Sunday Brunch Series - Group Psychotherapy and the Relational Perspective: What is the Agent of Change?

  • 07 Mar 2010
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Hosted by Margaret Dolid Fichter, Ph.D. Location will be e-mailed to registrants.
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Presenter - Ellen Singer Coleman, LCSW

Ellen Singer Coleman, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, psychoanalyst and certified group psychotherapist in private practice in Philadelphia. Her article “The Dialectics of Relational Psychoanalysis and Group Psychotherapy: Commentary on Paper by Robert Grossmark” was published in Psychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives (July/August, 2007). Formerly co-chair of the Group Therapy Practice Committee of The New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Westchester Chapter, she recently co-founded the Philadelphia Chapter of The Transition Network, a national organization for women-in-transition. As chair of the peer group committee, she is responsible for ten peer groups in the Philadelphia region.   

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to describe how one relationally-oriented clinician conceptualizes the change process within a psychotherapy group.

2. Participants will expand their understanding of key relational concepts and their application to group psychotherapy.


From a relational psychoanalytic perspective, we are all composites of our experiences and interactions with significant others throughout life. Group therapy is an effective treatment modality with patients for whom these internalized relational patterns have gone awry. In a psychotherapy group, patients and therapist alike live out the repetition of these rigid patterns and together find their way to more relatedness, flexibility and self-understanding.


This workshop will consider how one relationally-oriented group leader conceptualizes the participation of the group therapist, individual group members and the group as a whole in the therapeutic process, and what relational psychoanalysis brings that is new and different to the field of group psychotherapy. Workshop participants will examine the different ways of thinking about multiplicity, and how the theoretical concepts of enactment, dissociation, mentalization, implicit procedural learning and hermeneutics are understood and clinically applied in working with groups.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.   Brunch

11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.     Presentation and Discussion

Hosted by Margaret Dolid Fichter, Ph.D.
Location will be e-mailed to registrants.

For more information contact Jay Moses at 267-254-0791 or


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