The fourth GASI student essay competition will be held this year with a prize of £300 from Sage, publishers of Group Analysis. The winning paper will be published in the journal.

GASI International Student Essay Competition 2017

Students in group analytic psychotherapy training are invited to submit an unpublished original paper integrating theoretical material with clinical issues, paying attention to confidentiality and consent to publication.

An international panel of group analysts will judge the papers. The reading panel includes: Professor Elizabeth Rohr from Germany, Jane Campbell from the UK, Ivan Urlich from Croatia, Goran Ahlin from Sweden, Yael Doron from Israel and Val Parker from the UK.

GUIDELINES: Papers may have been submitted to the student’s institution during the course of training, but must not have been published elsewhere, or be under consideration for publication.

Essays should be a maximum of 5,000 words (not including the reference list). They should be typed, double-spaced and submitted electronically. References should be in the order of the author date, title, place and publication together with details of volume and pages or city: publisher.

PLEASE NOTE: the name of the student should not appear in the essay but should appear on a separate document with address, telephone number, email, institute of training and the title of the paper and should be accompanied by an email from the institute confirming your student status. Essays will not be returned and those over length cannot be considered.

Please submit your paper by email to Linde Wotton, GASI student essay competition coordinator, via e-mail:

Closing date for entries: 30th September 2017

Previous recipients 0f the prize:
2013 – Yael Doron: ‘Primary Maternal Preoccupation in the Group Analytic Group’
2013 – Val Parker: ‘An Exploration of the Concept of the Social Unconscious and its Application to Clinical Understanding’
2015 – Corina Grace: ‘Endings and Loss in Mergers and Acquisitions: an exploration of group analytic theory’
2016 – Connie Geyer: ‘The Social Unconscious in action: Linking theory to group work with young adults’