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Group Relations Conference 2020

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Group Relations Conference 2020


Due to the unprecedented circumstances of Covid-19 and the strategies imposed by the UK government to contain the virus, we regret that the 6th NSCAP Group Relations Conference has been cancelled.  All fees will be fully reimbursed. Please watch this page for information about possible re-scheduling of this event.  If you have any queries, please email:

This is the 6th NSCAP Group Relations Conference (GRC). It is based on the Tavistock Model for training groups and organisations to explore the complexity and tensions of group life by using an experiential learning method.  Currently our conferences take place every two years and places are limited to 33.  Places are still available for the Leeds 2020 Conference, however we advise booking soon to ensure a place.

As with many trainings at NSCAP, unconscious experience is at the heart of learning in GRCs.  The design and model of learning from experience recognises and values the need to understand the hidden, often intensely felt emotional dynamics in groups, teams and organisations. These three rich and immersive days of experiential learning invite members to deeply appreciate the powerful forces that come alive when we are in group settings.  Direct and immediate experiences offer fertile ground to learn about group and organisational life. This offers unexpected and new opportunities for understanding our work, the roles we take up and how we exercise our authority across the spectrum of leadership and followership.

For the last 70 years GRCs have attracted diverse international and multi-disciplinary members in this specialist approach to training. In doing so, this conference will open up potentials to work more effectively in relation to strategy, structures and tasks.

For information about the 2020 Group Relations Conference, please download flyer by clicking on the link

To watch a video on Group Relations Conferences, please click here.

Rajni Sharma
NSCAP Training Portfolio Lead

Feedback from Previous GRCs
Is there any particular learning that you can apply to your work setting?

"I have my own roles in my group at work much more clearly in focus, and feel able to possibly change them"
"The relationship with my own internal world and how that positions myself within my work authority"
"How to cope with aggression. How to speak my mind without feeling guilty."
"Understanding of different roles and how I can imapct my own position with my work setting"

What was the key learning that you will take away from this course?

"My internal struggles with authority and leadership imparting on how I act in groups."
"To not be frightened about being in leadership roles. Learning is painful."
"Learning more about my own feelings in groups, how I respond to others, act or not act."
"How to be a more efficient team member at work."
"Take more of a leadership role."

Any other comments

"This course was startlingly contrasting to other types of training in its approach/content - very refreshing"
"It was an incredibly emotive, challenging experience, but very worthwhile."
"I have found the conference an invaluable learning experience"

Professionals who attended previous GRCs

Divisional Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge Manager (Acute NHS)
Executive Coach & Leadership Development Facilitator
Health Visitor

Joint Director of Clinical Psychology (University)
Residential Care Home Support  Worker
Inclusion Worker
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Clinical Training
Senior LAC
Clinical Psychologist/Lead
Consultant Psychiatrist
CT2 Doctor
Social Worker
Mental Health Nurse
Eating Disorder Dietitian
Psychodynamic Organisational Therapist
Team Manager Community CAMHS
Service Manager. NHS
Senior Lecturer- Teaching under and post graduates
Assistant Headteacher
Ward Manager
Clinical Lead of an NHS IAPT (step 2 and 3) service




What does experiential mean?

GRC’s are experiential conferences.  There are no lectures, PowerPoint presentations, reading, assignments or exams.  The learning approach is one of participant observation; detailed, close and beneath the surface attention to group processes.  Experiential learning moves away from the lecture theatre and away from an expert presenting knowledge to the students.  Members of this conference are invited to be much more involved in their leaning about organisational group life, authority and task.  Being a member of this conference opens up opportunities to learn through reflection.  By immersing yourself in the design and processes as the conference unfolds, an aliveness and immediacy opens up which is full of opportunities for learning.  You can take up as much of this as you feel able.  You can observe in substantial detail your individual, actions/reactions, in a “hands on” way.  You are invited to be an active learner where you are more involved in your learning through the opportunities of vivid, intensive and immersive experience.

What does a “temporary organisation” mean?

The conference generates a temporary organisation which is like a group learning lab, a three dimensional, intensive, immersive organisation within the boundary of the conference.  The alive dynamics can be experienced in the “here and now”, which can be felt and thought about in specific detail.  GRCs have developed this specialist design over the last 70 years from its origins in the Tavistock Centre and Institute, London.  This is particularly in relation to the powerful unconscious dynamics in group and organisational life. 

Why are the days so long and would it be OK if I missed some of the events?

This conference consists of learning in and through immersive experiences in groups so a greater depth of learning can take place. The learning is over three substantial days, both in terms of time and space. Members are expected to attend all the events. 

Who can attend these conferences?

Members have been drawn from diverse walks of life such as business, voluntary sector organisations, education, justice, health,  gig economy and start-ups, sports, politics and religion.


Information and Application 2020

Conference Timings 2020