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SOCIETY OF GROUP ANALYSIS
SGA Course Work and Study Program
Basics of Group Analysis
Approved by the SGA Training Committee
24 April 2011, the Minutes No.6
the TC Minutes No.12 as of 19 June 2012,
the TC Minutes No.17 as of 15 November 2012,
the 23 TC Minutes No.23 as of 16 January 2014,
the 12 TC Minutes No.23 as of 16 October 2014.
Theory – 39 hours
Practice – 73 hours
Total – 112 hours
1. EXPLANATORY NOTE
This Work and Study Program of the Course “The Basics of Group Analysis” (further referred to as the Course) is frame and includes the minimum requirements for accrediting such program in the SGA.
The students must have a higher education (psychological, medical, pedagogical, etc.). The Course Program meets the requirements of the European Group Analytic Training Institutions Network (E.G.A.T.I.N.) and those of the Introductory Course of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) of London.
The program was adopted at the SGA Training Committee meeting on 24 April 2011, the Minutes No.6. The editing was made: the TC Minutes No.12 as of 19 June 2012, the TC Minutes No.12 as of 16 January 2014, the TC Minutes No.23 as of 16 October 2014, the TC Minutes No.12.
The Course aims to introduce students to the main ideas of the Group Analysis theory and the technique of conducting group-analytic groups.
The Course objectives are to enable students:
• to receive theoretical knowledge and some personal experience of participating in a group-analytic group;
• to learn how to conduct small group-analytic groups under the supervisory control of a supervisor or a training group analyst;
• to receive the SGA qualification status of the Candidate for a Group Analyst;
• to continue training at the Diploma Course in Group Analysis.
The Course comprises three separate parts:
• the theory;
• medium (large) groups;
• small training groups.
These parts can be delivered together as a single block or separately as a combination of the theoretical part and groups.
The Course is a minimum of 112 academic hours. This includes:
• a minimum of 39 academic hours (further referred to as ‘hours’) on theoretical training (lectures, seminars, demo supervisions, role plays);
• a minimum of 13 academic hours on acquiring an experience of participating in a large or median group-analytic group;
• a minimum of 60 academic hours (30 sessions) of acquiring an experience of participating in a training or other small group-analytic group.
The lecturers must have a Group Analyst qualification at a minimum. The training group conductors must have a Supervisor qualification at a minimum, with regard to the Society of Group Analysis criteria (SGA, Saint-Petersburg).
On an exceptional basis under the decision of the SGA TC and under the responsibility of the Course Convenor, who must have a SGA qualification status of the Training Group Analyst, training groups can be conducted by the SGA members qualified as the Group Analyst (the editing as of 19 June 2012, the TC Minutes No.12).
To have the Course accredited, the Course Convenor provides the SGA TC with the program of the theoretical part including the subjects and hourly schedule.
For a successful completion of the course there is a minimum attendance requirement of 90% for this course. If the student has missed a greater number of hours (but no more than 20% of the course) and provided that there is the Course Convenor’s permission and technical opportunity, he/she can be allowed to make up the missing hours through participation in large groups, small groups, lectures, etc. outside the Course structure (the addition as of 16 October 2014, the TC Minutes No.12). The hours spent on participation in a small group-analytic group outside the Course structure can be credited as training hours. In this case, the time overlap between this group and the Course must be at least 60%. Such training can be credited on permission of the Course Convenor and on condition that the group conductor has a required qualification. Moreover, the group must meet the requirements of the SGA document “Procedures Regulating the Accreditation and Participation in Training Group Analysis” (2002).
On the Course Convenor discretion, the training can result in passing a test or an exam.
2.1. INTRODUCTION TO GROUP ANALYSIS
The definition. The position of Group Analysis among other kinds of group psychotherapy. Analytic-oriented groups. The main features of the group-analytic group. The boundaries and setting in group analysis. The types of group-analytic groups. The peculiar characteristics of large groups. The areas where group analysis is applied. Modern trends of group analysis. Group and individual psychoanalytic-oriented therapy. The advantages and disadvantages (a comparative analysis). The history development of group methods in psychotherapy. The history of group analysis. The life of Z. Foulkes and his role in the development of group analysis. The modern status and perspectives of group analysis. The development of group analysis in Russia. Therapeutic factors of the group. Training of specialists in group analysis. The therapeutic identity of the group-analytic group conductor.
2.2. BASICS OF GROUP ANALYSIS
Theoretical grounds of group analysis
The social nature of man. The presumption of the primacy of the relationship matrix. The group matrix. The personal and collective (social) unconscious. The systematic approach: people, groups, organizations in a dynamic balance.
The conductor as a dynamic administrator
General ideas. Aims, objectives, phases. The initial phase of the dynamic administration. The evaluation and preparation of the participants. The signing of the contract. The dynamic administration phase in a working group. The completion of the work.
The work of a conductor in a group
The aim of the conductor’s work. The ways of achieving it. The technique of managing a group. The basic techniques of intervention in group analysis. The aims, the role and the position of the group convenor. General theory and practice issues of intervention in group analysis.
The conductor as an analyst
The main ideas of psychoanalytic theories regarding the group situation (transference, countertransference, defenses, projection, projective identification, introjection). Specific group processes (communication, mirroring, resonance, localization, condensation and translation).
3. EXAM QUESTIONS (AN EXEMPLARY LIST)
1. Group Analysis. The definition. The main characteristic of the method.
2. The position of GA among other kinds of group work.
3. GA and psychoanalysis. The comparative analysis of the two methods in psychotherapy: strengths and weaknesses.
4. The group-analytic setting. The idea of boundaries in group analysis.
5. The classification of group types.
6. The scope of application of GA. The therapeutic community.
7. The emergence of group psychoanalytic therapy.
8. The life and work of Z.G. Foulkes. The emergence of modern group analysis.
9. The therapeutic factors of the group.
10. The dynamic administration. The definition, aims and objectives.
11. The dynamic administration. The initial planning and organization (before the meeting with potential participants). The peculiar features of planning the work in organizations.
12. The dynamic administration. The work with future participants. The selection. The indications and contradictions for participation in a group-analytic group.
13. The dynamic administration. The work with future participants – the preparation for the group.
14. The dynamic administration. The principles of shaping “the group as a whole”.
15. The dynamic administration. The main issues and principles of the conductor’s work between the sessions.
16. Interventions in GA. The general principles.
17. Interventions in GA. “The intervention loop”.
18. Interventions in GA. The focus of the conductor’s attention. The idea of matrix. The idea of group configuration. The idea of communication levels.
19. Interventions in GA. The principles of interventions classification.
4. TEACHING AND LEARNING RESOURCES
Main Resources (in Russian)
1. V.A. Shamov, T.V. Dmitrieva “The Basics of Group Analysis”. The Study Guide. – Saint-Petersburg: East European Institute of Psychoanalysis Publishing, 2007, p. 64.
2. I. Yalom. The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. The 5th international edition. – Saint-Petersburg: Piter, 2000, p. 640.
3. D. Kennard, J. Roberts, D. Winter. Group Analytic Psychotherapy. – Saint-Petersburg: Piter, 2002, p.190 (David Kennard, Jeff Roberts, David A. Winter A workbook of group-analytic Interventions/ London and Philadelphia. Jessica Kingsley Publisher)
Additional Resources (in Russian)
1. D.S. Vidaker. The Group as an Instrument of psychological help. – Moscow: Class, 2000, p.430.
2. J. Rutan, W. Stown. Psychodynamic psychotherapy. The 3d international edition. – Saint-Petersburg: Piter, 2002, p.397.
3. P. Kutter. The Elements of Group Therapy // Introduction to the psychoanalytic practice. Saint-Petersburg: B.S.K., 1998, p. 198.
4. G.Kh. Bakirova. The Group-analytic Approach to Personnel Management in an Organization. The Group-Analysis of organizational process. The Group-analytic approach to the leadership. // Psychology of the effective strategic personnel management. – Moscow: Unity-Dana, 2008, 591 p.