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Quarterly Meeting for Members And Colleagues (QMMAC)

Friday 1st March 2024, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Online via Zoom so all welcome 

(usually in person in Edinburgh)

Climate justice: grounding the group analytic matrix in ‘how nature works’.

the major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.’ Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind

The matrix is one of the central metaphors in group analysis and the foundation matrix is understood as the social and historical context of groups. The notion of the matrix recognises the unconscious links that connect members of large groups, and we think about it as what is shared by a group of human minds. But where in our group analytic notions of ‘foundation’ is the more than human life that we are interdependent with? We wonder how minds work, but how often do we wonder how nature works?

Climate justice is an awareness of current inequalities in suffering the effects of global consumption and warming, rooted in historic power dynamics. Finding ways of grounding the foundation matrix in how nature works gives us one way to deepen our understanding of our interconnections with our environment. We can also apply group analytic insights into levels of unconscious communication, translation and belonging to understanding what gets in the way of care and repair and contributes to causing harm to ourselves and others.

Marci López Levy is an Argentinian group analyst and writer with a background in sociology and anthropology. She is currently co-convening a series of experiential workshops on models of group dialogue on climate justice for the IGA. She is the Seminar Lead for the IGA Diploma in London and works in the NHS developing trauma informed practice.

QMMAC offers the exciting opportunity to meet colleagues and students from group analysis, psychoanalysis and related professional fields for a shared experience of large group work and presentations relevant to working in psychotherapy.

This quarterly meeting provides an enjoyable and supportive space for thinking, dialogue and learning. The regular meetings aim to reduce feelings of professional isolation, stimulate creative discussion and develop a sense of community among those involved in psychodynamic work.

Through shared learning and dialogue, we grow stronger and more confident about our work and its place in the psychotherapeutic milieu.

Suitable for past and present trainees in group analysis (at any level), group analysts, individual analysts and colleagues in other fields with an interest in groups.

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