Group relations conference: Going against the grain: the value of anxiety in organisational life

4 – 7 September 2023

This four-day Group Relations Conference is an opportunity for members to experience the processes that influence organisational and group life in an immersive way. It’s a chance to pay attention to, and study, the tensions and pleasures generated when the internal world of the individual meets the emerging world of the ‘temporary organisation’.

About this conference

This conference aims to consider the role anxiety can play in growth and learning. Development requires some anxiety, but not too much – a ‘window of tolerance’ for learning. Set against the backdrop of trends towards compassion and kindness in leadership and organisational life, as well as an awareness of the real-world injuries perpetrated within organisations, how can we hold a space open for anxiety with the aim of learning something new about ourselves and the worlds we live in?

The conference will include a small number of places for individuals to join a Training Group. This is an opportunity for those who have previously attended a conference, and wish to deepen their experience of group relations and start to develop the skills necessary to take up the role of group relations staff in the future – see the application form for details.

Please direct any queries to the conference administrator on:


Internal applicant – £530 

External applicant – £670

Training group member – £670

Closing date for applications: Friday 4 August 2023

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At the Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Ln, London NW3 5BA

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