Friday Oct 23, 2020

Sophia Peer Group - To repair, or to repeat?

In this episode we’ll present the work of a psychoanalytical peer group. A “peer group” is made up of colleagues who choose to work together to explore a certain topic or to achieve a specific goal.

Sophia Group consists of five members from different republics that emerged after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. The goal of this group is to try to dream in the group and work all material out to be able to hold the group and use it as a container for various experiences that the members of the group have.

In this podcast, one of the members of the group introduces it with general remarks on goals and processes in the group. Next Dr. Giovanni Foresti talks about his experiences with the group as its organizational consultant. Last one to talk is Dr. Paolo Fonda who emphasizes his experiences with the dissolution of the Yugoslavia and war traumas that emerged from it. He also talks about how such groups can serve broader social purpose.

We hope in this way to show how group work can be used to help people overcome their differences and prevent bloody conflicts such as Yugoslavian one, and also trauma healing processes after such events.

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