Work Discussion Conference

Final Program valid from May 3oth 2016

First International Conference on Work Discussion

Vienna from June 10 - 12th 2016 


Let's talk about work!

Work Discussion in practice and research


Friday, 10th June 2016

Saturday, 11th June 2016

Sunday, 12th June 2016


Invitation and Registration

Work Discussion is a method of learning, teaching and research which was developed at the Tavistock Clinic in London, from 1967 onwards. It was initially an application of psychoanalytic infant observation and now has a significant presence in many locations for analytically - based learning. The Universities of Vienna and Klagenfurt in Austria have become strong centres for research in this field in recent years.

Work Discussion is a practice which invites reflection on the meaning of interactions in a variety of work settings. These include teaching and education, early years’ provision, nursing, mental health care, youth and community work, social work and the creative therapies.

Work Discussion is a significant element in the curriculum of some professional trainings and in the continuing development of experienced staff members, leaders and managers. It is also very significant in the training of psychotherapists and psychoanalytic organisational consultants. In fact there are no obvious limits to the organisational settings for which the exploration of unconscious personal and social dynamics are not relevant.

Work Discussion Groups and Paper Presentations

On Friday 10 June 2016 international work discussion groups will be held at various locations in Vienna from 2 6.30 p.m. 

We are aiming to discuss two reports from each of two participants in each of the work discussion groups. The groups will be facilitated by experienced leaders of work discussion groups.

Participants who do not have much prior experience of work discussion will thus have the opportunity to get to know the nature and purpose of this approach. We also hope that there can be a focus on observing and discussing the processes of work discussion among experienced leaders and participants.

Our intention is to create internationally mixed groups of participants. To allow for language limitation groups will be available in both English and German. We hope all conference members will be able to attend the Friday afternoon groups so as to maximize the shared work of the conference. Participants will be informed about the precise organizational details (location, group leaders) two weeks in advance of the conference.

The presentations and discussions on Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June 2016 will be conducted in English. It is planned to provide the papers in a written version to assist non-English participants.

Program of the Conference

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Conference Fee

Final Program valid from May 3oth 2016

Standard Fee

·         Conference attendance EUR 180 (Early Bird Rate until 30th March 2016  EUR 150)

Student Fee (until 26 years)

·         Conference attendance EUR 80 (Early Bird Rate until 30th March 2016  EUR 65)

Cancellation policy:

·         cancellation 4 weeks before 10th June 2016, 50% will be charged

·         cancellation 2 weeks before 10th June 2015, 100% will be charged

The conference fee includes the Reception Buffet on Friday and the Conference Dinner on Saturday night. Refreshments are available during breaks throughout the conference.



If you have any questions, please contact us:


International Conference Planning Committee


Wilfried Datler (AT)

University of Vienna, Department of Education, Research Unit “Psychoanalysis and Education”


Gertraud Diem-Wille (AT), Agnes Turner (AT)

Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Institute of Instructional and School Development


Margaret Rustin (GB), Michael Rustin (GB), Trudy Klauber (GB)

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London


International Scientific Board


Simonetta Adamo (IT), Ross A. Lazar (USA/DE), Barbara Lehner (AT), Helga Reiter (AT),

Irmtraud Sengschmied (AT), Kornelia Steinhardt (AT)


Local Organizational Support


Sonja Engl, Stefanie Hesse , Sonja Scheidl


Partner Organisations


Österreichischer Verein für Individualpsychologie (ÖVIP)

Postgraduate Centre of the University of Vienna (PGC)

Infant Observation Study Group Vienna (IOSGV)

Wiener Kreis für Psychoanalyse und Selbstpsychologie (WKPS)

Wiener Psychoanalytische Vereinigung (WPV)