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Veronika Grueneisen PhD. Conference Director and Consultant

Psychologist, Training and Supervising Analyst, German Psychoanalytic Society (DPG) / International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA); Organisational Consultant, past chair of Institute for Psychoanalysis Nuremberg; past chair and current mem- ber Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (PCCA); Nuremberg, Germany.

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Allan Shafer MA (Clin Psych) D Litt et Phil. Conference Associate Director and Consultant

Clinical Psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and socioanalytic consultant; Past President of Group Relations Australia; clinical member of the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, past Executive member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia, member ISPSO.


Greg Cook B A, DipEd, BSW. Conference Manager and Consultant

Psychologist, organisational consultant and executive coach; founding director of the Centre for Leadership and Management (CLM); member of Group Relations Australia and past member of the Committee of Management.



John Newton BBus, MA, PhD. Consultant

Freelance management consultant and author and formerly Assoc. Prof. in Organisation Dynamics at RMIT University; past president of Group Relations Australia and member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations.




Tania Nahum B.A [Hons], MA. Consultant

Clinical Psychologist, Individual and Group Psychotherapist and Socioanalyst. Member of Group Relations Australia, the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, and Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists.





Jenny Smith B.A, MAppSc (Org.Dynamics). Consultant

Head of HR in an Australian Energy company. Experienced internal /external OD consultant, executive coach, leadership development consultant. Member of Group Relations Australia and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations.




Staff bring their interdisciplinary knowledge and experience to the work of the conference. Staff will have both managerial and consultancy roles - as they take responsibility for the conference organisation and offer consultation to various groups. Staff will assist participants to learn and to make sense of their experience of themselves in role within and between groups - in the here and now of the conference. This includes paying attention to both conscious and unconscious patterns of conflict within and between roles and groups. The staff of the conference come from clinical practice, management consulting, academia and executive management. All are experienced group dynamics and systems psychodynamics consultants.