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
‘Wellbeing challenges in the public sector. From heroic sacrifice to mindless suffering’: A reading, discussion and application group Does ‘the end ever justify the means’ when we think about public sector workforce wellbeing and the effort and expectations in responding to crisis, including bushfires and pandemics? Join Karen Olver and Kristina Karlsson to think about […]Find out more »
Disembodied Relations at Work online conference A group relations style conference for exploring the dynamics of working online during a pandemic. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 16 February - 17 March 2021 (AEDT) Covid-19 has forced many to work remotely. Several months on, we are learning that the reality of working online during a pandemic exposes […]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
We live in the midst of a global pandemic which has put severe restrictions on international travel. As a result, the second Taiwanese Group Relations Conference, the first international one, will be conducted online via Zoom. Title: 'Authority and Leadership in Times...
Every two years, the AK Rice Institute hosts a four-day event known as the “AKRI Dialogues”. The event is for people who have attended at least one Group Relations Conference and who want to contribute, explore and influence the discourse of group relations...
AAGP Sydney Large Group presents: Bridging social distance is the dilemma of our time. Can dialogue influence the social atmosphere? To continue the pattern established in 2020, we invite both local and international colleagues to join us in developing thoughtful and...