Keynote 1 - Friday, July 22nd 2022

The Groups That Care of the Groups: The Family Matrix in the Caregivers Group Psychotherapy

Raffaele Menarini, Italy
  • Group analyst
  • Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist
  • President of the Master degree in Neuroscience and clinical psychopathology in Rome, university of LUMSA
  • Chair of Dynamic Psychology at the Free University «Maria SS. Assunta »- LUMSA in Rome
  • He introduced and developed bimodal analytic psychotherapy
  • Studies around the relationship between mind, brain and society

The main theme of this work concerns the mental suffering, experienced by family members of patients with dementia who play the role of caregiver. In particular, Burden Syndrome can arise, characterized by psychophysical manifestations similar to burnout, increasing fatigue, anxiety and depression and psychosomatic symptoms.

Such feelings of anguish and frustration can be elaborated in group psychotherapy, with particular reference to groups made up entirely of caregivers. The reference model is the biopsychocultural one, whose methodology is based on the activity of the psyche-group-family matrix structure, understood as a neotenic derivation. The family matrix, within the group of caregivers, is crossed by the crisis of mutual observation, or mirroring.

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the main emotional processes in caregivers from a biopsychocultural model.
  • To detail the activity of the matrix structure psyche-group-family (neotenic function) related with mirroring.

Keynote 2 - Friday, July 22nd 2022

THE NEW ARCA – a Vision for Group Work in the 21st Century

Jorge Burmeister, Spain - Switzerland
  • MD. Trainer and supervisor in Psychodrama, CBT, Analytical Psychology (Jung), Analytic Pair and Family therapy, Guided Day-Dream Technique
  • Former President IAGP
  • Dean “International Summer Academy for Groups” in Granada since 1999
  • Supervisor and Facilitator MSF (Doctors without Borders)
  • Founder/Co-Director Academy for Integrative Psychotherapy in Switzerland since 1994.
  • Lecturer at Universities in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Founding member of FEPTO

The World of Today responds to the rise of existential anxieties due to a society with no limits and a pandemic that fosters social fragmentation. Its process corrodes the culture of solidarity as well as the fundament of our planet. It disconnects entire groups from the feeling of belonging to the same community. It activates violence, historical trauma (shadow) and their expression (e.g., racism). This lecture will focus on the vision of the founders of this organization to transform not only groups but the whole of mankind. according to our ethical compassion and our responsibility for the entire creation.

The ARCA means a container (Latin) but also the beginning (Greek) of a new era with a symbol of connection (rainbow). Although we don’t know if we will receive again the olive branch our groups are ready to fly.

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify the origin and the consequences of current global challenges of survival.
  • To apply the vision of JL Moreno, SH Foulkes and K Lewin to those global challenges given its creative power born out of extraordinary destructive experiences.
  • To emphasize the importance of connection, ethical compassion and responsibility including anger and indignation for processes of constructive transformation.
  • To emphasize the importance of the collective unconscious and its archetypical essence to reconnect us with healing symbols and dreams to respond to the alienation of our time.

Keynote 3 - Saturday, July 23rd 2022

Learning from the Therapeutic Community Experience in the East (Japan) and West (UK): Group Culture and Japanese Mentality

Junichi Suzuki, Japan
  • MD, Psychiatrist, Hokkaido University, Group Analyst
  • President and Founder of the Institute of Tokyo Group and Individual Psychotherapy
  • Past President, Japanese Association for Group Psychotherapy
  • 1965 Senior Registrar, Fulbourn Hospital, Dingleton Hospital, UK
  • 1966 The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • 1968-1971 Registrar, Dingleton Hospital, UK
  • 1971-1973 Senior Registrar, Fulbourn Hospital, UK
  • 1997, Co-chair Pacific Rim Regional Congress, IAGP
  • 1997-2007 Director, Kaijoryo and Kawagoe Dojinkai Hospital

The presentation will address a long history of application of therapeutic community (TC) experiences in Japan and the UK. The approach began in Japan by an eye-opening lecture by Dr. D.H. Clark (a WHO consultant) in 1967, which included a slide showing a strong connection between patients, staff members and a dog.

The speech will introduce the development of the process of establishing therapeutic environments in two Japanese mental hospitals. It will include sharing pain, joy, hope and other important issues encountered throughout this development. Together with other entities, this journey ended up with the foundation of the Japanese Association of Group Psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives: This speech aims at presenting ways to:

  • Establish a culture of free talking and respect from individuals in the TC.
  • Create a system where decisions are made through open and free discussion.
  • Set up group situations as important hospital activities.
  • Use group analysis and group dynamic understanding in daily hospital practice.
  • Creating theories authentically.
  • Train and supervise group psychotherapy groups for TC staff members.

Keynote 4 - Saturday, July 23rd 2022

System Strengthening and Group Work in the Field of Child Protection

Denise Ulwor Apiyo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC
  • Master's degree in Law from the Université Libre de Kinshasa.
  • Legal Assistant at the Ministry of International Cooperation, DRC
  • Social Worker for Human Dignity in the World
  • Child Protection National Coordinator with International Rescue Committee
  • Joined UNICEF DRC in 2004 as Legal and Social Protection
  • Worked for child protection system strengthening in UNICEF in Sri Lanka, Haiti, Sudan, West and Central Africa Regional Office and recently Egypt.

Child Protection aims at providing measures and response interventions in children that are subject to or at risk of abuse, exploitation, violence, or any harmful practice. This speech will address child protection system strengthening in different African countries. Experiences in Sri Lanka (response to emergencies related to armed conflict, tsunami, and development of national child protection systems), Haiti (system building in response to the 2010 earthquake) and Sudan (child protection systems strengthening and response to emergencies) will be introduced.

Learning Objectives:

  • Emphasizing the universality of child protection.
  • Describing ways of system strengthening in the Child protection field.
  • Identifying the positive impact of groups and team work on the outcome of work on child protection.

Keynote 5 - Sunday, July 24th 2022

Promoting Our Colleagues’ Wellbeing: Group Work with Healthcare Providers

Molyn Lesczc, Canada
  • President of the American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Chief Psychiatrist, Sinai Health System from 2006 to 2017
  • Clinical Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 2010-2017
  • Several awards for Outstanding Contributions to Psychodynamic Group Therapy
  • Co-author with Irvin Yalom, 5th and 6th editions (2020) of Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

The COVID pandemic has generated enormous strain, stress and trauma on healthcare workers. This presentation will address the ways in which group supports can help our colleagues cope in the face these enormous demands. Principles emerging from the understanding of burnout, psychological safety in the workplace, and the role of organizational culture and effective leadership will be illustrated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the impact of pandemics as a modal traumatic stressor on physicians and health care workers (HCWs)
  • Describe principles and learnings from group support and Leading for Wellness groups and communities of practice
  • Address organizational culture & psychological safety in the workplace
  • Identify PPE – personal and psychological protective equipment