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Authority and Leadership in Recovery from Addiction: Learning from Experience


Group relations conferenceInterested in how authority is exercised in groups? Want to learn more about your “reactions to exercising and encountering authority,” and how they intersect with recovery from addiction? Then you might be interested in an experiential learning conference being held in Chicago in January.

“An experiential conference in the Tavistock tradition offering a unique opportunity to study group and organizational processes,” the Group Relations Conference: Authority and Leadership in Recovery from Addiction will be held Jan. 14-16, 2011 at Loyal University in Chicago.

It’s sponsored by the (deep breath) Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations of the A.K. Rice Institute (exhale) and 17 other sponsors, including heavyweights like the Loyal University School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago.

Some CEUs and CPDUS will be available.

Limited to 60 participants, the conference event itself — described in the event flyer (PDF) as a “temporary educational social system” — will be a mini-laboratory in which to learn about the exercise of authority.

Led by Jeffrey D. Roth, M.D., and Vivian Gold, Ph.D., attendees will get to study:

  • “How people join and engage in group work, delegate and resist authority, and develop roles and reputations.
  • How people contribute to and obstruct getting the group’s work accomplished.
  • How members of a group exercise authority, power and influence in meaningful and appropriate ways — both as leaders and as followers.
  • Group collusion in the creation and enabling of maladaptive roles.
  • Group support for recovery from these maladaptive roles.”

Find out more about this fascinating oppportunity online.

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