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Group Analysis
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  • Group polyphony and sexuality

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      Authors: Daniel Anderson
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores the intersection between group analysis, feminism, and queer understandings of sexuality, aiming to initiate a dialogue and generate new insights in these fields. I examine key concepts from group analysis, such as the ‘group matrix’ and the ‘social unconscious’, to explore how therapeutic groups can generate openness to others and differences. The article presents group analysis as a historically grounded psychosocial theory capable of bridging gaps between discourses to generate new ways of understanding social identities.The term ‘figuration’ borrowed from feminist and group analytic theory serves as a framework to synthesise conflicting perspectives, with the analytic group serving as a dynamic space of creative tension. By exploring this shared term, previously unconnected subjects can find potential common ground. Elizabeth Freeman’s exploration of queer temporalities and spaces is then considered, followed by an examination of symmetric and asymmetric logic by psychoanalyst Ignatio Matte Blanco. These concepts shed light on conscious and unconscious modes of thought. By juxtaposing the histories of figuration alongside symmetric and asymmetric logic, the article elucidates the consequences for group analysis in understanding sexuality and gender. The group analytic concept of the location of disturbance and the processes involving logic and counter-logic within the analytic group matrix are instrumental in delineating these consequences.By bridging the gaps between fields and encouraging creative engagement, the article contributes to expanding the understanding of sexuality and gender within the context of group analytic theory.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-02-12T07:04:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164241230035
       
  • Dialogue in the Median Group: Inter-subjectivity that helps to reclaim the
           fused, confused, obsessed Mind. Part I: Theory

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      Authors: Roberto Schöllberger
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      After a short review of the development of the concept of inter-subjectivity in psychoanalysis, drive theory, infant research and phenomenology, I discuss the primary function of dialogue as it expresses the functioning of the ‘Mind’ itself while it works towards disentangling dualities amongst pluralities. The human mind is defined and its existence firmly asserted. Finally, I suggest introducing dialogic communication in every encounter, especially in a therapeutic one, with some guidelines from the psychotherapy of psychosis.I describe the Median Group as Patrick de Maré (1990) developed in its clinical application as socio-therapy. It is a suitable setting where inter-subjectivity is fostered through dialogue by meeting minds at a level that promotes lateralization (both brain hemispheres simultaneously) in the here and now. I explain that using the mind to synthesize dualities makes it possible to transform the counter-reaction of the hatred of being together into koinonia or non-personal fellowship. Reference is made to the Theory of Mind in Part I (de Maré and Schöllberger 2002–08) and clinical experiences in Part II (Schöllberger, 2023).
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-02-07T06:09:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218235
       
  • Sexual relationships in group analysis: Theoretical investigations and
           clinical applications

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      Authors: Anastassios Koukis
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      The theoretical framework for understanding the sexual relationships developed between members of a group-analytic group is investigated and supported by clinical cases. The circumvention of the members’ identification with the conductor as a leader/ego ideal/Name-of-the-Father as favoured by multi-transference and the members’ and/or therapist’s sliding from desire/symbolic to enjoyment/imaginary, entailing the incursion of the real, play a structural role in the patients’ sexual enactment. Romantic/sexual relations constitute projective identifications in action against the group experienced as a bad object and plead unconsciously for a premature separation from it as a sufficiently good object. This study has clinical implications concerning the monitoring of transference/countertransference, exercising leadership and coping with forced termination in group analysis.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-01-31T06:47:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164241226587
       
  • Dialogue in the Median Group: Inter-subjectivity that helps to reclaim the
           fused, confused, obsessed Mind. Part II: Clinical case and research

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      Authors: Roberto Schöllberger
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      A Median Group session supervised by Pat de Maré is presented with discussion. Research is described in which Median Groups were convened in an open psychiatric out-patient service in the community and in a closed psychiatric ward of a general hospital. Their efficacy and the participants’ satisfaction and that of the department staff are described.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-01-19T08:50:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218238
       
  • Gay men and extreme sexual practices in the era of chemsex and online
           digital dating platforms

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      Authors: Stuart Stevenson
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      Chemsex is a phenomenon in which, typically, gay men take very powerful and high-risk psychoactive drugs while having sex, often without a condom, otherwise known as bare backing. This frequently, but not exclusively, occurs in a group sex context in a residential or a commercial sex on premises establishment. This use of chemsex can lead to increased rates of HIV transmission, sexual and physical assault, a significant impact and corrosion of mental health and frequent occasions of fatality. Gay men are already a stigmatized group so those who engage in chemsex face multiple stigmas. Christopher Bollas’ seminal paper on Cruising in the Homosexual Arena 1993 (Bollas, 1993) was the inspiration for this article. This article attempts to provide a contemporary psychodynamic and group analytic understanding of the group and inter- and intra-psychic dynamics of more recent developments in gay male cruising practices at this later stage of the AIDS pandemic. The changes result from the demise of the gay male bar scene, its effective replacement with the availability of dating apps, the new digital hook up culture and the aggressive emergence of, for a small subgroup of gay men, the almost overnight replacement of the much less harmful dance floor drugs with extremely hazardous chemsex drugs such as crystal meth, mephedrone and GHB/GBL. Through a group analytic lens this article discusses the challenge of navigating the ungoverned spaces of the extreme and often very dangerous sexual practices in a small but significant subgroup of the modern gay male community.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-01-18T05:06:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218198
       
  • The sexual abuse of boys and men. The erasing matrix: The social
           unconscious, betrayal and turning a blind eye

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      Authors: Stuart Stevenson
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      The aim of this article is to contextualize, and add, some theoretical and practical scaffolding to our work with men and boys who have suffered from various forms of sexual abuse. This article introduces the concept of the ‘erasing matrix’ in terms of an anti-group relational system and shows how the perverse group dynamics at its core facilitate sexual trauma in terms of selection, grooming and sexual destruction of victims. I describe via case vignettes the presentation of such men and boys who have been affected by sexual trauma. I consider the complex issue of the specific trauma of the sexual abuse of men and boys including those from marginalized communities, many of whom have been very cruelly traumatized and betrayed by institutions in the context of family breakdown, structural oppression and community rejection. I argue that sexual abuse and specifically the abuse of men and boys occurs within powerful social systemic contexts and phenomena that include toxic masculinity and homophobia. I will demonstrate how a group analytic and psychodynamic lens can help clinicians to develop an understanding of the concepts of betrayal, erasure and turning a blind eye as central components of the erasing matrix. This will, I hope, be useful for clinicians engaging with men and boys who have experienced sexual abuse trauma. I will also consider the issue of invisibility, denial and toxic masculinity as significant variables that drive the perverse core of the erasing matrix in the sexual abuse of men and boys. I consider the essential role of the clinician as we carefully enter the deadly orbit of this erasing matrix. The task is to establish a clinical framework and the necessary environmental essentials for our practice within this very complex and painful area of our work.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-01-11T12:11:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231222250
       
  • On the relationship between group analysis and mentalization-based group
           therapy

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      Authors: Sigmund Karterud, Gordon Gunnarsen, Mickey T. Kongerslev, Lenka Staun, Ulrich Schultz-Venrath
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      In this article we describe and reflect upon the roots of mentalization-based group therapy (MBT-G) and its relationship to group analysis. The original setting for MBT was psychotherapeutic day hospitals that were strongly influenced by group analytic thinking. The challenges from an increasing number of borderline patients initiated theoretical and therapeutic innovations that separated MBT-G from traditional group analysis who responded differently, e.g. by strengthening its ties to object-relational theories that emphasized innate destructive drives. Since then, the dialogue between the two approaches have been meagre in the UK, but more constructive in e.g. Norway and Germany. We argue that MBT-G needs group analytic competence with respect to basic group dynamics, and that group analysis needs revitalization by the theory of mentalizing. We call for dialogues between the two approaches. The authors belong to both camps and speak with reference to experiences in Norway, United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-01-06T10:16:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218694
       
  • Lighting fires: On creating large group dialogue in organizations and
           society [CLGD]

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      Authors: Teresa von Sommaruga Howard
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      This paper describes the process of designing, setting up and conducting a pioneering series of workshops to introduce Patrick de Maré’s thinking and practice, often referred to as the ‘Large Group Course’. Although described in this way, the pattern of lectures, seminars and supervision alongside either therapy or experiential groups, in discrete sessions, usually associated with group analytic training is not followed. Instead, the workshops are conducted entirely as a Median Group in various forms including a seminar, two group consultations and several experiential sessions with the addition of two sessions of social dreaming each weekend. As the learning is intended to be experiential, apart from an extensive reading list, the curriculum is not specified in advance and there is a very limited didactic component.The ‘course’ was designed with the ‘Matching Principle’ in mind: an approach I encountered and worked with on the MA in Therapeutic Child Care at the University of Reading, (Ward, 1998:77). Elements of practice are imported by participants, to reduce the usual gap between training and practice so that the role of the unconscious is more directly brought to light. As the intention is to encourage ‘outsight’ into the socio-cultural forces that have invisibly shaped us, as opposed to insight (de Maré, 2012: 129), participants are given the opportunity to embody connections between their personal experience and the socio-political context as a step towards visualizing and working experientially with the social processes they encounter every day: the ‘Larger Group in the mind’.Always implicit in the work of the Larger Group is learning to notice and reveal hidden discourses, the voices of those with usually excluded histories: ‘subalterns’ or the indigenous and dispossessed in society, particularly people from or in colonized societies, who are excluded through hegemonic structures (Spivak, 1988). This is a key element of the work that needs to be experienced to be understood. As people join from across the world from many backgrounds and cultures, the inevitability of being faced with completely different perspectives and world views challenge those of us from the western world to question our privilege and thinking.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-01-05T11:08:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218920
       
  • Intermediate Transcultural Space (ITCS) An intergenerational and
           multicultural approach to violence and trauma in New Caledonia

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      Authors: Grégoire Thibouville
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      This article reports findings from four group experiments in New Caledonia. They have as a common denominator: the ‘Intermediate Transcultural Space’ as inspired by Winnicott (1971) that all feature the themes of violence, the influence of culture and support group therapy. They all take place over a period of 10 years of practice.I continued to develop each of these group formats until I eventually arrived at an intergenerational, multicultural group for adolescents with a record of violence and criminal offences who fell within the remit of the French Child and Youth Judicial Protection Service along with the Kanak Custody Senate. The group offers an accessible landing stage that allows the young people to move forward along the long road of restoring self-esteem, and transforming their trauma and violent behaviour.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-01-05T10:46:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218877
       
  • Women in group analysis. Group analytic training with Ilse Seglow:
           Experiences of the first training group of the Institute of Group
           Analysis, Heidelberg/Germany

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      Authors: Elisabeth Rohr, Renate Cogoy
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      More than 40 years ago, the first training group of the Institute of Group Analysis Heidelberg started their training with Ilse Seglow in London. However, the beginning of the training was overshadowed by a conflict, since the group did not know that the training should take place entirely in London. This paper tries to explore this conflict in the light of unconscious dynamics underlying the foundation of the institute. Ilse Seglow, a German exiled Jew and ex-communist, was the ‘spiritus rector’ of the institute and the facilitator of the first training group. Group processes are described, showing how the group as well as Ilse dealt with this situation, commemorating one of the charismatic, controversial and politically inspired, but mostly forgotten personalities of the group analytic community.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2024-01-05T10:42:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218146
       
  • Editor’s Introduction

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      Authors: Julia Borossa
      Pages: 441 - 444
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Volume 56, Issue 4, Page 441-444, December 2023.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-12-08T11:45:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231216875
      Issue No: Vol. 56, No. 4 (2023)
       
  • Book Review: Forensic Group Psychotherapy: The Portman Clinic Approach

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      Authors: Michael Parker
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-12-25T09:24:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218153
       
  • Women in group analysis—group analytic training with Ilse Seglow

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      Authors: Sue Einhorn
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-12-08T12:25:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231218151
       
  • Claire Bacha August 1945 to May 2023

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      Authors: Isobel Conlon
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-12-02T10:33:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231212866
       
  • On traumatic facts that matter and the healing potential of the group.
           Response to Miriam Berger’s 46th Foulkes lecture: ‘Facts matter: The
           analytic group between witnessing and horizontality’

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      Authors: Ivan Urlić
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-11-22T08:07:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231208091
       
  • Witnessing—a group-specific factor and its importance in times when
           facts and truths are challenged

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      Authors: Joanna Skowronska
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      ‘Facts matter’, stated Miriam Berger in her Foulkes Lecture (Berger, 2023). They matter because, in the human world, they happen to somebody. So if they do not matter, somebody does not matter.I postulate that witnessing, as it is defined by Miriam Berger, is a group-specific factor whose value lies in allowing the emergence of ‘moments of meetings’—moments in psychotherapy changing the intersubjective architecture of the relation.The capacity to validate somebody’s experience seems to be more crucial nowadays when disregarding facts and truth has reached such an extent that it has a name: the ‘post-truth’ era.But, ‘witnessing is not a given’, says Miriam Berger. Whether this emergent property of the group will be used for ‘re-humanization in therapy and beyond’ (Berger, 2023) depends on how the conductor handles the facts: Do they matter to her/him or not' I will also reflect on what shapes the attitude of the conductors toward the facts.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-11-15T11:41:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231207821
       
  • Facts matter: The analytic group between witnessing and horizontality

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      Authors: Miriam Berger
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      In this paper I argue that witnessing and horizontality are both essential factors in the process of healing the injuries induced by manmade violence. Bearing witness represents the acknowledgement that harm has been done, that it needs to be accounted for and healed. Horizontality directs our concerted look into what transpires between people in the lived present. I suggest that the convergence between witnessing and horizontality renders a view into the multi-dimensional reciprocal interactions which human interdependence is made of. This view into the lived interactive process that unfolds between members of the analytic group, can unravel the relational consequences of traumatic experiences. It enables them to become active participants in each other’s healing and hence crucial in recovering their faith in a social reality of mutual concern. I shall situate these reflections in my experiences personally and professionally.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-11-10T11:42:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231207936
       
  • Sibling witnessing in the horizontal axis. Response to 46th Foulkes
           Lecture by Miriam Berger: May 2023

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      Authors: Val Parker
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      Miriam Berger’s fascinating and poignant lecture has drawn attention to a very important area of relating—the act of bearing witness. As she points out, witnessing belongs in the horizontal axis, and it begins in the sibling matrix.In my response I will consider the importance of sibling witnessing in the family and its function in both individual and group therapy, illustrating this with a powerful example of sibling witnessing in my weekly therapy group.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-11-07T06:04:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231207798
       
  • Decolonizing Group Analysis: What does it mean'

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      Authors: Dick Blackwell
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      Decolonizing is not a finite process with a beginning and an end, though there are signs that it is being taken up in that way. It is therefore in danger of being fetishised and incorporated into the very colonial system it sets out to call into question. It is instead an ongoing dialogue, a praxis involving both colonizers and decolonizers. And it is an internal struggle for decolonizers with the colonizing and colonized parts of ourselves. It calls into question all established theories and discourses of group analysis and of Western psychotherapy generally, embedded as they are in Western philosophical traditions and forms of ‘knowledge’. It supports the empowerment of subaltern voices addressing the unity of patriarchy, racism and class exploitation wherever they occur.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-10-31T01:08:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231197974
       
  • Book Review: Outcome Measures and Evaluation in Counseling and
           Psychotherapy

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      Authors: Jale Cilasun
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-10-28T12:17:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231203868
       
  • Book Review: Group Analysis Throughout the Life Cycle: Foulkes Revisited
           from a Group Attachment and Developmental Perspective

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      Authors: Mario Marrone
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-10-28T09:50:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231197975
       
  • Book Review: Slonim, Tzahi (ed.) Richard M. Billow’s Selected Papers on
           Psychoanalysis and Group Process

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      Authors: Avi Berman
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-10-26T11:15:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231189784
       
  • Book Review: Slonim, Tzahi (ed.) Richard M. Billow’s Selected Papers on
           Psychoanalysis and Group Process

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      Authors: Liat Warhaftig Aran
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-09-27T08:49:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231190582
       
  • The pandemic as portal: Terror, transition and transformation

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      Authors: Teresa von Sommaruga Howard
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      This paper was written as the keynote address for the Annual Study Day of the Irish Group Analytic Society in November 2021. Writing it gave me an opportunity to gather my thoughts about not only the deep fear and constraint I had lived with personally over the previous 18 months, but also challenged me to rethink the social consequences of the inequalities that are built into our world.I start from a position that assumes that the political and economic context in which we live influences not only our thinking and emotional life, but also our practice. As Foulkes explained many times, and he had life experiences to confirm this theory, ‘the individual is social to the core’ (1948). This means that I see a dialectical association between the external world in which I live and my internal sense-making psychic world. I notice that this link often gets missed.I suggest that what we might be taking through the portal of the pandemic will depend on our economic system, its connection to political structures, and how these contextual often ‘out-of-sight’ forces impact our lives concretely and psychically while framing our capacity to think about the situation we find ourselves in.Even though it is difficult to know what the long-term effects might be, I have found exploring these dilemmas in the social context of an on-going Larger Group gives me a form of comfort that enables me to expand my thinking and remain conscious in the face of unrelenting and frightening socio-political change.I understand the Larger Group as a place where it is possible to witness these social and political forces as they manifest themselves in the group and to explore how they connect to those that arise from my family recognizing that it is not a large Small Group but, from de Maré’s perspective, operates as an as-if society that generates different meanings. As de Maré often said,‘It is important to talk’. I have learned that talking with others in these settings, helps me to break through into new language to escribe my experience.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-09-14T09:35:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231188692
       
  • Commentary on Dick Blackwell’s paper on ‘The dialectics of Chat in
           online large groups’

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      Authors: Maria Puschbeck-Raetzell
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-08-03T04:46:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231190070
       
  • ‘We are all in this together’: Coping with stress during uncertain
           times through somatic experiencing

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      Authors: Dilara Özel
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all countries and induced excessive stress and anxiety among many who are dealing with this invisible danger. Stress and anxiety originate from a threat, and chronic exposure to stressors results in feeling overwhelmed. When the coping strategies are not effective in a certain situation, the person might demonstrate conditioned reactions like fight, flight, or freeze. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a resiliency-based approach that focuses on these conditioned responses of the nervous system to support the innate regulatory capacity of the body through interoceptive awareness and bodily sensations. This study aims to increase resiliency factors through a SE-based group counselling process. Two groups, an intervention and control group, each consisting of nine individuals, attended a group process for eight weeks. In addition to these groups, a waitlist control group was formed consisting of 31 people. In addition to pre-and-post individual interviews, The COPE-Revised and the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale were administered to both experiment groups and the waitlist control group. An ANCOVA analysis found that the group process was statistically significant for both reducing stress and developing coping strategies. Furthermore, as a result of the qualitative content analysis of the interviews, five themes emerged: hope, universality, cohesiveness, insight, and interpersonal output (new behaviour).
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-08-01T04:57:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231189471
       
  • Book Review: Group Analytic Therapists at Work: Everyday Group Analysis

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      Authors: Martin Weegmann
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-08-01T04:54:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231188806
       
  • The dialectics of Chat: Privilege, power and institutional racism

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      Authors: Dick Blackwell
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      The online Large Group promoted by the Group Analytic Society International in response to the Covid 19 lockdown, presented participants with the ‘Chat’ facility alongside the standard verbal communication. Chat rapidly became an alternative channel of communication and a forum for commentary, criticism and challenge to the primary spoken discourse of the group and became a home and a vehicle for disaffected and dissident voices, particularly those marginalized according to race, class and gender. Controversy has developed as various objections have been raised against Chat being allowed in GASi online Large Groups. In so far as Chat has become a place for marginalized and subaltern voices to speak and be ‘heard’, then closing it becomes a praxis of silencing and further institutionalizing racism, patriarchy and class oppression.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-08-01T04:52:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231188662
       
  • Book Review: Campbell, Jane. Cat Brushing

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      Authors: Val Parker
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-05-05T10:20:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231167517
       
  • My first experience of group analysis

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      Authors: Anoushka Beazley
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      This article will explore and examine group analytic theory through the lens of one author’s felt experience as a participant in a professional experiential group. With the assumption being that our most useful psychotherapeutic tools are born from the therapist’s own introspection, the idea that our existential and individual fear of annihilation is intimately fused with our need to belong and connect, is explored. This article routes around in the murky unconscious of how the subject of racism is held in the body of the author and that of the group and how she as a psychotherapist navigates and works alongside what is unearthed. A semi-academic clinical vignette to position theory in a practical understanding and felt sense of a psychotherapist where the colour of her skin provokes the psychotherapeutic.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-04-21T05:14:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231167525
       
  • Horror movies and the social unconscious

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      Authors: Øystein Førre
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      In this paper I will attempt to show how horror movies function as societies’ nightmares. They can be interpreted as depictions of our collective struggle to integrate and inevitably repress national trauma. In most psychotherapeutic traditions dreams are regarded as valuable communications from the unconscious and vital for psychological maturation. Among dreams, nightmares often point to indigestible experiences on an individual level. Similarly I will argue that horror movies grapple with our collective traumas and can be interpreted just like dreams. They are our collective nightmares. The logic of this approach is based on psychodynamic and analytic theory and the shared characteristics (isomorphism) of watching a movie and having a dream. Relevant psychodynamic theory and movie analysis will be used to further this point.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-04-12T11:13:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231167546
       
  • A narrative review of group analytic literature on clinical supervision:
           Seeking coherence and correspondence

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      Authors: Aisling McMahon
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      A systematic narrative literature review was carried out with the aim of identifying key themes in the group analytic literature on clinical supervision, and to inform the development of theory, practice and research in this area. The systematic literature search identified 103 relevant publications, nearly all involving case vignettes of supervisory practice and theoretical reflections on group analytic supervision, with only a handful of published research studies in this field to date. Four core themes were identified in this literature, indicating what group analysts have considered to be the key functions of clinical supervision—one primary theme: Providing critical holding and containment, and three other themes radiating out from this primary concern: Supporting capacity to bear and process emotionally, sustaining ability to think deeply and widely, and counteracting isolation and enabling creative exchange. The nature of each of these themes is elaborated, and this material is critically considered in terms of the group analytic contribution to the clinical supervision field (considering theoretical coherence) and its relationship with the wider literature on supervision (considering correspondence with other disciplines). In conclusion, some implications and recommendations are outlined.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-02-27T11:32:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164231153927
       
  • Understanding female survivors of interpersonal trauma and their
           experience of the ‘Survive & Thrive’ course

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      Authors: Lucie Jackson, Kevin Power, Katy Mitchell, Kate Duncan, Linda Graham, Kathryn Wilson
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      The majority of publications have concentrated on individual psychological interventions with a limited focus on manualized group-based approaches for those presenting with mental health difficulties following a history of trauma. Survive & Thrive (S&T) is a psychoeducational course designed for survivors of interpersonal trauma which utilizes cognitive behavioural skills training while delivering psychoeducation on how a history of victimization can impact on the survivors’ life. This qualitative study was designed to gain an insight into female survivors of interpersonal trauma experience of S&T and the associated group dynamics component to evaluate this psychological intervention. The participants described their experience of S&T as a journey towards recovery. The study highlights the benefits of group-based interventions in regard to learning experience within a social context whilst also identifying areas for further development based on the participants’ feedback.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-02-25T11:18:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164221150408
       
  • Learning about humour

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      Authors: Susanne Vosmer
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      In groups, we encounter the entire spectrum of humour from benign jokes to hostile sarcasm. Since humour has been neglected by group analysts, this article expands the limited literature in group analysis on humour. Several theories of humour are introduced. I contend that group analysis should research humour in order to develop a group analytic theory of humour. Jokes and clinical examples are interwoven to illustrate what conductors must consider before employing humour. Reactions to and use of witticism are described. Beneficial humour techniques (therapeutic paradox, paradoxical intentions) and gallows humour are outlined. Gallows humour has therapeutic benefits for depressed, traumatized, suicidal and dying people. Vignettes are provided that demonstrate how parallel process offers insight into humour. I suggest that supervision and workshops are vital if group analysts wish to use humour. Some techniques are described, which could be taught.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-02-15T12:48:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164221150211
       
  • Psychotherapy: A kind of clinical philosophy'

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      Authors: Farhad Dalal
      Abstract: Group Analysis, Ahead of Print.
      I will speak up for philosophy as a deep, questioning attitude and a form of critical thinking. I will argue that the development of this kind of attitude is not only necessary to the therapeutic endeavour, it is identical to it. The work of developing this attitude requires courage not only from the ones-who-come-for-help, but also the ones-who-try-to-help. Amongst other things, I will contest the idea of psychotherapy as ‘treatment’ that seeks to ‘cure’ ‘mental illnesses’. I will say something about how this way of thinking tries to inform the ethos of the group analytic programme in Bengaluru, India. I will draw on my understanding of ‘Eastern’ philosophies, and contrast them with my evolving philosophy of psychotherapy. In this task I will call on a range of philosophers from Wittgenstein to Hume, Mead, Gaita, Keats, Weil, and de Beauvoir.
      Citation: Group Analysis
      PubDate: 2023-01-04T11:56:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/05333164221143454
       
 
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