Mini-Conference: Role, Identity & Authority
Psychotherapists, Consultants, Managers, Coaches, Supervisors
This conference offers the opportunity of exploring, and studying unconscious influences in the here and now during the different events of the conference. The conference is constructed as a temporary learning institution and offers a unique opportunity to learn about self and organisation, about the processes taking place within an organisation and about one’s own role within that organisation.
The conference’s learning will focus on the unconscious relationships of individuals within and towards groups and organisations as well as on the relationships between groups as subsystems in global context. Personal and systemic awareness are both crucial to start to understand the interplay between these relationships.
The conference does not provide so called learning goals or learning outcomes. By providing a framework that facilitates the learning process, participants will have the space to make their own decisions about what is important for them and what they reject as irrelevant.
The learning comes from one’s experience in the here and now. The conference is, in that sense, more educational than therapeutic, although own personal issues, that may require therapy, can be touched.
The conference focuses on the central questions of role, identity and authority in consulting and managerial professions in the context of global developments. The methodology of the conference is based on experiential learning in the here and now of the conference. Except from one session of theory input, all other sessions are designed to promote learning from experience.
The opening plenary will be used to introduce the conference and reflect on the transition of entering into the conference. The closing plenary offers the opportunity to reflect on the conference as a whole. Opening and closing plenaries contain all members and all consulting staff.
Social dreaming matrix
The task of the Social Dreaming Matrix is to reflect on and associate to individual dreams, or parts of dreams, from the assumption that they are an expression of the conference system as a whole. Participants are invited to elaborate and associate on presented dreams. There will be two consultants available.
Small study group
There will be four sessions of Small Study Groups, each with an own consultant. The task is to study unconscious patterns and behaviour in the here and now of a small study system. The consultant’s task is to support this task with working hypotheses.
Large study group
The Large Study Group contains all participants with one or two consultants. The task of the large group is to study unconscious group process in the here and now of a large study system and to work with one’s fantasies, myths and beliefs and with one’s transferential and projective dynamics onto the system as a whole.
This specific learning situation provides conditions to explore one’s identity and belonging in a world of peers. Participants will have the opportunity to build subsystems based on sibling dynamics and research the impact those dynamics. The event also provides opportunities to experience and explore the inter-relatedness of these subsystems. The event starts with a plenary in which a member of the staff introduces the task, structure and boundaries of the event. Staff will be made available for consulting.
Review and application group
Review and Application Groups offer the possibility to reflect on what participants have been experiencing in the roles they have taken up in the different events during the conference, how this relates to their roles outside the conference and what learning they take from this.
Director of the conference
Servaas van Beekum, Director of ACIS, consultant to organisations and psychotherapist in private practice.
Consultants will be chosen from the following:
Joanne Abbey, Bryan Gray, Lorraine Rose and Servaas van Beekum.
Times are demanding, fearful and exciting, as a new social dynamic spreads with the expanding of social networking sites, the growth of pirate parties, the Arab spring and an increasing self-awareness of generations x, y and z. The accents on a horizontal (peer) dynamic together with a vertical (parent-child) dynamic, is highlighted by current cultural phenomena. In the consulting room we are challenged by new demands to our roles as managers, psychotherapists and consultants, putting pressure on our professional identity and the way we manage ourselves in our roles.
The primary task of the conference is “to explore and study from one’s own experience, issues of role, authority, identity and culture and as they occur and are challenged in the here and now of the conference as a whole and of its several sub-events.”