Self as Instrument – working as a potent practitioner
Self as Instrument – working as a potent practitioner

Date: 26 September 2017

Time: 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

Venue: The Radisson Blu, Durham, DH1 5TA


North East Organisational Development Network

Leadership Dimensions:


“We must see beyond our tools and techniques,  as many time the only instrument we have is ourselves”    (Jamieson  et al  2010)

Reinkruat (2008:15) suggests that when we work fully with our clients we bring to our work our “experience, identity, relational skills, moral awareness, knowledge and wisdom”. Our work as OD practitioners is much more than the toolkit we carry: it is the use of our self.  This stage of practice it is often confusing as we try to understand what does ‘self as instrument@ actually mean. But within the field of health and care many professions advocate the use of ‘self as instrument’. During this day, we will create a space in which experienced practitioners can come together to explore their practice in light of this idea.

As we move through the many stages in our careers we learn to work at different levels and  in different places within and between our organisations, systems and communities.  According to Reinkruat et al (2009:8) as practitioners develop their capacity to work with ‘self as instrument’ each practitioner must develop their focus upon “self-awareness, reflection and understanding of themselves within their social-cultural context”. This day is designed to give us SPACE to THINK about our practice. This is a rare space in this busy world.  We envisage it to be a valuable opportunity in your busy world. It will enable us focus upon strengthening the purposeful use of our own self in the work we undertake.  We will work individually, in pairs, in small groups and as a community to deepen our thinking and focus upon the next steps in our OD journey.  

The day has been designed and will be facilitated by Dr Maxine Craig, herself an OD practitioner with over 35 years of health and care experience. Maxine’s details can be found here should you want to view them: http://linkedin.com/in/maxinecraig

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Explore the idea of ‘self as instrument’ and its relationship to the practice of Organisation Development.
  • Explore key questions around the process of personal development which supports our use of ourselves as an ‘instrument’ in the helping process.
  • Use a number of different tools and models to consider how we can focus upon strengthening our instrumentality.
  • Develop their own personal development plan which focuses upon the action they may take within the next 12 months as part of their CPD activities to become a more potent practitioner.
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