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
Who is Group Relations Australia?
GRA is a member-based organisation for professionals, students and those interested in the study of systems psychodynamics as it applies to groups and society.
We provide opportunities for members to connect with each other, to contribute to the field of systems psychodynamics and promote new ideas and opportunities to explore themes that emerge in groups and society.
Upcoming Events & Training
Two GRA members – Mike Faris and Joanne Fitzgerald – are establishing a Consultants’ Peer Learning Network CPLN for those in our field whose work involves them in the role of external consultant. A group of only 8 to 10 members will form for 7 meetings held 3-weekly over the next 5 months. The current […]Find out more »
Today, human existence depends upon the effective functioning of a large number of interrelated institutions and organisations. We have no choice but to depend upon them, but this dependency is at times uncomfortable, and even unsafe. Institutions that have historically been fundamental in the development of Australian society have been subjected to significant scrutiny and […]Find out more »
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
Opportunities for ongoing learning about systems psychodynamics in groups / teams, organisations and society
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
You are welcome to read the activity report following GRA's Wellbeing in the Public Sector – from heroic sacrifice to mindless suffering. This event was held online on February 3rd, 2021, by Karen Olver and Kristina Karlsson.
This is the first in a blog series from Ross Williamson, the facilitator of GRA's upcoming 'Mistrust and Trust in Institutions' series, held from May - June 2021. If you are interested to know more or would like to register your place, please email...
Guest Psychoanalyst Alina Schellekes will be presenting her paper When Time Stood Still: Thoughts about Time, Dimensions in Primitive Mental States. The paper helps to decipher the way patients experience time which provides an additional key to primitive mental...