The A.K. Rice Institute (AKRI) Dialogues 2
Authority: Yours, Mine, Ours and Theirs:
How did we get Here, and Where do we go Now?
For anyone interested in group relations and/or developing and deepening their leadership strategies, registration is open for the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems second group relations convention. Potential attendees include anyone working as leaders in formal or informal roles, in positions of authority within public, private or not-for-profit organizations, as well as consultants to, and students of, organizational and group behavior.
Three full days of presentations on group relations will begin Friday, May 1st, and end Sunday, May 3rd, 2015. The AKRI Dialogues 2 will be held at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center in the heart of Chicago, IL, where room and board are included in convention registration. The keynote speaker will be M. Gerard Fromm, Ph.D., ABPP, Senior Consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA.
Specific Dialogues 2 Presentations will range from the application of group relations work in PTSD treatment, as well as in understanding the Ferguson tragedy and barriers to public health access, to implications for multiculturalism and contemporary politics of race in groups, organizations, and social systems. The grouprelations.us website currently provides a program overview, including a full listing of presentations.
In addition to the Dialogues 2 Presentations sessions, there will be a number of special events, including:
- The Thursday Evening Theoretical Appetizer: Re-visiting the Foundations, or Who is A. K. Rice and Why Should We Care? A Look at Group Relations Theories Past, Present, and Future with Bernard Gertler, Ph.D. and Ronald Sharrin, Ph.D.;
- A Mentor Development Event with Rose S. Miller, M.S., and Beverly L. Malone, Ph.D., R.N, FAAN; and,
- A discussion by the 20-year Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center, Edward R. Shapiro, M.D. on My Experiences as Director.
Pre-Dialogues Group Relations Conference
Who’s In Charge? Why Listen To Each Other?
A minimal cost, experiential conference in the group relations tradition will take place prior to the Dialogues 2 presentations from Monday, April 27 to Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at The Cenacle Chicago. This three-day, temporary learning institution contains a significant training component for Stage II AKRI Consultant Candidates, and is sponsored by The A.K. Rice Institute, AKRI’s Training & Certification Program, AKRI Affiliates’ Training Collaborative, and GREX. The official Pre-Dialogues 2 Group Relations Conference brochure provides a full description of the event, who should consider attending, and the unique opportunities for learning.
Organizational Consulting Workshop
An Introductory Experience In Applying Group Relations In The Case Of A “Real Life” Tech Start-Up
Considering consulting to organizations? For those familiar with group relations and Tavistock thinking in terms of experiential learning, Charla Hayden, M.A., will provide a special introductory session on the fundamentals of organizational consultation from a group relations approach. Official details on this special session are available at grouprelations.us.