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Welcome to the GAN podcast page which includes interviews with group analysts and previews for workshops and events.

Audio recordings of some lectures and seminars are also available to members of Group Analysis North for a small fee. Please contact Bethan Marreiros, the GAN administrator, for more details.

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Podcast One - September 2008 - download
An interview with Ian Parker (Professor of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University) about his forthcoming presentation at the Friday Seminar on 17 October 2008 entitled "Reading Freud". Ian describes why Freud is still relevant to group analysts and deserves closer reading.

Podcast Two - October 2008 - download
"Reading Freud" by Professor Ian Parker (Manchester Metropolitan University).

"Freud isn't concerned with making the unconscious conscious. He is concerned with giving us a better understanding of what is going on unconsciously rather than simply dredging up the contents of the unconscious – so he is concerned not with what is concealed but with the strategies of concealment".

So states Ian Parker in his reconsideration of the writings of Freud.

This entertaining and thought-provoking account of the writings of Freud has generously been made available for download from the Group Analysis North website. This lecture was given on 17 October 2008 and is part of the Friday Seminar series which is linked to the IGA training in Group Analysis in Manchester. The copyright of this material remains with Professor Parker.

Podcast Three - January 2009 - download
An interview with Nick Barwick by Antony Froggett. The Psychodynamics of Writing: Mad Desire and Feverish Melancholy.

Podcast Four - February 2009 - download
"The Psychodynamics of Writing: Mad Desire and Feverish Melancholy" by Nick Barwick.

At the heart of the institutional educational process is writing. Almost as common as the task is the anxiety... In this two hour recording, Nick Barwick presents a theoretical and personal account of the internal and group processes that influence our feelings about writing. This lively and engaging seminar included participants having an experience of writing and reflecting upon this in a group discussion.

Nick Barwick is a qualified teacher, counsellor and group analyst. Much of his clinical work is with actors, writers and musicians. He has a special interest in "writer's block" and performance inhibition. He is the managing editor of the journal Psychodynamic Practice.

This is an audio recording of the Friday Seminar presented at Manchester Metropolitan University on 13th February 2009. The copyright of this material remains with Nick Barwick.

Podcast Five - April 2011 - download
"Culture, Race and the Group" presented by Sue Einhorn.

Sue Einhorn is a Training Group Analyst, supervisor and teacher at the IGA in London. She convenes and conducts a Diploma Training in Group Analysis for clinicians in St. Petersburg, Russia and is a supervisor for groups at the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture.

Let me begin with John Donne‟s famous poem to Group Analysis written in 1624.

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

‘Observing it in my work I can conclude that the nation prefers group therapy to individual one: a group gives possibility for an individual to survive (4. A society allows its members to achieve needs or wishes they could not fulfil alone.); it actualizes defensive mechanisms of the split, escape; the fact of uniting into groups becomes a «training ground» for acting out of the deportation trauma. The fact of the appearance of the group actualizes "the recollection" of the trauma –the deportation and the experience of the traumatic survival in the ethnic group.’ - Valya 2010

‘Society can be described as consisting of many large social groupings that share the same geographical territory and are subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Each group may share distinctive but different religions, skin colour or cultural institutions but together interrelate to form a particular social environment.’

This is an audio recording of the Friday Seminar presented at Manchester Metropolitan University on 8th April 2011. The copyright of this material remains with Sue Einhorn. flyer

Podcast Six - February 2012 - download
The British Independent School, Presented by Simon Archer
Simon is a training therapist and supervisor for NEAPP (Newcastle) and external examiner for the TCPP (West Midlands Institute).
Since the 1980's he has written and lectured about Shame.

Shame York pdf
Independent Group pdf

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