Executive coaching

Executive coaching: the systems-psychodynamic approach (DAM004)

Develop your understanding of workplace dynamics

Develop your understanding of workplace dynamics with our introductory online masterclass, available to watch on demand via our video platform, Vimeo.

Providing an engaging and accessible video introduction to the ‘systems-psychodynamic’ approach to executive coaching, which has been developed by Tavistock Consulting, Organisational Consultant Dr Robyn Vesey navigates the key concepts and insights in this engaging masterclass, which took place live in February 2021.

Aims and learning objectives

The ‘systems-psychodynamic’ approach to executive coaching focuses on the emotional and relational dimensions of work roles – examining those hidden dynamics which can impact the functioning and performance of an individual or group, and actively developing the ability to understand and navigate these complex environments. It also explores the impact of the wider system on an individual and their experience at work – from role design and organisational structure, to work culture and the preoccupations of top leaders.

For this introductory masterclass, we begin with an overview of executive coaching, and how different approaches have developed from particular schools of psychological thought – also covering some key differences between coaching and psychotherapy. We go on to explore some of the fundamental principles of the ‘systems-psychodynamic’ approach, sharing a range of practical examples from different sectors, and reflecting on the implications of an online environment for coaches working in this mode. The masterclass closes with a question and answer session, and an overview of some next steps for you to consider.

By the end of this masterclass, you will have an understanding of how a ‘systems-psychodynamic’ approach can benefit an organisation and its leaders by offering a deeper level of analysis and reflection, and you will have a sense of the core concepts of this model. You will gain insights into how systems-psychodynamic coaching differs from other approaches and from psychotherapy, and have a clear sense of potential next steps should you wish to learn more about executive coaching using the systems-psychodynamic approach.

Who is this course for?

This masterclass is for anyone who has an interest in exploring different approaches to executive coaching, including the application of psychotherapeutic models and principles. You may be working in any sector and at any level, and no previous knowledge or experience is necessary to enjoy this session.

Course details

This introductory masterclass will cover:

  • an overview of the different schools of executive coaching and how these have developed from different psychological approaches
  • the difference between coaching and psychotherapy
  • the fundamental principles of the systems-psychodynamic approach, with examples
  • working online as a coach from a systems-psychodynamic perspective
  • options for your next stages of professional development in this area

This masterclass (DAM004) originally took place on 22 July 2021, but is now available to watch anytime, anywhere (for a fee) from our video on demand platform, Vimeo.

There are no requirements or assessments related to this masterclass.

Find out more about the Tavistock Consulting approach to executive coaching and explore more training opportunities in this area.

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