Rather than being primarily a content-oriented course, the emphasis is on experiential learning through small and large group work on specific psychological safety-related challenges. From these situations, we draw out learnings and assist participants to apply these insights in making progress with their own challenges.
The underlying model for the course is the OBREAU conversation model (Observation, Reasonableness and Authenticity), developed by Don Dunoon and increasingly recognised internationally.
We use the OBREAU model to explore scenarios provided as well as actual situations participants bring to the table to frame the issues with greater clarity, to take account of different perspectives, and to identify potential actions/interventions.
Following the initial one-day workshop (or two virtual half days), participants have access to a set of e-learning modules to extend and deepen their learning and consider different scenarios and possible responses.
The concluding (90-minute, virtual) meeting, ordinarily about one month after the workshop day (or virtual sessions) is designed to help participants:
- Reflect on and share their experience so far in fostering psychological safety
- Explore and discuss intervention strategies with challenges they have encountered
- Consolidate, deepen and extend their skills in nurturing safer work environments
- Embed their practice, to assist them in their work in enabling safety and high performance.