Leading Change & Managing Group Relations

Psychological and mental health services are currently going through a huge change agenda in order to survive. There are expectations for increased productivity as well as quality demonstrated by a wide ranging performance targets. The task of leadership, during these rapidly changing  contexts, requires: 

  • management of boundary in which  leaders are connected with both inside and outside the organisation and political climate to sustain  strategic thinking
  • the understanding of system processes deliver on the primary task of an organisation/ team
  • the understanding and management of organisational anxieties and stresses that impact on system and workforce
  • the understand of what mobilises creativity for good and effective partnership and collaborative working
  • focusing on factors that  both mobilise and hinder the workforce to deliver the service delivery agenda

The workshop will focus on what hinders the mobilising of personal authority and what facilitates it to embrace the challenges of leadership & followership based on models of systemic, psychodynamic theories and group relation work. These methodologies have proven to be very effective across a range of organisational and work settings. We hope to attract the next generation of psychologists & leads to think about the meaning of the leadership role in which they are expected to take up clinical, professional, managerial and strategic leadership in multidisciplinary contexts.  

This is a two-day event. 

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:00 Workshop ends


This two-day workshop is intended for Clinicians, Managers, Psychologists and Leads.

Participants will be asked to prepare a brief introduction on their work role including reasons for attending and learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Increased understanding of change, boundary management, organizational dynamics and challenges associated with the leadership role.
  • Enhanced capacity to consider how competitive market pressures affect productivity and creativity in teams.
  • Taking up of authority to deliver effective clinical, professional and strategic leadership across a range of multi-professional and team settings.
  • Development of a framework to design, deliver  and evaluate change interventions.
  • Strategies to develop competencies to be a confident and reflective change agent.

Facilitators: Dr Amra Rao CPsychol and Dr Neelam Dosanjh

Dr Amra S Rao is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is trained in Organisational Consultancy. She has an extensive experience in clinical and consultancy to individuals, groups and organisations and has been involved in developing, leading and managing psychological services.  She leads Professional Practice Development in a NHS Foundation Trust. She teaches at the Tavistock on the Masters Programme on Psychoanalytic and System approaches to organisations. She has worked in a wide variety of educational, clinical and organizational settings in the UK and overseas. She holds a keen interest in working across diverse cultures/ systems, management of difference and setting up enabling structures for change management & organizational development. Her clinical work & consultancy approach pays particular attention to the organizational influences arising from the interplay of culture, faith & socio-political influences. 

Dr. Neelam Dosanjh is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and trained in Organisational Consultancy. She has extensive experience in developing and leading on Psychological Services. Her current role is as Head of Newham Primary Psychological Therapies and teaches at the Tavistock on the D10 Psychoanalytic and System approaches to organisations. Neelam has extensive experience in. She has a particular interest in working with teams and organisations and their management of 'difference'.

Booking information


Non-Society Member: £234 (£195 + VAT)
Society Member: £156 (£130 + VAT)
DCP Member: £114 (£95 + VAT)

From 1 January 2013:

Non-Society Member: £252 (£210 + VAT)
Society Member: £168 (£140 + VAT)
DCP Member: £120 (£100 + VAT)

How to book:

This is a two-day event. 

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

For more information about the Faculty, and how to join, please visit the DCP Leadership and Management Faculty website.

Fri, 21/06/2013 (All day) to Sat, 22/06/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 


BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Leadership and Management & BPS Learning Centre