Group Relations Work: Exploring its Impact and Relevance Within and Beyond its Network is composed of the presentations given at Belgirate IV, as well as some post conference reflections. The various chapters touch on the current flow of Group Relations as a discipline, as a method of work being applied and studied in Group Relations Conferences worldwide and in organizations, training programs, and in the understanding of social phenomena.
The various chapters, while describing, articulating, exploring and conceptualizing theoretical and practical issues, are also opening various questions associated with Group Relations for further thinking and exploration. As such, this book reflects a chain at a certain point in time in the continuous practice and development of Group Relations as a discipline and a method of work.
Reviews and Endorsements:
‘Thinking deeply about how we learn in groups, from groups, and about groups is vital for business leaders and educators. The insights and reflections in this volume provide thought-provoking offerings about innovation, legacy, and thinking contemporarily about concepts and behaviours addressing role, organisation, task and authority. For Group Relations (GR) practitioners this is treasure akin to the jewels found in Aladdin’s Cave!’
— Leslie Brissett, JP, PhD, Company Secretary and Principal Consultant, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Director of The Leicester Conference 2016
‘This book has filled me with awe and a growing sense of excitement about the everexpanding possibilities of implementing Group Relations work internationally – it has stretched the boundaries of my thinking and imagination about the application of GR. The volume brings together and celebrates diverse voices illustrating the application and value of GR in different global contexts. The authors have successfully shown how through passion, commitment, creativity and innovation they and other GR practitioners have ensured the continued contribution of GR globally.’
— Michelle S. May, Professor, Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa
‘This volume is filled with inspired papers and thoughtful reflections. Within and between the lines one can sense the commitment, intellectual rigour, disagreements, creativity, and passion for this work and its power to peer into what is often hidden. It is a must-have volume for insiders and a valuable resource for those in diverse fields who want to learn how group relations can inform and potentially transform.’
— Jack Lampl, artist, organisational consultant, Fellow and Past President, A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems
About the Editors:
Eliat Aram, PhD, is the CEO of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. She is a Chartered Scientist psychologist (BPS) and a UKCP registered gestalt psychotherapist and supervisor. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in the UK and of OFEK in Israel, and is regularly on the staff of group relations conferences both nationally and internationally. Since 2007 she has directed and made innovations to the TIHR’s Leicester conference, 'Authority, Role, Organisation', the Institute’s annual two-week group relations experiential learning conference.
Robert Baxter, MD, is a retired Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville where he was Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. He formerly served on AKRI’s Board of Directors and was its President for eight years.
Avi Nutkevitch, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and organizational consultant. He is a full member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and teaches at the Israel Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a founding member and former Chair of OFEK, the Israel Association for the Study of Group and Organisational Processes. He is currently Co-Director and Faculty of the Program in Organisational Consultation and Development: a Psychoanalytic-Systemic Approach.