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Reflecting on leadership for Clinical Psychologists in challenging times: what do we need to do to build sustainable working culture

20 November 2017 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
This event is open to DCP and Leadership and Management Faculty members only. Registration is required. Please see the Pricing tab for more information.
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Dropping Anchor in a Storm

Andy Bradley, Founder Framework 4 Change, Compassionate Circles
Paul Johanson, Kindful Way

Clinical psychologists are faced with complex challenges around their relationship with leadership.  Whilst the profession has a great deal to offer in leading the way to develop sustainable and compassionate work cultures, the context of unprecedented changes and associated work dynamics both within and outside the profession require us to take a reflective stance and consider how we might do this, and the impact it may have on us. The workshop has been designed to engage, explore and encourage learning from our own experiences of leadership. More specifically, it will reference how we relate to the conscious and unconscious aspects of authority and leadership, conflict, change, compassion, and also consider what might be our contribution to sustainable work cultures.

'The greatest lever for change is the subtle shift of awareness’
Peter Senge - MIT School of Management

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Fazeley Studios,
191 Fazeley St,
B5 5SE

Event Location: 

Learning Objectives

  • Experience a safe space for reflection
  • Learn about relational practices which enable contemplation and commitment
  • Be in dialogue about clinical psychology in the context of a relational view of the healthcare system
  • Learn about and experience mindful self-compassion and related contemplative practices
  • Commit to actions which will contribute to the integration and sustainability of clinical psychology


09:00 -09:30 Networking space

Participants to bring an object, which they associate with the theme of the day. You will be asked to share it by placing it within a designated exhibition space & bring your associations with the chosen object.

09:30 - 09:40 Welcome & introductions
Dr Amra Rao, Chair DCP Leadership & Management Faculty
09:40-10:00 Meaningful Objects in relation to the context of the day - exhibition
10:00 -13:00

Dropping Anchors in a Storm – Part 1

Session 1 : Methods and Framing
Check In. A relational view. Anti-oppressive practice and liberating structures. Being held and being heard – psychological safety. Where are we now?

Session 2: Inquiry
Self-compassion – inner critic, thinking pairs, the compassionate ripple effect

Embodiment of wise and compassionate disposition

13:00 -14:00 Lunch

Dropping Anchors in a Storm – Part 2

Session 3 : Dialogue
Power and authority, compassion and resilience - leadership in Clinical Psychology

Session 4: Intention and Attention

Weathering the Storm – compassion pods. Contemplation and commitment
Legacy: leading in the new Story of Care – what could the next chapter be?

Evaluation, Check Out, Close

16;30-17:00 Closing plenary

Adrian Neal, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Employee Wellbeing Service,  Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Chair DCP Wales

Amra Rao, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Organisational Coach & Trainer, Chair, DCP Leadership & Management Faculty

Andy Bradley, Founder Framework 4 Change, Compassionate Circles

Benna Waites, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Joint Head of Psychology, Counselling and Arts Therapies, Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Who can attend?

This event is free and open to members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and Leadership and Management Faculty (DCP LM) only.


Registration information

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