Trialog Conference – Encounters IV – online

 (an event organised by BIG)

Conference on Ukrainian-Russian-German Understanding in View of their Shared History (online)

> Friday, April 16 – Saturday, April 17, 2021, Berlin/Potsdam, organised by Berliner Institut für Gruppenanalyse (with support from D3G, DGAP-IAAP, GASi, IAGP, BGPPmP –  requested)


Dear colleagues, dear friends of the Trialog Conferences!

We cordially invite you to the fourth Trialog conference on April 16-17, 2021.

Colleagues and other interested parties from Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland are kindly invited to participate in a psycho-historical exchange with small and large group work. Conference languages are German, Russian, and Ukrainian. Simultaneous interpretation into all languages will be provided.

So far, three Trialog conferences were organised on a group-analytical basis, in 2015, 2017, and 2019; for all their participants, they brought moving and rewarding experiences. Time and again, we heard the strongly expressed wish for these meetings to be continued. So we will once more come together to explore what motivates us in the different regions of Europe, in the EU, in Ukraine, in Belarus and Russia. Meeting each other, listening to each other, and the attempt to achieve mutual understanding are key attitudes that enable us to comprehend unfamiliar, threatening, incomprehensible phenomena, but also desired and idealised concepts. In addition to professional colleagues from psychotherapy, psychology, medicine and social work, anyone interested is also welcome.

Due to the Corona pandemic, we have decided to organise the next Trialog conference as an online event, and shorten it from four to two days.

We will start online (software: on Friday, April 16 at 3 pm Berlin time (4 pm Moscow/Kiev time), the zoom will open at 2 pm (3 pm Moscow/Kiev time) . The conference ends on Saturday, April 17, 4:15 pm Berlin time (5:15 pm Moscow/Kiev time).

If you wish to participate, you should be aware of the following:

  1. All oral contributions will be translated simultaneously by interpreters.
  2. The conference aims to uncover understanding and insights by letting the participants exchange experiences, attitudes and convictions. Group work (small and large groups, as well as social dreaming) will therefore be less about factual discussions than about personal exchange with others. This may be emotionally challenging and moving.
  3. The groups are moderated by experienced group psychotherapists.
  4. Participating observers will monitor our processes.
  5. The online format ZOOM has proved its worth in many countries. There will be special guidance on interaction via ZOOM and online group work.
  6. For reasons of confidentiality, the conference chair and the participants will not record the conversations digitally.
  7. Later written feedback for the organisation of future conferences is welcome.


The historical backdrop to our conference is the social developments and cultural impacts of the violent history of the 20th century, from World War I through to the current impact of wars, civil wars and refugee movements, and the global attempts at opening or demarcating in the present, including the uncertainties of the Corona pandemic.

Our aim is to recognise individual and collective projections as well as to exchange views and reflect on intimate and collective experiences. One’s own unknown and unconscious is often perceived in a critical, even hostile manner by other groups. When we explore such phenomena, the possibilities and limits of confronting ourselves with terrible, painful and inconceivable events (traumatising experiences) come to the surface. But what is disclosed at the same time are opportunities to endure and process such experiences. We will see where our shared history separates, and where it connects us. The goal of our meeting is to learn from each other.

Method-wise, we will work in the online format (zoom) in small and large groups in the English tradition of group analysis according to S. H. Foulkes. We will complement this setting with Social Dreaming according to Gordon Lawrence. The conference is not about knowledge transfer via academic papers, but about gaining insights in a co-creative process of individual experience. In addition, we will discuss whether there is an option to meet in a city to the East of Germany two years on.

Please register by direct e-mail to:; RE: Trialog             

Registration open until March 16, 2021.

Conference fee: € 300 for participants from Germany and other EU member states (e.g. Poland, Lithuania). € 150 for participants from Eastern Europe, i. e. Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.

Request for a reduced fee: for a limited number of participants, we are able to offer a reduced fee. Please send your request with a short explanation of your situation to:

Participation is considered valid as soon as the fee is transferred and the conference chair has confirmed by e-mail.



We are looking forward to your participation!

For the preparation team

Stephan Alder

(Head of the preparation group of BIG/Berliner Institut für Gruppenanalyse e.V. and BGPPmP e.V.)

For further information, please see:


The preparation team: Dipl. Psych.  K. Albert (Berlin), Dr. phil. M.-L. Alder (Berlin), Dr. med. S. Alder (Potsdam), Dr. med. F.-A. Horzetzky (Berlin), Dr. phil., Dipl. Psych. K. Husemann (Berlin), T. Jacob-Bekfani (Berlin) Dr. theol. F.-W. Lindemann (Berlin), E. Liulina (Kiev), Prof. E. Pourtova (Moscow), Dipl. Psych. H. Reinhardt-Bork (Berlin), K. Stumptner (Berlin).