Manhattan Discussion Groups

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The Unobtrusive Relational Group Analyst - Robert Grossmark, PhD, ABPP

Friday, October 26th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Dr. Robert Grossmark will introduce a register for working with groups and individuals that involves a present and engaged group analyst who is unobtrusive to the unfolding of the patient’s and group’s inner worlds and yet-to-be-known dynamics. Emerging group enactments are regarded as unconscious co-narrations and are welcomed and engaged with rather than interrupted and analyzed before their full expression. Rather than seeking to bring patients into greater dialogic relatedness the group analyst companions the group in the flow of enactive engagement and into the damaged and constrained landscapes of the group members’ inner worlds of trauma and neglect. Being known by the group and companioned in these areas of pain, shame and fragmentation is the foundation on which group and individual transformation and healing rests.
Dr. Grossmark will outline this approach and will describe vivid examples drawn form his work with groups and will conduct a demonstration group to illustrate emergent enactments and enactive co-narration in the group.


Robert Grossmark PhD, ABPP, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He works with individuals, couples and groups. He teaches and supervises at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Adult Training Program in Psychoanalysis and the National Training Program. He teaches in the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Training Program in Group Psychotherapy; the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the City University of New York and The Philadelphia  Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis. He has published numerous articles on psychoanalysis and group analysis and is the author of The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning published in the Relational Perspectives Book Series this April. He is co-editor of Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory and The One and The Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy all published by Routledge.


General Information

The Manhattan Professional Discussion Group offers a wide range of stimulating and educational experiences for all who are interested in furthering their understanding of group process. We invite some of the most interesting figures in the New York group world and beyond to present on exciting issues relevant to group practice. We enjoy exploring group from multiple perspectives.

In addition to clinicians, clergy, educators, artists and business leaders have found the workshops helpful. Previous topics have included working with sexuality in group, group processes in music, diversity in group work, coping with aggression in groups, groups in schools and corporations, group work with trauma. etc.

We value diversity and openness and welcome all in the community interested in exploring the role of group relations in our personal and professional lives.

The monthly meetings are held at:

Beth Israel Hospital
Bernstein Pavilion Conference Center

Podell Auditorium
10 Nathan Perlman Place, New York, NY 10003
(Nathan Perlman Place is a short block parallel to and halfway between 1st & 2nd Avenues and between 15th & 16th Streets.) It is two blocks from the 1st Avenue “L” train station.

For more information please contact Wayne Ayers