Leadership, Organizational Behavior Management, & Public Policy SIG

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Leadership, Organizational Behavior Management, & Public Policy SIG

Affiliated 2016

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Contact Information

Donna Read, MA
ACT Therapist and Executive Coach
Managing Systems for Wellness, LLC
Aurora, CO, USA


Our social world is built on the past decisions of others trying to solve the problems of particular contexts. Some of those past decisions have had unintended and toxic effects. But everything that was built by people can be rebuilt by people. If we are to design and implement new systems of social cooperation in organizations, policies and social institutions, we need the psychological flexibility to make sure that what we build reflects and embodies our shared values. Concurrently, to work effectively at this scale, we need to address psychological toxicity in the environments we wish to influence.

The mission of the Leadership, Organizational Behavior Management, & Public Policy SIG is to scale the psychological flexibility model up to the level of organizations, public policy, and social institutions more generally. We believe it is especially important to consider the interrelationship between environment (toxic or nurturing) and psychological flexibility in our efforts to provide something of value to the world.

General Interest Area to be Specifically Addressed

1) Share ideas and develop new strategies for developing and promoting psychological flexibility in diverse communities and organizations.
2) Combine these strategies with evidence-based approaches to the design of nurturing communities.
     a) Test this combined approach empirically.
3) Publish findings.
4) Conduct & publish larger studies for dissemination purposes.
5) Based on this research, develop community and organizational service projects aimed at:
     a) Preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
     b) Increasing the prevalence of nurturing environment Proposed Activities.

SIG Activities

The LOPP-CBS SIG is interested in developing both research and community service projects. We seek to design new ways to disseminate psychological flexibility that are responsive to the needs of diverse communities. This group will draw upon its membership for ideas, collaboration, research design, and strategic development of new knowledge, practice, and dissemination. We will interact via a dedicated listserv, web-conferences, and annual meetings at the World Conference. Proposed activities discussed by the membership at the World Conference include:
- Sending out a questionnaire to assess the needs and expectations of members of the LOPP-SIG
- Further discussion around the ethics of sharing proprietary information, whether this LOPP-SIG is the right place to do this and/or if processes need to be in place to protect IP
- Agreement that a monthly discussion topic would be good with each month’s topic led by a different member of the group
- A LinkedIn group with members resumes for potential consulting recruitment purposes
- Learn the Prosocial process

Description of Membership

Our group includes but is not limited to those who are interested in basic and applied research, coaching, prevention science, public health, public policy, ACT, ACTraining, and the design of new ways to promote psychological flexibility at a societal level.