Beyond the Familiar : Courage and Creativity

A Group Relations Conference from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

  • Fri 4 - Sun 6 Mar 22


  • Colchester Campus

    Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 2SQ

  • Event speaker

    Chris Tanner

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  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Chris Tanner

Beyond the Familiar : Courage and Creativity is an experiential learning event designed to support reflection and insight, at a time of uncertainty and complexity.

What’s our next step? What does the future hold? These are perhaps recurring questions that we ask ourselves, both as individuals,  and as a community- locally and globally. And once we have laid down our crystal balls, we remember that we are responsible for our own acts of becoming.

Against a backdrop of complex change ( the  pandemic,  climate change,  migration, “levelling up” and inequality)  how do we find the courage and creativity to  reach beyond the familiar.  And how do we create the connections , that reach across the borders and boundaries that we construct,  to collaborate effectively with others.  These are the themes of the conference.

A Group Relations Conference is an experiential event comprising of a series of large group, small group and inter-group formations. The staff team work to keep the boundaries of time and task. They also offer thoughts and questions to help learning. Learning may be related to discovering something about one’s impact on others, the impact of others on oneself, how groups form, focus, or unravel, and the associations this may have with personal, professional and societal context. We welcome people who have not previously attended this kind of event.

Conference Director: Chris Tanner
 Associate Director: Gwen Hanrahan 


Beyond the Familiar : Courage and Creativity

Conference arrangements

The conference runs from 5.00pm GMT on Friday 4 March to 5.00pm GMT on Sunday 6 March. The conference is online on the Friday evening, followed by full board for Saturday through Sunday. Single room accommodation is provided for all participants. Additional accommodation on the Friday evening can be provided if requested. 


£750 external participants / an early bird fee of £700 is available until Monday 24 January 2022

£650 Essex (current/former students) participants / an early bird fee of £600 is available until Monday 24 January 2022

The conference will take place online if required by UK government  COVID regulations, or University risk assessments. Should this happen the online fee would be:

£299 external participants

£99 Essex participants 

For further information please email chris.tanner@essex.ac.uk

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