EDUCATION

TRAINING IN GROUP ANALYSIS

Group analysis represents one of psychotherapeutic techniques with dominant psychodynamic approach. It considers relationships among group members and creates web of activities that enable to the group members to acquire new emotional experience that they can use in professional and private everyday life.
General aims of the training: to inform and to sensitise candidates to the principles of group dynamics and analysis through lectures, seminars and experiential groups. The theoretical and experiential learning informs participants on real functioning of the group. The training enables personal and professional development. The outcome of the learning: depend on the degree of training which candidate decided to take.
Degree A – introductory course in group analysis (modules 1 and 2)
Degree B - training for group therapist (modules 3 – 6)
Degree C – training for group analyst (modules 7 and 8)
Degree D – supervisor/trainer in group analysis (modules 9 and 10)

Besides these degrees the Institute of Group Analysis offers agreed trainings according to the needs and requirements of the organisation. The training can be structured according to specific requirements of an institution in the frame of reference of its working caracteristics. The duration of the training can be of different lenght, according to the aim. The supervisor/trainer of the Institute of Group Analysis will use his/her knowledge, skills and experience in preparing training programmes according to the needs of certain institution.

Degree A: Introductory course in group analysis – module 1- 2
Introdctory course is intended to acquire the essential informations on group analysis. It is indispensable to continue the training in following two degrees. It consists of 60 hours of experiential groups and 30 hours of theory. Experiential groups are organised once a week or in block training in small groups of 6-12 participants. The theoretical lecturing is organised in 2 modules. Accepted persons: the ones with undergraduate, graduate or integrated training of medical, sociological or humanistic course. The aims of introductory course in group analysis: to acquire and to sensitise the esential principles of group analysis and psychodynamic theory through lecturing and experiential group. Outcomes of learning of the introductory course in group analysis: recognition of effects of group dynamics on one's own and others; increase of consciousness about one's own and of the influence of one group member on others; recognition of group dynamics from group analytic perspective; recognition of the meanings of essential group analytic concepts; recognition of meanings of psychoanalytic concepts as transference, countertransference, defense mechanisms, projective mechanisms and their importance on group development.

Degree B: Training for group therapist – modules 3-6
The training enables group analytic approach that might be used in social, medical, training and working ambiences. It gives knowledge from theoretical field about skills and techniques indisepnsable for successful use of a group approach. The average duration of the training is three years. The experiential part takes place in group analytic groups once or twice a week, or in block training. At the same time starts the preparatory work for supervision group. The supervision of the group that the trainee conducts starts after the report of the supervisor, and its average duration is two years once a week or in block training. Accepted persons: to start the training for group therapist it is required undergraduate diploma or integrate training of medical or humanistic course, diploma of completed introductory course in group analysis, interview of three supervisors/trainers in group analysis organised by the Institute of Group Analysis. The training for group therapist encompanses: minimum 200 hours of personal experience of group analysis; 40 hours of preparation for supervision groups, and 80 hours of group supervision; 100 hours of theoretical lecturing of group analysis and 50 hours of psychoanalysis.
Attendance to professional meetings of the IGA at least twice during the training
Personal group experience: personal group experience can be obtained participating in the activity of the small groupanalytic group once or twice a week, or in a block training. Conductors of the group are the group analysis trainers. The inclusion in experiential groups is organised by the IGA.
Preparation for supervision and supervision: supervision of the supervision group helps candidates in understanding what is expected of their work and how to select patients for forming the group. After forming the group, the supervisor follows interventions of the conductor and the development of the group process. The aim of the training for group therapist: acquisition of knowledge and skills indispensable for application of the group approach and its modifications in practice. Results of the training for group therapist: understanding and critical evaluation of values of the esential group analytic concepts; understanding of processes of the group development; application of essential group analytic concepts; the use of
reflective skills in understanding of the parallel processes (member of the group – conductor of the group); understanding of processes of group supervision. The theoretical lecturing is ordinary in 3 modules: psychoanalytic theory; introduction in group analytic process; theory and practice of groupanalytic work. In the theoretical lecturing different possibilities could be used like presentations, group discussions and workshops.
Ending the training
The training for group therapist is comppleted with: certification of the conductor of experiential group about ending the experiential part, and positive report of the supervisor. The diploma paper should have at least 2000 – 4000 words, and should bring critical description of the group analytic perspective referring to the exposed group, with reflections on practical work. The trainees that during their essential training didn't have as minimum 40 hours of theoretical lecturing of psychopathology, and at the beginning of their training started to work in the field of mental health, the final examination of psychopathology organised by IGA is indispensable. The trainees that don't work in the institutions of mental health need to acquire 300 hours of clinical practice. The training is completed after the above mentioned conditions are met, with certificate regarding completion of the training for group therapist issued by IGA and signed by the president of IGA and supervisors/trainers included in the training.

Degree C: Training for group analyst – modules 7 and 8
The training for group analyst qualifies the trainee for indipendent psychotherapeutic work in group with the techniques of group analysis, which is one of psychodynamic psychotherapeutic techniques. The trainees should meet following criteria: the certificate of completed diploma or integrated training of the medical, or humanistic course; completed introductory course in group analysis (degree A); the interview with three supervisors/trainers in group analysis organised by the Institute of Group Analysis.
The training for group analyst generally encompasses: minimum 360 hours of personal group analysis (if completed the training of degree B than in this degree minimum 200 hours); minimum 240 hours of group supervision with two supervisors (if completed or attended training from deegre B than in this degree minimum 160 hours); theoretical lecturing 150 hours of group analysis and 50 hours from psychoanalysis (if completed or attended course from degree B than in this degree 50 hours of theoretical lecturing of group analytic theory).
Attendance to professional meetings of the IGA at least three times during the training
Personal group analytic experience: Personal group analysis represents cornerstone of the group analytic training, together with supervision and theory. With the progress od the trainee as a group member the trainee progresses as conductor of the group that he himself has formed, as well. The trainee acquires his personal therapeutic experience of group analysis. The knowledge and sensitivity for the process develop in parallel, acquired through experience, and represent the basis for the trainee's development in his clinical work. Supervision: the supervisors monitor the choice of patients, ways of inclusion in the group, the development of phases of group process, as well as the ending of the therapeutic process of members of the group. The aim of the group analyst: to enable the trainee to develop critical and investigative thinking according to psychoanalytic and social theory. This aim is possible to attain through clinical and theoretical learning, supervision and personal experience. The result of learning from the training for group analyst: the acquisition of knowledge of application of gropup analytic and psychoanalytic theory and knowledge about development of man from psychosocial and psychoanalytic perspective; the clinical application of group analysis; increase of the capacity for understanding, reproduction and clinical evaluation of theoretical concepts of group analysis, and the capacity to decide to apply the group analytic theory in clinical practice; consciousness about ethical aspects working with patients; understanding of the core essence of group analysis and the possibility of its applications in different fields.

Implementation of group therapeutic experience:
The trainee is committed to 1 or 2 group analytic cessions weekly, conducted by training group analyst nominated by the IGA to perform the therapeutic work. The trainee and his therapist are personally responsible for the course of therapy (financial and all other aspects of therapeutic experience). If the block training is in question than the manangement committee of IGA decides about trainers that will work in block format together with commission for training and the local organiser. The minimum level of work is delineated in the small group, but the duration of therapy is not limited. The advancement is constantly evaluated. The process of supervision and theoretical lecturing goes in parallel, and is completed with clinical paper that is accepted by the training committee.
The end of training
The training is completed with: participation in all components of training fulfilling the minimum of required hours; certification of the conductor of experiential group on completion of experiential part and positive reports of both supervisors – with positive evaluation of final paper. Final paper should have 4000 – 6000 words as minimum, and refers to elaboration of group phenomena or elements of group process, with the use of literature and with illustration of the content from experience in conducting the small group. One of supervisors/trainers is mentor in writing the final paper. The final paper is handed up to the committee for training of the IGA for assessment. For those trainees that during their essential training didn't have at least 40 hours of theoretical lecturing from the field of psychopathology, and in the beginning of their training start to work in the mental health field, the examination of psychopathology is necessary, organized by IGA. These trainees that don't work in institutions of mental health should have 300 hours of clinical practice. The training ends after completion of all requirements, when the certification of the completion of the training for group analyst is issued by IGA and signed by the president of the IGA and trainers engaged in the process of training.

Training of group analysis for the degree supervisor/training group analyst (modules 9 and 10)
The next degree of training refers to group analysts, if they would like to become candidates for supervisors/trainers in group analysis. Accepted persons for this degree could become candidates only if they are group analysts. Before entering the training the positive opinion of the committee for training of the IGA is needed. The opinion of the committee is issued upon the request of the candidate and depends on evaluations of participations in promoting group analysis and presentations of one's own work domestic and foreign professional events.

1 hour=60 minutes

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