Trauma in Organizations
Dra. Anngwyn St. Just Ph. D. (USA)
MODULE 9 OF THE LIVE ONLINE TRAINING OF SYSTEMIC TRAUMA BY DR. ANNGWYN ST. JUST
It was held on September 10th, 11st and 12nd , from 5 pm to 8 pm (Argentina time). By Zoom.
Systemic Constellations were carried out.
In English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.
As we understand trauma as something that can happen as a result of a shock, fragmentation, broken connections and cumulative stress, when a system is so overwhelmed that it cannot bounce back to its original strength, the question arises as to whether organizations can be traumatized as well as people. Over time, systemic practitioners have come to understand that while organizations do not have physical bodies, given that our workplaces are also social systems, they do respond to overwhelming life events with clearly identifiable symptoms. Traumatic events tend to be highly polarizing and traumatized organizations, including family businesses, may experience a kind of stasis, rigidity and regression, as though stuck somewhere in space and time, confusion, breakdown in trust and other difficulties in communication, lack of flow between their stated mission and the outside world as well as a loss of confidence and productivity. While we understand that recognizing systemic approaches to understanding trauma in the workplace is not an everyday topic, the fact remains that this is a subject of great importance to all of us who are human and also social beings. Anngwyn's innovative and interactive blend of systemic constellations , together with multi-modal , cross cultural, occasionally non-verbal, systemically oriented trauma work is offered with a recognition that we are rapidly moving into a future that is radically different from our remembered past, and that it is also true that unresolved issues from our historical and collective traumas can and do manifest within our working lives and even profoundly shape our choices of profession . How we meet such challenges can present a profound opportunity for both personal and societal transformation.