Date: 5 September 2019 from 14:30 to 16:15
Conductors: Angela Sordano
Groups with adolescents: the leader’s function to let the group survive
Social media languages, trauma dissociation, multiculturality, gender identity define in a new way the forms though which adolescents front their individuation task.
These variations from the past forces the group leader (director/conductor) to research technical approaches able to overcome the limits in symbolization and mentalization born from the low experience in “meeting the others”.
The workshop has the goal to put in evidence the main technical leading choices able to increase the intersubjective process though which each adolescent can reach a new self image and experience the self agency.
The technique of conduction mixes a group analytic approach and Jungian psychodrama. The leader works on the “here and now” in the group; he does not give any individual verbal interpretation. The “psychodramatic scene” has the goal to introduce the ability to differentiate reality and representation, because on this boundary, adolescents often enact (Bromberg) their inner world. The intersubjective perspective, applied to the group, is based on the construct that the change in the personality structure is linked to the interaction with the others: affective regulation, reflective thinking, empathy, shared representations . In the group, the adolescents let emerge parts of the self, linked to the group configuration.
The concept of Group configuration focuses the attention on the special synchronization within the individuals around a relational pattern. The “one’s personality” can be considered at the same time an inner group of self-states(Berman, A.,2014)
In this perspective , the dynamic in the group as a whole is based on the field of the intersubjective integration of different self-states.
In our experience, children’s and adolescents groups have some specificity, mainly about the leader’s role. For example, the children try to keep themselves longer in a dependent position from the leader- as an adult, while in the adolescents ‘groups the leader experiences very early the feeling to be excluded. This different leader’s position has obviously to do with the parental transference on the leader. Anyway, this parental projection has not only the characteristics of the inner parental objects, but also something related to a transpersonal symbolic function emerging from the group developmental phase, that gives a direction to the members’ enactment. How the leader’s interprets his/her role becomes particularly relevant in the developmental group process (Harwood, 1998).
The group configuration defines the interdependence within leaders’ function, peers interactions, individual and the archaic symbolic process that connotes the field of their interaction .
The main aspects that will be treated:
- the role of the group action (the group as a whole)
- the function of the object as symbolic mediator
- the role of the symbolic scenario and its rituals
- the function of the leader’s creativity and flexibility