Dolphyn Newsletter – March 2017

by Dave Collins on March 3, 2017

in Rob Sams,Safety News

The Latest News from Dolphyn

A New Focus on Return to Work

A Humanising Approach to Injury Management & Return to Work
Key Questions:

  • Are you frustrated by the workers compensation system and looking for innovative and ‘humanising’ ways to navigate through it?
  • Are you interested in learning about how we can better support people with injuries through what we know about motivation and in particular ‘autonomy support’?
  • Do you want to learn more about factors that impact on decision making by people involved with Return to Work, including people with injuries, doctors, insurers and the many others impacted by injuries?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this Workshop may be for you.
Workshop Facilitators
This Workshop will be facilitated by James Ellis from Framework Group and Rob Sams from Dolphyn. James and Rob provide a unique mix of both hands on experience and study in the fields injury management, physiotherapy, social psychology along with health, safety and well-being. The focus of their work is to develop a more humanising approach to Return to Work which seeks to benefit people who are injured at work along with their employer.
You can read more about the Workshop and book by clicking THIS LINK.

Reflections of a Learning Adventure in Europe

January 2017 will be remembered for a further ‘learning adventure’ in the Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR) which was held in Linz, Europe. A team from Australia lead by Dr Robert Long and supported by Gabrielle Carlton and Rob Sams hosted more than 40 people from 9 different countries over 4 days in practical, experiential and interactive workshops on the SPoR. The Europeans, more than most it seems, really embrace the idea that ‘risk makes sense’ and walked away from the sessions full of enthusiasm to practice their new learnings in; communication, decision making and learning. 
One of the great privileges of running these sessions in Linz meant that we had ready access to both the natural wonders of Europe including the snow filled countryside, as well as some of man’s most amazing wonders in the form of art. In particular, we were able to visit Vienna and see some extraordinary artwork.

The highlight for me was Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych, The Last Judgement (see photo below). This triptych shows the fall of man in the Garden of Eden on the left panel, the Last Judgment at the center, and hell on the right panel.  You can learn more about the triptych HERE.
Art primes our collective unconscious and can tell us so much about culture and present to us stories in ways that require interpretation and understanding, this leads to more critical thinking. Something vital if we are going to better understand and tackle risk. Who’d have thought that a study of art could help us to better discern risk? You don’t hear of that in many risk learning programs….



The Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk

The Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk (CLLR) is continuing its study program in 2017. CLLR is the only Centre in the world that accredits studies in the Social Psychology of Risk.

Upcoming Programs

1. Semiotics and the Social Psychology of Risk

(Unit 3)
The influence of signs, symbols, messages, language and discourse are critical in understanding how people make decisions about risk. This workshop explores the dynamics of semiotic influences on the collective unconscious and what to do about it.
Dates: 19, 20 & 21 April 2017Venue: Canberra
For more information click HERE

2.  Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk – International Workshop – New Zealand

This is an introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk including understanding Risk Intelligence, human judgment and decision making, unconscious actions, social shaping of behaviour and complexity in risk.
Dates: 8, 9, 10 July 2017
Venue: Auckland, New Zealand
For more information click HERE

A Review of Social Sensemaking

James E. Leemann Ph.D. recently wrote a review of Social Sensemaking which is included below:
Robert (Rob) Sams’ recent book, Social Sensemaking – A Reflective Journal; how we make sense of risk, provides new safety and risk thinking when it comes to considering risk in the context of individuals’ behaviours. Sams characterizes his personal experience with safety as a learning adventure as opposed to a safety journey.  Adventure depicts the “messiness” of life’s ups and downs and the good times and bad, something that is full of risks, uncertainty, and fun. Journeys are often mapped out and programmed, which is far from our daily safety life. Adventure is an apt description for the world of safety, today.
You can read the full review HERE.

Click HERE to Order Social Sensemaking

Recent Blogs and Articles

Disrupting the Methodology of Safety

By Rob Sams
There seems a real focus at the moment on finding better and ‘different’ ways (or methods) to ‘do’ Safety; both in organisations and for those working in the field. There is a lot of good discussion happening and in particular, it is positive to note that much more attention seems to be focused on a greater understanding of people and why we do what we do. Disruption is the buzz word, and in this piece I ponder what it is that we should really be disrupting.
Read the full article HERE

Risk and Safety Starts with Being?

By Dr Robert Long

The key to sensemaking is not the question why but the question who. The question why looks for reasons, the question what looks for objects, the question where looks for space and place, the question when looks at time, the question how looks for method but, the question who searches for being. The question who is a question about relationships, identity, being, i-thou, meaning, purpose, ontology, ideology and trajectory. Once we can sort out the who question, all the other questions make more sense.
You can read the full article HERE



Deconstructing Risk – a Tract

By Hayden Collins

"Deconstructing Risk" – a Tract, and the latest project from Hayden Collins at Risk Intelligent – is now available as a free download here; and is currently being distributed among work sites, public transport routes, and conference centres nationally. So what exactly is a ‘Tract’? 
Tracts are small pamphlets that are historically used to advocate a religious or political position. Since before the invention of the printing press, tracts have been used by reformists, radicals, and revolutionaries to spread their message, and have been an integral element for many ideological struggles throughout history.
You can read more and access the Tract HERE

*Keep an eye out for the Tracts around town, they seem to be turning up all over the place…

New Book Release – It Takes Two to Tango

Michael Kruger has just released an excellent Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk in Europe entitled ‘It Takes Two to Tango, Reflections on Safe Behaviour’. This is the first book of its kind in Europe. 
Michael has become a friend since we studied together in the Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR) program. In this book It Takes Two to Tango Michael has translated the complexities of SPoR into an easy to read introductory text on how social arrangements affect decision making in risk.
You can read a review of the book and purchase it HERE.

Lifeline’s 84aMate Program

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast relies on community support for the majority of it’s funding. If you’d like to help maintain this important community service, you can donate from as little as $8 / month through Lifeline’s 84aMate Program. Click on the icon below for further details.

Being in community with others is important for us here at Dolphyn, thanks for being part of it. We look forward to sharing and learning with you throughout 2017.

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