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


Enhancing Group Effectiveness through creating and maintaining a ‘Reflective Space’

T. Martin Ringer

Socio-Analysis 3,2: 2001 (85-108)

GenAi, democracy under threat, pandemic, climate change, fake media and the great resignation. We live in challenging times. For the next three months we are looking at the importance of potential space or reflective space in creating a place where we can think about and make sense of some of the challenges that we are facing in contemporary society. Martin Ringer. ‘Enhancing group effectiveness through creating and maintaining a "reflective space" ‘. (Socio-Analysis, 3 (2), 2001, pages 85-108). Martin Ringer highlights the importance of reflective space in facilitating the effective functioning of groups. The author explores why reflective spaces are important and what is needed to create and maintain them. Issues such as secure containment and effective linking are identified as important to helping to build reflective spaces.

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.

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Call for expressions of interest

Applications close 15 September, 2024.

In a rapidly changing world facing many profound challenges, the GRA Directorate is interested to hear from applicants about innovative ideas in the design and implementation of a conference. These ideas could explore the myriad of challenges in contemporary society, the decline in the popularity of experiential (group relations) conferences and/or how innovative design might address what appears to be a reluctance to learn from experience. Read more.

Upcoming Events & Training

CPLN – Online Autumn Series – Tuesday Evenings (August 2024)

The GRA Consultant Peer Learning Networks (CPLN) offer consultants a supportive environment in which they can explore the experiences and dynamics that occur in their work in a way that […]

$200 – $300
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23 July
Via Zoom,

Is an organisation a bicycle or a frog? Intelligent Leadership

Join a series of three interactive discussions based on chapters from Intelligent Leadership by Alistair Mant Alistair Mant (1938 - 2020) was a notable Australian management consultant and writer. We […]

$100 – $140
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23 July
Via Zoom,

eCPLN – online Autumn Series – Wednesday evenings

The GRA Consultant Peer Learning Networks (CPLN) offer consultants a supportive environment in which they can explore the experiences and dynamics that occur in their work in a way that […]

$150 – $250
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07 August
Via Zoom,

Socioanalysis Reading Group (Session 6)

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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19 August
VAPP, 18 Erin St
Richmond, VIC Australia
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Bridging the Gap

Led by the team from the renound International Dialogue Initiative (IDI) Presenters: Vamik Volkan, M.D., DLFAPA, FACPsa, is the founder and President Emeritus of the International Dialogue Initiative Regine Scholz, […]

$210 – $370
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07 September
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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