Exploring Sibling Dynamics in Teams and Organisations – Val Parker


Date: 23rd October 2021
Location: Live via Zoom*
Time: 11:30am – 6:30pm GMT (+1) / 6:30am – 1:30pm EDT / 3:30am – 10:30 am PDT
CPD/CE hours: 6
Speaker: Val Parker
Price: £99 GBP / $135 USD

*This training will be recorded. The link to the recording will be made available for 90 days following the live event.

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Exploring Sibling Dynamics in Teams and Organisations with Val Parker

Course Content:

Following her very well received two-day training on how siblings shape our lives, Val will focus this training on how sibling dynamics infiltrate into organizational life. Using ideas explored in her recent book A Group-Analytic Exploration of the Sibling Matrix: How Siblings Shape our Lives, Val will invite you to consider how aspects such as structure, hierarchy, power, authority, and leadership impact on teams and individuals. You will be encouraged to reflect not only on how sibling issues such as envy, rivalry, resentment, and competition may be generated, but also how collaborative and respectful ‘sibling’ teamwork can be fostered.

During the day there will be many opportunities to work in small groups to discuss with others how sibling dynamics affect your work and community life, how your personal sibling issues are triggered, and how understanding these links may help you and those around you to thrive better.

Learning Objectives:

  • To explore issues of authority and power in organisations and reflect on how these impact on the organisational matrix.
  • To explore how ‘sibling’ issues such as envy, rivalry and competition are triggered in teams and organisations.
  • To consider how the organisational ‘parents’ impact on the sibling matrix.
  • To reflect on sibling issues within teams and how these can be managed and worked through.
  • To explore how your sibling issues and those of others are experienced and expressed in the organisations and teams in which you work.
  • To understand how sibling difficulties may be alleviated.
  • To consider the impact of loss and change in organisations and their effect on sibling dynamics.
  • To consider how organisations can be helped to create collaborative and cooperative sibling teams.

Speaker Information

Val Parker is a psychodynamic psychotherapist, group analyst, supervisor and writer working in private practice in West Oxfordshire. She is an experienced teacher and trainer and was a tutor for 12 years in the Department of Psychodynamic Studies at the University of Oxford. She currently teaches on the Oxford Foundation Course in Group Analysis, is a member of the staff team on the Qualifying Course in Group Analysis in Tirana, Albania, and a dissertation supervisor for the UK qualifying courses in Group Analysis.

Her recent book A Group Analytic Exploration of the Sibling Matrix: How Siblings Shape our Lives has been received with widespread critical acclaim:

“… this is an important contribution to our thinking about sibling relationships, clearly and engagingly written, succinct and persuasive.” – Christine Thornton, Group Analysis: The International Journal of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy 

“This is a gem of a book…Parker’s handy little volume will need to be put on every reading list of every psychodynamically and psychoanalytically orientated training course in the country, indeed on the reading list of every psychotherapy or psychology training course, whatever its denomination. This is essential reading.” – Amélie Noack, Psychodynamic Practice

“One of the great pleasures in reading this book was the many sibling memories it evoked in me. Perhaps it was not just the topic itself but also the straightforward way the book is written and the author’s use of both clinical and personal material……the …achievement of the book is bringing the sibling matrix to our attention in a lively, well written and skilfully presented way.” – Sue Einhorn, British Journal of Psychotherapy

How to access our trainings?

1. Once you have booked a place for one of our trainings, you will receive a email confirming your order.

2. At least 24hrs prior to the start of training, you will receive an email containing the required details to enter the training. All trainings are held over Zoom.

3. If you are wanting to attend the training live, you then use these details to attend just before the specific start time.

4. However, if you are unable to attend the training live, a link to a recording of it will be emailed to you following the event. The recording is made available for 90 days after the live broadcast.

This means that it is not essential for the attendant to be present for the live training and one can refer back to the training if they wish within 90 days.

5. Within a week of the training, the training materials, including slides and notes, CPD certificate and feedback will be sent to you via Email.

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