Determining the type of treatment and facilitating entry into treatment is crucial to the success of the treatment. Utilizing a didactic and experiential approach this workshop provides participants with a review of the essential elements that determine whether the foundation for a successful short-term or long-term group treatment can be built. Key theoretical and technical concepts such as methods for screening and preparing patients for group, techniques for building an effective group, successful integration of new group members, and the effective conduct of a short-term group will be discussed. The application of major theoretical and technical innovations such as bridging, and the immediacy principle will be reviewed and experientially demonstrated within this workshop group setting.
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.
Countertransference is an essential source of information which enables therapists to understand their clients and formulate curative interventions. Utilizing didactic and experiential formats, this weekend training will discuss and demonstrate the unique ways in which countertransference feelings manifest and are used therapeutically in the group setting. Topics will include: recognizing induced feelings, defining and working with subjective and objective countertransference, tolerating and working with negative countertransference, and techniques for formulating maturational interventions. Case examples and clinical supervision will be used to demonstrate key technical and theoretical themes.