Upcoming 2024 Workshops:
Basics of Dreamwork
Presenter: Thomas Bonner, MBA, MA, NCC
Wednesdays: February 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20
Registration Coming Soon!
Through sharing of their own dreams, group members, guided by the group leader will learn and develop basic techniques for working with their own dreams. Areas for discussion include how to capture and record dreams, the mental health benefits of considering dreams as a valuable resource for living in the present, some brief history of the importance of working with dreams, and possible techniques one might employ to better relate to the content and message of dreams. Group meetings would be structured to include some element of non-experiential education, as well as the group experience of working with dreams. Members would be encouraged to record their dreams, and each group member would be offered the opportunity to bring a dream for the group. Group leader will establish a suitable framework to enhance learning while protecting group members’ well-being.
- To promote understanding of the history and context of dreams and dream interpretation.
- To increase understanding of dreams and their relation to the unconscious
- To increase clinical awareness of the mental health benefits of dream work
- To create a safe learning environment to practice dream work
About the Instructor:
Tom is a therapist and has been at PSP since August of 2017. He is also a training candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute in Boston. Tom works with adults encountering problems with depression, anxiety, trauma-related stress, and various adjustment difficulties. Tom is a U. S. Navy veteran.
Introduction to Modern Group Process: Developing the Resilience to Do Our Work
Instructor: Ellen L. Wright, Ph.D., PsyA
Course Time: Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:45 pm EST
2024 Course Dates:
- March 6, 13, 20
- April 3, 10, 17, 24
- May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Course Format: Zoom
ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO 12 MATRICULATED STUDENTS
TO REGISTER: Since this group is only open to matriculated candidates, we will not be using our registration platform. To register email Ray Gourley at email@example.com for instructions.
Working as a modern analyst calls upon the therapist to be able to experience, understand, and harness their emotional reactions so that they can be used therapeutically. This ability relies upon the capacity of the therapist to be open to and accept having all their feelings. While individual analysis provides trainees with foundational skills and insights, the here and now technique of immediacy utilized in Modern Group offers trainees a different avenue to understand themselves and develop the emotional resilience need to work effectively with their clients. In group, members can observe and explore their resistances to emotional connection and gain access to important dynamics related to their first group, their family group. This additional access to one’s emotional history can increase trainees’ ability to understand and work with challenging countertransference reactions.
In Modern Group, the leader is not the only source of emotional nourishment or wisdom, however. Using the technique of bridging, the leader creates bonds between members multiplying the effect of interventions used by the group leader and ultimately making the group itself an agent of change. These dual agents of change, offer group members the opportunity to engage and explore their relationships not only with the group leader but also group members opening avenues to study sibling dynamics as well as issues around power and privilege.
- Develop additional avenues to observe and experience emotions evoked by the therapeutic process.
- Observe and explore common resistances to communication.
- Examine transferences towards the leader and group members.
- Increase awareness of issues of power and privilege inherent in group leadership and group membership.
About the Instructor:
Ellen Wright, Ph.D., NCPsyA, is a licensed Psychologist and Certified Psychoanalyst in private practice in Philadelphia. Dr. Wright pioneered the development of group techniques for patients with physical illnesses and expanded the scope of psychotherapy to previously therapeutically resistant populations. Dr. Wright is a founder and faculty member at the Center for Group Studies in New York City and a Senior Supervising and Training Analyst at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. A dynamic and engaging instructor and supervisor, Dr. Wright has lectured nationally and internationally and authored papers on innovative applications of psychoanalytic techniques.