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