and introducing efficient operational strategies. He completed his PhD on the theory and practice of Tavistock approaches to working with organisations and society.
Are you interested in an introduction to consultancy in organisations? Launching our Reading Seminars on Organisational Consultancy and Change. 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. 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. You can find out more and how to apply here.