Sukrut was formed, with the aim of further enhancing the existing potential of the individual, by encouraging the individual to express himself in a safe environment and work together towards the possible effective, alternative solution/s.
We are an objective, non-judgmental, third party Organization. We provide a safe environment to discuss various issues by ensuring confidentiality. We help deal with various issues either on a one to one or group basis.
We conduct organizational training programmes for public- and private-sector organizations. Issues such as self-awareness, substance use and abuse, work-life balance, relationship issues (work or personal), personality / behavior issues, adjustment issues / work culture, depression, lay off counseling, grief counseling and assessments, research and interventions
Sukrut works inter alia with ThinkTank to offer individual-development, leader-development, and organization- development services based on psycho-dynamic theory. We enhance the existing potential of an individual by enabling her / him to express unambiguously and work towards proactive and functional solution/s that are sustainable.
Sukrut and ThinkTank collaborate to conduct organizational diagnosis to identify accumulated toxicity in the system and in key individuals. We then design and offer, after intense consultative sessions with the client, training and allied interventions to release the toxicity and increase effectiveness. We have been working with PSUs and private organizations, as well as hospitals and NGOs. Interrelated challenges that get resolved are self-awareness, substance use and abuse, work-life balance, relationship issues (work or personal), personality / behavior issues, adjustment issues / work culture, depression, lay-off counseling, grief counseling and assessment. We also organize separate programmes for women and other special populations.
Life Coaching is different from career-coaching, and coaching to become more effective in role. As the term indicates, life coaching is a specialized, professional, and niche initiative that only a few organizations are equipped to provide. This is a process in which the individual gradually begins to identify the key personality-related blocks that create tension and result in dysfunctional behaviors and relationships, causing more tension. Issues from inter-personal and inter-group situations often lie unresolved in the psyche and become toxic over time, causing tension for the individual and her / his interface within the group / organization.
Our affiliates, trained in psycho-dynamic and psycho-therapeutic practice, provide the diagnosis and the consulting / coaching interventions appropriate to the context.
Sukrut offers both basic and advanced professional immersions, drawing on the dual traditions of Indian Society for Individual and Social Development (ISISD) and Tavistock UK. ISISD, now defunct, was founded by Prof Pulin Garg, a Psychoanalyst and iconic academic at IIM Ahmedabad, along with 15 professionals and academicians, in 1978. Following in the tradition of Carl Rogers, ISISD attracted individuals who were not ill, also pulling in ….. nurses, housewives, people in the business world, priests, ministers, teachers, youth ie. people who can benefit from therapy. A few ISISD professionals also trained and underwent psychoanalysis under Prof Garg, to begin independent consulting with the unconscious aspects of individuals and organizations.
The inspired application of Kleinian psychoanalytic concepts (http://www.melanie-klein-trust.org.uk), developed by Wilfred Bion and others in UK, began the Tavistock tradition of understanding the nature of unconscious processes and communication in groups and organizations. Prof Gouranga Chattopadhyay, an original founder of ISISD along with Prof Pulin Garg, initiated the seeding of what is globally known as the Group Relations Conference (GRC) in India, from 1973.
Sukrut continues to build on ISISDs culture-specific theories of reflection and action which match with the changing scenario of Indian reality, blended with the Rogerian person-centered approach, both with anchors in relationship that enables acceptance of the other, in a spirit of collaboration and mutual empathy. If I can provide a certain type of relationship, the other will discover himself the capacity to use that relationship for growth, and change and personal development will occur. Sukrut also recognizes and draws on Girindrashekhar Bose, the father of Indian psychoanalysis, and his doctoral thesis on repression. Bose wrote: The field of repression in normal life is very much wider than usually believed. Our ideas of morality, crime, punishment, chastity, social duty etc. all owe their motive powers to this source.
Today, Sukrut is the only institution in India that integrates these two psychoanalytic traditions of “working below the surface”. Its flagship programs – the Inward Change Conference (ICC) which has been running for almost two decades since 2003, and the Group Relations Conference (GRC) which has been running since 2005 – integrate the design of both, but with distinct interventions that are psycho-dynamically informed.
The Inward Change Conference
The internships, informed by psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psycho-dynamic theories, have morphed into a 03-Phase, full-week immersions in each phase. They are offered annually, during Summer and Winter.
Participation beyond Phase I is by invitation. The objective of the last two phases of internship is to develop professionals committed to accredited practice in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and / or Organization Psychodynamics.
Phase I is attended by people who are not ill and can benefit from a deeper understanding of what guides their actions, as well as therapy to resolve the toxicity within. It offers an experiential journey that views emotions / feelings as important in human beings, and working with emotions as central to decision-making. This stand-alone phase seeks to help people become aware of, make sense of, regulate, accept, express, and transform emotional experiences. It is based on an evolutionary understanding of emotions / feelings as an innate and adaptive system which helped us survive and thrive. Emotions give us important information about the world and our wellbeing; they inform us of our needs and guide our actions to meet them.
A participant can expect to discover new meanings for old, painful events in life. Consequently, it frees the individual to explore new, untested behaviour-choices and make decisions that leave little scope for intra-personal tension and toxicity.
Phase II is by invitation, after an open assessment between the individual and a senior therapist from Sukrut. This phase is an exploration into roles in its interface with systems, and facilitates exploration into the exercise of personal authority in the execution of organization task. The design of this immersion draws on international practices from the Group Relations Conference (GRC) of Tavistock UK and The India Conference, and brings into awareness the primacy of primary task and the significance of maintaining time, territory, task boundaries.
Rogers’ classics On Becoming a Person (1961) and Encounter Groups (1970), Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1968), translation of Freud’s Civilization and It’s Discontents (1930), Jung’s Psychology of the Unconscious (1916), Klein’s The Psychoanalysis of Children (1932), and Wilfred Bion’s Experiences in Groups and Other Papers (1961) are must-reads for study and analysis before a person can move into Phase III.
Phase III is a challenge to continue unpeeling the self, in the context of key psychoanalytic theories as they apply to oneself and in groups / organizations. Participants will be required to explore deeper repressed material in the personal unconscious.
On completion of Phase III you can expect to be invited to join Sukrut’s ICC and Group Relations Conference (GRc) initiatives as Co-Facilitator.
Many participants have chosen to take a break before returning to complete Phase III. Sukrut recommends a 05-year association for the committed individual. This includes completion of the internships, attending modular courses on the basics of Psychology, on Human Personality, on Psychoanalytic theories, and on Organization Psychodynamics, and completion of a supervised module studying two human cases, one young and the other older, and defend this case-work.
On completion of the internships, the mandatory coursework, and a few experiences as Co-Facilitator will prepare you to apply theoretical frameworks to various professional challenges in development of people, and in mental health. It will enable you to plan & implement interventions for issues faced by children, adolescents, adults, and families. Alternately, you could also opt to deploy your skills in Organization Psychodynamics, and inform your diagnosis about toxicity in leadership role-holders, toxicity in a department / function, as well as in the organization.
Above all, you will find yourself in consulting & change, and are less surprised by demands from your clients, your contracts, or yourself.
The Group Relations Conference समुहा सम्बंध सम्मेलन
The India Conference
Sukrut, in collaboration with ThinkTank, has offered several short-duration, stand-alone Group Relations Conferences, since 2005, for a wide range of institutions and organizations. The latest successful application of this intervention has been in a 04-month elective for final-year MBA students at IIM Udaipur, since 2012.
In 2015, Sukrut offered the first-ever 14-day residential The India Conference in India, drawing on the Leicester model, and again in 2017 and 2019. The overriding theme of TIC is “Exploring Leadership, the exercise of Authority, and Management of Self in Organization (ELAMSO)”, with a specific sub-theme each time.
The pandemic of Covid 19 played spoilt-sport with Sukrut’s TIC 2020, designed in collaboration with St Gallen University, Switzerland and planned to be held in Europe. It will, however, be offered in August 2021, and will explore the unexamined tensions that exist “below the surface” in individual and group processes.
Sukrut is committed to bring applications from Psychology and Psycho-dynamics through occasional initiatives in education and training.
One recent initiative in 2019 was to train doctors and nurses in Government-run hospitals, through a series of programs called “Healing the Healers”. The Workshops, conducted in Kolkata and Bengaluru, addressed challenges encountered by the healthcare professional and was aimed at developing an understanding of the medical and organisational context in relation to practitioner behavior. The objectives were as follows:
- To recognize the signs and symptoms of a doctor and a nurse in difficulty,
- To explore possible underlying causes,
- To understand the role of pressure and stress in relation to nurses,
- To identify approaches to management and support,
- To identify relevant tools and techniques for the individual doctor and nurse.
The interactive workshops were conducted by Dr Megan Joffe, a Psychologist from UK, on the invitation of Sukrut.
An earlier initiative, in 2013 and again in 2018, was for Psychologists and others to understand and administer Rorschach. Psychodiagnostics is the technical term for what is sometimes called character reading. A modern scientific extension of the ancient art of physiognomy, the field of psychodiagnostics has been said to be the most complex branch of psychology (Gordon Allport). Etymologically, the term psychodiagnostics means to have seen through to the psyche. As a clinical phenomenon, it is the process whereby a Psychologist comes to “know” the character structure of an individual. In 1921, Hermann Rorschach published his monograph Psychodiagnostics: A Diagnostic Test based on Perception and observed that The test has proved to be of diagnostic value. In normals it makes possible differential diagnosis of personality; in patients, the diagnosis of illness. Furthermore, it presents an intelligence test almost completely independent of previous knowledge, memory, practice, and degree of education. It is possible by means of the test to draw conclusions concerning many affective relationships. The test has the advantage of almost unlimited applicability.
Sukrut’s other initiative in education has been the “Workshop on Organization Psychodynamics”. Open to members of the top-management team in industry, government, education, social services, the not-for-profit sector, and private practice, this workshop helps gain a better understanding of people in a working context, and also gain a greater capacity to understand the intra- and inter-group processes that lead to effective or dysfunctional organisations and teams. Whilst group therapy has long been established as a highly effective form of treatment, organizations are increasingly utilising this intervention as a means of providing cost-effective Oraganization Development as well as personal therapy for key individuals. Working creatively with teams within the current climate, with individuals with increasingly complex presentations and needs, requires thinking space.
Sukrut’s “Practitioner Certificate in Psychosocial Intervention for Consulting & Change (PCPICC)” has been offered eleven times to date, from 2008. It provides in-depth introduction to the development of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic perspectives, and how the key theories can be applied to diagnose and effect change when working in organisations as a leader and as a consultant.
Sukrut will soon launch the first-ever two-year part-time Masters program in “Organization Psychodynamics and Leadership” in India, for working executives.