Over the years Psychology has developed many organizational and behavioral theories based on behaviorist thinking and applied to the training of employees in order to understand concepts such as motivation, leadership, organizational structures and development. This creates the impression that organizational behavior is simply conscious, mechanistic, predictable, uncomplicated and easy to understand. But when working with people and organizations the question “What can the matter be?” persists.
Teresa Sutherland has developed a method for working with People & Organizations which combines psychodynamic thinking with behavioural techniques, which she tested successfully over ten years. She recently studied at Tavistock Clinic in London whilst teaching in the University of Essex and both experiences have enriched her intervention technique, which she has now brought back to Portugal with the Family Training Center.
The approach sees each organization as a ‘living’ system with both conscious and unconscious dynamics and subsystems relating to and mirroring one another, in parallel to family functioning. The additional understanding of the unconscious behavior and dynamics leads to real organizational change facilitated by the consultant working using the Tavistock approach.
The FTC method includes group dynamics and individual coaching programmes combined to promote individual, team and organizational growth, improving satisfaction levels at work, and in life in general.
Outdoor events and team building have been creatively developed in Portugal over the previous twenty years. These focus on the use of an activity to promote better team work; improving communication, bonding and strategy within the team, usually in a pleasant setting.
The Family Training Center’s workshops are focused on child and adolescent development where parent employees are given the opportunity to share questions and solutions in order to reach a deeper understanding with their children.
The basic concept is the same as for ‘traditional’ team building; to promote better team work in a pleasant setting, but what is innovative in Portugal is using the ‘family’ as the focus. The workshops contribute to relieve stress in various parenting relation patterns, and at the same time the organization satisfies its Social Responsibility Participation since the FTC’s mission is to increase a family’s confidence in supporting child development. The practical part of the workshops is an invitation for groups to think about relational patterns which therefore also promotes improvements in the relational patterns within the team at work.
Hence, the three main benefits for an organization using the FTC’s workshops are: