Challenges of Reflective Practice in Groups - Are teams groups?

    Using group analysis with teams in the NHS, prisons and other organisations

    Saturday 11th April 2015- 10:00am – 4:15pm

    At: The Institute of Group Analysis 1 Daleham Gardens London NW3 5BY


    Gwen Adshead
    Marion Brown
    Christine Thornton

    Leaders and managers invite group analysts and others to run reflective practice groups or staff groups with workplace teams, especially where there have been conflicts. The NHS and other caring organisations place a special emphasis on workers’ ability to work in teams with others.
    How well does a group analytic training prepare us for understanding teams, and how team working may become fragmented or ineffective?  Are there important contextual differences between working with stranger groups and working with work teams? We can at least be certain that there is no one certain way of improving working practice and working relationships.  We pose the question: ‘Are teams groups?’, and propose that group analysis is a theoretical framework which accommodates all the perspectives we need to understand team processes, without giving primacy to any one perspective.  
    Come and explore these interesting questions with us. We aim to create a collaborative reflective space to think together about what makes an effective team intervention, and how far group analytic thinking helps us understand healthy team working, as well as breakdowns of working relationships. 
    Who should come?
    This study day is aimed at 
    •        group analysts and others working with teams, reflective practice groups and staff groups
    •        leaders and managers using or considering reflective practice groups


    09:30 – 10:00

    Registration and Coffee

    10:00 – 10:15

    Introductions – Gwen Adshead, Marion Brown, Christine Thornton

    10:15 – 11:15

    Small Groups:

    • What experiences do we bring here today?

    • What do we hope to gain?

    • What do you know about Group Analysis, how has it been useful in work, and what is missing? 

    11:15 – 11:30


    11:30 – 13:00

    Plenary discussion from small groups

    Are teams groups? – how group analysis can help us understand and work with teams – Christine Thornton

    Questions and discussion

    13:00 – 14:00


    14:00 – 15:15

    Two presentations: reflective practice in open/closed systems: hospitals and prisons – Marion Brown and Gwen Adshead

    Questions and panel discussion

    15:15 – 15:30


    15:30 – 16:15

    Large group reflection: Thoughts unuttered, feelings unexpressed

    16:15 - 16:30     


    Closing reflections


    Full fee: £95
    IGA members: £85
    IGA students: £70

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