About

A Group Relations Conference, in the Tavistock tradition, that integrates “low-ropes” challenge course events.

This 4-day non-residential conference is designed to give you a unique experiential opportunity to discover how roles might shift when you involve both your mind and your body.

Led by a highly skilled and diverse staff, you’ll be able to work on how you exercise personal authority and leadership.

Conference Director: Barney Straus, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

Associate Director: Dannielle Kennedy, LICSW, PhD

Assistant Director for Administration: Olga Konyakova, LSW, CADC

Assistant Director for Group Challenge Events: Rachel Murray, MS

This conference is sponsored by Roosevelt University, Department of Psychology (Host) and co-sponsored by the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Groups and Social Systems

What makes this conference unique

Like most Group Relations Conferences, this one is designed to help people study the exercise of authority in groups and understand more about their own responses to authority.  However along with the more traditional group work, this conference will also include some group challenge events in order to help you bring not only your mind, but your whole body into the experience. In a group challenge event members will engage in a series of concrete problem-solving initiatives in small and large group configurations. These events will offer an opportunity to explore how roles may shift as a group focuses on accomplishing physical tasks. Not highly physically demanding, these challenges have historically been used to explore and improve communication between group members, and to look at what roles people take on in the group. These events will offer an opportunity to explore how roles may shift as a group focuses on accomplishing physical tasks. These events will be co-led by a group facilitator and a consultant, to assist the group in addressing concrete and intangible aspects of the group’s work. 

LODGING

SpringHill Suites Chicago Schaumburg/Woodfield Mall

1550 McConnor Parkway

Schaumburg, IL 60173

Reservations Number (888) 236-2427

Reservation Code: RGCO or the group name “Group Relations Conference”.

Spring Hill Suits is located directly opposite the Roosevelt University Campus. It is a 5-10 minute walk and on Thursday and Friday the hotel offers shuttle service, if desired. The shuttle can also be taken to nearby restaurants.