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Enactment and Narrative in Group Psychotherapy: The Unobtrusive Relational Group Analyst – Robert Grossmark, PhD

Sunday, December 15th 10:45 am to 1:00 pm

For so long psychotherapy has focused on what can be talked about and understood between people. Actions and behaviors have generally been classed as “acting out” and the focus has generally been to put feelings into words. But what about parts of the psyche that have never had a form, representation or words? These are areas that contain the sequelae of trauma and neglect. Robert Grossmark will present an approach to group and individual work that privileges what is enacted wordlessly between group members and between therapist and patient. Working within this register he companions patients and groups in their worlds of unexpressed pain and trauma and finds a new enacted form of narrative and healing.

Bio: Robert Grossmark, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He works with individuals groups and couples and conducts psychoanalytic reading and supervision groups. He teaches and supervises at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies Program in Adult Psychoanalysis, National Training Program in Psychoanalysis, The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and other psychoanalytic institutes and clinical psychology doctoral programs.

He has authored numerous papers on psychoanalytic process and group treatment and the recently published book The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning. He co-edited the books, The One & The Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy and Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory, all published by Routledge.

General Information

The Brooklyn Discussion Group of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society welcomes members and newcomers to our monthly clinical meeting. These meetings consist of an informal gathering and a presentation by an expert in the field. It is an opportunity for professional development by becoming informed about the topics presented, and getting to know and be known by other clinicians. You can come to a single meeting and need not be an EGPS member. Become part of our vibrant community.
We meet in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on the 4th Sunday of the month (with exceptions) from 10:45 AM to 1 PM.
Coffee & light breakfast will be served.
$10 for first time attendees and students, $15 for members - $20 for non-members of the EGPS.
If you have a specialty, passion, or interest you would like to share with a receptive clinical audience, we would like to hear from you. If you present you get the satisfaction of making these issues and your practice known to a wider audience.
We invite you to submit a short proposal to present at one of our meetings. We select presenters who best add to our member’s knowledge and experience. We value topics that are most relevant to working with groups and have a balance between didactic, interactive, and experiential components.
Our monthly meetings are for 2 1/2 hours on Sunday mornings and consist of 45 minutes for networking, noshing, business meeting and member introductions, and a 1 1/2 hour presentation.
Please be in touch with either Co-chairperson: Jerry Sachs at 301-651-9947, or Laura Eidlitz by clicking her name.