Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance 2020

11/05/2020 02:00 PM - 11/08/2020 03:30 PM ET


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The Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems and The Austen Riggs Center are pleased to announce a training workshop: 

Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance 

The workshop will be conducted online.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, 3:00pm-7:15pm 

Virtual gathering space opens at 2PM

Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, 3:00pm-7:15pm

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, 10:30am-6:15pm

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, 10:30am-3:30pm

All times listed are Eastern US Standard time


Faculty: Donna Elmendorf, Dannie Kennedy, Jim Krantz

Jerry Fromm (Convener) 

Registration Fee for Consulting Participants: $450 USD

Registration Fee for Non-Consulting Participants: $400 USD


This Workshop is endorsed by the A. K. Rice Institute, 

and in partnership with The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute 


Leading from Experience 

This Workshop is designed to strengthen participants' ability to exercise leadership in a broad range of work roles through taking up a consultative stance. Building on concepts and practices from psychoanalytic and systems theories, as well as the group relations tradition, the Workshop emphasizes the value of inner experience as an important guide to advancing work in any group or organizational context.   Recognizing and speaking to thoughts, associations, feelings, fantasies and other forms of experience in relation to the purpose of the group is what we are calling the consultative stance. 


The consultative stance-whether taken up formally as a designated leader or consultant or informally as a member or participant-involves being immersed in the dynamics of a group and paying attention to what one is feeling, thinking about and reacting to.  Such experiences provide a window into what might be going on in the group just outside people's awareness.  Speaking to this experience from one's role, while checking it against the experience of others and the purpose of the group, can help the work of a group evolve, particularly as it leads to discovery of previously unseen contexts and potentially challenging dynamics. Taking a consultative stance creates an opportunity to exercise this form of leadership-leading from experience.

In the Workshop we use self-study groups with a focus on the unfolding process to provide a grounding for participants to experience and develop their capacity to adopt a consultative stance.  Participants may take up formal consultative roles in the self-study groups, followed by focused reflection with faculty, or may participate exclusively as a group member.  All participants will have the opportunity for application, in which they lead an examination of their back-home organizational dilemmas through the window of their experiences both there and in the Workshop.

Consulting roles in the self-study group are open to anyone who has either previously attended the Workshop or a group relations conference or has had an equivalent group experience. There are a limited number of consulting opportunities, and they are available on a first-to-sign-up basis. Those who choose the consultant role will be assigned to co-consulting teams, who  will then take turns consulting to the self study groups. Non-consulting participants will take up the member role in the groups and observe the reflections of consultants and faculty after each session. There is no prior  Workshop or group relations experience required for non-consulting participants.

Please contact the Workshop Administrator, Lori Schweickert at lori@lorischweickert.info for more information.



You can make payment in one of two ways: 

Full payment is due by October 15, 2020. 



Please send a letter via email to lori@lorischweickert.info, stating the reasons for your request. Letters requesting fee reductions must be received by October 1, 2020 to be considered.

Registrants from CSGSS, BPSI, AKRI and Austen Riggs will receive a $100 discount. Two or more participants from the same organization (other than these 4 organizations) will each receive a $50 discount. 



If an application is withdrawn on or before October 15, an administrative fee of $25 will be retained and the remainder of the tuition will be refunded. No refund will be issued after October 15, 2020. 


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