In the idiom of Tavistock practice. Approaches to public sector psychotherapy; Group relations; Organisational development and change and Board evaluation

Sher, Mannie (2012) In the idiom of Tavistock practice. Approaches to public sector psychotherapy; Group relations; Organisational development and change and Board evaluation. PhD thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of East London. Full text available

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This portfolio of published work consists of four sections that reflect my professional journey, bridging my work at the Tavistock Clinic from 1971 to 1976 - Public Sector Psychotherapy (Section 2) with my experiences at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations from 1997 to the present - Group Relations (Section 3); Organisational Development and Change (Section 4); and Board Evaluation (Section 5. The papers included in the portfolio are reflections of the important theories and approaches that have come out of both ‘Tavistock’ institutions 1 over the past 70 to 80 years - psychoanalysis (the role of thought); socio-technical systems (the interaction between people and technology in workplaces); theories of leadership, research and evaluation methodologies; participant design and greater democratisation of the workplace. This portfolio also gives me the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of my supervisors and tutors in the work – Pierre Turquet, Robert Gosling and Mary Barker at the Clinic and Eric Miller and Gordon Lawrence at the Institute. They were influential in generating the most recent theoretical idea of the Tavistock – systems psychodynamics – the confluence of the dominant framing perspective of the structural aspects of organisational systems and the psychoanalytic perspectives on individual experiences and mental processes and the experiences of unconscious group and social processes. This portfolio reflects my career of grappling with a central feature of systems psychodynamics – the existence of primitive anxieties and the mobilization of social defense systems against them. The idea of social defenses that either facilitate or impede organisational task performance was one of the Tavistock’s earliest major organisational constructs that defined the Tavistock’s approach to organisational life. This construct has underpinned my work with individuals and organisations and the publications in this portfolio were selected on the basis of illustrating that in practice. 1 Unless used with their specific descriptor titles, the use of the word “Tavistock” refers to both the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London in Collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the PhD by published work
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Groups & Organisations > Groups/Institutions/Organisations
Department/People: Research

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