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Group Relations Conference 2018

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Group Relations Conference 2018

Tradition, Transience and Innovation

Exploring the Complexities of Working and Leading in a Changing World

A three-day non-residential group relations conference

Conference Director: Maxine Dennis
Associate Director: Simon Tucker

Dates: Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2018
Venue: NSCAP, Bevan House, 34-36 Springwell Road, Leeds LS12 1AW.
Fee: £550
Early bird and NSCAP Students: £450
(Apply before 31st January 2018)
Concessions are available if two or more people from the same organisation apply.

Conference format and outline
A Group Relations Conference is an experiential event which develops in depth understanding of relationships in professional life. The 2018 NSCAP conference offers an excellent learning opportunity to explore the challenges of working and leading within groups and organisations amidst turbulence and change. There will be a maximum of 33 participants.

Conference activities explore issues such as individual and professional identity, power and authority, while considering the opportunities and limitations of taking up a role in the process of working to a task.

Learning Aims
In a turbulent and changing world, organisations are also constantly adapting and evolving to keep pace with social, political, economic and technological developments. Innovation is essential but needs to be built on solid foundations.

For the individual within these organisations the oscillating demands require a process of connection, disconnection and reconnection to our own knowledge, values and aspirations. This may mean holding differing and discordant perspectives simultaneously as we seek to establish what is useful and valuable in contemporary organisational life. Increasingly the working environment is transient - more ‘agile’ more ‘fluid’. This requires a capacity to examine both what we know, what we value and what we feel. Balancing both tradition and innovation to find a sustainable way forward becomes a central task for everyone working in and leading transient organisations.

The conference will assist participants to explore and understand more fully the complexity of individual and organisational identity within an uncertain context. Conference participants are supported to apply those insights to their professional practice, their work with and within organisations, and their interactions in society.

Who should attend
This experiential learning conference is open to and relevant for anyone working with, or leading, different types of organisations. This might be in business and commerce or within health and social care, education, criminal justice, academia, religion, voluntary and statutory bodies.
The learning environment of this Group Relations Conference is designed for those who are interested in understanding themselves more in groups and organisations, especially in periods of turbulence. It is particularly relevant for those who are looking to develop their leadership capacity to effect change within complex and dynamic systems. There will also be opportunities to explore what it means to take up the role of a member of this temporary organisation.  There will be a maximum of 33 participants.

To apply to join the Conference please see flyer on this page.

If you need further information, or wish to discuss the suitability of the conference to your needs, please contact:
Dr Rajni Sharma at or 0113 855 8750.


Course Flyer and Application