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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

When the Old Neighborhood Changes: The Role of Mourning in Organizational Mergers

Presenter: Laura Huggler, Ph.D.
Discussant: Alan Krohn, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 pm
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
The mergers and acquisitions within the business world continue to affect the lives of millions of people. Research indicates that “more than 50% of mergers fail outright and 83% fail to meet the market-value increase that was more than expected (Wharton School Study, 2011). This presentation demonstrates the unique role of a psychoanalytic perspective in addressing the “organizational tsunamis” so common in such failures.

At the end of this 2 hour program, participants will be able to DEMONSTRATE:
1. Recognition of the individual and systemic (organizational) signs of productive mourning and the signs of when mourning becomes stalled.
2. An ability to describe the interventions the psychoanalytically-informed consultant uses to facilitate productive mourning, enhance resiliency and to assist in stabilizing an organization that undertakes a merger.
3. Appreciation of the ways in which a psychoanalytically-informed consultant maintains a holding environment, serving as a container for powerful affects and anxieties, and assists in identifying, organizing and interpreting this data in order to re-stabilize the organization.

About the presenter:
Dr. Laura Huggler is a graduate psychoanalyst who consults with organizations and executives. She received her doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems with an emphasis in psychodynamic systems and has Masters Degrees in counseling psychology and in industrial and labor relations. She is the former co-chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s committee on Corporate and Organizational Consultation. She was a guest editor and contributor of The Psychoanalytic Inquiry’s volume on “The Mind of the Executive.” (2012). Dr. Huggler is also in private practice in West Bloomfield.