Group Action: The Dynamics of Groups in Therapeutic, Educational, and Corporate Settings

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2002 - Psychology - 299 pages
'The author does a commendable job of taking what is known about groups, the unconscious, and psychodynamics in an academic sense, and grounding it in relevant experiential education examples. This book is appropriate for intermediate and advanced practitioners who want to stretch their own thinking about group processes and group management. Ringer's text provides a good bridge between academic journals (and contains an abundance of quality citations) and practical application related to group leadership. I [found] it engaging and thought provoking.' - Journal of Experiential Education 'Martin Ringer offers explanations of group processes with examples (both extensive and quite brief) that illustrate both concepts and strategies. Also a rare phenomenon, he positively encourages readers to relax their concentration on the written word and to think, make associations and learn by reflection on their own experiences of being leaders and members of groups.' - Leadership & Organization Development Journal 'It gives huge assistance to a thinking group-worker. [It] brings alternative viewpoints and slants of lighting that open up familiar territory in fresh and stimulating ways. Worth the read.' - ANZPA 2002 'The book's audience is not limited to those in training. Experienced group leaders will have their memories refreshed by his reviews of experimental learning and psychoanalytic and semi-systemic ways of understanding human and group behaviour practitionners in both the fields of adventure and group psychology will recognise that there is a maturity in Ringer's writing. He speaks from a profound understanding that comes from the practical lived level.' - Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Living 'In publishing this book, Martin Ringer has provided us with a companion for quiet reflection. It will support group leaders in developing insights into their own practice and in raising their conscious awareness. It is a counterpoint to the many texts that focus on recipes and heuristics for success. In contrast to these superficial quick fixes, the author offers a book that brings the reader to profound reflection...The book is invaluable as a companion to signpost directions for further inquiry and experience. It can act to stretch one's appreciation and understanding of group complexity... It is a book that rewards patient contemplation and delivers high returns for depth of study. As I journey through the troubled and pleasant waters of group life, Martin Ringer's book will be a companion to accompany my thinking and actions.' - Steve Kempster, MBA Programme Director, Lancaster University School of Management Groups provide a powerful medium for therapeutic work, and are the building blocks of all institutions - whether in the education, health, government, or private sectors. Martin Ringer, an internationally known consultant and writer on group psychology, here outlines techniques for understanding groups that will be relevant to those who lead teams in any setting. The result is an accessible guide both to leading a group, and to understanding the necessary dynamics that will result in the best team-work. Throughout, Martin Ringer uses his wide-ranging experience and an informal style to make his points as accessible as possible to all readers - whether or not they have a formal background in group psychology. Rich with new ideas and challenging perspectives, this book is strongly recommended for anyone who wants to improve their ability as a group leader. The author provides basic and fundamental reference points for leaders, whilst also encouraging them to adopt more experimental approaches.

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Disciplinary facts concerning Dr Pines's professional practice are as follows:
British Psycho-Analytical Society
Following the submission of a complaint alleging serious professional misconduct
(including sexual, physical, emotional and financial abuse) Dr Pines resigned from the British Psycho-Analytical Society in July 1998 to avoid facing the disciplinary proceedings of the Society.
General Medical Council
Following the same complaint being lodged with the General Medical Council, the Fitness to Practice Directorate informed Dr Pines in May 1999 that he faced charges of serious professional misconduct before the Professional Conduct Committee, or the option of seeking voluntary erasure from the Register. Dr Pines resigned.
Institute of Group Analysis
The Institute of Group Analysis has never adjudicated the above same complaint on the grounds that those events fell outside the three year time limitation of its Disciplinary Proceedings. No discretion in the matter was allowed.
However, Dr Pines was found guilty of other lesser charges which fall within the three year rule, and had sanctions imposed on him under two separate sets of disciplinary proceedings at the IGA: the first in January 2000, the second in August 2005. On the first occasion Dr Pines did not comply in full with all the terms of the sanctions imposed. On the second occasion he omitted to comply with any of them within the stipulated time.
In January 2006 a third disiciplinary panel was called by the IGA to adjudicate Dr Pines' non-compliance with the sanctions of the August 2005 disciplinary proceedings. Only after the panel referred this issue to the IGA Council to be dealt with under paragraph 7b of the Constitution did Dr Pines finally decide to comply.
These matters were referred back to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
In June 2006, a Disciplinary Note was published in Dialogue, the newsletter of the IGA, which stated that,
".....The Disciplinary Committee [August 2005], found that the complaints
constituted serious professional misconduct. The committee concluded that
members of the public and the profession need to be aware of Dr Pines'
disciplinary record [at the IGA]......".
The Disciplinary Note also stated that the Committee considered that,
".....Dr Pines is not a fit person to represent the IGA...."
Regents College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
The School (where Dr Pines was listed as an Honorary Visiting Fellow) took the above matters forward with Dr Pines under the School's internal procedures. Dr Pines resigned.
British Journal of Psychotherapy
In May 2008 the BJP Management Group informed Dr Pines that they had removed his name from the list of those on the Editorial Advisory Panel


Acknowledgements and locating the book
Foreword by Malcolm Pines
Part 1
Internal working models
Conscious preconscious and unconscious
Aspects of the unconscious preconscious
language and symbolism
Projection and other phenomena
Patterns in the groupasawhole
in groups
in groups
Enhancing group effectiveness through creating
Six perspectives on facilitation and group leadership
unconscious processes

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Martin Ringer has spent the last ten years as a management consultant living in Australia and more recently in New Zealand. He provides workshops for managers, group leaders, and consultants in many parts of the world, and teaches group work at St Martin's College in the UK. He has recently been appointed as Head of Programmes (Social Sciences) at Waiariki Institute of Technology (Whare Takiura) in Rotorua, New Zealand. Martin has extensive experience in working with groups in educational institutions, corporations and adventure therapy programs. He has published extensively in the areas of group work, experiential learning and organizational culture.

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