Power, Rank, Diversity and Adversity: From the Personal to the Systemic
Dates: 16th & 17th June 2016
Venue: The Lantern Centre, D8
Time: 9.30 – 5.00pm
The Dynamics of Rank and Power in the Workplace
The politics of power are at the root of much human suffering, both at the personal level and in the organizations where we work. A society without rank and power differences is not possible. These differences are not in themselves bad, but the potential unconscious abuse of this power is. We know that with greater self-awareness and interpersonal skills such abuse can be minimized.
At an organizational level, power is exercised in many different ways but not always with awareness. This can leave people feeling very disempowered, unhappy and fearful in their workplace. Often there is a ‘disconnect’ between the organisation’s stated values and goals on the one hand, and the every day dynamics, interactions and practices on the other. This can be a source of huge confusion and frustration.
A key step in this self-awareness process entails finding a shared language for engaging with hot topics such as ‘power’, conflict and ‘diversity’. Without this language, it is often difficult to catch hidden power abuses or conflicts as they arise, either on a personal or political level, and to address them as positive catalysts for change. More often, experiences of conflict in organisations go into the shadow, which is unconscious and leak out in unhelpful or destructive ways.
In this workshop you will first discover ways to connect with your own inner strength or personal power, before exploring the power dynamics around you. Through experiential exercises and practical skills you will become more conscious of the often hidden strata of rank, power and diversity. With increased understanding of how power and rank are wielded, you can gradually reduce any toxic or oppressive effects, and promote an atmosphere of cooperation and co-creation in the organization. This is also the foundation for building a strong sense of team spirit that brings engagement, equality and creativity.
Who is it for?
This workshop is aimed at therapists, psychologists, people in the voluntary, community and NGO sector or anyone who wishes to understand, and gain skills in dealing with, the dynamics of power and rank in their personal lives and work settings.
Cost: €250 for 2 days (it is possible to attend one day as a stand alone). CPD certificates of attendance will be available.
The Inner Camino Workshop Series
This workshop is part of the Inner Camino Workshop Series (see www.inner-camino.com), which is a synthesis of eastern spiritual practice and western psychological principles. Sara and Jill teach how to combine the spiritual, the psychological and the political in a grounded and practical way. The series offers a simple methodology that teaches how to mindfully view our lives from an entirely different unhooked perspective. It was Einstein who proposed that in order to solve problems we need to change our consciousness from the one that created these problems in the first place. Sara and Jill help people to identify what may be blocking them from moving forward into this new consciousness. Throughout the Inner Camino Workshop series they introduce a language and practical strategies for embarking on this journey.
Sara Hollwey (Reg.Psychol.P.S.I; MIAHIP; MIACP; Dipl.PW) is a clinical psychologist running Personal & Professional Development training in the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. She has a private practice with individuals, couples, families and groups, and trains and supervises with Inner Camino curriculum.
Jill Brierley (UKCP; Dipl.PW; Accredited EMDR practitioner, ret.) worked in private practice for 20 years with individuals, couples and groups. Jill now trains and supervises students studying with the Inner Camino curriculum.
Please contact Helen O’Connell at email@example.com for further information and bookings. Closing date for bookings is 6th June