Attachment Perspectives on Organizational Care: A Group Relations Webinar

This webinar is relevant to people from any professional background. This webinar is designed as a space for inquiry into the attachment and psychodynamic patterns of organizations that provide care and support for vulnerable individuals. The webinar will be led by Dr Daniel Anderson (Consultant Psychiatrist & Group Analyst) and co-facilitated by Dr Javier Malda Castillo (Clinical Psychologist & Group Analytic Practitioner).

Issues for exploration in the webinar will include:

• Group attachment patterns

• Authority and power

• 5 psychological principles to healthy attachment organizational dynamics

• Understanding emotional pressures of organizations and graded interventions for organizational dynamics

It is expected that this webinar will help you develop your capacity to think systemically about organizational care. There will be a focus on critical thinking about conscious and unconscious aspects of organizational dynamics. The webinar will be divided as follows:

a) Introductions & Housekeeping (15 minutes)

b) Lecture (75 minutes)

c) Informal group discussion, questions and reflections (30 minutes)

Key Texts:

• Ballatt J and Campling P (2011) Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare:RCPsych Publications

• Bell D (2019) Neoliberalism is bad for your mental health. In: The unconscious in social and political life. The Political Mind Series: Phoenix, Bicester, pp. 79-102

• Malda, Castillo J. & Anderson D. (2021). Swimming in the Sinking Waters of the National Health Service: A Group Analytic Perspective. Group Analysis, 1-16. DOI: 10.1177/053331642199760


Dr Daniel (Dan) Anderson is a consultant psychiatrist, group analyst and medical psychodynamic psychotherapist working in the NHS at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in the department of psycho-oncology and in private practice online, in Chester, and in Manchester. Dan previously has worked as the medical director of an independent hospital in York and has held substantive and honorary academic positions at the Institute of Mental Health (University of Nottingham), Bangor University, and the University of Central Lancashire. Dan is now an honorary research fellow in the division of cancer sciences at the University of Manchester and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Dan recently completed his PhD at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Education which was based on his experience of training as a group analyst and the issues this raised for him surrounding sexuality and gender. He has an interest in complex PTSD and its relationship to cancer care, and in the value of community and relationships in the therapeutic approaches to mental illness. He is hoping his book The Body of the Group: Sexuality and Gender in Group Analysis will be published later this year.

Dr Javier Malda Castillo is a Clinical Psychologist and Group Analytic Practitioner working in a tertiary personality disorder service in the NHS. He is an accredited MBT therapist by the Anna Freud Centre and a MBT supervisor in training. He gained accredited training in Intensive Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy through Attachment Based ISTDP-UK London and is currently a psychoanalytic psychotherapy trainee in the Tavistock Clinic.

*Refund: Tickets are non-refundable.

Date & Time:

Thursday, 20 May 2021
18:00 – 20:00 BST


Online Event