8 Sessions: Wednesdays, Oct 23, 30, Nov 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019; Jan 8, 2020 

Mode of Participation: Option of participating remotely through Zoom or in person at BPSI

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Schedule: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Discussion of theory & applications; 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Reflections on Group Process 

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As we engage with groups and organizations in our work and personal lives, we encounter challenges and dilemmas in our individual organizational roles, and we experience varying degrees of organizational dysfunction. In this seminar, experienced group relations consultants will discuss readings and present specific cases to help us: 

  • Enhance creativity, effectiveness, and authority in our individual roles
  • Develop more satisfying links with the institutional/organizational mission
  • Contribute to improved organizational functioning.

This course is open to students who have taken the theory course (Enhancing Leadership in Organizations) or have participated in a Group Relations Conference, or who are familiar with systems psychodynamics through other pathways. Please contact the instructors if you have questions regarding eligibility.

James Barron, PhD

Chair, Board of Trustees; Faculty, Psychoanalytic Training, Fellowship, and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI; Chair, Section of the Psychoanalyst in the Community, Dept. of Psychoanalytic Education, American Psychoanalytic Association; Former faculty, The Levinson Institute for Executive Education, and Dir. of Exec. Education for Innosight; Private practice, Brookline, MA.

Harry Spence, JD

Trustee Member, BPSI; Former Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Doctor of Education Leadership Program; Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Deputy Chancellor, New York City School System; Receiver, City of Chelsea; Receiver, Boston Housing Authority; Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Social Services; Court Administrator, Massachusetts Trial Court, and other public and private sector leadership positions; long-time staff member for group relations conferences.

Program Administrator

Lauren Lukason:

Program Co-Chairs

Holly Housman, LICSW:

Chris Lovett, PhD:

This course is open to participants from multiple disciplines including scholars, clinicians, management consultants, and organizational leaders and practitioners. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss experience in role as an access point to institutional interpretation;
  2. Explain how psychodynamic developmental perspectives apply in organizational role consultation;
  3. Analyze a particular dilemma faced by leaders and what it reveals about the nature of Institutional integrity;
  4. Apply systems psychodynamics perspective to highlight two factors in the evolution of gender politics in today’s organizations;
  5. Describe salient social defenses in post-industrial and information age organizations;
  6. Describe how speaking from experience in role in a group context is a form of leadership;
  7. Analyze opportunities for, and limits to, the use of one’s authority to reach desired organizational objectives;
  8. Describe how experiences of roles in the seminar have implications for action in their organizational roles.

Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.

FEE: $300 Early Bird (use code: EB2019ASP1); $375Regular (through 10/1/2019)

The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

  • October 23, 2019 at 7pm – 9pm
  • Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    141 Herrick Rd
    Newton Centre, MA 02459
    United States
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  • Lauren Lukason