Member Publications

As a part of expanding access to the group relations research and writing of our AKRI members we are including this section on the AKRI public website to announce member publications.

If you have a printed publication to announce email us a press release or other descriptive material and any links to external websites (such as for purchase) to [email protected]. If you have an article that you’d like to share and would like it to be downloadable please send us a pdf. Include any copyright and reprint limitations for the document if applicable.

This subsection complements the growing archive of audio and video documentation of the AKRI Dialogues (or future title). Presenters at the Dialogues may also submit pdf’s of any full papers presented for publication online.

For past Dialogues presentations see the Multimedia Archives option under the Resources tab at the top of the webpage.



By Kathleen Cain

Lichen-dressed stones stand upright, gathered in circles, aligned along invisible points, their tonnage defying gravity, defying what can't be moved over long or short distances, having spent millennia measuring and predicting the coming and going of years, the momentous return of the sun and planets-all of this carried in the words and images of the book Solstice. Kathleen Cain touches deeply the primal sources of our lives and in a spirit of generosity, shares what she has discovered of this revolving mystery.

In the end she finds, "Only the in and out of breath exists." (from the poem "Orchids"), and no matter how much we try to embellish the outcomes, "...all that matters is the stillness of being and belonging." (from the poem "From Ovid"). With these poems, Cain implores us to join in the journey work of the stars.
- Walter Bargen, First Poet Laureate of Missouri

Kathleen Cain's poetry is a balm for this time of isolation and upheaval. She reminds us to bravely live in truth, embrace both beauty and pain, and acknowledge at once the power of life and the anticipation of death. Thank you, Kathleen, for helping us stay sane.
- Elaine Lawless, Professor Emerita UMC

Cain's poetry is sometimes stately, sometimes playful, and at other times raw and bold, yet each piece evokes a certain darkness with an outline of light, creating musical melodies with beautiful harmonies that sing of the human condition and emotion. 
- Yolanda Ciolli, Publisher

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By Kathleen Cain

A volume of poetry, both light and dense, centering on people and emotion and emotion's influence in the paths we take. Layers of mortality, joy, hope, and love and appreciation of life are central themes. Illustrated by Kate Gray.

Much of this content is a result of the way we honor the unconscious, notes the author.

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Talking About Structural Inequalities in Everyday Life

New Politics of Race in Groups, Organizations and Social Systems

Edited by:Ellen L. Short, Long Island University
Leo Wilton, Binghamton University
Published 2016

The book, Talking About Structural Inequalities in Everyday Life: New Politics of Race in Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems, provides critical attention to contemporary, innovative, and cutting‐edge issues in group, organizational, and social systems that address the complexities of racialized structural inequalities in everyday life. This book provides a comprehensive focus on systemic, societal, and organizational functioning in a variety of contexts in advancing the interdisciplinary fields of human development, counseling, social work, education, public health, multiculturalism/cultural studies, and organizational consultation. One of the most fundamental aspects of this book engages readers in the connection between theory and praxis that incorporates a critical analytic approach to learning and the practicality of knowledge. A critical emphasis examines how inequalities and power relations manifest in groups, organizations, communities, and social systems within societal contexts. In particular, suppressing talk about racialized structural inequalities in the dominant culture has traditionally worked to marginalize communities of color. The subtle, barely visible, and sometimes unspeakable behavioral practices involving these racialized dynamics are explored. This scholarly book provides a valuable collection of chapters for researchers, prevention experts, clinicians, and policy makers, as well as research organizations, not‐for‐profit organizations, clinical agencies, and advanced level undergraduate and graduate courses focused on counseling, social work, education, public health, organizational consultation and advocacy.

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The Tavistock Learning Group: Exploration Outside the Traditional Frame

By Clive Hazell and Mark Kiel

In The Tavistock Learning Group: Exploration Outside the Traditional Frame, authors Clive Hazell and Mark Kiel attempt to expand the heuristic, theoretical, and applied dimensions of Group Relations paradigms by pairing classical Group Relations concepts with typically non-Tavistock psychology paradigms and social sciences concepts. Under the broad domain of psychologically-informed constructs, Lacanian psychoanalysis, existential philosophy and bioenergetics are applied.

Under a somewhat broader range of social science conceptualization, the capacity for abstraction is linked with anti-work in groups, the large group is re-imagined as an extension of community dynamics and dysfunction, and the role of symbol systems, symbology and semiotics are examined in relation to sophisticated work groups. Lastly, non-Tavistock models of group development and conceptualization are re-interpreted and explained using a group-as-a-whole framework.Much work in this field has been based on one or two paradigms, notably stemming from the work of Rice (Learning for Leadership), Bion (Experiences in Groups), and Klein (Envy and Gratitude and Other Works). While these models and their extensions are indeed useful, the authors argue that it is time to introduce new paradigms to enrich the interpretive possibilities of this field and to increase its applicability to modern and postmodern contexts.

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Group Dynamics in a Multicultural World

Mary McRae
101 minutes
Released 2015 by Microtraining Associates

We live in an increasingly multicultural world. When we interact with people from racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds different from our own, tension and stress sometimes arise, especially when we are not accustomed to interacting with those outside our social identity group. Our values, beliefs, and hidden assumptions can lead to discomfort and confrontation in group settings. This can have the effect of the ‘fight or flight’ response in participants.

This video will develop awareness and understanding of the racial , ethnic, and cultural dynamics that occur in groups and organizations. This video will instruct viewers in acknowledging rather than ignoring those differences and tensions, and will instruct viewers in discussing those differences openly and constructively.

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