IDI Board Member and Former Austen Riggs Medical Director Ed Shapiro Offers Intro to Psychodynamic Systems Theory

IDI Board Member and Former Austen Riggs Medical Director Ed Shapiro Offers Intro to Psychodynamic Systems Theory

- By David Fromm

Via The Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute for Education and Research, Dr. Ed Shapiro, IDI Board Member, former Riggs Medical Director/CEO and current Erikson Institute Senior Consultant, has made available a three-part lecture series on Psychodynamic Systems Theory.  From the series materials:

 

The first lecture focuses on basic principles, beginning with the recognition that the individual is an open system linked to others through the communication of affects, both consciously and unconsciously. The lecture then reviews projective identification, dynamics of the couple, the family and the organization. Dr. Shapiro offers an outline of an interpretive stance and the potential development of an organizational culture that can provide increased access to understanding and using organizational irrationality. The lecture ends with an example of psychodynamic systems thinking about an organization, focusing on psychoanalytic institutes.

Lectures two and three explore the family as an organization, using excerpts from family and individual treatment to deepen the understanding of organizational task, regression, shared unconscious assumptions, the co-creation of irrational roles and the use of interpretation. Lecture three concludes with excerpts that illustrate the family’s recovery from shared irrationality and the re-establishment of competent organizational functioning.

Interested readers can access the lecture series by clicking here.

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