Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News
Organizational Psychiatry: Does the Company Want to Change?
CHICAGO -- An important key to the success of an organizational psychiatry consultation lies within the consultant, Dr. C. Donald Williams said at the annual meeting of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry.
"The consultant can be profoundly positively impacting," said Dr. Williams, an occupational psychiatrist and certified group psychotherapist in Yakima, Wash.
He described several lessons he learned during a 2-year consultation with a private, nonprofit community health plan that was in financial and organizational crisis.
For example, to provide that positive impact, it is important to establish and maintain trust through practical competence, consistency, and complete commitment to the consultation, he said, adding that the consultant should exceed expectations and embody the changes that are promoted.
That is, when a consultant asks a company to be accountable, available, on time with execution, reality focused, and results oriented, that consultant must be accountable, available, on time with execution, reality focused, and results oriented, he said at the meeting, which was cosponsored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Also, Dr. Williiams learned that parallels exist between organizational change and personal change. For example, organizational change requires commitment by the chief executive officer and the consultant, and individual change requires commitment and time of the patient and the therapist. …