50 Years and Beyond – Group Competence for a World in Conflict
This year, in 2023, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group processes (IAGP). Since 1973 IAGP is the home for professional group work empowering dialogue and change. This golden age is the success of not only the founders but also everyone who contributed to this process.
Celebrations are important to make our achievements and efforts appreciated. Institutions find vitality with celebrations and their members feel a stronger sense of belonging. For this reason, as the IAGP 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, we attach great importance to this process and welcome everyone who values IAGP to celebrate 50 years of IAGP.
As the IAGP 50th Anniversary Task Force, we will celebrate this meaningful process and honor the past, evaluate the present and review our vision for the future with many events spanning the whole year.
President of the IAGP, Heloisa Fleury, attaches special importance to the 50th anniversary celebrations and continues to work with the local organizing committee in the onsite celebration program to be held in Zurich, Switzerland on June 24 and June 25. The celebration venue is Volkshaus (House of the People), a building with connection with the democratic basis of our group approaches. You can learn more about the building by visiting the website, https://www.volkshaus.ch/kontakt Address: Volkshausstiftung Zürich, Stauffacherstrasse 60, 8004 Zürich
Former President Jorge Burmeister carries out important work for the local organization. We hope that English, German and Spanish languages will be live there.
The program conveys the history of the IAGP, not only through the lecture of Ms. Grete Leutz, the only surviving founding member of the IAGP, but also through the contributions of the local organizing committee and through theatre performances and other creative formats to bring 50 years to life. In addition, there are also 3 introductory groups in parallel for those interested in the methods of group analysis, psychodrama and group processes led by renowned Swiss and international experts (Regine Scholz and Ruedi Baumer; Deniz Altinay and Susanne Kunz-Mehlstaub; Roberta Mineo, Bruno Chevolet and Sandra Vogel).
The event will examine open-ended questions of the future, for example, in relation to peace, common values and strengths of the group movement first by an analytical large group format led by Ms. Elisabeth Rohr and Mr. Konstantinos Liolios, and then by a sociodrama entitled Bridges from the past to the future, appreciating and waiting, directed by Ursula Hauser and Stylianos Lagarakis.
The second day “Invitation for an encounter: Windows into IAGP” will present selected workshops and activities run by international experts and reflecting IAGP contributions for the future.
You are invited to attend this event. Please use complete the registration form on the webpage. The IAGP 50th Anniversary Celebration is free for attendees, but to support IAGP and enrich its services, we decided to include a small fundraiser. The recommended donation amount is 25 USD.
Online celebrations that will spread throughout the year are also being prepared for you that will include many surprises.
IAGP has become a symbol and an expression of a real co-creation between so many colleagues all over the world and leaves behind an important half-century process. J.L. Moreno, Zerka Moreno (his wife), S.H. Foulkes, Elizabeth Foulkes (his wife) and many others played important roles in this process.
We must seize this opportunity as the entire IAGP and it is one of our primary tasks. If we can serve in this association today and deal with the problems of the field and the world, we owe this celebration and honor to our founders. It is important that a world association was able to survive in such an important process despite all the difficulties.
Program (link to download)
Saturday, 24 June
50 years and beyond
9:00 – Short Sociometric Start.
Deniz Altınay: Chair of Celebration Committee, Anastasia Golema: Board Member.
Heloisa Fleury: IAGP President
History of IAGP – Honoring the 50 Years.
Grete Leutz: President of Amsterdam Congress, Jorge Burmeister: Former President of IAGP
Welcome Former Presidents
Cristina Martinez: Vice President, Dena Baungartner: Senior Executive Member, Nilüfer Demirhan: Young Executive Member, Marcia Honig: Transcultural Section
Theater / Artistic Experience for IAGP. (30 Minutes)
Anastasia Golema (IAGP Board Member) and her team.
Break, 20 minutes
11:00 – Parallel sessions (please select one)
Psychodrama Workshop: Susanne Kunz-Mehlstaub and Deniz Altınay.
Group Analysis Workshop: Regina Scholz and Ruedi Balmer.
Group Processes Workshop: Bruno Chevolet, Roberta Mineo and Sandra Vogel
Lunch break, 1 hour, 10 minutes
13:40 – IAGP History / Legacy and Future. Large Group for Peace, Common Values, Strength of the Group (Group Analysis)
Konstantinos Liolios: Chair Group Analytic section & Elisabeth Rohr, Foulkes Award lecturer 2014
Break, 20 minutes
15:30 – Bridges from the Past to the Future, Appreciating and Hoping. Closing and Reflections (Sociodrama)
Ursula Hauser, Prize Winner Swiss Professional Psychologist Association (SBA), Ex IAGP Board Member & Stylianos Lagarakis, IAGP Board Member
Closing at 17:00
Sunday, 25 June
Invitation for an Encounter: Windows into IAGP
09:00 – Social Dreaming Matrix (Main Hall) Maurizio Gasseau: Co-chair Educational Committee. and Marina Brinchi, Committee EGATIN
Break, 15 minutes
10:15 – Parallel session 2 (please select one)
Transcultural Aspects of Group Work / Presentation of the Book.
Cristina Martinez-Taboada: Vice President and Marcia Honig: Chair Transcultural Section
Sociometry, Psychodrama & Group Psychotherapy: Reviving Moreno’s Tradition of Open Sessions – Jacob Gershoni: Chair Psychodrama Section
Organizational Development and Team Building –
Adrian Hofstede: Committee Organizational Consultancy Section and Simon McLellan: Chair Organizational Consultancy Section
Break, 15 minutes
12:00 – Parallel session 3 (please select one)
The Importance of Expressive Arts Therapies for Group Work
Magdalene Jeyarathnam: Chair CAOA Committee and Mona Rakhawy: Educational Committee
Group Analytic Dimensions of Peace – Andreas von Wallenberg, IAGP Board Member, Member D3G
Collective Trauma, Social Unconscious and Group Work / Round Table Moderator: Deniz Altınay: Chair of Celebration Committee and Board member of IAGP. Participants: Robi Friedman: Former President of GASI, Caner Bingöl: Chair of Trauma Disaster Commitee of IAGP, Richard Beck: Former President of IAGP, Earl Hopper: Former President of IAGP
Break, 15 minutes
13:45 – Farewell and Meeting in the Future – A World for the Future of IAGP (Main Hall)
Lunch and Social Activities Break, 14:15 – 18:30
LUNCH, MUSEUMS, CONCERTS
CITY WALKING TOURS
OPEN AIR ACTIVITIES
18:30-19:30: Open (Public) Sociodrama in front of the Opera House – Bellevue.
Ursula Hauser & Stylianos Lagarakis, IAGP Membership Committee
IAGP 50th Anniversary Task Force
Chair: Deniz Altinay, Psych. M.A., Psychodrama TP. Board member of IAGP
Organization Consultant: Jorge Burmeister Former President of IAGP
Consultant: Marco Greco, President of Moreno Institute
Members: Adriana Piterbarg, Stylianos Lagarakis, Anastasia Golema, Simon McLellan (technical support).
Local Organizational Committee:
Jorge Burmeister, Susanne Kunz-Mehlstaub, Ursula Hauser, Roger Schaller President of the Swiss Psychodrama Association
City of Zurich
Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. It is located in north-central Switzerland, at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. As of January 2020, the municipality has 434,000 inhabitants, the urban area 1.315 million (2009), and the Zürich metropolitan area 1.83 million (2011). Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zürich Airport and Zürich’s main railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.
Permanently settled for over 2,000 years, Zürich was founded by the Romans, who called it Turicum. However, early settlements have been found dating back more than 6,400 years (although this only indicates human presence in the area and not the presence of a town that early). During the Middle Ages, Zürich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, became a primary centre of the Protestant Reformation in Europe under the leadership of Huldrych Zwingli.
The official language of Zürich is German, but the main spoken language is Zürich German, the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.
Many museums and art galleries can be found in the city, including the Swiss National Museum and Kunsthaus. Schauspielhaus Zürich is considered to be one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world. Zürich is home to many financial institutions and banking companies