The Power of Group Attachment (Oxford)

The Power of Group Attachment (Oxford)

Attachment is a primary instinctual force for meaningful human connectedness, as essential for our physical and emotional survival as food and sex. John Bowlby (‘father’ of the theory) conceived the human mind as a social phenomenon. He proposed that healthy attachment evolves from the cradle to the grave, from the family group to increasingly larger and more sophisticated group configurations.

The application of attachment principles to group analysis, to wider psychotherapy practice and to organisations can enhance the quality of care and support to all – fostering environments where learning, emotional growth and wellbeing are cultivated.

This conference will be open to anyone who is interested in groups, relationships, organisational life and personal development. Space for further thinking and reflection will be provided in small and large discussion groups.

Arturo Ezquerro, a group analyst, consultant psychiatrist, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is senior lecturer at the Institute of Group Analysis and author of Encounters with John Bowlby: Tales of Attachment (Routledge). Bowlby was his supervisor and his mentor at the Tavistock Clinic (1984-1990).

Date: Saturday 27 April 2019 
Time: 9:15am – 5:15pm 
Keynote Speakers: Arturo Ezquerro 
Chaired by: Anne Holmes and Anne Reilly

Venue: Hosted by Oxford Group-Analytic Network, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, OX44 9EX


9.15am Registration
9.30am The Power of Group Attachment
11.00am Small groups
12.30pm Lunch (provided)
1.30pm Attachment and Organisational Life 
3.00pm Small groups
4.15pm Large group 

Conference fees
 // Early Bird until 28 Feb 2019
IGA Students                             £50 / £60
IGA, UKCP, OPS members      £55 / £65
Public fee                                  £65 / £75

CPD certificates will be provided.

This event is now operating a waiting list. If you are interested, please email

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