Registration now open for Leading from Experience May 5th-7th


CSGSS Group Relations Reading Group—”The Work Is Alive! System Psychodynamics and the Pursuit of Pluralism and Polarization in Human Relations”

April 18th, 6pmET-7:30pmET via zoom


Our Mission

The mission of CSGSS is to further the understanding of groups and organizations as conscious and unconscious social systems through experiential learning, education, and application.

  • We value learning from experience through reflection on the conscious and unconscious processes in group life.
  • We are committed to learning about how group members take up leadership and authority in various contexts.
  • We value a systems framework that respectfully engages our differences to deepen our understanding of how groups work and survive.
  • We aspire to mitigate economic barriers for those who desire to attend our events.
  • We are committed to developing an authorized membership that is active in the Center's mission and work.
  • We are committed to furthering the application of psychodynamic organizational thinking to real-world dilemmas.
  • We are committed to cultivating a community of people who are interested in group relations and using group relations thinking to erode barriers to dialogue and belonging.

"I got a hold of how 'unconscious baggage' held back my effectiveness. The conference freed me to work much more effectively and enjoy work that had previously exhausted me."

Dwight Jewson
Ph.D., President, Strategic Frameworking

Using the Tavistock group relations tradition of open systems and psychodynamic theories, CSGSS,  the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems develops group relations conferences, meetings, and other events to further learning about group processes.


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May 5-7, 2023

Faculty: Donna Elmendorf,  Dannie Kennedy

Candice Crawford-Zakian, and Jim Krantz (Convenor)

Faculty in Training: Heather Forouhar-Graff, Megan Kolano, Alan Ruiz, Glenn Sigl

Administrator: Lori Schweickert

An in-person workshop to be held at The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

This Workshop is endorsed by the A. K. Rice Institute, and is in partnership with The Austen Riggs Center

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Relentless change, globalization, technological disruption, and increasing complexity pose deep challenges for our organizations and institutions.  How leadership and authority are exercised play a decisive role in meeting these challenges. They too evolve as organizations evolve, requiring new ways of thinking that shape our effectiveness as individuals and the ability of our Institutions to fulfill their purposes. The pressing need to enhance individual, group, and systemic capabilities require deeply attending to the realities that people and organizations face today.

The Boston Affiliate of the A K Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

CSGSS Group Relations Reading Group

The Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, the Boston Affiliate of the A. K.  Rice Institute, is pleased to announce a reading group series. Open to members and non-members of CSGSS. Attendees receive recordings of the talks. Visit the events page to register for the current talk.