Relational Organisational Gestalt: An Emergent Approach to Organisational Development
We are pleased to be celebrating the launch of a new book by RC co-founder Marie-Anne Chidiac at the forthcoming Relational Change Gathering (details on the Training/Events page).
To read an interview with Marie-Anne about her book, please follow the link to the March 2018 Relational Change Newsletter.
What is Relational Organisational Gestalt (ROG)? Marie-Anne Chidiac provides an overview of the ROG Approach, its origins and key influences.
What is meant by a 'Relational Approach'? Sally Denham-Vaughan and Marie-Anne Chidiac discuss relationality and the Relational Change SOS Framework.
What is Presence and how to define it? Marie-Anne Chidiac and Sally Denham-Vaughan discuss presence as a relational and ethical process. and make the distinction between presence and charisma.
What is the importance of ethics and values in a relational approach? Sally Denham-Vaughan and Marie-Anne Chidiac discuss the ethical dimension of presence and values in organisations.
What to expect from the Relational Organisational Gestalt (ROG) Programme? How will it support me in my work? How will greater ethical presence help me? Marie-Anne Chidiac and Sally Denham-Vaughan share their insight into the programme and discuss these questions.
Mark Fairfield speaks about the central role of connection in our lives and lethal individualism. We learn about relational culture, factors for resilience, his work supporting caregivers in the AIDS movement, how bullying is a euphemism, and failure.
Mark Fairfield introduces an exercise called "Sharing Resonance" It is a framework for building relational culture and dismantling individualism in our relationships and groups. This episode is more of a training and intro to how to share resonance, so you can listen on the go and learn the practice wherever you are... and then take it into relationship and practice it with one or more others. We especially recommend starting with groups of 3-5.
We are delighted to show this video featuring Antonio Damasio, one of the most important neuroscientists in the world, on the topic of 'the emergent self'. The video was recorded in Italy, Oct. 2–5, 2014, during the Conference of the Italian Federation of Psychotherapy's Associations and was generously shared by Gianni Francesetti, EAGT President
Sally Denham-Vaughan outlines a framework for conceptualising Grace and develops the concept with attention to "harmonious Relational fit" and responsivity to the co-emergent situation.
Sally Denham-Vaughan discusses the concept of "liminality" and offers a Gestalt perspective on the opening to transformation.
Self as Instrument in Gestalt
Marie-Anne Chidiac describes the importance of self as instrument as a key aspect of gestalt facilitation.
The Artistry of Gestalt in Organisations
Listen to an Interview with Sally Denham-Vaughan.
Ethics, dialogue and small acts of great significance, Chidiac, M-A., Denham-Vaughan, S., Festschrift for G. Salonia (in Press), (2018). This paper discusses the dialogic principles of confirmation and committment to dialogue.
The relational matrix model of supervision: context, framing and inter-connection, Chidiac, M-A., Denham-Vaughan, S. and Osborne, O., British Gestalt Journal, (2017) 26, (2), 21–30. This paper proposes a new matrix model applicable to a wide range of supervisory relationships and settings; therapeutic and organisational.
Moving towards more supportive fields: COPs, CANs and RCOPs, Denham-Vaughan, S. and Clark, M., British Gestalt Journal, (2016) 25, (2), 20–32. This paper defines three varieties of community/team organising and the relationship of each to Gestalt practice.
SOS: A relational orientation towards social inclusion, Denham-Vaughan, S. and Chidiac, M-A. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, (2013) 17, (2), 100–107. This paper describes the contextual formulation of the term "Relational" used by the co-founders of Relational Change.
The Relational State: How recognising the importance of human relationships could revolutionise the role of the state, (IPPR, Nov 2012). This collection of papers explores how ideas underpinning the relational state could help to reframe public sector service and government goals and provide a guide to policy and action. Also available on the IPPR Website
The Relational Movement, by Fairfield, M., The Relational Movement, British Gestalt Journal, (2013), Vol. 22, No. 1, 22–35.
The Process of Presence, by Chidiac, M.A. and Denham-Vaughan, S. – published in the British Gestalt Journal, 2007.
Dancing dialogue, Gestalt therapy and the 5Rhythms. An obituary for Gabrielle Roth, by Kallner, H. – published in the British Gestalt Journal, 2013.
The Rise of the Enabling State: A review of policy and evidence across the UK and Ireland, by Jennifer Wallace, – published by the Carnegie Trust UK, 2013.
Will and Grace: An Integrative Dialectic Central to Gestalt Psychotherapy, by Denham-Vaughan, S. – published in the British Gestalt Journal, 2005.
Being Present as a Trader: Application of Relational Gestalt Practice in a Financial Market Context by Steve Goldstein – published in New Gestalt Voices Edition 2, January 2018, p42-46 explores the concept of Presence applied to individuals working in roles within organisations, characterised by high levels of uncertainty.
A Relational Perspective on Public Sector Management, by Mike Clark, 2013. This is a brief paper that outlines the importance and potential contribution of a relational approach to leading and managing in the public sector.
An Organisational Self, by Chidiac, M.A. and Denham-Vaughan, S. An Organisational Self, British Gestalt Journal, (2009), 18, (1), 42-49. This paper shows how the notion of "self as process" can be usefully applied to work with an Organisation or Community.
Should They Really Stop Fighting? Dealing with Conflicts – A Gestalt Approach, by Frans Meulmeester. This paper outlines the Gestalt approach to conflict, which embraces and explores it rather than rushing to a solution, in the belief that this approach leads to a better long term resolution.
Case Study – Gestalt Facilitation in Action within a Consultancy, by Paul Barber. This study examines an organisational consultation which arose from crisis within a corporate body and the demands of working with an organisation in a period of acute distress, from a consultant and client viewpoint.
Moving Relationality: Meditations on a Relational Approach to Leadership, by Dian Marie Hosking. Chapter 33 in Alan Bryman, Collinson, D., Grint, K., Jackson, B., and Uhl-Bien, M. (editors), Sage Handbook of Leadership, Sage Publications, pp. 453-465, 2011.
Why Work with Gestalt? An Insight into how Gestalt Influenced my Practice, by David Lines. Coach, consultant and Relational Change Associate David Lines discusses why Gestalt is his preferred approach to personal and organisational development.
Bringing Gestalt to Cyber Security: a case study, by Maggie Marriott. This essay from ROG Graduate and Organisational Consultant Maggie Marriott was the winner of the British Gestalt Journals Student Essay Prize. Maggie describes her use of Relational Organisational Gestalt in her work with a British Government Department.
A Gestalt Perspective of Coaching: A Case for Being More Yourself, by M-A Chidiac – published in Development and Learning in Organizations Journal, 2008.
Creating a Coaching Culture: Relational Field Coaching, by M-A Chidiac – published in Development and Learning in Organizations Journal, 2013.
Interview with Dr Sally Denham-Vaughan, by Tracey Skoyles – published in The UK Bulletin of the Association of Coaching, Spring 2013.
A Field-Relational Model of Coaching for Gestalt Beginners: The PAIR Model, by Denham-Vaughan, S. and Gawlinski, M. Field-Relational Coaching for Gestalt Beginners: The PAIR Model. British Gestalt Journal, (2012), 21, (1), 11-21. This paper describes the development of a coaching process aimed at improving the quality of all interactions occurring in a situation and thereby creating a coaching culture.
Book Review by Sally Denham-Vaughan of Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions, by Michael Carroll and Elisabeth Shaw, PsychOz Publications, Australia, 2012, published in The Coaching Psychologist, June 2013, 9, (1), 60-62.
Emergent Coaching – A Gestalt Approach to Mindful Leadership, by Paul Barber. This paper examines ways that coaches and organisational consultants might begin to educate the workplace to holistic awareness and Gestalt methods of inquiry through coaching.
When the Therapist Falls, by Christine Dukes – published in New Gestalt Voices, Edition 2, January 2018, p8-20. This Paper explores existential falling and groundlessness following bereavement. It draws on the 'liminal space model' (Denham- Vaughan S, 2010), and Perl’s 'five-layer model' (1969) as a support for transitioning an impasse into a place of transformation and emergent self.
In Dialogue with Sally Denham-Vaughan, by V. Edmond – published in the Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand, (2013), Vol 10, No.1, Pages 7-23. © 2013, GANZ. This article by Virginia Edmond features a dialogue with Sally Denham-Vaughan. Sally discusses 'Relational Pluralism' and other current issues she sees affecting gestalt praxis.
Philosophy with Tears: Study Group Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp, by Swanson C., Norton L., Parlett M., Jacobs L., Denham-Vaughan S., Denham-Vaughan J., Staemmler F-M., Philosophy With Tears: Gestalt "Study Buddies" Visit Dachau. British Gestalt Journal, (2009), 18, (2), 21-34. This paper describes a visit to Dachau Concentration Camp by members of a philosophy peer study group who had been reading and researching the topic of 'Evil'
The Liminal Space and Twelve Action Practices for Gracious living, by S. Denham-Vaughan – published in the British Gestalt Journal, 2010.
New Reflections on Death, by Paul Barber. A reflection on Death as the boundary marker of physical existence and the twin-brother of birth.