Psychological safety describes an environment where people feel able to express themselves without fear that others will think less of them. In the workplace, that translates to employees feeling comfortable speaking up - whether they're sharing ideas, asking questions, expressing concerns or acknowledging mistakes. Psychological safety is also the belief that you won't be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes – a shared belief held by members of a team that others on the team will not embarrass, reject, or punish them for doing so.
In this fast-paced, hour-long and light-touch taster session, psychotherapist / trainer / facilitator Darren Cheek will explore and plant the seeds of how psychological safety can be achieved.
We will explore the key themes and contributors to creating safe work spaces, which in turn will encourage an increasing ease with:
Raising difficult issues or concerns
Nurture the ability to admit errors or mistakes
Grow confidence in order to offer different opinions
And even encourage happy and comfortable disagreement.
Darren has been working as an individual, relationship, family and group psychotherapist since 2006 – as well as being an extremely experienced trainer, role-player, presenter and facilitator in both public and corporate, national and international settings, including NHS Trusts, Cancer Research, BBC Academy and the National Bank of Pakistan.
Darren is also an actor, director, writer, teacher, dramaturg and Artistic Director of Damn Cheek Productions. A fluent British Sign Language user, he's currently developing Damn Cheek’s newest creations which include an extensive site-specific community theatre project in the North East of England, plus a theatre piece focused on disordered eating, and an outdoor site-specific piece exploring individual and collective grief. Darren is also continuing to develop the monthly Zoom performances which Damn Cheek which began in 2020 during lockdown which aim to stretch the boundaries of Zoom for online audiences.