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
Join us for a reflective session around Working Mothers, led by GRA Members Liz Brnjak and Kristina Karlsson. This online session is for fellow working mothers to come together and discuss the issues and challenges they have found in balancing this role. For more information about this session, or to see previous discussion on the […]Find out more »
From April to June this year, in the shadow of the COVID-19 global pandemic, GRA sponsored a series of rare and intimate Listening Posts. Held entirely online, and spanning four continents over three months, the series enabled citizens from across the globe a unique chance to listen and share their experiences and preoccupations. During this […]Find out more »
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 […]Find out more »
GRA will hold its AGM on Saturday 14th November from 3-6pm. This will be a virtual meeting (via Zoom) with tentative plans to hold the AGM from 3-4pm and to have an event or social gathering for members from 4-6pm. Be sure to mark the date in your calendar.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
7/9/20 Covid-19 and the Foggy Mind Liz Brnjak I am a working mother to a two-year old active boy. I have been struggling with a pervasive sense of fatigue and exhaustion during the current COVID lockdown. A recent conversation with one of my neighbours, who is a...
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...
The Austen Riggs Center presents a virtual Friday night guest lecture with Edward R. Shapiro, MD. Psychodynamic systems theory brings together individual dynamics with the dynamics of human systems. We are all shaped by our contexts and, when we begin to recognize our...