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.