Exploring the Unconscious in a Group Consultation
Presenters: Naomi Freireich,LCSW, Psychoanalyst, Randy Frazier, PhD, Bob Harverstick PhD, Richard Holt,PhD, Lisa Mersky,LCSW-ACP
Abstract: Exploring the unconscious is fundamental to a psychoanalytically based endeavor. Tapping into and understanding unconscious dynamics enriches our understanding of any process or experience under examination. This presentation will explore the unconscious through a group exercise of free associations to clinical material, utilizing the interplay of individual and group associations to enhance understanding of the clinical case. Particular emphasis will be on the interpersonal unconscious and the ubiquitous nature of parallel process in the consultation experience.
1) Learn and practice a new methodology for exploring the Unconscious
2) Identify benefits and complications of a leaderless group consultation format for exploring issues of the Unconscious
3) Increase awareness of how parallel process relates to consultation
References from the professional literature to support the presentation:
Altfeld, D.A., & Bernard, H.S. (1997) An experiential group model for group supervision. In C. E. Watkins, Jr. (Ed.), Handbook of psychotherapy supervision, (pp. 381-399). New York:Wiley
Markus, H. E. Cross, W. F. Halewski, P.G. Hope, Q. Smith, S. Sullivan, M. Sullivan, P. Tantillo, M. (2003) Primary process and peer consultation; An experiential model to work through countertransference. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 53(1).
Presenters’ professional biography:
The presenters are psychotherapists and psychoanalysts who have worked together for over 20 years in a weekly group consultation.