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

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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

Working Mothers’ Reflective Group

Working Mothers’ Reflective Group

Liz Brnjak and Kristina Karlsson, both mothers, invite other working mothers to participate in a 5-week reflective group of mothers to explore their experiences of working and leadership. We encourage participants of all ages with children of any age as we wish to have a diversity of experience, wisdom and reflection. The group will meet […]

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04 November


Via Zoom,

GRA will hold its AGM on Saturday 14th November from 3-6pm. This meeting will cover the previous financial year, and also look at the recent work done by Liz Brnjak and Jennifer Burrows on the GRA's Membership. Nominations are also open for GRA Members interested in taking up a role on the Directorate. Nominations are […]

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14 November

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

Latest News

Dynamics of Racism: GRA blog

Dynamics of Racism: GRA blog

This new GRA sub-project The Dynamics of Racism and COVID19 - aims to explore racism in ourselves and society, continuing an existing GRA project, with particular reference to COVID19. The blog will be updated regularly and make reference to basic assumption...

Covid-19 Listening Posts – Report

Covid-19 Listening Posts – Report

In conclusion to the 2020 Listening Post events, you are welcome to read the summary report. This report is being launched by Jenny Smith, Nuala Dent and Jinette de Gooijer via Zoom on September 30th, 2020 at 7pm. To RSVP to attend the session, please email...

Tripod Patchwork – A Group Relations Reflection on COVID-19

Tripod Patchwork – A Group Relations Reflection on COVID-19

GRA and the international group relations community are responding to and finding ways of reflecting on the impact of COVID19 – on communities, institutional leadership and our sense of shared trust and dependency. A third summary of these responses internationally is...

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