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4,446 books on Amazon on relational practice, but what does it mean?

4,446 books on Amazon on relational practice, but what does it mean?

Karen Izod, TIHR Professional Partner, joined us recently as part of our lunchtime talk series to present some of her ideas on what 'relational practice' might mean.

With the fashion to call any and every approach to engaging with others ‘relational’ what does relational actually mean? Karen Izod gave us a snapshot of ideas on what relational practice means to her, and how it is embodied in her work as a consultant to organisational change and professional development.

This ‘work in progress’ presentation draws on doctoral research that Karen is presently undertaking based on her publications, consulting and teaching over the past 20 years. It leads her to construct and propose the idea of a ‘relational terrain’, an assemblage of theories, perspectives and practices for understanding, participating and intervening in group life from a relational psychoanalytic perspective.

Tavistock Institute

November 21, 2016

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  1. 4.446 books on Amazon on relational practice, but what does it
    A Food for Thought session with Karen Izod
    Wednesday 6th September 2016
    This talk is ‘ work in progress’: not all slides have been made available, but can be sent upon
    request to [email protected] your feedback is also very welcome
    ©Karen Izod 2016

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  2. Supplementary notes to the audio recording
    Timing / references in the talk:
    •  8:30: ‘Mindfulness’ - For a detailed introducLon to the themes of Mind-ful
    ConsulLng see Susan Rosina WhiRle’s introducLon to Mind-ful ConsulLng (2009)
    Eds, WhiRle, S.R & Izod, K. Karnac Books: London.
    •  14.30: Reference to slide 5 - Miller, E.J. (1997) EffecLng OrganisaLonal Change
    in Large Complex Systems: a collaboraLve consultancy approach in Eds.
    Neumann, J.E., Kellner, K. and Dawson-Shepherd, A. Routledge: London
    •  16.22: ‘People who felt that ins=ncts and drives were not innate’ Erratum:
    Fairbairn did not dispute drive as innate, but he saw it as ‘object-seeking’ as a
    drive for relaLonship, rather than pleasure seeking through the libido. Fairbairn,
    W.R.D. (1952) PsychoanalyLc Stuides of the Personality, Tavistock PublicaLons:
    London/New York
    •  23:40: ‘Work Study group in the 1980s...’ - The work study group at the
    Tavistock Clinic was led by Evelyn Cleavely. John Bowlby had reLred at this Lme,
    and was an occasional contributor to the Advanced Social Work Programme.
    •  Further informa=on on the relaLonal aspects of idenLty, representaLon,
    regulaLon, revelaLon can be found in Resource-ful ConsulLng, Izod, K, &
    WhiRle, S.R (2014) Karnac Books: London

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  3. Relational Practice what does it mean?
    •  RelaLonal – tending to be used in generalised way to describe
    pracLces that put people or relaLonships first, or are organised
    around relaLonship – mainly the ‘talking’ pracLces, counselling,
    psychotherapy, coaching and supervision - but not exclusively so
    •  The RelaLonal Turn
    •  First mooted 1980’s/90’s though evident much earlier in social
    sciences - espouses commonaliLes of pracLce between different
    professional acLviLes, economics, architecture, social sciences –
    pedagogy, coaching, consulLng
    •  Through
    •  A focus on processes rather than individual behaviours
    •  Post modern/post structural concepts on the nature of the
    individual in relaLon to society
    •  Emphasises aspect of co-crea=on, shared meaning making,
    mul=plici=es of truths and plurali=es of voices

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  4. What do I mean by ‘relational terrain’
    •  RelaLonal: having the funcLon of relaLng one thing to
    another in a search for meaning – travelling within and
    between systems, together with the act of telling – relaLng,
    communicaLng – is a communicaLon
    •  Terrain is: a morphology – sense of movement and shijing
    ground, an inner landscape with varying organisaLons of
    structure, forms, textures – and a constructed landscape –
    domains of knowledge, aspects of experience – have been
    here before!
    •  Together – an assemblage of theories, perspecLves, and
    pracLces for understanding, parLcipaLng and intervening in
    group and organisaLonal life

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  5. Relational Terrain located in systems-psychodynamics

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  6. Components of the Relational Terrain
    Epochal perspecLves on
    organisaLonal systems, knowledge
    and experience. Meaning derived
    from context: Lme and place
    Rela=onal Group Processes
    emphasis on dual operaLonal and
    relaLonal group tasks together with
    condiLons needed for work
    Social Theories of Development
    emphasis on aRachment theories,
    and processes of recogniLon,
    representaLon and regulaLon of
    implicaLons for taking up roles
    (organisaLonal player/agent of and or
    consultant to change) with emphasis
    on Presence and idenLty,
    differenLaLon and mediaLng inner/
    outer worlds
    Rela=onal Core:
    NegoLaLng and re-
    negoLaLng meaning:
    to explore, make and
    sustain connecLon

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  7. Relational core:
    •  At the centre of the RelaLonal Terrain is an intenLon: to promote
    condiLons whereby human systems can construct, nego,ate and
    renego,ate meaning:
    •  Requires the capacity to
    •  explore, make and sustain connecLons between phenomena
    emerging in the act of relaLng - which arise in interplay between
    inner and outer worlds
    •  Reliant on capacity to:
    •  Take up a subject to subject relatedness
    •  An awareness of ‘self-in-process’
    •  Work away at emoLons which hold me/us to parLcular posiLons
    (polarising, essenLalising)
    •  These features permeate each of the components of the RelaLonal
    Terrain …..

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  8. Social
    theories of
    Core of

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