The Gould Center for Psychoanalytic Organizational Study and Consultation

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The Gould Center for Psychoanalytic Organizational Study and Consultation2018-01-05T01:44:29+00:00

Program Offerings in Organizational Consultancy and Executive Coaching:

The L.J.Gould Center* is named for Laurence J. Gould, PhD, FIPA, a Psychoanalyst, Psychologist and Organizational Consultant who was an international figure in the discipline and a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO). Dr. Gould was instrumental in designing and implementing Systems-Psychoanalytic ideas and training at IPTAR.

The Offerings of The Center:

  • Monthly Clinical Case Conference Series (October thru May)
  • Introductory Workshop on Systems-Psychodynamic Thinking and Experience
  • Periodic Workshops, Seminars, and Courses on Systems-Psychodynamic Approaches to Consultancy and Coaching.
  • CE Credits

Theoretical and Clinical Focus of The Center:

Systems-psychodynamics is a fairly young and constantly evolving field of study and application, yet there is a tradition we can trace consisting of several convergent streams of thought and experience that have come together over the past 50 years: The Psychoanalytic framework has its roots in Freud, Klein and her followers, and most importantly, Bion, who made use of Klein’s ideas and expanded them into what became known as the Group Relations perspective. This area of discovery that Bion developed in the time around WWII, was elaborated more formally in the UK at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Consultancy Service, and further developed in tandem with the Open Systems perspective that grew out of Field Theory and Social Systems research.

The purpose of The Center is to provide a space for the ongoing study of these streams of thought and experience as rooted in the Systems-Psychoanalytic perspective. From this frame, we consider the dynamics at play in the Roles that we occupy in human systems of all sizes and in all manner of work endeavors. In terms of clinical Consultancy, The Center also seeks to understand and address the organizational challenges and discontents of persons in their Roles within the organizations/systems they inhabit and that inhabit them, in the sense of having an ‘organization in mind’– as Armstrong described: a template, set of images or fantasies about the system that guides thought and experience but also that each person in the system lends a hand in constructing.

Contemporary challenges to Persons in their Roles in complex human Systems:

Leaders, executives, administrators and consultants are increasingly called upon by the organizations for which they work to take up multiple Roles in turbulent, rapidly changing and fluid environments. Digitized technology is quickening this pace of change, and in turn, is transforming our roles, identities and organizational systems. Likewise, entrenched power dynamics, toxic organizational cultures, and individual differences in race, gender, and age that are projected onto Roles all restrict our ability to do the work, — to collaborate and communicate effectively in the Systems we live and engage. Efforts to transform Roles and develop organizations often flounder because of the failure to recognize and anticipate the human consequences of such rapid and complex factors. The results include high levels of anxiety, uncertainty, conflicts and resistances. Such widespread difficulties suggest just how important it is for those responsible for organizational leadership and management to have the requisite knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic and systemic processes in order to both manage change and to lead more wisely and effectively.

The Monthly Clinical Case Conference:

The monthly case conference, meeting on the third Wednesday of the month from October through May, is an opportunity to hear organizational consultants speak about their Consultancy work or Coaching engagements and to help us develop ideas relevant to a Systems-Psychoanalytic perspective that may arise from their diverse backgrounds in Psychoanalysis and Organizational Training. The format is interactive and informal. This experience is open to all who are interested, particularly, graduate students, Psychoanalytic Candidates, graduates of the IPTAR Program, Consultants and Coaches, and those interested in Systems-Psychodynamic clinical presentations of consultative work.

To be notified of upcoming Case Conferences and our periodic Workshops, Seminars and Course offerings, contact Dahlia Radley-Kingsley, MBA:

Program Offerings in Organizational Consultation and Executive Coaching are designed for:

  • Consultants, executives, managers and administrators who are in positions of authority and responsibility in their organizations;
  • Psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians interested in doing organizational consultation and development work as an aspect of their professional practices.

The Objectives of these Program Offerings:

  • Provide learning opportunities which will enhance and develop the capacity to understand the processes and forces – both internal and external – that determine the functioning of organizations which may impact one’s role in the organization as a system.
  • Provide inquiry into practical applications for this understanding in participants’ domain of work.

Periodic Workshops, Seminars and Courses of The Center:

  • The ethics and boundaries of Organizational Consultancy
  • Core psychoanalytic concepts and their application to work groups and organizations
  • Theories of organization and open systems
  • Organizational assessment and diagnosis
  • Person-Role-System Consultancy and Tools for Intervention
  • Executive Coaching from a System-Psychodynamic perspective
  • Transference – Countertransference in Consultancy
  • Leadership and leadership transition
  • The management of change and organizational transformation
  • Interventions in toxic organizations
  • Identifying the impact of disparities in race, gender and age that impact Role and System
  • Guerilla Consultation – Consultancy in the trenches
  • The dynamics of family businesses
  • Working with global enterprises and the cultural dimensions of organizational consultancy
  • Managing technological challenges in the digitized world
  • Group Relations

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROGRAM OFFERINGS in Organizational Consultation and Executive Coaching, contact: Joseph Cancelmo, PsyD, FIPA –

Chair, The L.J. Gould Center for Systems-Psychoanalytic Studies:

Joseph A. Cancelmo, Psy.D. FIPA

Chair The Monthly Clinical Case Conference Series:

Dahlia Radley-Kingsley, MBA, MA

Steering Committee of the L.J. Gould Center for Systems-Psychoanalytic Studies:

Susan Berger, Psy.D.; Joseph Cancelmo, Psy.D.; Andrea Greenman, Ph.D.; Michael Moskowitz, Ph.D.; Dahlia Radley-Kingsley, MBA; Ferne Traeger, LCSW, MBA; Michael A. Diamond, Ph.D.

The Center has many resources available for its Clinical and Organizational offerings. Faculty and Supervisors both from within IPTAR and those invited national and international Guest Faculty and Supervisors, all come to the work from various backgrounds in Organizational Behavior and Psychoanalysis.


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