Resonant Tuning Forks: Countertransference, Applied Poetry, and Accessing the Inner Life (Psychodynamics) of Organizatio

Howard F. Stein, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:30am to 9:00am Registration
9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

This seminar is divided into two parts: a presentation (with plenty of interaction with group participants) and a workshop that follows. In my "formal" presentation/discussion, I

(1) give a brief history of my "use" of applied poetry (or perhaps applied poetry's "use" of me) in psychodynamic organizational study and consultation (e.g., methodology and theory), and suggest that applied poetry, as an articulation of the researcher/consultant’s countertransference, can offer access to the lived experience and inner life of workplaces;

(2) offer several of my own applied poem-illustrations of the triangle of (a) applied organizational poem; (b) the contextual story about the origins and writing of the poem; and (c) a psychodynamic interpretation of the organization-in-the-poet, via the poet's (and others') observation, participant observation, and countertransference; and

(3) introduce the workshop process I have in mind, that involves inviting participants to begin writing a workplace-based poem as part of the workshop, and then inviting the writer’s and other participants’ associations that help the writer to better understand self, other, the intersubjective space, the organization “itself,” “the organization in mind,” and, based on these, how one might go about helping the organization to better reflect and problem-solve.

Thus, the presentation sets the stage for the workshop that is, I hope, a very dynamic, creative, emergent process of group interaction, and in turn, interpretation, insight, explanation, and healing of organizational life.

Map

OU College of Public Health
Auditorium
801 NE 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Map to the OU College of Public Health Auditorium

Recommended Reading

Please click below for a list of selected poems for this seminar, curated by Dr. Stein, for possible inclusion in the lecture.

Selected Poems Reading

Registration by Mail

If you prefer to register by mail, please print off the following brochure and mail it with your check to: OSPS, PO Box 12683, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. If you have questions about registration, please email Trish Myers at triciamyers@cox.net.

Howard Stein Brochure



Learning Goals and Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe how the applied poetry of the psychodynamically-oriented organizational consultant, facilitator, and researcher, can serve as a “royal road” to the inner (unconscious) life of workplace organizations.

2. Describe an example of how applied organizational poetry can serve as creative transitional space between organizational poet and (other) organizational member(s), which in turn can lead to improved organizational diagnosis, collaboration, and problem-solving.

3. Describe an example of how applied organizational poetry can serve as creative transitional space between organizational poet and (other) organizational member(s), which in turn can lead to improved organizational diagnosis, collaboration, and problem-solving.

4. Each participant will be invited to (a) begin writing a poem during the workshop, that describes/evokes an emotionally charged experience in any workplace (ranging from the analytic dyad, to an office, and corporation), and is further invited to (b) discuss/associate the poem, its background, and what one learned/is learning about self, other, intersubjective space, and “the organization.”

Bio

Howard F. Stein, Ph.D., (University of Pittsburgh, 1972) an applied, psychoanalytic, medical, and organizational anthropologist, and organizational consultant as well as poet, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, where he taught for nearly 35 years. From 2012-2017 he was group facilitator for the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center, in Oklahoma City. From 1980-1988 he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychoanalytic Anthropology. He is Poet Laureate of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology.

He is author, co-author, or editor of 32 books, of which ten are poetry books or chapbooks. His most recent poetry books are: Centre and Circumference (2018) and Light and Shadow (second edition, 2018).

His most recent scholarly books are Listening Deeply: An Approach to Understanding and Consulting in Organizational Culture (2nd edition, 2017, University of Missouri Press); with Seth Allcorn, The Dysfunctional Workplace: Theory, Stories, and Practice. (2015, University of Missouri Press).

His cat, Luke, keeps him company and somewhat grounded in reality.