Working in organisations – the unconscious at work – a group relations conference

Conference overview

How can you take up your professional role at work with a stronger sense of freedom and authority ? The conference is a three-day intensive experiential development programme which aims to increase participants’ personal effectiveness and creativity in their organisational role(s).

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The learning from group relations conferences is relevant to people from any professional background. The conference is designed as a temporary organisation in which staff and members will explore and seek to learn from organisational behaviour as it happens.

The aim of the conference is to develop a spirit of inquiry into the dynamics of organisational life and one’s own part in these.

Issues for exploration include :

  • the impact of self on others and the impact of others on self
  • leadership and followership
  • authority and power
  • delegation and representation
  • lateral and vertical inter-group dynamics
  • the dynamics of sub-groups who share pre-existing relationships.

This conference also allows for the exploration of communication across different languages as the conference will be bilingual French and English and may include members who only speak one of these languages or who speak one of them much better than the other.

Description of the conference

Conference membership

Applications are invited for:

  • Conference membership
    No previous experience of Group Relations Conferences is required for taking up the role of member.
  • Conference Training Group membership
    A number of Training Group places are available for members who have previously completed at least one Group Relations Conference as a member and who now wish to develop their learning from a different perspective or begin to develop their capacity to work as staff consultants on such Group Relations Conferences. Members of the Training Group will need to have a working knowledge of both English and French and be available from 15.30 until 17.45 for a preparation meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 4th May and for some meetings before and after the published hours for the conference on each of the conference days.

Conference staff


  • Kay Trainor, Director
  • Vega Roberts, Associate Director
  • Nora Schneider el Gueddari, Associate Director for Administration

Conference Consultants will be drawn from:

Rémy Barbe, Christophe Delaloye, Peter Griffiths, Gwen Hanrahan, Barbara Ozdemir, Francois-Michel van der Rest


Hosted by Tavistock Consulting and le comité de la formation au Travail Groupal Analytique (TGA) and Centre Recrutement, parcours, compétences & formation des HUG

Practical information

Conference timings

Friday 5th May 10.00-19.00 (with registration from 09.45)
Saturday 6th May 09.00-19.00
Sunday 7th May 09.00-15.30 (with farewell drinks at 15.30)


Centre Recrutement, parcours, compétences & formation
des HUG, bâtiment les Grands-Bois
Chemin du Petit Bel-Air 2, 1225 Chêne-Bourg


The price of attendance (non-residential) is:
Members: CHF 960
Training Group Members: CHF 1120

Pre-conference administration

For a booking form either to be a member, or to join the conference Training Group, please contact the pre-conference administrator: Isabelle Hochuli 

Full fee payable to reserve a place.

Cancellation charges:
Less than 2 weeks in advance of first day: 100%
Between 2 and 8 weeks in advance of first day: 50%
Over 8 weeks 25%


If you have any queries about membership of the conference or the Training Group contact Kay Trainor

5 May 2017 09:45 to 7 May 2017 15:30

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