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Small Study Group Training in the Group Relations Tradition
Six Mondays from June 6 until July 18, 2022 
(No meeting July 4)
Lasting for 4 hours and starting at: 
  • Los Angeles: 8:30 am
  • New York: 11:30 am
  • London: 4:30 pm
  • Berlin: 5:30 pm
  • Nairobi: 6:30 pm. 

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The Small Study Group Training is an excellent opportunity to practice group-as-a-whole consulting skills for those who have previously attended at least two group relations conferences or equivalent events. Participants will rotate between member and consultant roles. Each participant will consult twice to a Small Study Group, once alone and once in a pair. At the end of the session the participant receives feedback in public from a senior group relations consultant. Participants will have an additional one-to-one debrief opportunity with a staff consultant for 30 minutes in the days following taking up the consulting role. 


The program is particularly suited for people who 

  • want to develop their group relations skills, 

  • want to learn more about the unconscious in groups, 

  • are interested in group-as-a-whole methodology, 

  • spend lots of time with/in groups, for example consultants, managers, trainers, facilitators, teachers, group therapists, community organizers, etc. 

  • have attended at least two group relations conferences or similar course experiences*


  • Please be familiar with Zoom basics, have a good internet connection and participate from a distraction-free environment. 

  • Six Mondays, starting June 6 and ending July 18, 2022 (With a gap week July 4th for the US federal holiday)

  • Sessions last for four hours, starting at: 

    • Los Angeles:  8:30 am 

    • New York: 11:30 am

    • London: 4:30 pm

    • Berlin: 5:30 pm

    • Nairobi: 6:30 pm

  • Fee:

    • $500 full fee

    • $425 for GRI Co-Creators (sign up as a Co-Creator here)

    • $450 for WBC / AKRI members

  • For questions, contact Alan Ruiz at

  • Membership is capped at 16 participants so space is limited; once the course is full further applicants will be waitlisted. Registration must be completed and paid to hold your spot.



Participants will be assigned to a Small Study Group and participate in two Small Study Groups each week. One of the participants in the Small Study Group will take up the role of consultant. After the group is over that person will receive feedback from one or two faculty. The rest of the time will be spent in plenary, review groups or dyads depending upon the week and the purpose. 



Faculty will include

Sarah Rosenbaum, PhD


Sarah (she/her/hers) has extensive group relations experience, having staffed numerous group relations conferences and events in multiple roles for more than 25 years. She has trained and mentored group relations consultants and has helped to develop the current policies for conferences for the A.K. Rice Institute (AKRI). She is a Fellow and former president of AKRI, a long-time member of the New York Center, and a GRI co-creator. Sarah is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, providing a range of clinical and consulting services, and lives near Philadelphia.


Janice Wagner, MSW, LICSW


Janice (she, her, hers), is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist in Boston, MA. She worked in the Child Welfare and Criminal Justice systems, as well in a private multi-specialty medical practice before engaging in a full-time private psychotherapy practice. She is a member and Past-President of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, a fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute and a Co-Creator of Group Relations International. She is a Vice-Chair of the AKRI Reparations Committee. She is an African American with roots in Texas and the Carolinas, who grew up in the US Virgin Islands.

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Leo Wilton, PhD


Leo (He/Him/His) is a Professor in the Department of Human Development in the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) at the State University of New York at Binghamton. His scholarly research on the HIV epidemic focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality, as situated in macro- and micro-level inequalities in Black communities, both nationally and internationally. In the field of group relations, he explores how the complexities of cultural dynamics manifest within groups, organizations, and social systems, as well as how these areas relate to contemporary societal issues as situated in people’s everyday lives. He is a Member and Past President of the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems; Associate of AKRI; and Lifetime Member of the Association of Black Psychologists. He has lived in three African countries and traveled extensively in the African Diaspora. He teaches courses on Psychology of Racism, Black Child and Adolescent Development, Black Families, and research methods.


Alan Ruiz, MFA


Alan (he/him) is an artist and educator. He has taught classes at the Rhode Island School of Design, Wesleyan University, the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, and currently teaches at Eugene Lang, The New School, and the Hunter College MFA Program in Studio Art. He is a GRI Co-Creator and a member of the A.K. Rice Institute. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems, as well as its Application Subcommittee. His work and writing explore the way institutions, and the architectural structures that contain them may reflect social hierarchies. He was born in Mexico City and lives and works in New York City.

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