Vernon Solomon
Clinical Psychologist

Vernon Solomon

  Clinical Psychologist

  MA Clinical Psychology

Topics Covered By Speaker:

  • Emotional Wellness and Stress Management
  • Leadership
  • Organisational Culture and Team Building

About Speaker

Clinical Psychologist

Vernon Solomon is a registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Psych-Care and Consultancy. His focus is on strengthening individuals, groups and systems. Vernon’s clinical work is mainly involved with adults, couples and groups. He also supervises individual practitioners and mental health teams. Vernon has worked in tertiary education and research for many years. He has an interest and has worked in community mental health, public health and strengthening health systems. He has worked internationally and with organisations and health systems. Vernon has facilitated policy development and organisation development processes. He is a part-time member of the faculty of the College of Health Sciences at UKZN involved with research supervision in the Masters of Health Science programme.

Speakers Topics

1. Why teams and collaborative work?

Work is increasingly complex and demanding of diverse competencies and talents. Collaborative work is challenging for many, often leading to unproductive conflict and workplace tension. Yet teams are powerful systems capable of innovation, high performance and achievement of goals and tasks unattainable by any individual alone. This talk provides the rationale for teams and outlines how to build and sustain high-performing teams.

2. If you want a high-performing team, you must have conflict

This talk explains the critical relationship between trust and conflict within teams and how this directly relates to innovation, commitment to the tasks, and attention to results and outcomes.

3. Am I a manager or a leader?

The leadership and management approaches in the workplace have changed to meet modern ideas concerning productivity, creative and innovation. This talk teases out the differences between managing and managed workplaces, as opposed to leadership and led organisations and their implications for innovation, high performance and motivated workplace teams.

4. Systems and personal mentorship

Mentorship is a contracted interpersonal process geared towards the growth and development of individuals and systems at work. This talk explains the value of mentorship for staff and systems growth, for staff retention and for succession planning.

5. Participation at work

Participatory management and leadership models have shown powerful effects on staff motivation, creativity and innovation, and ultimately, reduction on results. Participatory approaches also directly benefit managers’ and leaders’ stress. This talk outlines the change in management models from centralised authority to distributed responsibility and accountability. This is gained through participatory approaches and this talk introduces methods for how to achieve this.

6. Emotional Intelligence at work

Emotional intelligence as a concept has gained currency in workplace conversations, given its strong association with successful leadership and high performance. It has been defined as the “…ability to perceive, identify, and manage emotion. It provides the basis for the kinds of social and emotional competencies that are important for success in almost any job”. Some authors argue that emotional intelligence is more associated with success than the more conventional understanding of intelligence. This talk provides an overview of EQ, or EI as it is called, and explains how it relates to success and performance, and importantly how this interfaces with leadership and management. The talk will offer opportunities for participants to self-assess their EQ and reflect on areas for personal growth and development in a safe, private and non-disclosing way. The talk will also extend thought beyond the rigid distinction between IQ, intelligence, and EQ, emotional intelligence, to consider emerging notions of intelligences, such as technical, motivational, learning intelligences amongst others. This talk serves as a companion talk to the talks on teams, leadership and participatory leadership and management.

7. Stress and health: Some simple techniques to manage stress and promote health

The relationship between stress and poor health outcomes is well documented. This talk explains the link and teaches several easy-to-implement techniques to fundamentally change stress reactivity and to manage arousal, anxiety, panic and general stress. These techniques are easily taught, can be done in the workplace and practiced at home. With regular practice, research has demonstrated clear positive health outcomes.

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