By our selves or in pairs? Problems and resources of two different group conduction modalities


We shall conclude asserting that the comparison between mono-therapy and co-therapy has to be pursued according to the fact that they are to be considered not only like two interchangeable dispositives, but like two technical fundamentally different, with the possibilities of different applications, according to the needs to which the therapist is called to answer. Pierre Privat and Dominique Souligoux write at this regard: “to us it seems that…in order to facilitate the organization of new relationships in the group just like the put in evidence of a particular position of the adult, the mono-therapy’s dispositive reveals itself more favourable in the cases of groups of latency children and groups of children that develop towards levels of oedipal pathology.” At last alluding to children in pre-school age or with problematic areas of abandonment type and of separation they conclude asserting that “…the co-therapy can be a necessity with some small children or children whose functioning places itself in the register of the archaic, because the presence of more adults permits to represent the splitting issue as well. The work on it’s reduction will be as much more possible as the defences will be able to develop adequately relying on this dispositive’s peculiarity. The real presence of the couple increases the possibilities of containment and permits the work on projections and on splitting.”

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