Dr Sadie King

Dr Sadie King, Principal Researcher Consultant, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Co-Director of P3C Practitioner Certificate in Consulting and Change.


Dr Sadie King, Principal Researcher Consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human RelationsMy work at the Tavistock Institute includes evaluation, organisational and professional development assignments. Recent key areas of focus have been Children’s Social Care and Mental Health and Wellbeing. I integrate systems psychodynamic, gestalt and anthropological approaches to support communities and organisations in learning and through change. 

Working or living close to animals has always been an important aspect of my life. I am fascinated by spaces of animal and human co-existence. My early career as a zookeeper led me to work on a conservation project in Cameroon, and it was there, working with a hunter community that I decided to study anthropology. Today animal welfare and rights is an important concern and I have been thinking a lot about human co-existence with animals and some of the psychological and societal consequences of our healthy and less healthy relationships.



Emotional aspects of work with animals in the context of change and complexity

Whilst it is true that many sectors are experiencing difficulties resulting from the global pandemic, it is important to acknowledge that there is also something unique about the world ‘animal people’ inhabit. We work and live with other species perspectives (as much as we can understand them) and with this brings enhanced wellbeing in the interaction, and satisfaction in their care. But with it also comes exposure to their abuse, neglect and exploitation and grief when they are lost. This webinar presents evidence and case studies on the emotional aspects of work with animals that offers food for thought beyond the patient, client, clinician ‘triad of care’.