Groups of the Body, Groups of the Mind: Neuroscience and Attachment Theory Come to Life
Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society Plenary: November 18 and 19, 2011
Group psychotherapy continues to evolve and group leaders continue to develop. Their interventions are guided by professional training, the latest research in neuroscience and attachment theory, and their own lived experiences. This plenary will explore how each of us develops a way of working that is both personally comfortable and clinically effective, and how we keep learning even after we have found the theory and practice that is the best fit for us.
Two expert clinicians will demonstrate their answers to these questions, each taking a demonstration group from the same moment of crisis, offering a snapshot of the same moment developing in different ways. Their approaches—Mentalization-Based Treatment (grounded in the work of Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman) and Somatic Psychology as applied to group psychotherapy—are psychodynamic approaches that focus attention in ways that may be quite new for many of us. Quite different from one another, each approach offers clinical understandings and interventions that are accessible and readily incorporated into our ongoing clinical work.
The leaders, the group members, and the audience will have the opportunity to notice the similarities and differences in the two experiences. The group leaders will share with us how the development of their treatment approaches evolved from the matrix of theory, education, life experience, creativity, mentorship, practice setting, personal treatment, and perhaps even pure serendipity.
Demonstration group leaders:
Suzanne L. Cohen, EdD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Wellesley, MA, and
Steven Krugman, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, Boston and Newton, MA.
Discussion facilitator: Barbara R. Cohn, PhD, ABPP, LFAGPA, Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Plenary co-chairs: Sherry Breslau, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, and Peter J. Taylor, PhD, SEP, CGP, FAGPA, Past-President, EGPS.