MEMBER HOSTED: Authority, Leadership, and Standing Up April 26-28 The Therapy Center

Authority, Leadership and Standing Up

Finding Our Footing in an Off-balance World: An Experiential Group Relations Conference in the Tavistock Tradition

The conference is designed to provide members, together with administrative staff and consultants, an opportunity to create and study a temporary institution, giving participants the chance to experience, examine, and understand systemic processes – overt and covert, conscious and unconscious –  encountered in the exercise of authority, leadership and power. The learning method is experiential, and members learn through action and reflection on their experience in the conference.  This method distinguishes this conference from other events where faculty provide didactic information for learners.

Conference Participants will have opportunities to:

  • Learn about both covert and overt group processes through participating in groups that vary in size, structure, and task.

  • Discover aspects of group life that create vitality and goal fulfillment and those, which lead to resistance, complacency, inertia, and decline.

  • Identify underlying patterns of group interaction by forming groups, establishing leadership structures, and relating with other groups and the institution as a whole.

  • Recognize personal and collective reactions to well-defined authority and clearly delineated boundaries.

  • Experiment with familiar and unfamiliar roles and with various social behaviorsincluding isolation, autonomy, affiliation, collaboration, and coalition building. 

  • Learn how varied aspects and perceptions of individual identity such as race, class, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and education level are used by groups with and without the conscious awareness of the individuals involved.

  • Understand the difference between the stated task of a group and the task it actually appears to be pursuing.

  • Deepen participant’s awareness of their own capacity and responsibility to lead or advocate in their home organizations and social contexts no matter what their formal authority roles.

  • Apply what has been learned and experienced to choices in back-home work and social contexts.

Learn more here: or read the brochure.

This conference is for anyone wanting an opportunity to learn through immediate and direct experience about group dynamics and influence, about overt and covert actions involved in the exercise of leadership, authority and power, and about standing up. No particular background or experience is necessary to participate.

  • April 26, 2019 at 6pm – April 28, 2019
  • The Therapy Center
    1581 Beacon St
    Brookline, MA 02446
    United States
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  • Linda Gelda, Associate Director for Administration