Why group relations training? -- By Ruth Zollinger

21 Dec 2015 2:01 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

As an advocate of experiential learning, I’m inviting the members of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy the opportunity to engage with other professionals who are intrigued with the practice of leadership and the exercise of authority. A conference, presented by the A.K. Rice Institute, titled “Leadership, Authority, and Passion: Risk and Opportunity,” is scheduled for January 20 - 24, 2016, in Dover, Massachusetts.

A primary task of group training is to offer attendees opportunities to learn about their own understanding of where they “fit” in the spectrum of group dynamics, with a specific focus on learning about the nature of authority and the problems that are encountered in its exercise. This conference will allow you to have those experiences outside of your work environment. You will be challenged and invited to see yourself from a different perspective, and I can assure you that you will learn valuable things about yourself and how you relate to other people. The experiences you will gain in group relations work will bestow indescribable benefits to you, those you serve and to our entire CPSP community.

Studies have shown that when two or more members from the same organization attend group trainings, they are more likely to apply their learned experiences more effectively when they return to their respective work places, so I highly recommend that you enlist a colleague and attend this very engaging conference. 

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Ruth Zollinger
runrz1@me.com