Pre-oedipal patients in group therapy challenge the skill, discipline and self-awareness of the group leader. Using a didactic and experiential format, this workshop will address how the pre-oedipal patient affects the group structure and content. We will focus on resistances to progressive emotional communication presented by the pre-oedipal patient.
Participants will be offered a theoretical and technical structure from which to understand the concept of induced feelings—a specific type of countertransference feelings which can be clinically useful when conceptualizing and formulating therapeutic interventions. Workshop material will be presented through participant discussion, experiential demonstration, case material and clinical examples.