Non-formal learning

Group Relations seminar using methodologies of experiential learning developed by Tavistock Institute


The seminar is organized by Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Vilnius University Faculty of Philosophy, Social Work Department (assoc. prof. Jolita Buzaitytė-Kašalynienė) and aims to provide in-service training for leaders, managers, consultants, educators, researchers, and administrators, professional and technical workers, who are working in diverse work settings. Field of application, use: management of organizations & communities

The study program is approved by the Council of Faculty of Philosophy and VU Senate in 2011. Participants gain the Certificate of Vilnius University.


1) To create possibilities for participants to enhance competences of management of uncertainty and change in organizations and communities; and competences of coping with stress, which allows to work constructively in constantly changing environment.
2) To enhance understanding of leader’s and follower’s roles which are necessary for successful operation of organization; to enhance abilities to perform those roles, and develop successful strategies of the roles’ performance.
3) bring together understanding of the conscious and hidden, sometimes unconscious, motivations and resistance of work groups as they engage collaboratively and competitively with one another.


You will have opportunities to learn how to:
•manage yourselves in the multiple roles necessary for contemporary leadership where greater inter-personal and inter-organisational collaboration is called for;
•use your emotional literacy to inform your actions;
•understand and manage motivation and resistance to change / innovations in yourselves and others;
•understand personal strategies of coping with stress;
•Make decisions and perform constructively in uncertainty;
•take up formal and informal leadership and followership roles as you explore group and institutional dynamics as they happen.

Therefore this programme allows you to:
•become more effective in working with the underlying dynamics within and between organisations and between these and the wider society
•apply the roles taken up within the programme to your own organisations and networks.
•group, organisational and social dynamics;
•exercising innovation and authority for oneself and on behalf of others
•the interplay between tradition, innovation and change
•the place of feelings, impressions, expectations, thoughts, fears, likes and dislikes that reverberate in the programme and provide the raw material for understanding relationships and relatedness between individuals, groups, organisations and systems
•taking up the challenge of learning about what is known and what is not known in organisations; where knowledge is based and how it is disseminated throughout the different systems
•the cooperative and competitive relationship of organisations to their social, political and economic environments.


3 credits, 84 ac. hours (including 42 ac. hours of direct contact – 5 days seminar)


Please contact assoc. prof. Jolita Buzaitytė-Kašalynienė:

Tel. nr.: +370 5 266 7610



Our faculty’s Erasmus coordinator and her assistant are ready to help you:

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Assoc. Prof. Jolanta Aleknevičienė


Phone +370 5 266 7602, room 211


Office hours:
Monday 14.00 - 16.30
Wednesday 10.30 - 13.00

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Erasmus+ coordinator‘s assistant

Rūta Dragūnevičienė


Phone +370 5 266 7606, room 212


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