Apprentice Resources 2022
Apprentice Training 2022
Strengthening Relational Capacities in Groups:
Engaging Eros, Aggression, Desire & Vitality
Group As ‘Cauldron
The 2022 Training Year
Examining Generative and Destructive Relational Forces
This year, we build on the foundation of previous years – by returning to familiar and essential themes in our group work, and by learning what it takes to deepen a group’s process by working more actively with one’s own internal process of what is happening in the group.
OUR GROUP WORK FOR 2022
We will explore being a part of an ‘interpersonal field’ as a group, making space for direct encounters and exchanges with one another that we track with a felt sense of our bodies.
We will pay attention to the necessity of ‘dynamic tension’ in group processes, in ways that are life-giving to our desires and give generative movement to aggression. We will also learn to recognize the various ‘disguises’ of destructive aggression, and how they tend to play out in groups.
FOR THE SPRING TRAINING WEEK
I am providing you with some photocopied and highlighted chapters for a more focused distillation of the material we will reference during the spring training week, along with my personal book notes for some of the chapters. I think you’ll find these to be worthwhile.
We’ll deepen our understanding of aggression as a fundamental instinct and a life force, both as a generative force and as a destructive force in one’s own development, and in relationships. As well, we’ll keep on exploring the ways we are animated, moved and troubled by our experiences of eros and desire.
We will revisit the essential skill of Active Witnessing – to be both a part of and apart from – the experiences of others as individuals, and the subjective experience we each have of our group as a whole.
This year will we place an emphasis on furthering processes that happen in groups, by examining more closely and precisely those various aspects of our humanity that keeps a group from moving forward. In that regard, we will look more at transferences with groups, and the counter-transferences we encounter as group facilitators.
Supplemental Reading for 2022:
- Difficult Topics In Group Therapy, by Jerome Gans.
- The Group Therapy Experience, by Louis Ormont.
- Who Do We Choose To Be? by Margaret Wheatley.
PRIMARY PDF READINGS
Chapter 3 – The Analyst’s Witnessing & Otherness – Warren Poland
Chapter 7 – The Group As Witness – Morris Nitsun
Groups – Chapter 3 Notes – Learning & Hating in Groups – Mick Landaiche
Aggression & Destructiveness – Making Sense of Aggression – Book Notes – Celia Harding, Cliff Notes by Michael Mervosh
Facilitating Intensive Group Work – 2022 – Michael Mervosh
REVIEW THESE PDF READINGS
Please read all of the primary PDF Readings in preparation for the upcoming week!
AUDIO RECORDINGS – Spring 2022
AUDIO RECORDINGS – Autumn 2022
Let The Beauty We Love...
Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.
Don’t try to see through the distances.
That’s not for human beings.
Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.