Unbearable States of Mind: Working with Dissociation in Group

 

 

Unitarian Church

1911 Cliff Valley Way NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

 

 

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the nature, roles, and meanings of dissociative processes in group life. Working from the assumption that dissociative processes are common features of human experience and not solely the terrain of classical dissociative pathology, this workshop aims to increase participants’ understanding of and tolerance for the complexity of widening the space for thought in the midst of the potentially unbearable. The workshop will draw on the work of contemporary relational dissociation theory and mentalization theory in conceptualizing its approach to group work.

Through experiential and didactic components, participants will have the opportunity to explore marked and contingent responses, effects of failures of mentalization, enactments, and ways to reinstate mentalizing capacities. Process groups, demonstration groups, case material, didactics and discussions will be used to create an experiential learning forum.

The small experiential group workshops, that all registrants will join, consist of three sessions conducted throughout the workshop. Workshop offerings can be found on the next page.

 

PRESENTERS

BRYNOLF LYON, Ph.D., CGP is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana, a National Certified Counselor, a member of the A.K. Rice Institute/Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor for Credentialing and Education. He is past president of the Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought (APA Division 39 Affiliate) and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. He has served on the Psychotherapy Training Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, since 1983.

KARIS KLASSEN, MA, CGP is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indiana. She is a Clinical Member of AAMFT, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education. She completed the National Group Psychotherapy Institute at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Karis has more than 20 years of psychotherapy practice, training and supervisory experience, and she currently runs a supervision group for experienced clinicians focusing on mentalization.

Bernie and Karis founded “Indygroupwork” in 2004 to offer workshops and training for the clinical community. They have presented numerous times at AGPA and at the Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought. They co-authored “Unbearable States of Mind in Group Psychotherapy: Dissociation, Mentalization and the Clinicians’s Stance” for the journal Group (2012)

 

DISCUSSANT

PHILIP J. FLORES, Ph.D.,ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, is a clinical psychologist, working extensively with addictive disorders and group psychotherapy. He has authored 2 books on addiction and group psychotherapy, including the award winning Addiction as an Attachment Disorder. He speaks nationally and internationally and serves as a leader in developing guidelines and treatment protocols for addiction and group psychotherapy.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will be able to:

1) define and discuss the concept of mentalization,

2) distinguish between and the significance of “marked” and “contingent” responses,

3) identify three implications of relational dissociation theory for group psychotherapy,

4) describe three interventions to consider in the midst of an interpersonal or group-as-a-whole enactment.

5) identify 3 common enactments in group therapy,

6) name the four dimensions of mentalizing,

7)  describe the purpose of the attachment system,

8)  discuss the “prementalizing modes of experience,”

9)  describe the difference between relational and massive trauma,

10)  recognize the influence of gender, race and sexuality in group-as-a-whole enactments.

 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Friday, November 8th


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
1:00-1:30 PM Registration
1:30-1:45 PM Welcome and Introduction of Presenters and Discussant
1:45-3:00 PM Didactic: States of Mind
3:00-3:15 PM Brief Introduction to Experiential Groups
3:15-3:30 PM Break
3:30-5:00 PM Experiential Group

 Saturday, November 9th

 


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
8-30-9:00 AM Coffee & Welcome
9:00-10:30 AM Theory & Demonstration Group
10:30-11:00 AM Discussion of Group
11:00-11:15 AM Break
11:15-12:30 PM Experiential Group
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch Provided
1:30-2:00 PM Presentation of Theory
2:00-3:00 PM Demonstration Group
3:00-3:30 PM Discussion of Demonstration Group
3:30-3:45 PM Break
3:45-5:15 PM Experiential Group
5:15-5:45 PM Large Group, Wrap-up, Evaluations

 

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop start and end times are firm in order to provide CE credit. AGPS cannot provide CEs for participants who have arrived late or leave early from any part of the 2 day workshop.

GPA- 10 CEU’s applied for. GALPCA, GAMFT, and GSCSW 10.5 CEU’s applied for.

EXPERIENTIAL GROUPS DESCRIPTIONS 
(Indicate 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th choice on your registration form for the on-going group in which you would like to participate during the conference.)

Each small group will meet for three sessions over the two day conference.

ATTENDEES AGREE TO ATTEND ALL THREE EXPERIENTIAL GROUP WORKSHOPS.

Participants will attend the same group workshop throughout the conference in order to create continuity and enhance the group process.Assignments are first-come, first serve and enrollment in each group is limited, so please list your rank order of preference for your first four choices on the registration page. All conference participants will attend the presentations led by Dr. Lyon and Ms. Klassen.

Click on title to see group description.

AUTHENTICITY IN GROUPS

 

ATTACHMENT THEORY & GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

 

FROM RESISTANCE TO INTIMACY: AN INTERACTIONAL APPROACH

 

IS THIS PLACE SAFE? THE CHALLENGE OF A NEW GROUP

 

DEEPENING CONNECTIONS THAT BRING US CLOSER YET CREATE ANXIETY

 

WORKSHOP FEES

NOTE: Pre-registration cutoff date is Oct. 25, 2013.

No refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the event.


DATE
MEMBERS
NON-MEMBERS
STUDENTS
NEW PROFESSIONAL DISCOUNT
Before Reg. Cutoff (Oct. 25) $180 $200 $110 $130
After Reg. Cutoff (Oct. 25) $200 $220 $130 $130
CONTACTS FOR INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS:
 
Bob Fredrick, MSW, LCSW, BCD Conference Chair
 
Hank Fallon, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA, Conference Committee
 
 
AGPS Conference Committee:  Bob Fredrick, Hank Fallon, Phil Flores, Pat Shropshire, Bonnie Kessler