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Consultant Role Analysis Training Program

The Program will explore the socio-analytic consultant role for:

  • Understanding group dynamics and taking a Study Group as in a Group Relations Conference (such as the previous AISA “Lorne” Conference, or the Tavistock “Leicester” Conference).
  • Contributing to an Organisational Dreaming Matrix through creatively weaving dream and associative strands, and connections between dreams.
  • Action Research including Organisational Diagnosis.
  • Organisational Role Analysis

The overall aim is to integrate aspects of the socio-analytic consultant role within one’s own role as a consultant, manager or professional. The Program is not designed as a full professional training in any of these areas, rather to provide experience of these roles and how aspects can be used in one’s own role.

Program Membership

The Program is for those who wish to integrate the socio-analytic approach in their work. Specifically it is for:

  • Consultants,
  • Managers and Professionals who have a consultant aspect to their roles, or who wish to take up a consultancy role professionally.

No previous experience of this kind of learning is necessary; however, curiosity, and a willingness to use one’s own feelings and thoughts as they arise in relationship to the different tasks of the Program are essential.

The course is limited to 8 members.


  1. To explore the socio-analytic consultant role as it is taken up in different Task settings.
  2. To explore the origins of authority in how I take up my work role as a manager, consultant or professional.
  3. To develop socio-analytic consultant skills.
  4. To integrate this understanding and these skills in my current role, and thereby to increase my capacity to manage the role more effectively.
  5. To explore theories and methodologies of socio-analytic consultancy.


Three one day Workshops on:

  • Saturday, 24 June, 2006 - Starts
  • Saturday, 22 July
  • Saturday , 20 August

With Weekly 3 Hour sessions on:

  • Monday, 3 July
  • Monday, 10 July
  • Monday, 17 July
  • Monday, 31 July
  • Monday, 7 August
  • Monday, 14 August

The weekly Monday sessions are from 4.30 – 7.30pm.


64 Carlton Street,
Carlton 3053
Opposite Carlton Gardens. Carlton Street runs between Rathdowne and Nicholson Streets. Parking is good.


Alastair Bain  B.Sc. (Econ.) Hons (London), M.A. (Chicago) 
Alastair Bain began his work training consultants in 1979 when he initiated and directed the Tavistock Institute’s one year Action Research Training Programme. This experience, together with directing Group Relations Conferences, was used in developing and directing  AISA’s Socio-Analytic Fellowship Programme (a 3 year Training Programme for consultants, professionals, and managers), Consultancy short courses, and the Organisational Consultancy and Group Dynamics Workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth.

Alastair Bain has carried out consultancy, action research, action learning, and group relations projects in Australia, U.K., Europe, U.S., and more recently India. He is a Director of the Centre for Socio-Analysis, previously Director of the Australian Institute of Socio-Analysis, previously a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University, and is currently a Member of the Tavistock Institute Association and a Member of International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. He has published extensively.

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