Exploring the complex realities of inter-agency working: an online Group Relations Conference

Conference overview

This is an applied 4 day group relations conference exploring complexities in caring for the emotional and psychological well-being of adults, young people, children and their families within multi-disciplinary and multiagency contexts.


This conference will now be fully online due to the situation with Covid-19. While we had hoped to have an in-person element and restrictions nationally have been uplifted as we are a NHS setting different parameters apply to us. We still have restricted numbers on how many people can meet in one room which makes many of the events in a GRC unviable and not meaningful for your learning. Although this may change in the next few weeks we have to make a decision now in order to plan the conference and give the members adequate advance notice, hence the decision now for it to be fully online. While we acknowledge the loss of meeting face to face, we also have confidence in the model and our previous experiences of the virtual GRCs have demonstrated that it offers valuable learning experiences for members. The conference design has been specifically adapted to the circumstances and the learning needs of the members. We will be using Zoom as our platform which most of us with be familiar with.

This conference is for anyone who works directly with adults, young people, children and their families, or who manages or supervises this work, who also wants a better understanding of themselves and of groups and organisations in this work.

It is not a didactic conference where there will be lectures and PowerPoints but rather an experiential one which offers members the chance to understand more about group processes and how they behave in a variety of group settings. This will encompass considering areas such as leadership, followership, authority, diversity, hierarchy and power structures in a live way and how they impact on individual responses and group behaviour.

It is an opportunity to see how the dynamics of differing professional practices impact on authority and the interplay of this with individually held stereotypes, assumptions and beliefs. Members will also become more aware of the tensions in working with clients across multiple agencies and how collaboration can work but also the forces that may work against it both consciously and unconsciously.

This conference is for anyone who works directly with adults, young people, children and their families, or who manages or supervises this work, and is interested in understanding more about how organisations work and why they don't sometimes. Members may also want to discover how they are in groups and systems, what roles they take up and are given, how others experience them and they experience others. Some members will have previous experience of Group Relations and want to further their learning as well as thinking more about Group Relations as a way of learning - it's past present and future. 

This is what past participants have said about our GRCs:

'I was impressed at how much of a shift I felt despite our only tool being Zoom. We missed out on interaction in the spaces in between events (I chose not to go to the common room) but although I felt this was a shame, our limited interaction and knowledge of other participants added a different dimension to the conference. I'm assuming that in a face-to-face conference we would have learnt more about each other and the way we then related would have been different (not necessarily better or worse).'

'I thought it was very well planned and structured, and the frequent breaks made a massive difference to me so that I didn't feel overwhelmed and also that I didn't get Zoom fatigue.'

'I feel like it gave me the opportunity to develop my thinking despite the online setting, but I wonder what other elements might have played a part in the conference if it would have been in person...'

The conference fee is £632.

Tavistock staff, trainees, and students are eligible for a 20% discount.

There will be a limited number of subsidised staff places.

For more information on fees please contact the conference administrator on


The course dates are:

  • Tuesday 29th March 2022, 9.00am-6pm
  • Wednesday 30th March 2022, 9.30am-6pm
  • Thursday 31st March 2022, 9.30am-6pm
  • Friday 1st April 2022, 9.30am-5pm

The times are provisional at present but will not extend beyond 6pm.

To maximise the conference learning for you and other attendees, we ask all members to commit to attending the whole of all four days.

Conference Director: Dr Mellini Mahadevan

Associate Director: Ian Paton

Pre-Conference Administrator: Maisam Datoo

In-Conference Administrator: Bira Kawooya

29 March 2022 09:00 to 1 April 2022 17:00