Group Analysis



Group Analysis

Broadly speaking,
This is a method of using groups (small, medium and large) for understanding:
  • individual functioning,
  • the impact of the groups on the individual,
  • the impact of each individual on the group in which she/he is placed,
  • thus, stimulating the ability and freedom of thought and autonomy.

Therefore, it has potential to:
  • boost learning and
  • personal transformation.

The enormously difficult attitude of being in a group and respecting it without losing one’s own individuality is experienced.

Strictly speaking,

This is a form of psychoanalytic/dynamic psychotherapy of the individual in the group, using the many interactions and relations provided by the group setting.

It is a method of investigation and therapy whose foundations are common to psychoanalysis but with different operative procedures related to the new setting – the group setting – which is based on group analytic theory and technique.
Group analysis, as defined in Portugal, combines the overall theoretical body of psychoanalytic theory with the phenomenology of group dynamics, especially that conceptualised by S. H. Foulkes and followers from the 1940s onwards.
This is a psychotherapeutic method that treats the individual in the multiple relational context of the group. The sessions are guided by a psychotherapist with specific training in group analysis (group analyst) which requires complex theoretical-practical training. Group analysis developed in Europe and the United States of America, having spread internationally through South America, and is organised in large Federations.

In Europe the association which aggregates and supervises the training is the European Group Analytic Training Institutions Network (EGATINE), composed of associations of 21 European countries and Israel.