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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

ISPSO Melbourne Regional Event 29 May 2024 (live only)

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to the next Melbourne Regional meeting (Australia). Please note that this is an in-person only meeting (no online). Please find the timing and program details below.

We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible, and not later than Wednesday 22 May.

Join us for a professional development workshop to share and build on our mutual learning, followed by a collegial dinner.

WORKSHOP: 2.00 pm arrival for 2.15 - 6.30 pm
Workshop opening: 2.15 - 2.20 pm

Session 1: 2.20 - 3.35 pm
Trauma and its vicissitudes: The baby has been traumatised, Stanley Gold

This paper presentation comprises three sections:

1. Personality development with an emphasis on the Authoritarian personality
2. The influence of perinatal experience
3. The application to organisational leadership.

Session 2: 3.45 - 5.00 pm
Exploring Hybridity, Helen McKelvie, Thomas Mitchell, Cath McKinney and Seth Thomason

In the face of the widespread adoption of hybrid working a group relations conference was conducted in a hybrid format to examine the dynamics of onsite and online participation. The conference underscored the importance of navigating the liminal space, where technology, though facilitating communication, struggled to support the development of full and rich relationships.

The experience provided insights into managing hybrid workplaces, addressing issues like connectivity obstacles, staff authority, shared responsibility, and containment. The lessons from this hybrid conference offer valuable guidance for leaders, managers, consultants, and researchers grappling with the challenges of the evolving work landscape shaped by the COVID pandemic.

Session 3: 5.10 - 6.25 pm
Social Dreaming Matrix, Susan Long and Nuala Dent

This workshop will involve members experientially in a social dreaming matrix (SDM) and dream reflection dialogue (DRD). In the SDM participants are invited to share dreams and to associate to the dreams and make connections. The dreams are the focus, not the personality of the dreamer. We dream on behalf of the whole. The DRD allows participants to make sense of the matrix, perhaps formulating hypotheses about the society that is the container for the matrix - (ISPSO in Australia / the broader society as context.) The purpose is to discover the social and collective meaning coming from the dreams and to allow new thinking.

Social Dreaming is a cross-disciplinary methodology used by professionals in many disciplines including social science, psychotherapy, management, humanities, science, art and other professions dealing with people, their work and personal and occupational wellbeing. Its stance is exploratory - finding ways to inform our societal understanding and our places in this.

Prof. Susan Long is primary host for the SDM and DRD. Nuala Dent will be drawing the SDM.

Workshop close: 6.25 - 6.30 pm

DINNER: 6.30 pm arrival for 7.00 pm start

In addition to enjoying general collegiality, there will be an opportunity to continue the conversation from the workshop sessions.

Upstairs at the The Kent Hotel, 370 Rathdowne St, Carlton, Vic 3053

The Workshop is $15 for ISPSO Members and $45 for Non-Members
The Dinner is $75 for a 2-course, limited selection meal. Drinks are available to purchase at the bar.

For registration and contact details please login to the ISPSO website.
Then, Click here to view contact details and the Booking link.