The CIAP hosted Attraction and Repulsion: Negotiating Differences in Groups, a Skype presentation by Dr. Mary McRae, on Friday, April 21st from 10:00-12:00. Dr. McRae's work focuses on racial and cultural dynamics in group and organizational life, adapting the Tavistock model to work with crucial issues of intergroup relations that impact the world in which we live.

Mary B. McRae, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, New York University. The focus of her work is on racial and cultural dynamics in group and organizational life. Her work includes adapting the Tavistock model, which is a psychoanalytic and systemic study of authority and leadership in groups and organizations, to working with relevant issues of intergroup relations that impact the world we live in. The Tavistock model was used to conduct an eleven-year series of group relation conferences at NYU called Working With Differences in Group and Organizational Life. She is a licensed psychologist with a private practice working primarily with adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. She also does coaching on work and life issues and group facilitation for meetings and retreats. Dr. McRae has published many articles, book chapters, a book titled Racial and Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life: Crossing Boundaries, and a video, Group Dynamics in a Multicultural World.

The CIAP reading group met on Friday, March 24 from 10:30-12:00 to discuss Kathleen Pogue White's Surviving Hating and Being Hated: Some personal thoughts about racism from a psychoanalytic perspective.

The CIAP reading group met on Friday, February 24 to discuss Yiannis Gabriel's Psychoanalysis and Organization Studies, an exploration of the history and future possibilities of using psychoanalysis to understand, interpret, and improve group and organizational behaviour.

On January 13, 2017, the CIAP hosted a Skype lecture by Dr. Luca Mingarelli on Insight, Impact, and Communities of Care, a fascinating exploration of a novel application of group relations and applied psychoanalytic principles to therapeutic communities.



The CIAP reading group met on Friday, Dec. 9, from 10:30-12:00 to discuss Stijn Van Heule's Caring and its impossibilities: A Lacanian approach. This paper, an interesting counterpoint to last month's discussion on holding environments at work, explores the darker implications of caregiving relationships and possible Lacanian explanations of caregiver burnout.

The CIAP Reading Group met on Friday, November 11th to discuss William Kahn's Holding Environments at Work. This paper examines the development of, implications of, and dangers of holding environments - situations where parties feel sufficiently "held" or supported to reveal their emotions and display vulnerability - which develop within the workplace.

The CIAP Reading Group met on Friday, October 14th to discuss Elizabeth Danto's The Ambulatorium: Freud's Free Clinics in Vienna. This paper examines the history and legacy of Freud's attempts to make psychoanalysis accessible to all.

The CIAP reading group met on April 15, 2016 to discuss Anton Oberholzer's Managing the Unconscious at Work. 

Working Analytically in Small Groups: April 1-3, 2016

Tdraft logohe Canadian Social Justice Leadership Institute presented a three-day training event for those interested in furthering their group relations training. The purpose & task of Working Analytically in Small Groups was to provide opportunities to learn how to develop the consultative stance in small groups and to study unconscious group processes in the here and now in relation to leadership and authority. Consultant trainees are invited to take up the role of consultant during the workshop and participate in reflective conversations about their learning. Participants may also join the workshop as non-trainee consultants for the experience of participating in and studying group dynamics and their relation to leadership and authority. Prior group relations experience is a requirement for the Consultant Trainee role.

Skype Discussion with Dr. James Krantz, March 23

JimK BWDr. Jim Krantz, the Director of Toronto's Group Relations Conference - Authority and Irrationality, Leadership in Social Justice for both the 2015 and 2016 conference, presented a Skype discussion on March 23, 2016. This discussion gave CIAP members and other interested members of the community an opportunity to learn more about the history and methodology of the Tavistock model for studying and understanding unconscious processes in relation to authority in large and small groups. Dr Krantz is an experienced and sought-after director of group relations conferences.

In February 2016 the CIAP reading group met in two sessions to discuss Cormac Gallagher's High Anxiety on Friday, February 5th, 10:30-12:00 and on Wednesday, February 10th, 10:30-12:00.

michael-RustinThe January 2016 CIAP Reading Group session discussed Michael Rustin's paper on Normal and Abnormal Anxiety. The event took place on Friday, January 8 from 10:30-12:00 in the Baldwin Room at Cumberland House, University of Toronto.

Social Defenses Against Anxiety: Explorations in a Paradigm with Dr. Michael Rustin and Dr. David Armstrong

armstrong test cropNov 26, 2015 - Social Defenses Against Anxiety: Explorations in a Paradigm with Dr. David Armstrong and Dr. Michael Rustin. Drs. Armstrong and Rustin presented a discussion on their new book, Social Defenses Against Anxiety - Explorations in a Paradigm.  In this book Armstrong and co-editor Rustin revisit Isabel Menzies Lyth’s influential theory of social systems as 'a defence against anxiety'  from the Tavistock tradition. Menzies Lyth’s study of the nursing system of a general hospital, Social Systems as a Defense Against Anxiety, with its roots in both psychoanalysis and socio-technical systems thinking, has remained one of the most fascinating explorations of the influence of unconscious anxieties on social behaviour.

The event took place on Thursday, Nov. 26 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM in the Career Seminar Room at the University of Toronto Koffler Centre. 

Hacking Bureaucracies and Administrative Smarts: A psychoanalytic exploration with Dr. Gerard Fromm

Jerry Fromm2March 30, 2015 - Hacking bureaucracies and administrative smarts: A psychoanalytic exploration with Dr. Gerard Fromm.  Dr. Fromm appeared via Skype to host a discussion on the crucial and often devalued psychical role administration plays in gratifying dependency needs and containing related anxieties in organizational and institutional life.
Dr. Fromm Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of Administration at Authority & Irrationality: Leadership in Social Justice, the Toronto group relations conference taking place at Hart House, May 11 - 14, 2015. He is the President of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations and Senior Consultant, Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center in the USA.
Supported by Bureau Kensington, PARC, and University of Toronto Student Life, St. George Campus.
At the Main Activity Hall, Multi-Faith Centre (located in the Koffler House):569 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON  M5S 2J7

Speaking Psychoanalytically: The unconscious at work with Dr. Kathleen Pogue White

Oct 31, 2014 - Speaking psychoanalytically: the unconscious at workKathleen Pogue White

Dr. Kathleen Pogue White Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and leadership development consultant in independent practice in New York. She is developing a practice of Race Dialogue to keep alive the notion that “differences matter” in development work. She is a founding member and past director of the Organization Program at the William Alanson White Institute and a fellow in several professional organizations. She holds membership in the Group Relations Board of Review, Tavistock Institute, London, is on the Board of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.

Dr. White discussed via Skype her perspectives on and experiences with applied psychoanalysis including group relations in the US and its link to the Tavistock 'tradition' of group relations, her experience working with a wide range of organizations and leaders in social justice sectors to grapple with unconscious processes, and at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Applied Research (IPTAR) working to integrate 'applied psychoanalysis' and analytic training, and with the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.

The event took place at the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON