A Reflective-Relational Workshop: Leadership and Gender-Relations

This workshop has been cancelled

This participatory workshop is intended for experienced psychologists, who lead, manage, supervise and coach, to consider complex issues brought about through gender-relations across organisations especially the Third Sector (voluntary agencies and charities) and the public sector, particularly the NHS and Social Services.
It employs a reflective-relational approach based on psychodynamic, attachment and mentalization theories to develop participants’ awareness of capacities for both forging and undermining relationships at work.

Provisional timetable

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


This course is intended for psychologists interested in developing skills related to their own leadership and management and/or their supervisory, coaching, mentoring and consultancy capacities based upon a Reflective-Relational approach. 

Delegates are asked to bring to this workshop at least one example of your own work that you feel able to explore.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

  • develop a basic understanding of the role of psychodynamic and mentalization approaches to gender-relations and leadership in organisations;
  • recognise how these approaches complement existing theories and strategies for leadership and gender-relations
  • identify the ways in which attachment and mentalization theories can be applied to support their understanding of gender-relations in organisations
  • begin to develop insight into how their own understanding and experience influences how they take up both leadership and followership roles in organisations
  • apply a Reflective-Relational approach to their work with individuals, groups and organisations

Facilitator: Professor Paula Nicolson CPsychol FBPsS & Helen Shaw

Paula Nicolson has extensive experience of mentoring, coaching and supporting individuals and teams in organisations. Her particular interest is in women and leadership. She recently completed a landmark study of leadership in the NHS which highlighted the importance of emotionally intelligent leadership and subsequently the role of mentalization techniques for improving leadership capacities. Paula has held senior management posts at Sheffield University and Royal Holloway, University of London and now works both independently and with Helen Shaw (Fitzrovia Organisational Consulting) as a coach, mentor and organisational consultant. Recent work has included supporting middle and practice managers in a  child protection service and coaching and mentoring senior women managers (clinical and non-clinical) in the NHS and university psychology and social science departments.

For over twenty-five years Helen has worked in the not-for-profit sector, where she has spent fifteen years as a leader working strategically at the interface between this sector and Government. During her career she has provided training to a range of professionals working with people with a range of needs including in mental health problems and traumatic bereavement. She now also works as an organisational consultant and coach both independently and with Paula Nicolson (Fitzrovia Organisational Consulting). She has extensive management and board-level experience in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. She is an Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments and is currently enrolled on the professional doctorate programme at the Tavistock and Portman NHS in Consultation and Organisations.

Fri, 31/05/2013 (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 & Management & BPS Learning Centre