This is a method of using
groups (small, medium and large) for understanding:
impact of the groups on the individual,
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:
- personal transformation.
The enormously difficult attitude of being in a group and respecting it without
losing one’s own individuality is experienced.
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.