Where: UCLA Louis Jolyon West Auditorium
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Part I: GREX Talk: Ideas Worth Sharing: Members working in diverse fields share exciting applications of group relations.
Part II: Relating to GREX…Experientially: An event to explore the GREX unconscious
Part III: Know Your Board: Past, Present & Future: The Board will present its own work in progress and then open it up for discussion, critique and brainstorming proposals of where we want to go from here.
For those of you planning to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm (PST) on October 30, 2013. Lunch will be on your own from noon to 1pm.
Earl T. Braxton, Ph.D.
Charla Hayden, M.A.
Panelists:Colleen Brent, M.S.W. and Larry Hirschorn, Ph.D.
ORGANIZATIONS ON THE EDGE: HOLDING, FOLDING, OR WALKING AWAY
Maintaining one’s equilibrium in a rapidly changing organizational milieu requires the ability to position oneself close enough to experience the dynamics and simultaneously distant enough to observe them. Knowing when to focus and tackle the job, stay still and observe, let go to discern the emerging opportunity and, finally, walk away and learn from experience calls for cultivating balance and reflective judgment.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Earl T. Braxton, Ph.D. is the President of Edge Associates, a management training and consulting firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Braxton’s special interests include organizations in conflict and undergoing change, high-risk groups and the people who lead them, and effective management models for senior leaders working on the edge. Dr. Braxton was on the clinical faculty at Yale University, is a past Director of the National Annual Group Relations Conference on Authority and Leadership and served as Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
$25 for conference and $15 for CE units
RSVP and questions to Cydny Rothe: email@example.com
Mail checks to Cydny Rothe 181 N. Oak Knoll Ave., #4, Pasadena, CA 91101 or pay onsite
2 hrs of MCEP, CE, BBS and Credits available for Psychologists, LCSWs, LPCC/MFTs.
Grex is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists (PhD), and by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing professional education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT/LPCC/LCSW). Grex maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Founded in 1969, Grex provides training and education influenced by the Tavistock model of group relations work.
Grex aims to further the understanding of the forces that determine the complexity of
organizational, social and political dynamics.
Through education programs and organizational consultation,
Grex promotes innovation in the application of group relations theories
and serves as a resource to other training and educational institutions.
Members of GREX support the purpose of the institute through their dues
and active participation in the organization.
In order to be eligible for membership, an individual must have attended
at least one experiential group relations conference.
Members who are current in their dues shall have full voting privileges in Grex
and receive a discount when registering for Grex sponsored conferences and events.
Grex members are invited to meetings, conferences and experiential events.
Individuals may join GREX without being members of the A.K. Rice Institute,
though joint membership will assist both organizations.
GREX Board of Directors
Raymond Bakaitis, Ph.D.
Tara Victor, Ph.D., ABPP/CN
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
Charla Hayden, MA
Chair Resource Development Committee
Jack Lampl, BA
Strategic Planning Committee
Interim Chair: Communications/IT Committee
Strategic Planning Committee
Suzy Spradlin, Ph.D.
Ara Haroutiounian, MS
Associate Conference Director:
Vivian J. Gold, Ph.D.
Tara Victor, Ph.D
Competition impacts every aspect of our lives, from the ways we learn, to the ways we work and play. Human beings compete in a multitude of ways for a multitude of reasons. For example, we may compete for resources, prestige, or power. Using this conference as a microcosm of the world around us, we have the opportunity to experientially explore the dynamics of competition, authorization, collaboration, alignment, leadership, followership, and other aspects of social and organizational life.
As we work together to better understand the dynamics of working together, we may consider paying special attention to how individuals become authorized to lead. Whose voice gets a response and who must work hard to ensure his/her voice is heard? Are these actions and phenomena simply coincidences or do they represent aspects of the social dynamics of competition and collaboration?
Join us in an exploration of our group dynamics as we compete, collaborate, and work together to gain a better understanding of the social worlds we live in.
The primary task of the conference is to provide learning opportunities, mainly through here and now experiences of group members’ physical reactions, feelings, thoughts and behavior, to study the dynamics of leadership, membership, and followership, in groups.
The ‘Tavistock’ model of studying groups and organizational systems is a powerful method for exploring the covert or unconscious dynamics that emerge when human beings work together. The conference will be a temporary organization whose purpose is to study its own structure and dynamics as they evolve. Participants co-create an amplified feedback loop of individual and collective experience and reflection, which offers opportunities to discover and examine emergent forces, structures and connections amongst each another, our groups, and the organization as a whole.
Wilfred Bion is one of the original theorists for what was later referred to as the Tavistock method of studying group dynamics and social systems. From the perspective of this tradition, groups do not always function rationally or productively, nor are individual members necessarily aware of the internal and external controls they rely on to maintain the boundary between their announced intentions and their unconscious and/or covert desires and motivations.
Based on Bion’s discoveries and hypotheses regarding group functioning, a British organizational consultant named A. Kenneth Rice and his colleagues at the Tavistock Institute for the Study of Social Relations in London designed a learning experience called a group relations conference. These conferences represent an effective methodology for examining group dynamics and increasing awareness of group phenomena that can apply to any size group from very small to an entity as large as society itself.
We engage in an important perceptual shift when doing this work – the group is the organism of interest or study; not the individual. The group has a body and life of its own from this perspective, and works as a whole to promote survival and accomplish conscious and unconscious goals.
By bringing into awareness the irrational aspects of group life, and the social defense mechanisms used within them, groups (and the individuals within them) can learn to become more effective at achieving their goals and less prone to act out in ways that do not serve their collective task.
The conference is comprised of events designed for participants to study small and large group dynamics. In addition, the Organizational System Event provides opportunities to study: 1) group formation; 2) inter-group dynamics; and 3) how groups organize themselves in ways which unconsciously mirror the social environment around them. Furthermore, review, analysis and application events are designed for participants to reflect on their experience at the conference and apply this learning to their ‘real world’ experience.
The conference provides a variety of group events through which the primary task may be explored. These events are described below:
Plenary events bring the entire organizational system together where members and staff may share expectations, reflections and explore processes of the conference as a whole and in its parts.
Each member participates in a group of 7-12 individuals. The task of the Small Study Group is to study its own behavior as it emerges. The group is assisted with its task by one or more staff consultants.
The entire membership meets together as a single group with the task of studying its own behavior as it emerges. The Large Study Group is assisted with its task by a team of staff consultants.
All members of the conference and the staff group participate in the Organizational System Event in order to examine the evolving conference organization. Members may form themselves into groups of their own choosing and interact with other groups, including the staff, in the interest of their learning. Opportunities are available to examine the processes of interacting with the staff during this event.
6 – 8 members meet with a staff consultant to explore the roles they have taken during the conference; their experiences and observations; and how to apply this learning to outside organizational life.
The staff provides the organizational context in which the conference occurs. Within the conference, the staff has at least two roles: 1) acting collectively as the management of the conference and 2) taking up specific roles such as director, administrator, and consultant. On the basis of their experience and reflective capacity, the staff formulates working hypotheses about what is happening from the perspective of group and systems processes.
Staff are chosen for their ability to maintain a reflective focus on the primary task and what is happening in the group as it pursues that task. Staff development and training during the conference further supports that focus.
As part of the conference design, the way in which the staff exercises leadership and authority, as individuals and as a group, is available for study.
Ara Haroutiounian, MS — Principal, AHA! Solutions: Team and Organizational Development; Associate Professor, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Training Program; Board Member, Grex; Member, AKRI; Co-Founder/Director, Axia Learning, Inc.
Vivian Gold, PhD — Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Medicine,; Attending Medical Staff, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Service; Private Practice of Clinical and Consulting Psychology; Fellow of AKRI; Member and Past President of Grex
Tara Victor, PhD, ABPP/CN — Associate Professor, CSUDH Department of Psychology; Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Neuropsychologist, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; Consulting Psychologist, Survivor Entertainment Group; Vice-President of GREX; Member of AKRI.
Ara Haroutiounian, MS
Betsy Hasegawa, EdD — Senior Consultant, Ritchie | Tye Consulting, New York, NY; Organizational Consultant, Executive and Leadership Coach, Bellingham, WA; Associate, New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations and Social Systems; Associate, A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI); Co-Creator, Group Relations International.
Vivian Gold, PhD
Richard A. Lewis, PhD, MBA — Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Department of Psychology; Private Practice; Associate, A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems; Board Member, GREX.
Shahin Sakhi, MD, PhD — Clinical faculty, Semel Institute, UCLA Psychiatry Department; President, Grex; Psychiatrist, Educator, and Consultant.
Additional staff may be authorized. This conference also contains a training component through Grex and the A.K. Rice Institute’s Consultancy Training and Certification Training Program.
A full list of authorized staff will be provided in member registration packets.
This conference is designed as an integrated experience, so participants should plan to attend all events. It is important to note that, while experiential learning such as that available in this conference can be enriching, it can also be stressful at times. Therefore, individuals who are ill or experiencing a period of significant personal difficulty may wish to forego attendance at this time.
In order to support members’ freedom to experiment in whatever ways they believe will best facilitate their learning, staff members will not report the behavior of any individual member to anyone outside the conference without the member’s authorization. Members are encouraged to maintain the same degree of confidentiality.
Post-conference application seminars will be available for those who want to focus on applying their conference learning to their outside group relations or are interested in consultancy training. The seminars provide members a means to further explore their conference experience. They also offer historical and theoretical knowledge about group dynamics. The seminars are structured as follows: One 90- minute session per week for four weeks. Those who are interested will be able to choose an instructor among the available staff and meet based on a mutually agreed upon time and place or via telecommunication.
This conference functions as a training opportunity for those wishing to develop group relations consultancy skills. Trainees will participate in staff consultant roles where each trainee is assigned to an experienced staff member for work. All trainees will work on learning with the Director of Training before and during the conference. Interested applicants should contact the Conference Administrator as soon as possible. Considerable previous experience in group relations conferences is required. A parallel training opportunity for those in Stage II of the A.K. Rice Institute Training Program will also be included in this conference.
Applications will be accepted through Tuesday April 30, 2013 after which applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis based on availability.
Individual Membership $350.00
GREX and/or ARKI Members
Become a GREX Member ($60) and save $15 $275.00
Group Discounts (3 or more members registering together)