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IL NODO GROUP Association and University Milano Bicocca are  pleased to announce: 


 Humanity at risk? Experiences and reflections on contemporary society

1st-2nd February 2019

Università di Milano Bicocca, Villa di Breme Forno (edificio U46), Via Martinelli, 23  Cinisello Balsamo (MI) 

The experience of group membership is part of everyday life, always influencing the psychic life of the individual, their conduct in groups and how they take up the role of citizen in society.

The Large Group invites members to explore and  take into account how their personal experience   and the social context  impact upon the roles they take. 

Since the beginning of last century many studies have investigated the relationship between the individual and the group, to better understand how these dynamics impact on public/private organisations, on small family business, on the schools and in the family. The studies have also explored how the unconscious manifests itself in groups and all social systems. Group Relations Conferences in the Tavistock tradition have developed an experiential methodology  for the understanding  of social phenomena: in consultancy to support organisational functioning, in the therapeutic domain and in the marketing research.

This event offers participants the opportunity to: 

  • Study what happens in a large group 
  • Reflect on the impact of our behaviour on those around us and on the group as a whole
  • Reflect on one’s role as citizen and how it is related to and is a reflection of the preoccupations of contemporary society
  • Use the learning to develop our role of citizenship

The approach is based on learning in the “here and now” from experience as it occurs.  There will be opportunities to reflect on what has happened during the Large Group meetings and of application of the knowledge acquired

The event is open to all those wanting to learn about the conscious and unconscious dynamics that impact and influence large groups.  The enrolment is limited up to 65 particpants.  

Registration is subject to availability of a limited number of participants 


Lead consultan FRANCA FUBINI
Psychotherapist, group analyst and organizational consultant. Senior Fellow University College London. Consultant and director of Group Relations Conferences in Italy and abroad. Vice chair of il Nodo Group, Chair of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation (UK), member of ISPSO and of OPUS (UK)

Administrator  ELISA BERTANA 
Work and Organisational Psychologist. Nodo Group member's and scientific secretary. Academic background in Psychoanalytic Psychoterapy at individual, group and istitutional level (C.O.I.R.A.G). HR consultant and trainer in fields: organizational wellbeing, development and career guidance, outplacement, recruitment.


Organisational and Leadership Consultant, Executive and Career Coach, Family Business Advisor, Researcher. Selection Bocconi School of Management, Milan. Family Firm Institute Mentor. Has been on staff of Group Relations Conferences in Italy and abroad. 

Former clinical director Tavistock Clinic Adult department, and recent Chair BPC. A psychoanalyst in private clinical and organisational consultancy practice. Has directed and been on staff of Group Relations conferences in the UK and internationally.

Full Professor of Clinical Consultancy in Education in the Master’s Degree in Pedagogical Sciences, Head of the Department of Human and Educational Sciences, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy. She is also a Psychoterapist, Counsellor and Supervisor. She participated to a number of Group Relations Conferences in Italy and abroad.

Organisational Consultant and Project Manager, Social Dreaming Host, Balint Group leader and Large Group consultant. Has been on staff of Group Relations Conferences in Italy. Degree in Communication Studies, Master in Human Resources. Member of Il NODO Group and trustee of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation (UK).


Friday  1th February 
from 2.00 pm to 7.30 pm  

Saturday 2nd February 
from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm


EARLY BIRD by 07/01/2019  
€ 195 (VAT included)

REGULAR after 07/01/2019  
€ 250 (VAT included)

 - 10% REDUCTION  

  • on all fees for members from the sponsoring and supporting organisations. 
  • groups from the same organization

Further reductions are available on request. Contact us by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Method of payment with bank transfer:
Associazione IL NODO GROUP 
IBAN: IT 92 S 02008 01058 000040951624  
Description: GG2019_name_surname  


Agenzia Mosaico 
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Nodo Group association presents:


5th International Working Conference

13 -16 JUNE 2019


The tradition of Group Relations Conferences (www.tavinstitute.org and www.grouprelations.com) has generated extraordinary ideas and intuitions regarding unconscious collective thought processes, images, emotions, anxieties, defensive responses and the impact these reactions have on a system to “stay on task”. It is our responsibility to explore and create structures which nurture wellbeing and vitality in the systems we live in.

Our proposal is to offer a Group Relations Conference where traditional methods, internationally practiced for over sixty years, will focus on the dimension of the body and of energy as well as on their sustainable relationship with the environment.



The primary task of this conference is to offer participants the opportunity to explore how awareness of resources, energy and creative collaboration can introduce wellbeing into the organizations to which they belong. The challenge of this work is to extend the field of attention to the unconscious as it manifests itself at the level both of the body and of the matter.

Interdependence and relatedness, essential for any kind of systemic thinking, will also be explored during the events that facilitate learning through contact with individual and group energy and our relationship with nature and other resources.


The conference is a temporary organisation shaped by the collaboration of the participants and of the staff. Learning is experiential and based on the study of the here and now. Residence is required: it is part of the learning as well as the observation of the web of relationships developed in the course of the conference’s events. This method requires self-reflection and encourages a free spirit of research and thinking


The conference is directed at individuals, from all walks of life, who are interested in understanding groups, organisational dimensions and the evolutionary level found in the social contexts in which we live.

Specifically it is directed at those who would like to sustain existing resources in a better and ecological way and to bring new thoughts and wellbeing into the organisations where they operate. 

Climate change is an unavoidable reality threatening the equilibrium of the globe which requires to be faced with attentive eyes turned both to the world we live in as well as to an inner world often moved by acquired habits and unchallenged assumptions. In all social groups and in organisations, both corporations and institutions, the present crisis which covers an interconnected web of causes, from the financial to the environmental, calls for a change of direction. By activating new creative processes, it is possible to shift from a point of view based on unlimited expansion to one based on the reality of conscious use of limited resources.   

The experience of the conference will allow participants, in the roles of leader and follower, to learn and reflect upon these themes and the possibility of creative collaboration towards the realisation of a common task.

ECW is a work in progress and a fertile field of research in the field of Group Relations Conferences: we recommend, if you have already participated, to enroll in this fifth edition to deepen learning and develop the ability to apply it in the context of your life.


Franca Fubini: director
Psychotherapist, group analyst, organisational consultant; senior fellow, University College London (UCL); lecturer at the universities of Rome, Aquila and Perugia; Staff member of Group Relations Conferences; Amerta Movement teacher; co-founder of the Association socialdreaming.it; former chair of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation; member of the scientific committee and board member of Il Nodo Group (Turin); member of OPUS (London) and of ISPSO.

Alfredo Veneziale associate director 
Organisational Consultant and Project Manager, Social Dreaming Host, Balint Group leader and Large Group consultant. Has been on staff of Group Relations Conferences in Italy. Degree in Communication Studies, Master in Human Resources. Member of Il NODO Group and former trustee of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation (UK).

Maria Pia Conte: administrator
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, member of Italian Psychoanalytic Society and of International Psychoanalytical Association, guest member of the British Psychoanalytic Society. Member of Il NODO Group, Torino and OPUS, London.

Elena Giannotti: administrator 
Dancer, choreographer, assistant choreographer, company teacher and dramaturg. Visiting lecturer in Academic and dance professional contexts. Co-curator of Racconti di Altre danze festival in Livorno. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tuina Massage Practitioner and certified teacher FISTQ, Qi Gong and meditation practitioner and teacher. Social Dreaming Host.

Maria Pia Conte
Franca Fubini 

Tim Jones:
Singer, storyteller and voice teacher; visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, Chichester and Plymouth Universities; public workshop programme, The Nature of Sound; registered Amerta Movement Practitioner and teacher; qualified Craniosacral practitioner; member of the Ridhwan School following the Diamond Approach; researching methodology for the use of “Songworlds” within a clinical context in collaboration with CSPP (Pescara).

Luca Mingarelli 
Chairman Foundation Rosa dei Venti. Social entrepreneur, Psychotherapist (ECP,WCP). Director of Therapeutic Community for adolescents, Organizations consultant. Faculty of Psychosomatics. Chairman Il NODO Group. OPUS member. Creator and co-director of innovative GR events such as “Energy Cocreation and wellbeing in organizations” and “Learning from Action”. Basketball coach. Member of the Order of Journalists. 





Board and lodging are included. At the time of registration a down payment of € 180 (VAT included) is required. The balance is due by June, 5th 2019. 

EARLY BIRD before April, 20th € 780 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 20th   € 880 + 22% VAT 

REDUCED for members of the sponsoring organisations 

EARLY BIRD before April, 20th € 700 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 20th  € 800 + 22% VAT

GROUPS of min 3 people enrolling together 

EARLY BIRD before April,20th € 600 + 22% VAT 
REGULAR after April, 20th € 700 + 22% VAT 
A few bursaries of 480 € + VAT  are available. Applications should be received by April 2019, via THIS FORM


S. Giovanni Battista is a convent dating from 1610, is found at the entrance into Celleno Vecchio, an ancient Medieval village at the junction of three regions: Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany.
According to the ancient Greek historian Dionysus d’Alicarnasso, Celleno Vecchio was founded by Italo, a descendant of Enotro, in memory of his daughter Cilenia.  

In Greek mythology, Celleno was one of the three harpies, daughters of Electra and Thaumas, and the town’s official crest depicts the figure of a harpy. The ex-convent has 50 beds in single, double and triple rooms. Most rooms have private bathrooms. It is located near many interesting sites, surrounded by orchards, cloisters and woodland.


Celleno is located to the east of Lake Bolsena, halfway between Orvieto, Orte and Viterbo (each one reachable by train). The nearest airport is Rome Fiumicino.  

From Rome to Viterbo
Car: Highway A1 / E35 / E45 from via Salaria.  
Train: from Roma Ostiense to Viterbo Porta Romana www.trenitalia.com  
Bus: from Rome / Saxa Rubra to Viterbo Porta Romana www.cotralspa.it  

For those who reach Celleno from Viterbo:  The transfer from Viterbo Porta Romana to Celleno is organized by the Convent, at the expense of the participant, upon request. 

For those who reach Celleno from Orvieto: 
Bus: from Orvieto Railway Station to Celleno www.cotralspa.it 

The transfer from Orvieto Railway Station to Celleno can be organized by the Convent, at the expense of the participant, upon request.
LANGUAGE: English and Italian

The working conference begins at 12:30 pm, Thursday 13th June and ends at 2:00 pm, Sunday 16th June.
from 10:30 am to 1200 pm, Thursday 13th June.

Agenzia Mosaico - Via San Secondo 31 - 10128 Torino tel. +39 011 5681238
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ECW 2019 is organized by Nodo Group with sponsorship Hope of the Amazon, Innova, WorkLab, Metanoia Institute, COIRAG, Tavistock and Portman NHS, Finod  

NODO GROUP Association presents


22nd International Group Relations Conference in Italy

Copertina ALI ENG

28th-31st MARCH 2019

Registration is subject to the operating restrictions 

Hotel Astoria - Grado, Gorizia 

A Group: for those who participate in a Group Relations Conference for the first time
B Group: for those who have already participated in at least one Conference
T Group:  for those who have already participated in at least two or more Conferences


Dear Participants, 

The 22nd Italian International Group Relation Conference ALI 2019 – Authority, Leadership and Innovation – will take place near Trieste, in the Grand Hotel Astoria (Grado), from 28th to 31st March. The conference is designed as a residential workshop in which the learning is experiential. The title is Neither peace nor War and the subtitle refers to the choice of the subject. The subtitle narrows the field of observation from conflicts around the world, to those in the area origin of the First World War: Alliances and conflicts in contemporary institutions of Western and Eastern Europe.

Why this conference now? Why in the gulf of Trieste? And why do we suggest to analyse this precise subject? ALI 2019 will take place exactly 100 years after the end of the war that opened the “age of extremes”, as Eric Hobsbawm named the XX century: the war that reshaped the world and transformed it into what we know today. 

Begun in the Balkans in the 1914, the First World War had quickly and unexpectedly spread to the whole world. It was officially closed at the beginning of 1919, in Paris, where the delegations of the belligerent countries convened to establish peace agreements. Yet, it was in this city that the politicians and diplomats from all over the world discovered that it was much easier to make war than to establish peace – as the French Prime Minister Clemenceau said. At the end of exhausting negotiations, the centre of Europe had become the scene of a nationalistic fragmentation and of a great political hole. “The Austrian-Hungarian Empire has vanished – has recently written the historian Margaret McMillan –, the Ottoman Empire was almost finished, the imperial Germany had become a Republic, some old nations as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia had re-emerged from the fog of the history, while new nations – such as Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia – were struggling to come to life”. In 1919, Trieste became the Mediterranean epicentre of this great hole. 

A century after the negotiations that changed the face of the world, many of the problems that the peacemakers had difficulties to deal with, are still open. The great cultural and economic differences – differences between eastern and western, northern and southern, countries and mentalities all in a way Europeans – are very much there. When the economic cycle becomes stagnant and the social development slows down, these potentially valuable differences tend to be perceived anew as patent conflicts. The search for strong national and ethnical identities hampers, then, the possibility to take advantage from diversities in mentality and social structures. 

Within this matrix of long, slow and complex processes and nurtured by permanent contradictions, we propose to the participants to work on few inescapable questions: How is leadership built and maintained? What’s the institutional role of the followers? Where are the sources of authority? Why do conflicts erupt and how are they usually dealt with and eventually resolved? 

The focus is on the intertwining of conscious and unconscious psychic phenomena, on the puzzling and inextricable combination of reasoning and phantasies that influences the individuals’ inner life and the group functioning. It’s only reflecting on the complexity of our experiences and working  towards imagining the future that we will try to build, that we can understand the interlacing of the most influential factors on our lives and on history. On the one hand we will find the power of emotionally-laden, unconscious factors; on the other one, the role of rationality and authority which are needed to face personal choices and collective decisions. 

I’m looking forward to working with you. 
My best regards 

Giovanni Foresti, Conference Director 


GiovanniGiovanni 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 scientific committee of IL NODO group, Turin. He teaches at School of Psychatry, Milano-Bicocca University, and at the Department of Psychology of the Catholic University. He woks as supervisor and organizational consultant in several institutions
CarlaCarla Cremonese
Vice Director
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, Head of Mental illness prevention Service (15-24 years), Psychiatric Clinic of Padua. Adjunct professor in the School of Specialization in Psychiatry University of Padua. Board member of the PSIVE. Member of the NODO Group, Turin. Member of the staff of the Italian ALI GRCs. She works in various institutional contexts as supervisor and trainer.
LucaLuca Mingarelli
Director of Training Program & Associate Vice Director
Chairman Foundation Rosa dei Venti. Social entrepreneur, Psychotherapist (ECP,WCP). Director of Therapeutic Community for adolescent, Organizations consultant. Faculty of Psychosomatics. Chairman Il NODO Group. OPUS member. Creator and co-director of innovative GR events such as “Energy Cocreation and wellbeing in organizations” and “Learning from Action”. Basketball coach. Member of the Order of Journalists.
Julian 2Julian Lousada
Senior Advisor
Former clinical director of the Tavistock Clinic Adult and recent Chair BPC. Psychoanalyst in private practice of clinical and organizational counseling. He has directed and was a member of the Group Relations Conferences staff in the UK and many other countries.
Daniela 2Daniela Cabibbe
Mathematician. Twenty years of management experience and in the Board of commercial companies he has worked in Italy, Europe, America and India and today he is a business consultant in innovation and performance and organization change projects. Six Sigma Black Belt professional in the management of complex and functional projects, in Lean Management, and auditor in quality certifications. Member of OPUS, London, he is part of the Management Committee of The NODO Group and Treasurer of the Mito & Realtà Association
RosannaRosanna Rulli
Psychiatrist, SPI / IPA member, lives and works in Bologna as a freelancer. Until 2000 he worked as an assistant at the Paolo Ottonello Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Bologna. He is part of the Group of Study and Work on Emergency Psychology of the Psychoanalytic Center of Bologna, and is a member of the PER Group, for asylum seekers, he is one of the founders of the Centro Bolognese of the Group Psychoanalysis Institute. Trainer and supervisor for social and health workers


Germano Alberti
Marketing and Sales Manager at Igb, a growing packaging company. Member of the IGRO group in Ireland, Consultant for conferences GR. Former training consultant and former member of the AIF committee, the Italian association of trainers; he worked for large public and private companies.
Elisa Bertana
Work and Organizational Psychologist. Nodo Group member's and scientific secretary. Academic background in Psychoanalytic Psychoterapy at individual, group and istitutional level (C.O.I.R.A.G). HR consultant and trainer in fields: organizational wellbeing, development and career guidance, outplacement, recruitment.
Claudio Cassardo
Clinical psychologist at the gathered hospitals of San Paolo and San Carlo (Milan); ordinary member of the Italian Society of Psychoanalysis and full member of the International Psychoanalitic Association; Member of Il Nodo Group (Turin)
Chiara Ghetti 
M.D., psychiatrist, member of SPI and IPA, psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. She worked in psychiatric care, addictions and, as person in charge of a Day Hospital, rehabilitation services. She is referent of the study and work Group on Psychology of Emergency in the Psychoanalytical Centre of Bologna, member of the PER Group for asylum-seekers. Training and supervisor for social and health workers.
Jolita Buzaitytė-Kašalinienė
Associate Professor at the Social Work Department of the Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University. Consultant of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Security and Labor, member of the National Board of Social Work for the Lithuanian Sociologists Society and the Lithuanian Scouting Association, Representative of the Vydūnas Youth Foundation, President of the Lithuanian Society of Group Relations.
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 office 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. 
Amra Saleem Rao
Clinical psychologist and Organisational consultant. She was born in Pakistan and has 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.
Miki Rozenstine
M.A., Psychologist and Organizational Consultant; Mannager - partner Mifgash - Individual, Team and Organizational Development; Faculty Member and Codirector for The Program in Organizational Consultation & Development: A Psychoanalytic-Systemic Approach, sponsored by Tavistock Institute and Ofek.; Former Commander of the School for Leadership Development – IDF; Member, Ofek.
Alfredo Veneziale
Organizational consultant and Project Manager, Social Dreaming Host, Balint group and Large group leader. Staff member of Group Relations Conferences in Italy. Degree in Communication Studies. Master's degree in Human Resources. Member of Il NODO Group, Trustee of The Gordon Lawrence Foundation.

Isabella Negri
MA (Political Science), is an experienced interpreter and translator in the humanities and in training settings. She has been part of numerous editions of GR conferences in Italy and abroad both as a staff member and as a participant.

staff 2019 CONFERENCE

 THE PRIMARY TASK OF THE 2019 CONFERENCE. To learn from experience the conscious and unconscious aspects of authority and leadership that enable understanding of unconscious alliances and conflicting impasses.

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.

This edition provides a training program. Participation is reserved for those who have attended at least two group relations conferences. The training is to deepen the study and the methodology and to reflect on the possible applications in the professional life. We advise those interested to point out as soon as possible the intention to our Administrators Daniela Cabibbe and Rosanna Rulli, or to the Directorate, via email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 2019 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 unconscious alliances and conflicting impasses directs the participant's attention to the dynamics that characterize the culture of public and private institutions in this particular historical phase in public and private institutions / organizations.


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 € 345 VAT included. In the case of non- attendance the deposit will not be refunded. 
Single, twin or triple rooms are available at the hotel subject to availability. Request for any additional nights must be submitted by participants via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to the n. +39 (0) 431 83550 and the payment due will be settled directly to the hotel upon check-out.

Like all group relations seminars, ALI 2019 is a limited-capacity organization. In the last editions those who registered at the end of the established period didn’t participate. If you are interested please fill in the online registration form as soon as possible.

A & B Group 
EARLY BIRD  before 16/01/19  € 1.403 (€ 1.150 + VAT )
REGULAR after 16/01/19   € 1.708 (€ 1.400 + VAT )

T Group

EARLY BIRD  before 16/01/19  € 1.830 ( € 1.500 + VAT )   
REGULAR after il 16/01/19   € 2.074 (€ 1.700 + VAT )
In order to facilitate participation, some bursaries and other economic solutions will be provided (discounts for students and people coming from the same institution). Who intends to use it must apply to the Administrators, Daniela Cabibbe and Rosanna Rulli, by December, 1st, filling in the online form available at THIS LINK


The Conference starts on the 28th March 2019 at 11.00 am and ends on the 31th 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.

Grand Hotel Astoria is located in Grado about 25 minutes drive from the airport or train station. Participants who arrive by car are allowed to drive the limited traffic zone set up in the historic center of the island of Grado. Thanks to the recent restructuring of Trieste Airport (TRS), a 25-minute drive from Grado, and the construction of the new Trieste Airport Intermodal Center, the hotel is easily accessible for those arriving by train or plane. Possibility of personalized and collective transfers from Trieste Airport. If interested, please contact well in advance the Hotel:
Grand Hotel Astoria Largo San Grisogono, 3 34073 Grado (GO) 
+39 0431 83550 | 0431 83355 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www. hotelastoria.it



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Under the patronage of:
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IL NODO GROUP Association, with the sponsorship of

LFA 2019 partners

is pleased to announce the

9th International Working Conference

LFA 2019


18th - 20th October 2019 | Ostello al Deserto, Chiavenna (SO), Italy

cover LFA 2019

This is a training model which offers participants an opportunity for direct learning, through a brief period of community-like cohabitation.
Learning from action is at the core of this training. This involves exploring other languages as well as verbal language. The focus of this Working Conference is on making actions meaningful by considering them part of a different language. This takes place by transmitting individual and group communications which have not been expressed verbally because they were unconscious or not yet wholly conscious.
The idea of these Working Conferences originates in the early 2000s from the joint thinking and cooperation between Robert D. Hinshelwood and Enrico Pedriali. This type of conference is now an item in the Standard Quality Manual of Community of Communities and the project “Visiting” promoted by Mito & Realtà Association.
The attribution of meaning to action becomes an essential working tool, not only owing to the dynamics present in all groups, but above all because of the difficulties encountered by most members of therapeutic communities in expressing emotion in words.
Indeed, Lfa is aimed at developing fundamental competences for all those who work in residential or semi residential institutions, and more generally in mental health institutions. Such competences are highly valuable for a wide range of professionals such as educators, nurses, assistants, administrators, managers, consultants, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, social workers, carers, etc. However, as has already been successfully experienced in the past editions, professionals working in other areas, like the section of profit and corporate worlds, are also most welcome to join the conference.
The “Learning from action” Working Conference draws on the Group Relations model and is aimed at helping community staff and carers to explore and study the value of their daily activities as a form of communication.

primary taskPRIMARY TASK

The primary task of this working conference is to offer an opportunity to explore how unconscious and nonverbal communication and group dynamics shape Decision-Making processes and influences accountability and various other aspects of ‘working together’ in this temporary learning community.
Members of the conference and staff together will constitute this temporary learning community.
Within this special training context, the main learning objective of the conference is to enhance the participants’ understanding of conscious and unconscious dynamics affecting Decision-Making processes both at an individual and at a group level, along with their organisational and institutional implications.

Individual members will have a chance to explore their own role and the way they operate within and on behalf of the whole system (the temporary learning organisation), reflecting on nonverbal and unconscious communication. Consequently they will be encouraged to take responsibility for their contribution whilst taking part in the daily life and relationships within the community.

A further learning objective of this event is to explore the various dimensions and connections between action, thinking and learning, so that the acquired insight can then be transferred and applied to different workplaces and practices.

The working conference will create an opportunity for a direct experience of the different elements that come into play when making decisions, and will stimulate reflection on what might constitute a democratic practice and an environmentally sustainable use of available resources in a healthy institution.
The themes focused upon in this year’s Working Conference are: The ability to make decisions and to take on responsibility.

The basic needs of community life will be dealt with by forming groups aimed at the following tasks:
• cooking and catering;
• cleaning and tidying communal areas;
• organizing leisure activities;
• organizing other activities agreed upon during the course of the conference.

As in any other community or institution, participants will witness the emergence of interpersonal dynamics related to cohabiting and sharing, such as taking and delegating responsibility, working for others, making decisions, relating to authority and leadership, managing relationships between individuals and within groups, managing conflicts, using or wasting resources and much more.

In order to achieve these learning objectives, the conference will employ a “Learning from Action” methodology and it will be organised around a programme with a number of daily events, such as: Opening and Closing Plenary, Decision-Making Event and Decision-Making Groups, Activity Groups, Morning and Evening Community Meetings, Review and Application Groups and possible Emergency Meetings.

other informationOTHER INFORMATION

• No lectures will be held.
• We recommend careful and repeated reading of this page.
• A continued residence on site is expected for the whole duration of the Working Conference.
It is useful, indeed recommended, to repeat the Working Conference. Three groups are planned:

A group: for those who participate for the first time
S group: for those who have already partecipated at least one time
T group: training group, by invitation. The T group's programme will start on Thursday 17th October 2019 at 7:30 PM, registration 7:00 PM.

The working conference will start on Friday 18th October 2019 at 1:00 pm, registration from 11:45 to 12:45 am.
• The facility offers an opportunity to stay in rooms with more beds, and each person will have to take care of the
management and tidying up of their personal spaces.
Participation at the Conference is not recommended for individuals who are going through a period of high psycho-emotional
The language we are focused on and we are here to learn about is the non verbal, the language of actions and of the unconscious. English and Italian will be used.


Firiday October 18th

11,45-12,45 Registration and snack
13,00-14,00 Opening plenary
14,00-14,30 Break
14,30-16,00 Decision-making plenary
16,00-16,15 Break
16,15-17,15 Decision-making groups 1
17,15-18,45 Activities 1
18,45-19,00 Break
19,00-20,00 Evening community meeting 1
20,00-20,15 Break
20,15-21,30 Dinner
21,35-22,15 Community Free Time 1

Saturday October 19th

08,00-09,00 Breakfast
09,00-10,00 Morning community meeting 1
10,00-10,15 Break
10,15-10,45 Decision-making groups 2
10,45-12,30 Activities 2
12,30-14,00 Lunch
14,00-14,30 Community free time 2
14,30-14,45 Break
14,45-15,15 Decision-making groups 3
15,15-15,30 Break
15,30-16,45 Review geoups 3
16,45-17,00 Break
17,00-18,30 Activities 3
18,30-18,45 Break
18,45-19,45 Evening community meeting 2
19,45-20,00 Break
20,00-21,30 Dinner
21,35-22,15 Community free time 3

Sunday October 20th

07,00-08,00 Breakfast
08,00-09,00 Morning community meeting 2
09,00-09,10 Break
09,10-09,40 Decision-making groups 4
09,45-11,30 Application Groups
11,35 12,30 Activities 4
12,30-13,30 Lunch
13,30-14,00 Washing up & cleaning
14,00-15,00 Closing plenary
15,00-15,15 Leave-taking

Any changes to this programme will be decided according to Staff needs and shared with participants both before and during the event.


Director - Luca Mingarelli
Co-Director and Director of Activities - Gilad Ovadia
Project Administrator - Francesco Noseda
Associate Administrator -  Stefania Borghetti

Giada Boldetti
John Diamond
Lili Valko

(not present at the event)
Robert Hinshelwood


LFA 2019 will start on Friday 18th October at 01:00 PM (for T group Thursday 17th at 7:30 PM) and will end on Sunday 20th October at 03:30 PM.

We recommend that participants arrive on time on Friday for registration and allocation of rooms between 11:45 and 12:30. As scheduled, lunch on Friday is not included. A snack will be available with food brought by participants and shared.


In order to facilitate participation, we have chosen to lower inscription fees, with respect to the previous editions.
- The fee for the conference is 500 € ( +VAT = 610 €) for enrolment by the 20th of September and 650 € ( +VAT = 793 € ) for enrolment after that date.
- The fee for T Group is € 620.00 ( +VAT = 756.40 €) for enrolment by the 20th of September and 750 € ( +VAT = 915 € ) for enrolment after that date.
- Four Bursaries are available to participants upon application, for which the deadline is 16th September.
- Discounts are available for A and S members. There will be: a 10% discount for persons from abroad, for the organisations in partnership and for 2 participants from the same association or company, a 20% discount for 3 and more participants from the same organisation (discount not cumulative).
- Fees include participation to the whole Working Conference and overnight stay, meals included. Request for any additional nights must be submitted by participants via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- To enrol fill in the form downloadable from www.ilnodogroup.it and pay an advance of 100 €.

Before the conference, applicants will receive a descriptive card of each event and task and indications / rules for coexistence.

English will be the main language of the Working Conference.

There are bursaries to be requested by September 16th, 2019.

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Chiavenna is a small town in the province of Sondrio, which is 60 km far. Here you may find ancient stately houses, beautiful stone fountains and the typical churches which make this town an interesting place to visit both in Winter and Summer. Chiavenna’s historic centre is at the centre of the valley bearing the same name, where it divides into the river Mera.
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The hostel AL Deserto is situated amidst the woods and in a panoramic position, only a few steps away from the historic centre and in close proximity to the train and bus station.
This makes it into an ideal place in which to gather groups. It is possible to use the available self-contained spaces independently. Address: Via al Deserto, 2, 23022 Chiavenna SO


http://www.ostellochiavenna.it - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can ask other participants for help on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LearningfromAction


Agenzia Mosaico - via San Secondo, 31 - 10128 Torino
Tel. +39 011568 1238 / +39 011 5684423 | Fax + 39 011 505421
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Event Administration Staff: Francesco Noseda, Stefania Borghetti

Il Nodo Group e Acanto presentano la giornata di studio


Il metodo Balint per la manutenzione del ruolo curante nelle professioni d'aiuto


1 marzo 2019 Biblioteca Berio via del Seminario 16 Genova 

Con il patrocinio di: Centro Psicoanalitico di Genova, Coirag,
Ordine Provinciale dei Medici Chirurghi  e degli Odontoiatri di Genova, Ordine degli Psicologi della Liguria 


Il metodo dei Gruppi Balint ideato da Michael Balint può offrire ai medici e agli altri curanti un’occasione di condivisione di esperienze e di confronto/supporto tra pari, che può proprio per questo configurarsi come spazio di sollievo e al tempo stesso di riflessione: non solo uno strumento per lo sviluppo professionale del curante e l’affinamento delle sue competenze psicologiche, ma anche un modo per migliorare la soddisfazione lavorativa, evitare il burn-out, ridurre lo stress occupazionale e, in definitiva, per attuare una manutenzione del ruolo curante e renderlo al tempo stesso efficace e sostenibile.

Il “metodo Balint” sarà illustrato e discusso in questa giornata, anche attraverso la presentazione del classico volume di Balint “Medico Paziente e Malattia”, che è stato recentemente ripubblicato dall'editore Fioriti  e aggiornato per adattarlo alla situazione attuale dell’organizzazione socio-sanitaria. 


Apertura dei lavori Bianca Gallo

16.00 Introduzione Roberto Peraldo
16.20 Balint: la biografia, il libro, il contesto F. Benincasa, F. Lupano
17.00 Balint Il gruppo e il metodo M. Perini
17.50-18.45 Discussioni e conclusioni Coordina A. Risso  

L'incontro è gratuito ed aperto al pubblico