TRAINING FOR GROUP ANALYST
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.