Structure, Process and Content in Groups


27th October 2019, 09:00 -17:00

1 Daleham Gardens, NW3 5BY


This workshop – set up to explore and apply foundation concepts in group analysis - celebrates the 3rd anniversary of John Schlapobersky’s book:

From The Couch To The Circle:  Group-Analytic Psychotherapy In Practice (Routledge 2016).

It is now a core text in the curriculum of training programmes in many parts of the world.  John brings it back to the IGA in London where it was developed and first launched.

The workshop is for clinicians, teachers, supervisors and students.  It will be enriched by participants’ varied levels of experience including those applying group analysis as a therapy and those in experiential and consultative work with groups.

Each of the workshop’s three components will be explored through a demonstration group.  Participants will be invited to role-play their own work.  Structural concepts are applied to problems of dynamic administration; process concepts applied to group dynamics; and issues about content applied to symbolic communication and hidden forms of meaning.

John’s workshops have been presented in many parts of Europe, and in Israel, South Africa and USA.

At the heart of John’s book are long-standing topics that owe their conception to Foulkes and Anthony’s originating texts:

Copies of the book will be available at a concessionary price.

Structure, Process and Content

John makes novel use of these topics to explore the conductor’s work with a group’s silence, speech and language.  He describes a progression in group analysis from relational through reflective to reparative process; and from monologue through dialogue to discourse.  Attention is given to who is speaking, to whom and about what, to focus on what is not being said - secrets, conflicts, failed disclosures and dissociation – through work in the dynamic present.


FEES (early bird deadline 27th August)

IGA Students/Unwaged


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