Group-analytic training conducted through a language interpreter: Is the experience therapeutic? Is it group-analytic?
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Three of the authors ran an Introductory Course in Group Analysis in St Petersburg, using language interpreters in the small experiential groups. The members identified the most important event in the group at the end of each day. These responses were used to explore two questions: Were the groups therapeutic? Were they group-analytic? Using Yalom's model of group therapeutic factors indicated that similar therapeutic factors were operating as in outpatient therapy groups, although a large proportion of responses could not be coded within this format. Using our own group-analytic markers suggested that the group sessions could also be rich in group-analytic qualities. While the data is inferential, a combination of quantitative results and illustrative examples provides convincing support for the view that the group members were engaged in an experience that was both therapeutic and group-analytic.