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Group Relations Conference 2020

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Group Relations Conference 2020


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.

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

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

Residential Care Home Support Worker
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Clinical Training
Senior LAC Inclusion Worker
Clinical Psychologist/Lead
Consultant Psychiatrist
CT2 Doctor
Social Worker
Mental Health Nurse
Eating Disorder Dietitian
Psychodynamic Organisational Therapist
Team Manager Community CAMHS
Service Manager. Band 8a
Senior Lecturer- Teaching under and post graduates
Assistant Headteacher
Ward Manager
Clinical Lead of an NHS IAPT (step 2 and 3) service




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