Summer School of Psychotherapy

Summer School of Psychoterapy

Psychotherapy summer courses in Sardinia for psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists

WHO IS FORMIST?

FORMIST is an institution for education, specialization and research in analytical psychology and psychotherapy, and also provides clinical psychology and psychiatry services.

In 1997 FORMIST opened a post-graduate specialization school in Cagliari, offering four-year specialization courses in bionomic psychotherapy. In 2001 the school was formally recognised by the Ministry of Public Education and University.

The school of psychotherapy is also formally recognised by ICSAT (Italian Committee of Study of Autogenic Training, Therapy and Psychotherapy) and by ISATAP (International Society of Autogenic Training and Autogenic Psychotherapy).

FORMIST works in collaboration with numerous Universities both in Italy and abroad, as well as other Italian and foreign schools of psychotherapy.

FORMIST houses a clinical centre for adult and child psychotherapy (www.centrohyle.com) and a centre for eating disorders (www.mensanain.it).

WHAT IS AUTOGENIC OR BIONOMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY

Autogenic or bionomic-autogenic psychotherapy is a psychodynamic and analytical form of psychotherapy which is carried out through a relationship of transference and countertransference consisting of interviews, psychophysiological relaxation exercises and imaginative experiences of symbolic significance. It is not a symptomatological treatment or short-term psychotherapy, though it does not preclude the treatment of symptoms or the possibility of achieving a swift resolution. The field began to develop in the last decades of the twentieth century, thanks to the theoretical impetus provided by Widmann, field research carried out by Gastaldo, the clinical endeavours of a number of workers in the area, further work by an even greater number of students, twenty years of ICSAT conferences and seminars, and copious papers, such as conference monographs and the European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies. This wealth of material has given bionomic-autogenic psychotherapy a distinct profile and established a clear idea of the role autogenic training plays within it.

What is the role of autogenic training within bionomic-autogenic psychotherapy?

Autogenic training is a very specific concentration technique, carried out when appropriate during face to face sessions and as part of the therapeutic relationship. It adheres fully to the methods established by Schultz, expressly avoiding suggestive techniques and direct relaxation inducement. The careful and correct implementation of autogenic psychotherapy aims to respect the individuation principle.

Autogenic training exercises, rather than a relaxation technique, are a truly creative practice, the closest thing to Jung’s active imagination. The sensations of calm and relaxation that accompany these exercises are not primary therapeutic objectives, but rather epiphenomena linked to a psychophysiological state that is a function of the activation of the imagination and the organism’s autopoietic (autogenic) processes. In this sense autogenic psychotherapy is psychotherapy based on the imagination.

Is bionomic-autogenic psychotherapy symbolic?

Activating the autogenic imagination gives rise to expressly symbolic experiences, products of the syntheses in which the psyche combines (syn-ballein) antinomic concepts, specifically those antinomies inherent within the separation (dia-ballein) of unconscious and conscious. Autogenic psychotherapy is, therefore, psychotherapy based on symbolism, though not strictly interpretive, since it views symbols as realities to be experienced, rather than representations to be interpreted.

Autogenic training exercises aim for symbolic experiences that are realised through highly codified functional processes. The specificity of autogenic training, however, does not lie in the functional routine, but rather in that rituality which has therapeutic value, in the anthropological and psychodynamic sense that one of the “Ravenna conferences” gave it. Autogenic psychotherapy contemplates practices to be implemented and exercises to be performed, but this is not why it is pragmatic psychotherapy: the rituality of its techniques contributes to the development of the symbolic life.

How is autogenic training symbolic?

The symbolic dimension of autogenic training is understood as a space of psychophysical density, in which “the organism constructs itself from itself” (Schulz) and the psyche shapes itself through autogenic processes of autopoiesis. Latent structures inspire these processes: bionomic principles, which are archetypal principles that normalise (nomos) life (bios) and its evolution. Schulz suggests that autogenic psychotherapy is also bionomic psychotherapy, as it responds to archetypal laws of existence and individuational evolution. Like analytical psychology, bionomic psychology works towards integration of an individual’s “unitary whole” and has as its ultimate goal the achievement of personal totality. This integration process is highly personal and becomes clear as we move along a personal “road of destiny”, which defines each of our individuational development. Autogenic psychotherapy, therefore, is psychotherapy of individuation, where rigorous, codified techniques aim to encourage, in the most versatile ways, the expression of subjectivity in its most unconditional forms.

In terms of this personal individuational itinerary, autogenic techniques can be useful even after the conclusion of psychotherapy, and also outside the clinical environment, since the realisation of individuational totality relates not only to psychotherapy, but forms part of Man’s transmutational process.

COURSES AND SCHEDULES

PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC AUTOGENIC TRAINING

(analytical, imaginative, archetypal, bionomic, symbolic)

LOCATION

Villasimius (CAGLIARI), Tanka Resort, Via degli Oleandri 7

DATES

Part one: 20-24 May 2019 (9-15.30)
Part two: 27-31 May 2019 (9-15.30)

Part one: 2-6 September 2019 (9-15.30)

Part two: 9-13 September 2019 (9-15.30)

PART ONE PROGRAMME

Bionomic life and personality theory – general
Bionomic-autogenic theory – general
Expanding consciousness and life cycles
Basic autogenic training from a bionomic standpoint: weight and heat exercises.
The heat and weight life cycles: psychophysiological, psychodynamic and symbolic aspects

Theoretical-practical workshop: the first two exercises

Experiential workshop: weight and heat exercises

PART TWO PROGRAMME

Bionomic-autogenic theory – advanced

Managing transference and countertransference during autogenic psychotherapy experiences

Basic autogenic training: heart and breathing exercises, solar plexus and forehead exercises.
The solar plexus and forehead life cycles: psychophysiological, psychodynamic and symbolic aspects

Theoretical-practical workshop: experiences of the above-mentioned exercises

Experiential workshop: heart, breathing, solar plexus and forehead exercises.

COURSE PRICES

Registration for parts one and two (20-24 May + 27-31 May 2019): 1380 € (including VAT)
Registration for part one only (20-24 May 2019): 690 € (including VAT)
Registration for part two only (27-31 May 2019): 690 € (including VAT)

Registration for parts one and two (2-13 September 2019): 1380 € (including VAT)
Registration for part one only (2-6 September 2019): 690 € (including VAT)
Registration for part two only (9-13 September 2019): 690 € (including VAT)

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course is conducted in English. The price includes course and teaching materials. An absence rate up to 20% is permitted. There will be a final written exam and a certificate. The course will run if there are at least ten enrolments.

The Tanka Resort Hotel in Villasimius offers:

A) during May, half board including international breakfast and dinner with drinks, from Euro 89.00 per person per night (double room) to Euro 125.00 per person per night (double room, single guest), or full board including international breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks, from Euro 104.00 per person per night (double room) to Euro 140.00 per person per night (double room, single guest).

B) from 2-6 September, half board including international breakfast and dinner with drinks, from Euro 104.00 per person per night (double room) to Euro 145.00 per person per night (double room, single guest), or full board including international breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks, from Euro 119.00 per person per night (double room) to Euro 160.00 per person per night (double room, single guest).

C) from 9-13 September, half board including international breakfast and dinner with drinks, from Euro 89.00 per person per night (double room) to Euro 125.00 per person per night (double room, single guest), or full board including international breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks, from Euro 104.00 per person per night (double room) to Euro 140.00 per person per night (double room, single guest).

All rooms are Run of the House and are assigned according to availability.

For information and registration contact segreteria.formist@gmail.com or call +39 347 374 5837.

Registration closes 15 March 2019.

TEACHING STAFF

DIRECTOR

Walter Orrù

Medical Doctor, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, Director of FORMIST School of Psychotherapy, Director of ICSAT, Member of ISATAP.

TEACHING STAFF (ENGLISH LANGUAGE)

Chiara Bandecchi

Medical Doctor, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, Teacher at FORMIST School of Psychotherapy.

Ambra Muro

Medical Doctor, psychologist, psychotherapist, ICSAT Analyst Supervisor, Teacher at FORMIST School of Psychotherapy.

INFO & REGISTRATION

For information and registration contact segreteria.formist@gmail.com or call +39 347 374 5837.

Registration closes 15 March 2019.

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