The Group Analytic Society








The Group-Analytic Society
258 Belsize Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7316 1824
Fax: +44 (0)20 7316 1880




Information on the Society

The Group-Analytic Society (London) was founded in 1952 by S.H. Foulkes, Jane Abercrombie and Norbert Elias as a learned society to study and promote the development of group analysis in both its clinical and applied aspects. Members of the Society come from different countries and from many fields and disciplines, including psychology, sociology, medicine, nursing, social work, counselling, education, industry, architecture, anthropology and theology.

To provide qualifying training courses in group analysis the IGA (London) was founded by members of G.A.S. (London) in 1971. Over the last twenty years, many qualifying group-analytic training institutions developed throughout Europe and worldwide. These came together in Heidelberg in 1988 to form the European Group Analytic Training Institutions Network (EGATIN).

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A group of people, usually seven or eight in number, meet regularly once or twice a week. The conductor’s task is to develop the group’s awareness of itself as a powerful agent for change. In this way, all members can become skilled in making connections between unconscious processes and the way they think, feel and act. The group comes to represent, for each member, a microcosm of the world each inhabits, in which alternative ways of dealing with pressures and challenges can be explored. Through skilled analysis and understanding of what each person brings to the group and of the way in which they relate to fellow members, everyone is enabled to take responsibility for their own actions and for the resolution of the problems which led them to seek help.

Group Analysis applied

Group Analysis is a way of understanding group processes in small, median or, large groups. It is concerned with the relationship between a person and the network of activity in the many groups of which he or she might belong. Through these group processes we can explore what bearing the public and private aspects of a person’s life have on one another, and the dialectic between group and personal development.

Personal, professional and institutional well-being flow from development in, of and by the group. Hospitals, university departments, schools, religious bodies, social work teams, social agencies, businesses and trade unions have all benefited from the application of Group Analysis. In order to investigate the cultural foundation of the self, members of G.A.S. (London) joined in forming the European Association for Transcultural Group Analysis.

What the Society provides

The Society works through a number of sub-committees and provides:

  • The Journal: Group Analysis
    containing papers, book reviews and international correspondence.

  • The International Newsletter: Contexts
    with news, reports and correspondence.

  • An International Directory of Members:
    with a contact person for each country.

  • A List of Members’ Publications Worldwide

  • Library Facilities

  • Scientific Meetings:
    held in London.

  • The Annual Winter Workshop and Summer Workshop:
    a four to five day international event.

  • The Annual S.H. Foulkes Lecture

  • Spring Weekend Meeting – Study Day

  • International Activities:
    a symposium and workshop every three years.

  • Affiliation to EGATIN, to the European Association for Transcultural Group Analysis, to the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and to the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

  • Workshops:
    The society offers its members a substantial reduction of fees on most events organised by the Group-Analytic Society.