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Teamwork: The Power of Systemic Psychotherapy in Organisations


We are all part of a family system or social system and in our professional lives, the system we work in has impact in our lives and as an individual within a system, we hold influence to a greater or lesser extent, dependant on power, privilege or hierarchy.


An organisation or work system is essentially where individuals work together to achieve common goals. Drawing parallels to systemic and family psychotherapy, we explore how these practices can be beneficial through nurturing harmony, understanding, and productivity.


Systemic Psychotherapy Practices in Organisations

Systemic psychotherapy, traditionally focused on familial relationships, yet the core principles are transferrable and applicable to organisations. These practices foster a culture of open communication, mutual respect, and collective problem-solving.


Why It's Suitable for Organisations

  1. Enhanced Communication: Just as in families, clear and empathetic communication in organizations is vital for smooth functioning.

  2. Conflict Resolution: Techniques from systemic family therapy can help resolve interpersonal conflicts in teams, promoting a more cohesive work environment.

  3. Understanding Diverse Perspectives: Recognising and valuing diverse viewpoints, as in family settings, can lead to more inclusive and innovative organisational strategies.

  4. Strengthening Team Dynamics: Systemic therapy techniques encourage empathetic team relationships, as it considers the unique differences of individuals to be recognised and understood. Therefore, promoting these differences to be alongside one another in a mutually beneficial way.


Common Organisational Challenges Addressed

  • Team Disputes: Similar to familial conflicts, disputes within teams can be resolved through understanding and effective communication strategies.

  • Change Management: Just as families navigate life transitions, organisations can use these practices to manage change more effectively.

  • Stress and Burnout: Techniques used in family therapy can help in managing work-related stress and preventing burnout.


The Role of Family Psychotherapy Techniques

In an organisational context, these techniques act as tools to enhance emotional intelligence, empathy, and understanding among team members, much like they do in family settings.


Incorporating systemic psychotherapy practices into organisational frameworks can significantly improve teamwork, communication, and overall workplace satisfaction. Just as these practices heal and strengthen familial relationships, they hold immense potential to transform organisational dynamics.

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