Director: Jeffrey D. Roth, MD

Associate Director: Suma Jacob, MD, PhD

Assistant Director for Administration: Victoria Te You Moore, MA, LPC


The University of Hong Kong, Department of Social Work and Social Administration

China Association for Mental Health, Division of Group Counseling and Group Therapy

The University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong


Enrollment will be limited to 72 members; early registration is advised. To accommodate incoming applications, the registration deadline has been extended to April 26, 2016. Withdrawals and cancellations after April 26, 2016 will not be refunded unless the position is filled by someone on a waiting list. 

Reference Letter: Each applicant must provide a letter of reference from someone who can vouch for his or her capacity to participate in an intensive learning experience. The applicant is responsible for seeing that this letter is submitted before April 26, 2016. Letters should be sent via e-mail to: .

Payment of Fees:  Members applying from China may register for 3500 CNY, and members from outside of China may register for $700 (US). Information about payment method will be sent to accepted members via e-mail, between February 15 and February 29, 2016. Fees must be received by April 26, 2016.

Registration Form: Applicants also need to fill out the following registration form:

Please include country and area code
(For example, "Mr.," "Ms.," etc.)
Please list previous conference experience. If none, please write "none."
Waiver *
Participation in any Group Relations event can be stressful. If you are currently under stress, you may want to attend a similar event at a later time.


May 18-22, 2016


University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong

Level 6, Cyberport 2
100 Cyberport Road
Hong Kong


Other Organizational Sponsors

China American Psychoanalytic Alliance, China

Chinese Association of Group Psychotherapy, China

China Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, China

Group Relations Australia, Australia 

Institute of Mental Health, Beijing Medical University, China

International Leadership Alumni Conference (ILAC), USA

International Yi Shu Expressive Arts Healing Research Center, Soochow University, Suzhou, China

Japanese Association of Group Psychotherapy, Japan

Mental Health Education and Counseling Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

oezpa Institute Gmbh – Akademie & Consulting, Germany

The Institute of Psychoanalytic Systems Psychotherapy, Japan

The Tavistock Institute, UK

University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry, USA


Leslie Brissett, PhD

Leigh Estabrook, PhD

Seth Harkins, EdD

Daniel Ming-Hui Hsu, PhD

Suma Jacob, MD, PhD
(Associate Director)

Dannielle Kennedy, LICSW, PhD

Ilana Litvin, MA, MSc 

Brigid Nossal, PhD 

Hüseyin Özdemir, PhD, Dipl Oec 

Jeffrey D. Roth, MD, FAGPA, FASAM (Director)

Allan Shafer, MA (Clin Psych) D Litt et Phil.


Victoria Te You Moore, MA, LPC (Assistant Director for Administration)

Mary Walker, PhD, MA, LPC

Rationale & Aims

The group relations conference is an educational event whose primary task is to provide opportunities to study the exercise of authority through interpersonal, intergroup and institutional relations that develop within the conference itself as a temporary educational social system. Effective leadership and the meaningful exercise of authority require more than intellectual and technical understanding. The Group Relations model in the Tavistock tradition provides a well-defined context within which to examine group-level forces and dynamics as they occur in the here-and-now. As people work in groups, families and other social systems, their participation takes on many different meanings—influencing thoughts, feelings and action. The confluence of individual meanings powerfully affects the identities, roles and authority we take on in groups, schools, organizations, institutions, communities and society.

Structure & Method

This Conference is designed for individuals who wish to study the exercise of authority in groups and understand more about their own reactions to exercising and encountering authority.

The Conference is organized as a sequence of group and inter-group interactions, including experiences in Small Groups, Large Groups, Institutional Events, Review/Application Groups, and Mutual Support Meetings.

Members will have the opportunity to directly experience:

  • How people join and engage in group work, delegate and resist authority, and develop roles and reputations.
  • How people contribute to and obstruct getting the group’s work accomplished.
  • How members of a group exercise authority, power and influence in meaningful and appropriate ways—both as leaders and as followers.
  • Group collusion in the creation and enabling of maladaptive roles.
  • Group support for recovery from these maladaptive roles.

Conference Staff Roles

  • Act collectively as management.
  • Take responsibility and authority to provide the boundary conditions to engage in the primary task of the conference.
  • Play specific directorial, managerial and consultant roles.
  • Offer interpretations and working hypotheses about what is happening in the here-and-now events.
  • Contribute in whatever ways they believe will advance the work.