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From “Authority & Leadership"to Identities and Cultures in Violent Conflict

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In this talk, we describe a process of progression and shift in the application of Group Relations, and look forward to discussing it with our audience. It is a personal, professional, and organizational journey, moving from a significant learning experience to its application as an intervention in deeply ingrained and resistant residues of traumatic histories and their present impact. Integrating individual, meta-individual, group and social understanding aided our work on German-Israeli relatedness, where the shadow of the Holocaust severely hampers both sides’ capacity for work and development. A variation of the GR method, developed by Eric Miller and his counterparts in Israel and Germany, led to a series of conferences of Germans and Israelis (The “Nazareth Conferences”), expanding in time to Affected Others, Diaspora Jews, and Palestinians; to the founding of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities) as its organizational umbrella; and to recent work on Victims, Perpetrators, and Identities and Cultures in Violent Conflict. The most significant insight it has yielded is the unquestionable and undeniable importance of each group doing its work in the presence of the relevant other. This developmental line signifies how the internalization of Group Relations can lead to emergent evolution of its application.

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Mira Erlich-Ginor and Shmuel Erlich

We are Israeli psychoanalysts involved in Group Relations activity for more than 30 years in Israel and internationally. Our involvement was fostered and shaped in close relationship with the Tavistock Group Relations Program. Shmuel played an instrumental role in bringing this work to Israel, and both of us are Founding Members of OFEK 30 years ago. Shmuel directed the first four independent OFEK conferences and many others. Mira served as Chair of OFEK and directed many of its conferences. We were among the initiators of the application of the GR approach to the difficult historical relationship of Germans and Israelis. Ten years ago we founded with colleagues PCCA – Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities, an organization devoted to applying this approach and method to the impact of residues of ethnic, national, and international trauma and strife on societies and individuals.

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