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Managing Leadership in the Psychotherapy Community
How can the psychotherapy organisations grow beyond histories of tension to grasp opportunities for creativity, community and growth?

Friday 4 November 2016

All psychotherapists have been through the experience of being a trainee within an institution, and most will have gradually become aware of the complex organisational dynamics that underpin their training programme. Those who choose to go on to play a role in the institution's governance will then have to work with the tensions arising from the delicate balance between apparently paradoxical roles in the organisation: the teacher, trainer, training therapist, committee member or manager.

Often these roles are mixed, overlapping and confused; maintaining clear boundaries, good practices and pathways of responsibility is an onerous task that demands high-calibre organisational and leadership expertise. Furthermore, people trained in such skills are rarely involved in running therapy organisations, and therapists often attempt to manage, govern and administer with a skill-set that doesn't translate to those aptitudes. Added to these specific complications, psychotherapy organisations invariably work with the intrusive impact of trauma, both from the client population and often members of the profession, creating a layer of unconscious and disruptive dynamics.

And yet, however problematic the task of running a psychotherapy organisation, there are ways in which we can get insights from organisational experts, whose very expertise is in managing these challenges. To begin this conversation with our first of a set of interdisciplinary conference-workshops, we have invited speakers that bridge both worlds to offer both an analysis of some of the challenges commonly faced, and a sense of direction in resolving these. If you are someone working in your organisation's management, wishing to re-structure your group in a more positive direction or simply curious about organisational dynamics in our professional community do come along.


Susanna Abse
Susanna Abse is a founding member of The Balint Consultancy and a consultant psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with couples and individuals as well as offering executive coaching and organisational consultancy. She was CEO of the charity, Tavistock Relationships from 2006 - 2016. She is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and serves on that organisation's Executive Board and is chair of the Future Strategy Working Group. More >>

Richard Atienza-Hawkes
Richard previously worked as a virologist, undertaking research into finding a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. He went on to focus his career on the psycho-social issues surrounding the illness. He then moved into learning and development and subsequently human-resource management. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has a Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University, Said Business School and over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in the public sector. More >>

Russ Vince
Russ Vince is Professor of Leadership and Change, Director of the Centre for Strategic Change and Leadership at the School of Management, University of Bath, and Honorary Professor of Management at the University of St Andrews. His research has focused on learning and reflection in organisations, emotions, management education, leadership development, and the psychodynamic study of organizations. More >>


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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
12:30 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End