Borned among absences. Experiences of psychotherapy group of adolescents

Journal title SETTING
Author/s Monia Arzeno, Gianluca Carlini
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/45 Language Italian
Pages 17 P. 45-61 File size 197 KB
DOI 10.3280/SET2023-045004
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The vicissitudes of a group of psychotherapy with adolescent patients, from its foundation to just over one year of work, bring to the attention of the conductor and of the observer of the group the suffered subject of the absence of the other. Depending on the analysed matter, and therefore at different levels, in this paper they retrace, listening also to their own countertransference, the trouble and urgency to match depressive and deadly experiences linked to absence and loss. Far from regarding the matter as depending only on the patients, the conductor and the observer ask themselves about the drives that have supported and influenced the birth and the definition of this group, which shows working features of its own, which are described in here. Then the hypothesis is suggested that a "joint" among different facts (such as the lack of a shared group culture in the institution where the group was born, the often small number of participants, the histories of the patients scattered with dropouts and also the tasks of adolescent development itself) have resulted in and allowed the group, if not to work through the matter of the absence of the other, at least to push on presenting it in different times and with different languages (interactions among participants, actings out, movie storytelling,…), aiming to expand increasingly broader areas of thinkability.

Keywords: group, psychotherapy, adolescence, absence, foundation, thinkability.

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Monia Arzeno, Gianluca Carlini, Nascere tra le assenze. Esperienze di un gruppo di psicoterapia con adolescenti in "SETTING" 45/2023, pp 45-61, DOI: 10.3280/SET2023-045004