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

Conference overview

This is an applied 3 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.

We have now reached capacity for the July Virtual GRC but will be operating a waiting list. If you would like a place on the waiting list then please make initial enquires to grc@tavi-port.nhs


Due to the situation with Covid-19, we are unable to run a face to face conference so this will the first virtual GRC organised by the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust. This will be a new experience for conference staff and members and give us all the opportunity to explore the issues we would encounter in a face to face GRC with the added impact of working remotely which we are all facing in our lives currently. 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 PowerPoint presentations 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.

The conference is for people in any kind of working role who are 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 and well as thinking more about Group Relations as a way of learning - its past present and future.

This is what past participants have said about our GRCs:

‘I would do it again and recommend it to others’. 

'I found the experience to be a deeply intense representation of the true challenges to joining with others. It gave me some profound ideas about myself and what I bring to my work, for better or worse. And overall, despite feeling worn out, the conference increased the awareness I have of myself when in groups, personally and professionally, which is beginning to really help me.'

‘the conference was very thought-provoking and I felt emotionally charged by it. It has left me thinking more deeply about my own role, my work and the impact on my clients. I appreciate having this opportunity to be guided through so many complex issues by the consultants...’

The conference fee is £600          

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

For more information on fees please contact the conference administrator on 


The course dates are:

  • Wednesday 8 July 2020, 9.30-5pm
  • Thursday 9 July 2020, 9am-5pm
  • Friday  8 July 2020, 9.30-5pm

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

Conference Director                            Dr Mellini Mahadevan

Associate Director                               Dr Sarah Wynick

Pre-Conference Administrator        Maisam Datoo

8 July 2020 09:00 to 10 July 2020 18:00