Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety: Strategies for building trust and resilience

leadership development workshop

📆 19 July 2024

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety:
Strategies for building trust and resilience


Learn by Doing: Transforming Insight into Impactful Action for psychological safety

The pandemic underscored a fundamental truth: trust and resilience form the bedrock upon which teams either falter or flourish in high-pressure work environments. Leaders adept at fostering open communication, encouraging vulnerability, embracing risk-taking, and valuing diverse perspectives cultivate teams that not only endure but actively support each other. In the face of the intricate challenges defining modern work life, such teams not only survive but thrive, weathering overwhelming pressures that can otherwise stifle productivity and innovation. This workshop is designed to help you enhance your ability to nurture psychological safety within your team, creating an environment of trust where innovation thrives, challenges are met with resilience, and collective success is the norm.

At the completion of this full-day workshop you will have:

  • the ability to identify key elements contributing to psychological safety and assess its current state in their teams.
  • valuable insights into the practical and emotional aspects of team interaction that either contribute to or hinder a culture of psychological safety.
  • an understanding of theoretical frameworks for fostering trust and resilience in work environments.
  • actionable psychological safety strategies for translating workshop learnings into elevated levels of trust and resilience in their teams.

What’s included in this full-day workshop?

➣ A facilitated discussion exploring the elements of psychological safety and why it is important leads to a diagnostic exercise for participants to identify the current state of psychological safety in their teams.

➣ Participating in experiential learning through a temporary team exercise offers valuable insights into both the practical and emotional dimensions of collaboration, shedding light on behaviours that may hinder or foster a culture of psychological safety.

➣ A seminar on the theory and practical application of Winnicott’s (1971) concept of the ‘holding environment’ and Hirschhorn and Gilmore’s (1992) ‘managing the boundaries that matter’ for cultivating work environments in which trust and resilience can thrive.

➣ Dedicated time to review how the workshop learning can be applied to address identified team issues allowing participants to leave with practical strategies for taking their team’s psychological safety to new levels.

Who should attend this immersive workshop?

‘Cultivating Psychological Safety: Strategies for building trust and resilience,’ is tailored for leaders seeking to enhance team dynamics and well-being. Whether you oversee people or operations, if you value practical frameworks and hands-on learning to deepen your understanding of psychological safety, this workshop is designed for you. Walk away with actionable strategies to nurture trust, navigate team interactions, and create environments where your team thrives.

Join this immersive one-day leadership development workshop to unlock your leadership potential, address team challenges, and navigate the intricacies of building a resilient and trusting work culture. Embrace this opportunity to excel as a leader, making a lasting impact on your team and contributing to a psychologically safe and innovative workplace.


Winnicott, D.W., (1971) Playing and Reality, Tavistock Publications, London
Hirschhorn, L. & Gilmore, T. (1992) ‘The new boundaries of the boundaryless company’, Harvard Business Review, Vol 70 (3) p.104

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety









Friday 19 July 2024


9.30 am – 4.30 pm

💷  For only

AUD $970

$850 per person limited-time offer until June 30!

Three or more participants from the same organisation for $825 $700 each (limited time offer until June 30!)

Email Helen to find out more about our 7 or more place packages, custom-designed to suit your organisation’s needs.


Melbourne CBD
Morning tea & lunch provided

All workshops are available for on-site delivery, and the potential for a hybrid format can be discussed.

Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety: Strategies for building trust and resilience

leadership development workshop with the following:

Ms Helen McKelvie

Helen McKelvie

Helen has had over 25 years of working in organisations to inform her approach to helping others gain insights into how they take up roles and how to achieve greater alignment with individual, team and organisational purpose. Her own roles as internal planning consultant, policy and project manager, and lawyer in workplaces in both the public and private sectors have provided her with first-hand experience of the complexity and challenges of organisational life.

Helen is an alumnus and now teaches in the Master’s program at the National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA). She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. In addition to her academic qualifications, Helen is an accredited practitioner of PRISM Brain Mapping, an online, neuroscience-based behaviour mapping instrument, and is a registered Analytic-Network Coach. Helen also has training and experience in workplace mediation and yoga teaching qualifications.

Mr Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell

Over the last several years Thomas has enhanced his extensive professional experience by learning from, and working with, leaders across the executive coaching, group dynamics, and systems psychodynamics fields. A graduate of the NIODA Master of Leadership and Management – Organisation Dynamics, Thomas combines a deep understanding of working in large organisations with a passion for supporting others as they work toward achieving their goals and gaining a deeper awareness of their actions and drivers. Highly skilled in creating a safe environment to support participants explore their roles, Thomas manages the balance between empathy and candour allowing participants to feel secure whilst having their assumptions challenged.






The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia (NIODA) offers internationally renowned post-graduate education and research in organisation dynamics, and decades of experience consulting with Australian organisations. 

The study of organisation dynamics brings together socio-technical and psychoanalytic disciplines to explore the unconscious dynamics that exist in every group, team or organisation. Learning more about these theories, and reflecting on the experience of them, can support leaders and managers to unlock great potential in their organisations, tackling issues through a whole new light.

PO Box 287, Collins Street West,
Melbourne  8007  Australia
+61 (0) 414 529 867

NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.

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