Online Reading Group: "Klein and Wine"

Just CSGSS members and group relations community members in a discussion of how might we think about group through Klein's thoughts on "Mourning?"
Free for CSGSS Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members


On the Value of Group Relations Learning stance and its value

"I learned to position myself more 'firmly' on issues that I believe in and that I want to defend. Since the conference, I've been more assertive, knowing that running greater risks is the only way to stand up for what I believe in. It was certainly one of the most unique experiences I've had."

-- Middle School Principal

On the Value of Group Relations Learning

"The conference is an extraordinary opportunity to tune into a frequency of group and organizational life that is always operating but virtually never accessible. The experiential learning, as well as the opportunity to reflect on and make sense of that learning with other participants was a rare treat. I came away with new, immediately applicable insights."

-- Robin Ely, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School



Save The Date: May 5-7th.

The Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems is pleased to announce the 2023 in-person Leading from Experience: Developing the Consultative Stance


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.


Join or Renew your CSGSS membership

See our membership page for information on how to join CSGSS. Or, renew now.


The Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, the Boston Affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute, invites you to apply for participation in a pilot of a Balint-style group it is sponsoring to provide confidential peer feedback on dilemmas of functioning in organizational role.

The group is now at capacity, to be added to our mailing list about future events contact

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.