Pre-conference workshops enrich our programme with very interesting topics and we highly recommend attending these workshops
“The Listening Cure”
This workshop will highlight four types of listening used by the therapist during clinical work
(i) objective listening,
(ii) empathic listening,
(iii) subjective listening, and
(iv) intersubjective listening.
The indications, scope, and benefits of ‘credulous’ as well as ‘skeptical’ listening will be noted. The impact of these types of listening on the nature of interventions made will also be discussed. Their origins in the developmental matrix of child-parent relationship will be underscored. Following this, variables that can impede listening during clinical work will be discussed.
Lastly, the innovative intervention of refusing to listen to certain kinds of material will be discussed, along with the particular situations that warrant such unusual action from the clinician.
“Social Dreaming matrix as a way to explore inner realities of outer traumatic realities”
This workshop is both experiential and theoretical.
We are going to learn and deepen our understanding of how we conduct Social dreaming matrix (SDM). We will understand the difference between the two parts of this method and their importance, the impact of this method on the group, on organizations and on the participating individual. We are also going to experience the third possible part of SDM which is Role Application/Synthesis – usually absent from conferences.
In this part the task is to focus on the individual dreamer with the goal of helping an individual dreamer apply the learning from the SDM to his social role he\she copes with.
“Group Analysis and Mentalization Based Group Therapy: Differences and Similarities”
Mentalization-based group therapy (MBT-G) has developed from group analytic psychotherapy, originally as a specialized kind of (conjoint) treatment for borderline personality disorders.
In the first part of the workshop the principles of MBT-G will be discussed, as well as similarities/differences with group analytic psychotherapy, concerning selection, composition, technique and curative factors. Some clinical material will be offered as illustration.
In the second part we will present research results of a randomized process-outcome study of MBT-G versus psychodynamic group therapy (PDGT) in a psychotherapeutic day treatment of heterogeneous patients with predominantly F3- or F4-diagnoses.
We will also present and discuss the data of the development of the group climate (measured by GCQ-S) with more than 6,000 questionnaires related to therapeutic outcome of different diagnostic groups.
“Know Your Enemy – Know Yourself: Meeting the One(s) I Hate”
Who are our enemies?
What are the conscious and unconscious social constructs which shape our identities around hostile enemies and trustable friends?
And why do we sometimes find entering into a dialoguing position with the enemy so threatening? The workshop will combine some theoretical conceptualization (Erlich, Volkan and others) with an experiential individual and group work. Participants will explore the concept of 'The Enemy' in their personal life as well as in their social systems and relations. We will adopt analytic and group-analytic concepts such as inclusion, exclusion, rejection, scapegoating etc. This, in order to deepen the participants' reflections on the way they might be manipulating others, or being manipulated by others, not to think "out of the box" regarding our enemies and "enemies".
The workshop will be conducted Group-Analytically and requires participants' commitment to the group at the day of the pre-conference.
“Psychotherapy of Posttraumatic Conditions”
The workshop 'Psychotherapy of posttraumatic conditions' is aimed at understanding of impact of traumatic experiences through disruption of psychological functions, such as capacity for symbolisation and affect regulation.
In this model psychoanalytic psychotherapy aims at unlocking of arrests and repair effects of regression and desruptive potential of annihilation anxieties. Careful monitoring of the transference-countertransference situation and timely interventions that confirms experience and gradually make the effects in the here and now visible can help patients to transform traumatic anxieties into conscious and more manageable mental content.
Treatment of severely traumatised patients, as well as treatment of the patients with long standing traumatisation due to disruptive social environment will be described with casuistic illustrations.
“Inclusion and Exclusion in the Group Analytic Discourse”
This workshop will deal with the building of personal identities by experiencing issues of Inclusion and Exclusion. We shall screen a documentary film (30 min.) about 220 kids who immigrated to Israel from many countries and found themselves living together in one building, in a culture of a large group.
Our approach is groupanalytic, including expressive tools.
The main topics in the workshop are: Exclusion and Inclision in childhood and adulthood. How marginal voices can be ignored "in the group by the group, including the conductor"? The importance of otherness and diversity in the group. Minority and Majority in the group.
“Trust, shame and the therapist's self-disclosure in therapy and supervision”
In this workshop we will discuss intentional self-disclosure as an emotional communication in situations of therapeutic impasse and self-disclosure as a 'live company'.
Situations of unintentional acting out of therapist's feelings via self-disclosure that will not promote the therapeutic process will be discussed as well. Supervision, where unconscious processes and countertransference reactions are worked on, is often experienced as a vulnerable situation regarding shame and humiliation. Building on Winnicott´s notion of “potential space” and “experience which leads to trust”, we will, discuss factors of importance for creating a working supervision characterized by trust and ability to reflect that enable an optimal learning climate.
The participants will be invited to explore their fears to self-disclose negative countertransference and the therapist's vulnerabilities.
“Experiencing the social unconscious”
In this workshop we will reflect on our own experience in the society to which we belong.
We will try to identify how our own behavior (including as group conductors) is affected by social elements that we are unaware of, especially traumatic social events, and discuss our experience in the groups we conduct, illuminating how some group situations are impacted by the social unconscious.
The workshop will be conducted as a process group, but my interventions will also be directed towards unconscious social dynamics influencing the group and its members.
I will encourage group members to interact and explore the co-constructed fantasies, anxieties and myths in the group process and the impact of past social trauma on their behavior.
Our memory is furnished with family stories, either reported, told, half-told or never told. Some of the silenced stories form 'black holes' that may unconsciously pop up when-never expected and affect our inner feelings as well as our interpersonal relations.
This workshop will explore the effect of family forgotten stories, unattended ghosts and the 'untold known' of our trans-generational memory.