Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance 2022

11/04/2022 06:00 PM - 11/06/2022 01:30 PM ET


Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance


Faculty: Donna Elmendorf, Jerry Fromm, Dannie Kennedy

Jim Krantz (Convenor)

Faculty in Training: Heather Forouhar-Graff, Megan Kolano, Alan Ruiz, Glenn Sigl

Administrator: Lori Schweickert

An in-person workshop to be held at The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts


Registration Fee for Consulting Participants: $525 USD

Registration Fee for Non-Consulting Participants: $475 USD

This Workshop is endorsed by the A. K. Rice Institute, and is in partnership with The Austen Riggs Center


Leading from Experience

November 4th-November 6th, 2022

Workshop Description
This workshop is designed to strengthen participants' ability to exercise leadership in a broad range of work roles through taking up a consultative stance. Participants learn to recognize thevalue of their inner experience - thoughts, feelings, associations, fantasies, day dreams, pre-occupations - and to articulate them in order to further the group's purpose and task. The act of acknowledging one's experience and sharing it to potentially further the group's aim is the consultative stance.

What is the Consultative Stance?
Whether taken up formally as a designated leader, consultant, member or participant, the consultative stance recognizes that people in a group are inevitably, though often without being aware of it, in touch with the emotional life of the group. Paying attention to what one is feeling, thinking about and reacting to may open a window into what is going on in the group, just outside of members’ awareness. Speaking to this experience from one's role, while checking it against the experience of others and the purpose of the group, can help the work of a group evolve, particularly as it leads to discovery of previously unseen contexts and potentially challenging dynamics. Taking a consultative stance creates an opportunity to exercise this form of leadership; it is leading from experience.

In the workshop, self-study groups and working groups are used to provide this learning opportunity. Self-study groups focus on the unfolding process of the group. Participants maytake up formal consultative roles in the self-study groups, followed by focused reflection with faculty, or may participate exclusively as a group member.

Working groups are a form of application, in which members explore their back-home organizational dilemmas and receive consultation from the group. At the same time, membersare invited to take a consultative stance on the discussion itself as that makes sense to them and as a way of furthering the work. After each session, the entire group reflects on the process with faculty.

Consulting roles in the self-study group are open to anyone who has either previously attended the Workshop or a group relations conference or has had an equivalent group experience. Thereare a limited number of consulting opportunities, and they are available on a first-to-sign-up basis. Those who choose the consultant role will be assigned to co-consulting teams, who will then take turns consulting to the self-study groups. Non-consulting participants will take up the member role in the groups and observe the reflections of consultants and faculty after eachsession. There is no prior Workshop or group relations experience required for non-consulting participants.

Please contact the Workshop Administrator, Lori Schweickert at lori@lorischweickert.info for more information.


You can make payment online via credit card through the registration form.

Full payment is due by October 15, 2022


We are pleased to be able to offer tuition discounts to those who wish to participate but cannot afford full tuition at this time.  To request a tuition discount, please send a letter via email to lori@lorischweickert.info, stating the reasons for your request. 

Registrants with current affiliations with CSGSS, AKRI and Austen Riggs will receive a $100 discount. Two or more participants from the same organization (other than these 3 organizations) will each receive a $50 discount. Only one discount will be available to each participant.


If an application is withdrawn on or before October 15, 2022, an administrative fee of $25 will be retained and the remainder of the tuition will be refunded. No refund will be issued after October 15, 2022.


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