Group Relations Australia is a professional association for people interested in group relations and systems psychodynamics

We conduct a stimulating range of activities and events including professional practice meetings, a biennial Group Relations conference, workshops, publication of the Socioanalysis Journal, members’ days, seminars and lectures


Centring of the Sphinx for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations’

by W. Gordon Lawrence (Socio-Analysis 1,2: 1999)

When we are overwhelmed by thoughts and emotions from change and disruption in organisational life, how do we keep on thinking so that we can be in touch with reality and make good decisions and behave well? How difficult that can be! For Gordon Lawrence, such a thinking stance might be likened to the Sphinx – a ‘questioning attitude’ which brings awareness, consciousness, and meaning.

Kristina Karlsson, Book Review Editor, Socioanalysis

Explore these ideas in greater depth at the Socioanalysis reading group.

About Socioanalysis

Socioanalysis is GRA’s international journal published annually and edited by Susan Long. It is a journal about groups, organisations and society from the systems psychodynamic perspective. This journal addresses the need to provide a vehicle for the publication of papers in the area of socio-analysis. Our policy is to invite papers of an international standard whilst supporting both established and new writers.

Upcoming Events & Training

Systems Psychodynamics book launch and workshop

Book Launch/Workshop – Systems Psychodynamics Trilogy – Mannie Sher & David Lawlor The authors, both consultants who work with the Tavistock Institute in London are experienced and world renowned practitioners […]

$43.66 – $100
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28 April
Via Zoom,

Socioanalysis Writers Festival: Be Inspired!

Part of the celebration of 25 years of Socioanalysis and its Editor-in-Chief Susan Long. Socioanalysis Writers Festival brings writers and readers together to be inspired by new ideas; to learn […]

$15 – $35
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06 May
18 Erin St, Richmond. 3121., 18 Erin Street
Richmond, Victoria 3121 Australia
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Socioanalysis Reading Group (Session 3)

This reading group will be exploring Socioanalysis over the years to help us understand the challenges of the contemporary world. Over the years, Socioanalysis had published some important articles promoting […]

$15 – $120
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20 May
Via Zoom,

International Dialogue Initiative: Case Conferences/Workshop series

Join the International Dialogue Initiative: Case Conferences/Workshop series A seminar/discussion based on Professor Volkan's work on the part large-group identity plays in societal conflicts across national, ethnic and religious boundaries. […]

$60 – $75
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22 May
Via Zoom,

International Dialogue Initiative: Case Conferences/Workshop series

Join the International Dialogue Initiative series: Seminar plus Case Conferences/Workshop series with Vamik Volkan. Our large group identities begin to form soon after our individual identities. I might learn that […]

$350 – $530
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05 June
Via Zoom,

What is systems psychodynamics?

Systems psychodynamics originates in the field of psychology and psychiatry. This approach is a more in-depth way to gain a deeper understanding of why certain structures exist with groups and society. Examples include racism, sexism, bullying and corruption, to name a few.

The purpose of GRA is to promote the study of group dynamics and the interactions between conscious and unconscious processes in organisations, groups, and society, and their application in professional practice.

We aim to achieve this understanding through discussions, events such as guest speakers, conferences, training and seminars and the publication of articles in a journal.

Why become a member?

Becoming a member gives you access to the latest research and thinking in the field of systems psychodynamics. You also have the opportunity to build your network with other professionals who practice this approach in the field. As a member, you will receive the monthly newsletter and the annual Group Relations Australia Journal Socioanalysis, in which we encourage members to contribute to. For members, all training and events are discounted with early registration and regular updates. Members can follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Engagement with like-minded group relations / OD professionals working in managerial, consulting, clinical and academic roles

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Opportunities for ongoing learning about systems psychodynamics in groups / teams, organisations and society

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Priority access to GRA events: biennial conference, professional enhancement activities, coaching / mentoring, social activist projects


Receive current information and research into group socioanalytic and psychodynamic approaches with a subscription to Socioanalysis included with membership

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