The Group Analysis North 2022 annual Barbara Dick Memorial lecture will be online and presented by Stuart Stevenson.  The lecture will be entitled “The Intersectional Positionality of the Group Analyst”  

During this lecture Stuart will discuss the concepts of psychodynamic intersectionality and intersectional group analysis by addressing the complex issues of the positionality, or self-location, of the group analyst when working with diverse and intersectional patient groups who have been traumatized by structural oppression, institutional and inter-generational othering.  He will critique the positionality of the group analyst and the essential intersectional and inter-subjective nature of the role and interventions they may or may not make in the group, engaging with the need not to deny how an understanding of the positionality of the group analyst is central to the clinical frame. Such understanding can assist the clinician to engage with group members who have experienced structural oppression when othering dynamics are inevitably generated in the group matrix.  Such dynamics are often being paralleled in the social unconscious and occurrences in society at any given time.  Stuart will argue that a failure on behalf of the group analyst to reflexively position themselves in relation to powerful phenomena, such as, racism, sexism and homophobia and occurrences in the social unconscious risks a re-traumatizing dynamic being paralleled in the group matrix to the determent of group members from marginalized communities.

Stuart is MA Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of East London.  A Group Analyst, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant in private practice, he consults on strategic and service development, conflict resolution, team processes and the impact of trauma and risk on team dynamics.  He leads a national educational consultancy service on anti-oppressive education.  He consults to the courts and local authorities on complex child protection matters.  He has researched, published, and built theory regarding organisational dynamics and his current research is on international psycho-educational teaching methods to enhance anti-oppressive practice in social work and psychotherapy education and practice.

Date: Saturday 5th March 2022, 10.25 a.m – 2.15 p.m.  The programme will include a presentation, opportunity for discussion, shared online lunch space, followed by a Large Group and plenary.  The lecture is FREE for GAN members and IGA students (Manchester), £75.00 for non-members.  

Please click here for the full programme.

The Group Analysis North Annual General Meeting will follow the lecture from 2.30 p.m- 3.30 p.m.

The Annual Lecture flyer can be downloaded here.