Level One: Introductory weekend with Group Analysis
Founded by S.H Foulkes in 1940, group analysis is a modality of group psychoanalytical psychotherapy, which is based on psychoanalysis and social sciences. According to group analysis, the deep and stable desirable changes in an individual can occur within the group, which is selected in a very careful way and where each member reflects the norms of the society.
Eksperiencat Grup-Analitike në Tiranë
“Eksperienca në analizën e grupit më ka shërbyer për të vendosur cdo njeri që has në përditshmerinë time në vendin që i takon, si edhe të menaxhoj emocionet e mia në marrëdhënie me të tjerët dhe të mos kem frikë të jem unë. Ne jemi produkt i njerëzve që janë pjesë e jetës sonë; gjithsesi e kemi në dorë të zgjedhim llojin e produktit që do jemi, e për këtë duhet të shikojmë me lente të qarta. Në fakt, unë jam akoma duke pastruar të miat…por e lumtur që e di se kane nevojë të pastrohen.”
“For the past two years I had the opportunity to understand how my family, society, my past and my present and also our own sharing culture has and still continues to impact on my personality. The process of knowing oneself and the other in a group analysis setting it’s a necessary experience in order to establish a good psychological balance, to improve relationships with others and with yourself and also to be able to fully integrate in the society. I feel honored and privileged that I have been given the opportunity to increase my knowledge and clinical skills by participating at the Foundation Course on Group Analysis Learning Program under the leadership and supervision of Bob Harris and Val Parker from the Institute of Group Analysis, UK.”
“My first encounter with group analysis was through an activity of the GAA (AGSH), which I joined out of curiosity. Psychoanalysis is not my background; I am trained as a linguist and philosopher. Although philosophy and linguistics can deal with how individuals think and speak together in groups, they offer remarkably little insight on what motivates groups and how they behave, what drives and inhibits them.
A desire to understand how groups work brought me to join the Foundation Course in Group-Analytic Psychotherapy offered by the GAA under the guidance of The Institute of Group Analysis in the UK.”
Feeling supported, held, understood, and having a safe place where you can take all the fear of annihilation, the terror of these difficult days, is a unique opportunity, not only a rare one. We are all in the same boat, stumbled and frightened by the shadow of death, yet we can still be together in the virtual space and share our thoughts and emotions.
The deepest gratitude goes to the team of group analysts of IGA – Institute of Group Analysis in London, and to the GASI group analytic Society International members, who enabled, maintained, and so professionally conveyed such a space to many of us scattered around the world and stucked in the physical space. Need does virtue, virtuality becomes virtuous. Special thanks to Bob Harris for his professional and moral rigor in this commitment and especially for the sensitivity and humanity of his work.
At the beginning of this journey, I had these sentences in my mind “Knowing myself is the most difficult process in a human life. I want to know how I can integrate and communicate with the other people in groups.” During the first two years in experiential groupanalytic groups, I have found myself feeling the difficulty to get into new relations confronted with my urge to speak. Later on, the challenge became intense but the experience was great because it assisted me to identify interpretations from previous groups and use them in the present. During last year of group experiences, it has been very satisfying for me to observe the development of the changes in me. Furthermore, the experience as a group facilitator of the community group is another unique experience. It is wonderful to experience myself as a reflecting person and as a practitioner. Thank you Group Analysis in Albania. So, happy to having this journey with you!