Our Bodies: Our Groups

    New Readings in Group Analysis (NRGA) Conference 2017

    With presentations from Catherine HayesSue Mitchell and Susanne Vosmer

    Date: Saturday 1 July 2017, 9:20 AM - 5:00 PM

    Venue: Institute of Group Analysis, London NW3 5BY

    The annual New Readings in Group Analysis conference presents an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in Group Analysis, whether member of the public, IGA trainee or IGA Member, to come together to discuss emerging ideas, visions and applications in the field. Over the years, the NRGA conferences have promoted dialogue on many levels; within the Group Analytic field; between Group Analysis and other fields; as well as between the theory and practice of Group Analysis. It is a forum where both new and old narratives can be heard and discussed, providing an opportunity for reflective and critical thinking while building on the Group Analytic foundations of the field.

    This year we have an exciting day planned with three group analysts presenting different papers on aspects of the body and embodied experience in group analysis. 


    9:00 AM Registration and refreshments
    9:20 AM Introduction to the day
    9:30 AM Presentation followed by Q&A: "The language of the Symptom and the Velveteen Rabbit" 
    Catherine Hayes explores working with psychosomatic symptoms from a group analytic perspective
    10:15 AM Presentation followed by Q&A: "Open wounds. Visible impairments and the conductors body" 
    Sue Mitchell examines the dynamics of disability and the potential of these visible wounds for transformation.
    11:00 AM Refreshment break
    11:15 AM Small group 
    12:30 PM Lunch break (provided)
    13:30 PM Presentation followed by Q&A: "Romantic love in group analysis" 
    Susanne Vosmer argues for a group analytic approach emphasising embodiment that allows and interrogates
    experiences of romantic and erotic love.
    14:15 PM Small group
    15:30 PM Refreshment break
    15:45 PM Large group
    17:00 PM Drinks and snacks


    // Special Discount for IGA Members and Students!

    IGA Students £49
    IGA Members £59 
    Non-members £85


    Flyer here

    The NRGA Committee consists of Vasilli Magalios, Claire Barnes, Julia Borossa, Maddy Loat and Daniel Anderson.


    Catherine Hayes is a group analyst, working as a full-time Psychotherapist in a Psychotherapy Department in Colchester, Essex. Prior to this she was a project manager for the same NHS Trust. She originally studied Sociology and Health Studies at Essex University.

    Sue Mitchell is a group analyst working in Scotland. She is a clinical neuropsychologist working in the NHS with people who have neurological conditions. She has a long-standing interest in creatively applying group analytical ideas and practice to people with disability.

    Dr Susanne Vosmer is a group analyst and clinical tutor/lecturer for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate (ClinPsyD) programme at the University of Hull. She is a member of the Love Research Network at the University of Hull. Her 2017 article 'The myth of romantic love may be ruining your health' has been translated and published by newspapers worldwide.  

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