Sofia Gerbase

Clinical Psychologist at Unmind

Talk Title

Psychological Safety: Building fearless teams

Room

Lovelace

Date

28.10.2022

Time

16:00 > 40 min

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How do you support a team culture where everyone feels safe to open up, ask questions, and raise ideas without fear of negative consequences?

Your first instinct might be that this question is for managers and leaders — people whose responsibility it is to create that culture and lead the team. But let’s challenge that assumption. Inside a team, it’s everyone’s responsibility to bring technical skills, but also to embrace different opinions, build trust, nurture curiosity, and learn from failures. Each individual has the power to influence a psychologically safe team culture. So, what do you bring to the table?

As Android developers we don’t just bring code to our teams. We should be bringing our whole authentic selves and contributing to a team culture where everyone feels safe to do so too.

In this talk, managers and team members will have the opportunity to reflect on who they are at work, how they contribute to the team beyond code, and take away practical ideas for how to create psychologically safe teams.

Speaker Bio

Dr Sofia Gerbase is a Clinical Psychologist at Unmind, a workplace mental health platform. As part of the Science Team, she’s responsible for ensuring the clinical quality of the platform. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and a masters in clinical neuroscience. Before joining Unmind, Sofia worked in the UK’s National Health Service delivering psychological therapies and supporting staff teams to foster improved wellbeing. Sofia is passionate about improving individuals’ mental health by working at a systemic level with organisations to foster psychologically healthy work environments.

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