Group Relations Conferences
2021 Group Relations Conference
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 and amplifies relational dynamics that are already present in organisational and societal cultures.
It seems timely to examine these experiences, to explore in-depth the psychic reality of a pandemic-led shift to working online.
You are offered the opportunity to examine and explore the lived experiences of working online, to develop new capabilities for managing these experiences, and to experiment with new approaches for building more effective online working groups and teams where members can encounter each other more fully and productively.
The program schedule is 2 half days per week over 4.5 weeks. Participant numbers are limited to a maximum of 40 to enable in-depth study of group and interpersonal dynamics, the culture of an organisational system, and to provide focused individual role consultations. A team of international staff will facilitate participants’ learning.
A limited number of partial bursaries are available to those unable to get full financial backing from their employers or other sources. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please indicate on the Application Form or email Caroline Farmer, Associate Director and Director Membership Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: ‘Network’, Nuala Dent, 2020
Since 2008, Group Relations Australia has held week-long residential working conferences and non-residential mini-conferences. These conferences offer opportunities to explore conscious and unconscious processes that determine group behaviour, role-taking and personal authority, leadership and followership. Participants and staff are from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and other countries across the globe.
Group relations conference technology originated with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK) as a method to learn from one’s lived experience of group and organisational behaviour. The method is based on clinical and research practices in psychoanalysis and the social sciences. A group relations conference is a powerful, immersive mode of learning about the roles we take up for effectively participating in groups, organisations and society.
Each GRA conference focuses on a theme relevant to organisations and communities. Previous conferences explored:
- Collaboration and Competition (2018)
- Multiple Roles | Conflicted Interests (mini-conference) (2018
- Lateral and Vertical Relations at Work (2015)
- Changing Relationships @ Work (2013)
- Managerial and Leadership Paradoxes in Organisations Today (mini-conference in the Bridger tradition) (2011)
- Leadership for the Future (2010)
- A Delicate Balance: Challenge for Professionals Managing Multiple Roles (mini-conference) (2009)
- Inter-generational Dynamics in the Workplace (2008)