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  • Dr Joe Djemal
    Dear friends, It has been seven to eight months since the conference we shared together in Jaipur. Speaking for myself it was and continues to be an extremely
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      Dear friends,
       
      It has been seven to eight months since the conference we shared together in Jaipur. Speaking for myself it was and continues to be an extremely valuable experience and one which continues to shape my life to this very day.
       
      I would very much like to extend an invitation to each of you to consider attending a conference of this kind here in Israel. The conference here will have both "A" and "B" memberships, with each of you eligible for "B" membership. The "B" sub conference will be smaller in number and will benefit from a better staff member ratio. The learning available for someone who has already experienced a group relations conference is different in quality and depth. It would be a great personal pleasure for me to see some of you here at this upcoming conference.   
       
      Ilana Litvin is the conference director. She has expressed a great interest in this conference having as large an international representative as possible. Note that Anuradha Prasad is one of the consultants listed.
       
      If you feel that this might be suitable to others that you know do not hesitate to forward this mail.
       
      Best wishes and hope to see you,
       
      Joe Djemal
      One of the two administrators of OFEK's Group Relations Conference, 2008
       
      The conference and its purpose
      In 2008, OFEK’s 21st annual International Group Relations Conference will
      focus on the interactions and interrelationships between Authority, Leadership
      and Boundaries, as they are reflected in the life of individuals, groups,
      organizations, and in the general socio-political reality, both local and global.
      The conference will provide opportunities to work with the concepts of
      Authority, Leadership and Boundaries, explore their multiplicity of meanings,
      learn their modes of operation, and experience their complexity.
      This is an experiential conference, modeled on the Tavistock Group
      Relations Conferences (GRCs), which were started by The Tavistock
      Institute of Human Relations, London, in 1957, and have since been
      conducted all over the world.

      What is a Tavistock Group Relations Conference?
      The GRC was designed to study the behavior and development of groups,
      organizations and societies. Its relevance has never waned. The exploration
      it launches is as significant today as it was sixty years ago.
      A Group Relations Conference is a temporary organization, an organization
      existing for the duration of the conference, in which the processes taking
      place mirror those occurring in familiar existing organizations, which we
      encounter and in which we work in our daily life.
      In the GRC learning occurs through direct experience. The conference
      is designed to provide a variety of settings/opportunities for members to
      exercise and/or accept leadership and authority in here and now situations,
      to uncover, face and deal with the various forms of resistance encountered
      in doing so, and to manage oneself in relation to task and role.
      The hope is that the opportunities for exploration and experience offered
      in the conference would lead to insights that would, in turn, help forge
      and transform ways of being and relating in a range of interpersonal,
      institutional and societal spaces. Close attention is paid not only to overt
      and conscious behavior, thoughts and feelings, but also to the covert
      and unconscious processes – those that take place beyond one’s
      normal awareness – within oneself, in the groups one works with, and
      in the conference system as a whole.
      The learning is personal. The individual member has the opportunity to
      discover where she or he is in such a complex and varied setting. In a
      range of events members can exercise their authority and leadership,
      deal with the opportunities, problems and resistances encountered within
      and without, while engaging with the work of the conference.
      Since the GRC does not have any set syllabus or established evaluative
      criteria for performance, each member is likely to experience his or her
      learning differently.

      Who is the Conference for?
      Potential participants range widely, from private practitioners, through
      supervisors, to managers of just a few subordinates, to people who run
      multinational organizations. All of us deal with similar issues, even if the
      area of our responsibility varies significantly.
      The conference may prove beneficial to a broad spectrum of professionals
      in positions of authority, leadership or management, in the areas of
      administration (public and private), social services, behavioral sciences
      (organizational consultancy, clinical psychology, educational psychology,
      psychoanalysis, social work, education, sociology etc.), as well as medicine,
      (psychiatry, family medicine, nursing) – professionals who are interested
      in groups, organizations and social systems.
      The structure of the conference differentiates between first time participants
      who are members of Sub-Conference “A”, and those who have attended
      similar conferences in the past, who are members of Sub-Conference “B”.
      Participation in Sub-Conference “A” does not require any prior knowledge
      or training, only the willingness to learn from experience.
      As this is an international conference, the working language will be English.
      In events were all participants are Hebrew speakers, the work may be
      conducted in Hebrew.

      What does the Conference deal with?
      The present conference sets out to explore, in addition to the traditional
      issues of Leadership and Authority, the complex and multifaceted issue of
      Boundaries.
      Authority: is defined as "the right to take action and make a decision". The
      sources of authority are among the topics examined in the conference.
      Authority can derive from inside or from outside, from "above" or from
      "below", from formal or from informal sources. Assuming authority is a
      result of an "internal drama" involving internalized relations – conscious
      and unconscious – with significant authority figures (such as parents) from
      the distant past, as well as from the present, and beneficial or traumatic
      experiences that left their mark, even when ostensibly forgotten.
      Leadership: has to do with the individual’s ability to identify the needs of
      the organization or the group, to contain the emotional aspects of the
      situation, to forge meaning and offer a direction, and to produce a welltimed
      impact. The qualities of the leader, as well as the internal and external
      conditions that enable or prevent the assumption and exercise of leadership,
      will be examined during the conference.
      Boundaries: separate the inside from the outside, the self from the other,
      one’s own identity – personal, familial, cultural, religious, political, ethnic
      etc. – from the identity of others. Boundaries define and separate individuals,
      groups, tasks and roles, organizations and the larger environmental context
      in which they operate. They mark the extent of one’s authority, and delineate
      the domain of leadership.
      Boundaries can be rigid or flexible, open or closed, permeable, semipermeable
      or impermeable. Metaphorically, boundaries are not a "line" but
      a "space", a "border zone". A boundary can be experienced as "a danger
      zone" or conversely, as "a safety zone"; it can be perceived as a sign of
      exclusion, or as a reassuring demarcation of where one’s internal or external
      territory ends and the territory of the other begins. Boundaries can be
      viewed as limitations or restrictions, or they can be experienced as a
      protecting measure, a container that enables constructive and creative
      functioning. What is off limits can be a seductive, titillating attraction worth
      crossing boundaries for, or the mark that makes the infinite finite, the alien
      intimate, that provides a sense of safety and enables understanding and
      mastery. Either way, the boundary space of a system requires management.
      The concept of, and attitude to boundaries, borders and limits are dramatically
      changing in a world where virtual reality, globalization and neo-colonialism
      gain progressively more power, and change our understanding of human
      limits and limitations, a world where the unification of a continent and the
      abolition of differences are gradually and systematically taking place, while
      in other parts groups fight for their survival, fortify their boundaries, and
      subdivide into ever more tiny identity groups or tribes.
      We will examine these topics as they manifest in our experiential conference,
      in the context of dynamic processes, both conscious and unconscious,
      visible or hidden.
      The conference therefore provides opportunities for a hands-on
      experiential study of issues such as:
      ■ Taking up roles of authority and leadership
      ■ Understanding dynamic processes (overt and covert, conscious and
      unconscious) within and between groups, organizations and in societies
      ■ Exploring the interconnectedness between the formal and informal
      strata of the organization
      ■ Delineating boundaries, personal, interpersonal, group, national, cultural
      etc., observing them, examining their effectiveness/ineffectiveness,
      permeability/impermeability, flexibility/rigidity, width or spaciousness/twodimensionality/
      constriction
      ■ Observing (guarding, respecting) versus violating boundaries
      ■ Examining the interrelationship between (formal and informal) role taking,
      and the development of personal, organizational and social boundaries
      ■ Studying the identity crises that might be created by the blurring of
      boundaries or their buttressing
      The ethical working assumption is that an expanded personal awareness
      leads to less projection onto others, and to more acceptance of personal
      responsibility; it contributes positively both to the individual himself and
      to the society he is part of.

      Place and Context – why attend a group relations conference in Israel?
      Geographically the conference takes place in a quiet, serene, pastoral and
      safe area – the charming Ramot guesthouse overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
      Psychologically, socially and politically though, the conference takes place
      in the eye of the storm.
      Since its inception, in 1948, Israel has struggled to define its boundaries,
      and have the world recognize its territorial limits and limitations.
      Today, Israel is a country fraught with contradictions. On the one hand, in
      sixty years of independence, Israel has managed to survive, to thrive, to
      develop modern technology and to build a "national home for the Jewish
      people", a melting pot for an ethnically diverse nation. On the other hand,
      both politically and socially, it is a conflicted nation, existing in a conflictridden,
      unstable, split and splintered geographical and socio-political context.
      Holding the Tavistock conference in Israel at the present juncture may
      provide a special opportunity for non-Israelis to examine, together with
      Israelis, local and global phenomena concerning the abolishment or
      buttressing of borders and boundaries, the weakening of leadership, and
      the deep suspicion, and thus hesitation, in granting authority and in
      accepting traditional hierarchies worldwide.

      The Organizational context: OFEK
      The present conference, like the twenty conferences preceding it, is an
      integral part of OFEK’s organizational life and raison d’etre. Historically,
      GRCs were the driving force behind the founding and the forming of the
      organization, and to this day, they are a central annual activity, possibly
      the organization’s flagship.
      OFEK – the Hebrew acronym stands for: Organization, Individual, Group,
      and means ‘horizon’ – is the Israel Association for the Study of Group and
      Organizational Processes.
      OFEK was founded in 1985, and today operates as an organization for the
      benefit of society, offering a wide range of workshops and conferences
      that help disseminate the "group relations" approach and method, and
      apply it to the Israeli context. This is OFEK’s 21st international conference.
      Sponsorship
      The MBA management & business psychology program – the College
      of Management in Rishon Le-Zion – trains students with academic
      backgrounds in psychology or related areas, for a master’s degree in
      business administration. The program provides profound psychological
      understanding, aimed at equipping the modern manager with up-to-date
      knowledge and managerial skills in various spheres, with an emphasis on
      the psychological aspects of organizational life. The program is professionally
      affiliated with OFEK, and has contributed financially toward the international
      and Israeli GRCs. Homepage:
      www.freud.co.il
      The Tavistock Institute devised, developed and publicized around the
      world and in Israel an experiential, hands-on method of learning, as well
      as models of "group relations". Tavistock is an independent, nonprofit
      organization that since the 1950s has dedicated its efforts to research,
      field studies, consultation and professional training in management and
      administration. It fosters an interdisciplinary approach, combining theory
      and application. Its mission is to assist people in management and leadership
      positions to deal with issues of change, creativity and the forging of
      organizational policy. The Tavistock Institute has been a sponsoring
      organization since OFEK’s inception. The sponsorship is a professional
      association. Website:
      www.tavistockinstitute.org

      Conference Management and Staff
      Conference Director and Director of Sub-Conference "A"
      Ilana Litvin | MA, MSc, Clinical Psychologist; psychoanalytically oriented
      Psychotherapist, Organizational Consultant, Executive Coach, in private
      practice, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv | Chairperson, OFEK | Israel
      Conference Associate Director and Director of Sub-Conference "B"
      Avi Nutkevitch | PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Psychoanalyst, Organizational
      Consultant; Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University, The MBA Program, The College of
      Management, Rishon Le-Zion | Co-Director, The Program In Organizational
      Consultation and Development | Member and past Chairperson, OFEK | Israel
      Conference Administrators
      Joseph Djemal | MB, BS (University of London) | DCH, MRCGP | Board
      Certified Family Physician | Family Medicine Trainer | Balint Group Facilitator
      CEO, Terem Emergency Clinics | Member, OFEK | Israel
      Hanna Marder | BSc, MBA, Consultant in Business Credit Rating | Member,
      OFEK | Israel
      Consulting Staff*
      Moshe Bergstein | PhD, Psychotherapist in private practice, Ramat
      Hasharon | Member, OFEK | Israel
      Gabi Bonwitt | MA, Clinical Psychologist; Psychoanalyst, Organizational
      Consultant | Board Member and Treasurer, Israeli Psychoanalytic Society
      Board Member and Vice Chairperson, OFEK | Israel
      Oren Kaplan | PhD, MBA, MA, Clinical Psychologist | Head of The MBA
      Management & Business Psychology Program and the Marketing
      Department; Associate Professor, The School of Business Administration,
      The College of Management, Rishon Le-Zion | Member, OFEK | Israel
      Ross A. Lazar | MA, Tavistock-trained Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in
      private practice | Organizational Consultant and Supervisor in Germany,
      Austria, as well as world-wide | Guest Professor, Institute for Research and
      Further Education, Vienna, Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt | Germany
      Judith Levy | PhD, Senior Teacher, Department of English Literature, Hebrew
      University of Jerusalem | Faculty, MBA Management & Business Psychology
      Program at the College of Management, Rishon Le-Zion | Organizational
      Consultant, and Executive Coach, Jerusalem | Member, OFEK | Israel
      Ilana Litvin
      Anuradha Prasad | MSc, PhD, IARI, New Delhi | Professional Member,
      Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Science | Certificate Course on
      depth psychology, Jung Center, India | Facilitator of Institutional Change
      Processes | Executive Director, Human and Institutional Development
      Forum, Bangalore | India
      Mannie Sher | BA, TQAP, FBAP, Director, Group Relations Programme and
      Principal Consultant, Organisational Development & Change, Tavistock Institute
      | Fellow, British Association of Psychotherapists, Member, OFEK | UK
      Avi Nutkevitch
      Silvia Silberman | MA, Psychologist | Psychotherapist, Group and
      Organizational Consultant in private practice | Lecturer, Schechter Institute,
      Jerusalem | Consultant, AGAS for coping with violence | Member OPUS |
      Member OFEK | Israel
      Dorit Szykierski | PhD, Senior Clinical Psychologist; Psychotherapist in
      private practice Tel-Aviv | Member OFEK | Israel
      *Will be drawn from this list.

      Registration: When? Where? How?
      Place: The conference will take place at the Ramot Hotel, (overlooking the
      Sea of Galilee) under full board conditions. Members and staff will reside
      and work in the hotel. Hotel website:
      www.ramot-nofesh.co.il
      Time: The conference will begin on Sunday, February 3, 2008, at 13:30,
      and end on Friday, February 8, 2008, at 12:15.
      Conference Fees: The full fee for the conference is divided as follows:
      Tuition fees: For A & B members: $750
      Hotel fees: Private accommodations: $670; Double occupancy: $530
      Early registration discount: Applicants registering before Friday,
      December 16th, 2007 will receive a $120 discount in tuition fees.
      Payment can be made in either shekels, or foreign currency according to
      the exchange rate on the day of payment.
      A registration fee of $50 must accompany the completed Registration Form.
      This sum is included in the conference fee, and is non-refundable.
      Checks for registration and participation should be made out to OFEK and
      sent to OFEK, The International Conference 2008
      P.O.B. 17157 Tel Aviv, 61171, ISRAEL
      The last day of registration is Sunday, January 27th, 2008.
      The conference meets the requirements of OFEK,
      and is considered one full GRC.
      For further details please contact:
      Roni Gerby – Pre conference administrator | E-mail:
      ofek-opg@...
      Tel: +972-9-9581515 or: +972-50-5640022
      Joe Djemal – Conference administrator | E-mail:
      jd@...
      Tel: +972-54-4708878
      Hanna Marder – Conference administrator
      E-mail:
      marderhanna@... | Tel: +972-54-4975884
      OFEK's Website:
      www.ofek-opg.org

       
    • Rajnish Gogia
      Dear Joe, Although am tempted to be a part of this but the circumstances at home may not permit me to travel and stay away for so long. Thanks for the
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 9, 2007
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        Dear Joe,
        Although am tempted to be a part of this but the circumstances at home may not permit me to travel and stay away for so long.
        Thanks for the invitation.
        Wishing you all he best.
        Rajnish
        ----- Original Message ----
        From: Dr Joe Djemal <jd@...>
        To: grc2007@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Sunday, 2 December, 2007 9:38:56 PM
        Subject: [grc2007] Fw: Authority, Leadership and Boundaries Ofek's International GRC Ramot Israel Feb 2008

        Dear friends,
         
        It has been seven to eight months since the conference we shared together in Jaipur. Speaking for myself it was and continues to be an extremely valuable experience and one which continues to shape my life to this very day.
         
        I would very much like to extend an invitation to each of you to consider attending a conference of this kind here in Israel. The conference here will have both "A" and "B" memberships, with each of you eligible for "B" membership. The "B" sub conference will be smaller in number and will benefit from a better staff member ratio. The learning available for someone who has already experienced a group relations conference is different in quality and depth. It would be a great personal pleasure for me to see some of you here at this upcoming conference.   
         
        Ilana Litvin is the conference director. She has expressed a great interest in this conference having as large an international representative as possible. Note that Anuradha Prasad is one of the consultants listed.
         
        If you feel that this might be suitable to others that you know do not hesitate to forward this mail.
         
        Best wishes and hope to see you,
         
        Joe Djemal
        One of the two administrators of OFEK's Group Relations Conference, 2008
         
        The conference and its purpose
        In 2008, OFEK’s 21st annual International Group Relations Conference will
        focus on the interactions and interrelationships between Authority, Leadership
        and Boundaries, as they are reflected in the life of individuals, groups,
        organizations, and in the general socio-political reality, both local and global.
        The conference will provide opportunities to work with the concepts of
        Authority, Leadership and Boundaries, explore their multiplicity of meanings,
        learn their modes of operation, and experience their complexity.
        This is an experiential conference, modeled on the Tavistock Group
        Relations Conferences (GRCs), which were started by The Tavistock
        Institute of Human Relations, London, in 1957, and have since been
        conducted all over the world.

        What is a Tavistock Group Relations Conference?
        The GRC was designed to study the behavior and development of groups,
        organizations and societies. Its relevance has never waned. The exploration
        it launches is as significant today as it was sixty years ago.
        A Group Relations Conference is a temporary organization, an organization
        existing for the duration of the conference, in which the processes taking
        place mirror those occurring in familiar existing organizations, which we
        encounter and in which we work in our daily life.
        In the GRC learning occurs through direct experience. The conference
        is designed to provide a variety of settings/opportunit ies for members to
        exercise and/or accept leadership and authority in here and now situations,
        to uncover, face and deal with the various forms of resistance encountered
        in doing so, and to manage oneself in relation to task and role.
        The hope is that the opportunities for exploration and experience offered
        in the conference would lead to insights that would, in turn, help forge
        and transform ways of being and relating in a range of interpersonal,
        institutional and societal spaces. Close attention is paid not only to overt
        and conscious behavior, thoughts and feelings, but also to the covert
        and unconscious processes – those that take place beyond one’s
        normal awareness – within oneself, in the groups one works with, and
        in the conference system as a whole.
        The learning is personal. The individual member has the opportunity to
        discover where she or he is in such a complex and varied setting. In a
        range of events members can exercise their authority and leadership,
        deal with the opportunities, problems and resistances encountered within
        and without, while engaging with the work of the conference.
        Since the GRC does not have any set syllabus or established evaluative
        criteria for performance, each member is likely to experience his or her
        learning differently.

        Who is the Conference for?
        Potential participants range widely, from private practitioners, through
        supervisors, to managers of just a few subordinates, to people who run
        multinational organizations. All of us deal with similar issues, even if the
        area of our responsibility varies significantly.
        The conference may prove beneficial to a broad spectrum of professionals
        in positions of authority, leadership or management, in the areas of
        administration (public and private), social services, behavioral sciences
        (organizational consultancy, clinical psychology, educational psychology,
        psychoanalysis, social work, education, sociology etc.), as well as medicine,
        (psychiatry, family medicine, nursing) – professionals who are interested
        in groups, organizations and social systems.
        The structure of the conference differentiates between first time participants
        who are members of Sub-Conference “A”, and those who have attended
        similar conferences in the past, who are members of Sub-Conference “B”.
        Participation in Sub-Conference “A” does not require any prior knowledge
        or training, only the willingness to learn from experience.
        As this is an international conference, the working language will be English.
        In events were all participants are Hebrew speakers, the work may be
        conducted in Hebrew.

        What does the Conference deal with?
        The present conference sets out to explore, in addition to the traditional
        issues of Leadership and Authority, the complex and multifaceted issue of
        Boundaries.
        Authority: is defined as "the right to take action and make a decision". The
        sources of authority are among the topics examined in the conference.
        Authority can derive from inside or from outside, from "above" or from
        "below", from formal or from informal sources. Assuming authority is a
        result of an "internal drama" involving internalized relations – conscious
        and unconscious – with significant authority figures (such as parents) from
        the distant past, as well as from the present, and beneficial or traumatic
        experiences that left their mark, even when ostensibly forgotten.
        Leadership: has to do with the individual’s ability to identify the needs of
        the organization or the group, to contain the emotional aspects of the
        situation, to forge meaning and offer a direction, and to produce a welltimed
        impact. The qualities of the leader, as well as the internal and external
        conditions that enable or prevent the assumption and exercise of leadership,
        will be examined during the conference.
        Boundaries: separate the inside from the outside, the self from the other,
        one’s own identity – personal, familial, cultural, religious, political, ethnic
        etc. – from the identity of others. Boundaries define and separate individuals,
        groups, tasks and roles, organizations and the larger environmental context
        in which they operate. They mark the extent of one’s authority, and delineate
        the domain of leadership.
        Boundaries can be rigid or flexible, open or closed, permeable, semipermeable
        or impermeable. Metaphorically, boundaries are not a "line" but
        a "space", a "border zone". A boundary can be experienced as "a danger
        zone" or conversely, as "a safety zone"; it can be perceived as a sign of
        exclusion, or as a reassuring demarcation of where one’s internal or external
        territory ends and the territory of the other begins. Boundaries can be
        viewed as limitations or restrictions, or they can be experienced as a
        protecting measure, a container that enables constructive and creative
        functioning. What is off limits can be a seductive, titillating attraction worth
        crossing boundaries for, or the mark that makes the infinite finite, the alien
        intimate, that provides a sense of safety and enables understanding and
        mastery. Either way, the boundary space of a system requires management.
        The concept of, and attitude to boundaries, borders and limits are dramatically
        changing in a world where virtual reality, globalization and neo-colonialism
        gain progressively more power, and change our understanding of human
        limits and limitations, a world where the unification of a continent and the
        abolition of differences are gradually and systematically taking place, while
        in other parts groups fight for their survival, fortify their boundaries, and
        subdivide into ever more tiny identity groups or tribes.
        We will examine these topics as they manifest in our experiential conference,
        in the context of dynamic processes, both conscious and unconscious,
        visible or hidden.
        The conference therefore provides opportunities for a hands-on
        experiential study of issues such as:
        ■ Taking up roles of authority and leadership
        ■ Understanding dynamic processes (overt and covert, conscious and
        unconscious) within and between groups, organizations and in societies
        ■ Exploring the interconnectedness between the formal and informal
        strata of the organization
        ■ Delineating boundaries, personal, interpersonal, group, national, cultural
        etc., observing them, examining their effectiveness/ ineffectiveness,
        permeability/ impermeability, flexibility/ rigidity, width or spaciousness/ twodimensionalit y/
        constriction
        ■ Observing (guarding, respecting) versus violating boundaries
        ■ Examining the interrelationship between (formal and informal) role taking,
        and the development of personal, organizational and social boundaries
        ■ Studying the identity crises that might be created by the blurring of
        boundaries or their buttressing
        The ethical working assumption is that an expanded personal awareness
        leads to less projection onto others, and to more acceptance of personal
        responsibility; it contributes positively both to the individual himself and
        to the society he is part of.

        Place and Context – why attend a group relations conference in Israel?
        Geographically the conference takes place in a quiet, serene, pastoral and
        safe area – the charming Ramot guesthouse overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
        Psychologically, socially and politically though, the conference takes place
        in the eye of the storm.
        Since its inception, in 1948, Israel has struggled to define its boundaries,
        and have the world recognize its territorial limits and limitations.
        Today, Israel is a country fraught with contradictions. On the one hand, in
        sixty years of independence, Israel has managed to survive, to thrive, to
        develop modern technology and to build a "national home for the Jewish
        people", a melting pot for an ethnically diverse nation. On the other hand,
        both politically and socially, it is a conflicted nation, existing in a conflictridden,
        unstable, split and splintered geographical and socio-political context.
        Holding the Tavistock conference in Israel at the present juncture may
        provide a special opportunity for non-Israelis to examine, together with
        Israelis, local and global phenomena concerning the abolishment or
        buttressing of borders and boundaries, the weakening of leadership, and
        the deep suspicion, and thus hesitation, in granting authority and in
        accepting traditional hierarchies worldwide.

        The Organizational context: OFEK
        The present conference, like the twenty conferences preceding it, is an
        integral part of OFEK’s organizational life and raison d’etre. Historically,
        GRCs were the driving force behind the founding and the forming of the
        organization, and to this day, they are a central annual activity, possibly
        the organization’s flagship.
        OFEK – the Hebrew acronym stands for: Organization, Individual, Group,
        and means ‘horizon’ – is the Israel Association for the Study of Group and
        Organizational Processes.
        OFEK was founded in 1985, and today operates as an organization for the
        benefit of society, offering a wide range of workshops and conferences
        that help disseminate the "group relations" approach and method, and
        apply it to the Israeli context. This is OFEK’s 21st international conference.
        Sponsorship
        The MBA management & business psychology program – the College
        of Management in Rishon Le-Zion – trains students with academic
        backgrounds in psychology or related areas, for a master’s degree in
        business administration. The program provides profound psychological
        understanding, aimed at equipping the modern manager with up-to-date
        knowledge and managerial skills in various spheres, with an emphasis on
        the psychological aspects of organizational life. The program is professionally
        affiliated with OFEK, and has contributed financially toward the international
        and Israeli GRCs. Homepage:
        www.freud.co. il
        The Tavistock Institute devised, developed and publicized around the
        world and in Israel an experiential, hands-on method of learning, as well
        as models of "group relations". Tavistock is an independent, nonprofit
        organization that since the 1950s has dedicated its efforts to research,
        field studies, consultation and professional training in management and
        administration. It fosters an interdisciplinary approach, combining theory
        and application. Its mission is to assist people in management and leadership
        positions to deal with issues of change, creativity and the forging of
        organizational policy. The Tavistock Institute has been a sponsoring
        organization since OFEK’s inception. The sponsorship is a professional
        association. Website:
        www.tavistockinstit ute.org

        Conference Management and Staff
        Conference Director and Director of Sub-Conference "A"
        Ilana Litvin | MA, MSc, Clinical Psychologist; psychoanalytically oriented
        Psychotherapist, Organizational Consultant, Executive Coach, in private
        practice, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv | Chairperson, OFEK | Israel
        Conference Associate Director and Director of Sub-Conference "B"
        Avi Nutkevitch | PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Psychoanalyst, Organizational
        Consultant; Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University, The MBA Program, The College of
        Management, Rishon Le-Zion | Co-Director, The Program In Organizational
        Consultation and Development | Member and past Chairperson, OFEK | Israel
        Conference Administrators
        Joseph Djemal | MB, BS (University of London) | DCH, MRCGP | Board
        Certified Family Physician | Family Medicine Trainer | Balint Group Facilitator
        CEO, Terem Emergency Clinics | Member, OFEK | Israel
        Hanna Marder | BSc, MBA, Consultant in Business Credit Rating | Member,
        OFEK | Israel
        Consulting Staff*
        Moshe Bergstein | PhD, Psychotherapist in private practice, Ramat
        Hasharon | Member, OFEK | Israel
        Gabi Bonwitt | MA, Clinical Psychologist; Psychoanalyst, Organizational
        Consultant | Board Member and Treasurer, Israeli Psychoanalytic Society
        Board Member and Vice Chairperson, OFEK | Israel
        Oren Kaplan | PhD, MBA, MA, Clinical Psychologist | Head of The MBA
        Management & Business Psychology Program and the Marketing
        Department; Associate Professor, The School of Business Administration,
        The College of Management, Rishon Le-Zion | Member, OFEK | Israel
        Ross A. Lazar | MA, Tavistock-trained Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in
        private practice | Organizational Consultant and Supervisor in Germany,
        Austria, as well as world-wide | Guest Professor, Institute for Research and
        Further Education, Vienna, Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt | Germany
        Judith Levy | PhD, Senior Teacher, Department of English Literature, Hebrew
        University of Jerusalem | Faculty, MBA Management & Business Psychology
        Program at the College of Management, Rishon Le-Zion | Organizational
        Consultant, and Executive Coach, Jerusalem | Member, OFEK | Israel
        Ilana Litvin
        Anuradha Prasad | MSc, PhD, IARI, New Delhi | Professional Member,
        Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Science | Certificate Course on
        depth psychology, Jung Center, India | Facilitator of Institutional Change
        Processes | Executive Director, Human and Institutional Development
        Forum, Bangalore | India
        Mannie Sher | BA, TQAP, FBAP, Director, Group Relations Programme and
        Principal Consultant, Organisational Development & Change, Tavistock Institute
        | Fellow, British Association of Psychotherapists, Member, OFEK | UK
        Avi Nutkevitch
        Silvia Silberman | MA, Psychologist | Psychotherapist, Group and
        Organizational Consultant in private practice | Lecturer, Schechter Institute,
        Jerusalem | Consultant, AGAS for coping with violence | Member OPUS |
        Member OFEK | Israel
        Dorit Szykierski | PhD, Senior Clinical Psychologist; Psychotherapist in
        private practice Tel-Aviv | Member OFEK | Israel
        *Will be drawn from this list.

        Registration: When? Where? How?
        Place: The conference will take place at the Ramot Hotel, (overlooking the
        Sea of Galilee) under full board conditions. Members and staff will reside
        and work in the hotel. Hotel website:
        www.ramot-nofesh. co.il
        Time: The conference will begin on Sunday, February 3, 2008, at 13:30,
        and end on Friday, February 8, 2008, at 12:15.
        Conference Fees: The full fee for the conference is divided as follows:
        Tuition fees: For A & B members: $750
        Hotel fees: Private accommodations: $670; Double occupancy: $530
        Early registration discount: Applicants registering before Friday,
        December 16th, 2007 will receive a $120 discount in tuition fees.
        Payment can be made in either shekels, or foreign currency according to
        the exchange rate on the day of payment.
        A registration fee of $50 must accompany the completed Registration Form.
        This sum is included in the conference fee, and is non-refundable.
        Checks for registration and participation should be made out to OFEK and
        sent to OFEK, The International Conference 2008
        P.O.B. 17157 Tel Aviv, 61171, ISRAEL
        The last day of registration is Sunday, January 27th, 2008.
        The conference meets the requirements of OFEK,
        and is considered one full GRC.
        For further details please contact:
        Roni Gerby – Pre conference administrator | E-mail:
        ofek-opg@actcom. co.il
        Tel: +972-9-9581515 or: +972-50-5640022
        Joe Djemal – Conference administrator | E-mail:
        jd@...
        Tel: +972-54-4708878
        Hanna Marder – Conference administrator
        E-mail:
        marderhanna@ gmail.com | Tel: +972-54-4975884
        OFEK's Website:
        www.ofek-opg. org

         



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