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To Be Met as a Person at Work. Is it Possible?
Presented by Nicola Neath
Thursday 31 October 2019: 6.30pm for 7pm lecture
Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP

Please book via  Eventbrite
Tickets also available on the door (subject to availability)
Tickets: Full Price: £15; Concession, Students or Friends of Sutherland Trust: £7:50
Refreshments (included in ticket price) will be available from 6:30 pm.

The mental health genie is out of the bottle –it is now widely accepted that mental health is the biggest health issue affecting UK employers and employees.  Following the pioneering work of Una McCluskey, this talk will offer a detailed description of a particular application of Attachment Theory, operationalised as a model of training and staff support, aimed at formal and informal organisational leaders and managers. The intervention supported better ways of working to ameliorate against burn out, unnecessary or unprocessed interpersonal conflict and support ways of working that nourish self-esteem, creativity and collaborative working. The intervention covers these questions: Can you talk about careseeking and caregiving at work? Can you change how you go about it? Can you talk about fear? Can you talk about sex? Can you notice what helps keep us secure, creative? Can you talk about the interplay between our inner and our outer environments? Can you talk about emotional literacy, which helps us understand how our history and attachments affect our professional relationships?
The published findings covered these areas and can be applied to any organisation, therefore I will be describing a coherent system, which offers new ideas to support managers and leaders to help them navigate the landscape of humans at work. I will herald attachment theory again as the next pioneering landscape for leadership.
About Nicola Neath, BA (Hons), Grad. Dip. in Counselling. MBACP accredited. Chair BACP Workplace Division (2016-19). Member of the National Council for Work and Health.
Nicola is an Integrative Psychotherapist and trainer, working in the Staff Counselling and Psychological support Service at the University of Leeds. She began her career in environmental campaigning and training in the voluntary sector over twenty years ago, she has worked in the public and private and sectors in a variety of roles. She has published on Relational Ethics; offers parliamentary briefings when asked; written several articles for BACP journals; delivered a paper for OPUS London. Following a pioneering and successful organisational application of the Attachment based McCluskey Model at the University of Leeds, she and Una have now published an account of the application and the model in the book titled To be Met as a Person at Work. This March, she was also one of the speakers at the national Health and Wellbeing at Work conference held the NEC. She has a small private practice, which is mainly for collaborative training. She is passionate about bringing different psychological perspectives into the workplace.