IL NODO GROUP Association present:


21st International Group Relations Conference in Italy

in post-modern organizations

3rd international conference in the context of the Mediterranean

8 th - 11 th MARCH 2018

Registration is subject to availability of a limited number of participants

Hotel Perla del Golfo - Terrasini, Palermo

ali mediterranean 2018

A GROUP for those who participate in a Group Relations Conference for the first time
for those who have already participated in at least one Conference


Dear Participants,

the 21st Italian international Group Relations Conference under the title “ALI” – Authority, Leadership and Innovation, will take place in Sicily (Terrasini, near Palermo), between the 8th and the 11th of March, 2018. The conference is designed as a residential workshop in which the learning is experiential. This will be the third in a series of workshops focused on issues relevant to the Mediterranean area. The title is Negotiating differences/conflicts in post-modern organizations.  

Why this conference here and now?
Ours is an era in which the ever-relevant issues of authority and leadership are undergoing quick and often frightening changes. The upheaval all around the world creates chaos in some parts, dictatorships, and right-wing governments in others.

Ultra-liberalism and globalization have introduced revolutionary changes in the work place, in work ethics and workplace hierarchies, in the stratification of society, in the financial and organizational world, in the socio-political reality. Reflection, introspection and contemplation have become a rare luxury. People are always on the run from meeting to meeting, bounced from one commitment to another, from one brainstorming session to the next. Living is nowadays a constant race, which we often feel close to losing.

In this atmosphere differences in mentality, cultural clashes, conflicting interests abound, yet familiar ways of resolving them no longer work. The need for innovative, wise, and empathic leadership, for firm and balanced authority, supported by an effective communication, for trustworthy alliances and collaborations has never been greater. Yet, the risk that at the end this need will be exploited by populist and quasi ‘liberal’ leaders, by charismatic, inexperienced enthusiasts who promise the heavens but are barely familiar with earthly reality – looms big. How is leadership assumed and by whom? What are the reactions of followers? Is authority granted from within and/or from without? How are collaborations formed? Why do conflicts erupt, and how are they resolved? These are  some of the questions that will be asked and explored.

The conference will contribute to the emotional and conceptual comparison between the Mediterranean histories, traditions and cultures. Our thinking will be developed with the methodology of the group relations conferences. The focus will be on the fundamental dyads of human experiences: the eternal pairs female/male, leaders/followers, mothers/fathers, adults/children, human  beings/deities, north/south, sea/land... Classical, Mediterranean concepts will certainly re-emerge and will probably be de-constructed and re-thought. It is our hope that in the context of the present global and Mediterranean chaos the conference will provide an opportunity, for members and staff together, to develop experiences and innovative thoughts.

We look forward to meeting and working with you.

Giovanni Foresti, Director 

Ilana Litvin, Associate Director


Giovanni Foresti 
M.D. and psychiatrist, he is training and supervising analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and the IPA, associate member of OPUS, London, and member of the scientifi c committee of IL NODO group, Turin. He teaches at School of Psychatry of the Milano-Bicocca University and at the Department of Psychology of the Catholic University. He woks as supervisor and organizational consultant in several institutions.
Ilana Litvin 
Associate Director 
MA (English Literature), MA (Clinical Psychology); psychoanalytically oriented Psychotherapist, Organizational Consultant, Executive Coach and Supervisor in private practice. Since 1996 involved in Group Relations work, taking up roles of consultant, associate director and director in national and international GR conferences in Israel and abroad; member and past chairperson of OFEK; member of OPUS and ISPSO; Israel.
Kenneth Eisold
Senior Consultant
Psychoanalyst and organizational consultant, he has written extensively on the psychodynamics of large systems as well as on the organizational dimension of psychoanalysis. He is Past President of the ISPSO as well as former Director of the Organizational Program at The William Alanson White Institute. His book, The Organizational Life of Psychoanalysis was published in 2017 and What You Don’t Know You Know in 2010. USA.
Carla Cremonese
M.D., Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, in charge of the Community mental health services of the University of Padova Psychiatric Department. Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychiatry, University of Padova. Member of Il NODO Group, Turin. ALI Staff Member since 2016. Various experiences of clinical supervision and training in Health Care Services.
Alfredo Veneziale
Organizational consultant and Project Manager, Social Dreaming Host, Balint group and Large group leader. Degree in Communication Studies. Master in Human Resources. Member of Il NODO Group, The Gordon Lawrence Foundation.

CONSULTANT STAFF will be drawn from
Giada Boldetti
M.D., psychiatrist, freelance. Until 2016 she has worked in public health. Since 2000 she has been responsible in psychiatric residential rehabilitation in TCs. From 2014 to 2016 she has been deputy director of Mental Health Service Psichiatria I in Padua. She has been part of many GRCs as a member and as a consultant. Member of Il Nodo Group.
Chiara Ghetti
Medico psichiatra, membro SPI / IPA, lavora a Bologna come psicoanalista e psicoterapeuta. Si è occupata di psichiatria, di tossicodipendenze e, come responsabile di Day Hospital, di servizi riabilitativi. Referente del Gruppo di studio e lavoro sulla Psicologia delle Emergenze del Centro Psicoanalitico di Bologna e componente del Gruppo PER, per richiedenti asilo. Formatore e supervisore per operatori sociali e sanitari. 
Manuela Martelli
M.D., specialized in Neurology, Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy. Member of SPI and IPA. She works as psychoanalyst, supervisor and professor for health and social workers. Currently she is a collaborator for the Health Public System in Bologna as Group supervisor for caregivers (psychologists, health educators and social workers) in the refugee and asylum seekers program. She is a consultant for refugees.
Francesco Noseda
Psychologist, psychotherapist, psychoanalyst IFPS expert in group, psychodrama and adolescents psychoanalysis. Co-Founder of SIPRe branch offi ce in Parma. Group psychotherapy and psychodrama and Family psychotherapy Lecturer. Board member of Il Nodo Group. He works with creativity and innovation as supervisor and psychotherapist in several centers and institutions for mental health problems.
Fabrizio Pavone
M.D., Consultant psychiatrist on the Psychiatric ward of the San Matteo Polyclinic in Pavia. Psychoanalyst SPI / IPA. Adjunct Professor, University of Pavia, Faculty of Medicine: School of Neurology-Psychiatry; Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Group and Family Psychotherapy. He has also been teaching and supervising in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Art Therapy master’s) for the last ten years.
Mario Perini
Scientific director of IL NODO Group (Turin). M.D., psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, organizational consultant, executive coach. Member of SPI, IPA and ISPSO, he is scientifi c advisor for the Italian Group Relations Conferences Programme. He works as supervisor, trainer and Balint group leader. He teaches Group and organizational dynamics at the Turin University Department of Psychology.
Amra Saleem Rao
Clinical psychologist and Organisational consultant. She was born in Pakistan and has a South Indian heritage. She leads psychological services in London and is Director of Psychological Horizons- an organisational consultancy. She is the chair of BPS Leadership and Managment Faculty and is leading national programs on wellbeing and supporting future leaders. UK.
Anna Reali 
Child and adolescent therapist, she works both for organisations and in private practice in Cambridge and London. She has been a staff member of several GRCs in Italy and in the UK and was until recently director of public events at OPUS, London. Member of Il Nodo Group. Consultant and trainer in the fi eld of mental health and education. UK.
Don Franco Tassone
Priest, parish priest of the Parish San Mauro (Pavia), in charge of the Social and work Pastoral, Pavia’s Diocese. Degree in Jurisprudence, Diploma in Professional Education, Master in Clinical Pedagogy and Criminal Psychology. Advertiser for the newspaper La Provincia Pavese, director of Il Ticino, head of the Casa del Giovane. Trained in Group Relations with the Tavistock Method.

Daniela Massarani
She lives in Milan and works as an interpreter and psychologist. After an experience in the psychiatric world she went back to her fi rst passion, foreign languages, becoming the offi cial voice of many psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, neuroscientists and neuropsychologists in international trainings and conferences. As family trainer she off ers support to parents in coping with everyday’s problems.

staff CONFERENCE 2018

 THE PRIMARY TASK OF THE 2018 CONFERENCE To learn from experience the conscious and unconscious aspects of authority and leadership which are at work in the elaboration of differences and conflicts in such dyads as individual/group, female/male, analysis/synthesis, sea/land
The Conference is a temporary organization with the aim of exploring and learning from experiencing conscious and unconscious processes as they manifest in the “here-and-now” of group dynamics. The intention is to generate new thoughts and new learning and to review our knowledge and values; we have the opportunity to experience ourselves in multiple and different roles. Assistance is provided for an actual and sustainable change in interpreting the different roles in one’s organization and in life, particularly the roles that require an exercise of authority and leadership.

The organization of the Conference and the activities proposed to participants generate an experiential learning. This means learning from its own live experience of group and organizational processes, which promotes self-reflective skills and encourages a spirit of inquiry.

Participants, along with the staff, can critically examine different experiences, working behaviours and interpreting the roles of leaders or followers.

This type of training has no therapeutic intent and can sometimes be stressful. For this reason it is recommended to people at a time of emotional stress or difficulty in their personal lives to postpone their participation to next edition.


Taking part in Group Relations Conference can be particularly useful for those who work in business organizations, public services and not-for-profit organizations, for those who are interested in understanding and managing organizations and group dynamics within complex situations and want to enhance their competence and effectiveness in dealing with them.

All organizational processes include an emotional, irrational and unconscious dimension. When this component is not recognized and managed, the system’s effectiveness decreases or comes to a halt, therefore implying both an emotional and financial cost for the organization itself. Participation in the Conference allows you to observe, recognize and manage this dimension, essential for the functioning of each system and organization.

For this reason the Conference can be particularly effective when two or more members from the same organization register, especially in the case or prospect of prominent changes, crises, mergers, takes-overs, etc. Therefore, if more people from the same organization participate, each will benefit from a discount.


To imagine humans at first as isolated beings, rather than embedded in a social matrix, is a rooted and still present tendency in western culture. The Group Relations Conference ALI 2018 offers the participant the opportunity to experience connections between individual, group and organization, and the boundaries of time, space and task.

The experience allows us to observe in action conscious and unconscious dynamics of competition and cooperation, the nature of authority experienced through different roles and the reciprocal influence that each of us has on others.  

The focus on the Mediterranean drives the participant’s attention to the impact that different cultures of migrants exert on social, organizational and business processes. Creating new ideas and methods of intervention is the needed challenge to offer our organizations opportunities for change and transformation. 


The fee includes participation to the Conference plus full board and lodging for the event duration.
Registration is considered valid upon receipt of the application form duly signed and accompanied by the confirmation of the payment of the booking fee of € 250 VAT included. Single, twin or triple rooms are available at the hotel subject to availability. Request for any additional nights must be submitted by participants via: emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to +39 334 6075197 and the payment due will be settled directly to the hotel upon check-out. In case of non-attendance, the deposit will not be refunded.

A GROUP for those who participate in a Group Relations Conference for the first time
for those who have already participated in at least one Conference
EARLY BIRD  for enrolment received before 16/01/2018  € 1.250 + IVA (1.525 VAT INCLUDED)
REGULAR for enrolment received after 16/01/2018  € 1.500 + IVA (1.830 VAT INCLUDED)

-100 € each
Simultaneous enrolment of 2 participants or members of same organization

-200 € each
Simultaneous enrolment of 3 or more participants or members of same organization
For members from Mediterranean and Balkan countries

BURSARY  Under 35 or participants from Mediterranean and Balkan countries. Bursaries must be requested before 16/01/2018 using the FORM LINKED HERE


The Conference starts on the 8th March 2018 at 11.00 am and ends on the 11th March at 4.30 pm. Checkin and Registration: from 10:00 am to 10:50 am. Participants are expected to attend the whole programme of the conference, which is residential.


Hotel Perla del Golfo is located at 20 km from the Punta Raisi Palermo airport. Upon request and borne by participants, the hotel can arrange private and collective transfer from/to the airport. If interested, please contact: 
Hotel Perla del Golfo
Phone +39 091 8695058 | +39 334 6075197 | Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Segreteria - Agenzia Mosaico srl
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ALI 2018 Conference  is organized by Il Nodo Group with sponsorship of: