A Brief History Of EGATIN

EGATIN’s roots go back to the late 1970s as the number of group analytic centres and training organisations outside the UK was beginning to increase.

The diverse practices in group analytic training of the various training institutions showed the need for both exchanging information, knowledge, and experience, and maintaining universal standards in group analytic training.

The international network of group analytic training institutions foundation started from Interim Working Group formation in Zagreb, 1987. The Inaugural Meeting of EGATIN took place on 16 October, 1988 in Heidelberg. It was the result of two years activity of the I.W.G. and of several years of hard work in several centres. Meeting in Heidelberg heralded a gradual shift of the geographical focus of group analysis, also EGATIN’s first constitution was presented.

In the following years EGATIN organised the first of its annual Study Days that have now become an important event in the group analytic calendar. The Study Days provide opportunities for members and trainees of EGATIN’s organisational members to present and discuss group analytic training, theory, and practice, in response to changing socio-political environments and technological developments.

For further information about the history of EGATIN read ‘On the history of EGATIN’, by Zoe Voyatzaki.

EGATIN Aims and Activities

EGATIN´s primary purpose is to provide opportunities for dialogue and exchange, in a European and International context.

EGATIN encourages high standards in group analytic training programmes, see Essential Training Standards (ETS). This aim is further reached through sharing experience and expertise and by promoting scientific, educational, and cultural activities between its members.

With its Study Days and other activities, EGATIN helps to facilitate the development of training in group analysis in countries where currently no such training is provided. Although not an accrediting organisation, membership of EGATIN is recognised as a quality mark of group analytic training. See EGATIN Constitution (section B) for further information.

EGATIN Structure

  • EGATIN Members

Membership of EGATIN is by organisation. Each member organisation has one delegate to represent it. All member organizations adhere to the principles of EGATIN Constitution and Code of Practice.

  • General Meeting of Delegates

The final authority of EGATIN lies in the General Meeting of Delegates (GMD). At least one such meeting is held in each calendar year as an Annual General Meeting (AGM). See EGATIN Constitution (Section E, paragraph 17) for further information.

  • EGATIN Committee

The EGATIN Committee has the executive authority of EGATIN. The committee consists of chairperson, treasurer, international liaison, membership secretary, webmaster, honorary secretary. The committee members are elected by the EGATIN delegates at the AGM. The chairperson is elected by the committee members.

EGATIN Members

Over 50 members, from more than 20 different countries are currently a part of the EGATIN member network.

EGATIN member institutions are providing training programmes in Group Analysis. EGATIN aims to contribute to maintaining the high standards of those programmes.

Please visit the EGATIN Members page if you would like to find out more about EGATIN members.