today's world of seemingly unrelenting change, a frequent topic of coaching
sessions and organisational life is resistance to change.
workshop will use approaches from Gestalt psychology, therapy and Gestalt organisational development to
work with resistance from the perspective of a leader or intervener
(consultant, coach, trusted adviser).
It will further explore the psychology of resistance, associated behaviours, and
provide insights on how to effectively respond to resistance in individuals and
teams. Participants will be energised rather than disabled when working with
has developed a distinctive approach to working with resistance; the
following topics will be explored:
- Resistance is part of change, not separate from it;
- When a force for change manifests, an equal and
opposite force for sameness will manifest; a law of organisational
- Resistance represents forces for sameness when forces
for change appear in a human system;
- Resistance is indicative of multiple realities at play
in a system; and
- Resistance is like gold! It's a rich source of data
about dynamics in an organisation system.
- Revisiting the Gestalt approach as applied to coaching
and organisation development (organism/environment, Cycle of Experience,
paradoxical theory of change).
- Exploring the features of Gestalt defined resistances
(e.g. projection, deflection, introjection etc) as ways of responding to
- Practical identification of resistances in clients and
offering interventions that offer possibilities for awareness and change.
- Support with working on own/client examples in ways
that value resistance.
About the facilitator: Chantelle Wyley
Chantelle Wyley is a South African coach,
facilitator and trainer with a background in community capacity building,
training and consulting in socio-economic development. Her current focus is
leadership development (training, facilitating, coaching) using Gestalt and Emotional
Intelligence. She began her journey with Gestalt in 1995 and has trained with
the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio, and the Gestalt International Study
Center, Cape Cod. She taught on the GIC/GISC International Organisation and
Systems Development (IOSD) Programme from 2006 to 2012; and the International
Gestalt Organisation and Leadership Development Programme (iGOLD) since 2014 (see
www.gestaltod.org). She is on the executive committee of
the International Association of Gestalt in Organisations (INTAGIO), is
accredited as a Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations (GPO) by the European
Association of Gestalt Therapists (EAGT), and has been active in
reintroducing Gestalt training in South Africa. She is co-chair of
Lohmeier-Wyley-Associates/Baobab Consulting and Training, based in Cape Town,
and an associate of the Teleos Leadership Institute (Philadelphia, USA).