Programme (version 5.2020)

Dedicated to the memory of Federico García Lorca and all victims of terror between human beings

Dreaming in green - Original painting by Jorge Burmeister


Programme time schedule


Opening ceremony Plenary lecture 9.00 - 11.00
Workshop time I 11.30 - 14.30
Lunch break 14.30 - 16.15
Workshop time II 16.15 - 18.15
Pleno I/Large Group18.45 - 20.15

Tuesday - Friday

Plenary I - The Social Dreaming Matrix 8.00 - 9.00
Plenary lecture 9.00 - 10.30
Workshop time I 11.00 - 14.00
Lunch break 14.00 - 16.00
Workshop time II 16.00 - 18.00
Plenary II/large group 18.30 - 20.00


Special lecture 20.15 - 21.30


Gala Dinner 21.00 - 24.00

Certificate of attendance will be provided.


Theme and Vision (special program)

The World of Today seems to be more fragmented than ever. Politics of a strong nationalistic tenue in the US, in Brazil, in Italy, in Turkey and in many other countries corrode the culture of solidarity, compassion and cooperation. They respond to the rise of existential anxieties connected with the visible end of a society which ignores its limits (everything is possible). It affects not only the individual but also the social space of those involved. It is able to disconnect entire groups from the feeling of belonging to the same community as well as to its holding aspects of trans-personal/universal meanings (values/spiritual or religious beliefs). Its inherent rupture of social networks and the collapse of moral standards may lead to an increase of individual and collective violence, an activation of historical traumata (shadow) and its expression (e.g. racism).

Its impact can be expanded by dehumanizing interactions, the increase of relational trauma (rupture of family bonds), by the maintainance of silence and by the denial of its existence which characterize the social and political reality of many affected societies. In the frame work of this academy we like to transform silence into words, shadow into moments of light which means awareness and the resistence to remember into a journey towards resilience and reconciliation if possible.


Programme Overview

Small Group Workshops

Constant small groups: Participants can choose regarding their own interest group analytic, group dynamic, psychodramatic and jungian approach.

Workshop Time I
Focus on the method and the conference topic conducted by leading experts from the international field

Psychodrama Small Group: Eva Fahlstroehm/Sweden, Marcia Karp/GB, Nikos Takis/Greece, Wilma Scategni/Italy

Group Analytic Small Group: Elisabeth Rohr/Germany, Uri Levin/Israel

Expressive Arts in group work: Marcia Honig/Israel, Magdalene Jeyarathnam/India

Group Dynamic Group Work (Lewin) and CBTRT mindfulness approach: Marieluise Mitterer-Gehrke/Germany, Gaea Logan/US


Workshop Time II
Focus on special topics including supervision conducted by leading experts from the international field

Transcultural Group Work: Mona Raghawy/Egypt, Cristina Martinez Taboada/Spain

Collectice Trauma and Group Work: Caterina Mela/Greece, Ivan Urlic/Croatia

Working with dreams and symbols in groups (Jungian approach): Maurizio Gasseau/Italy

Action and Reflection - Psychodrama and Group Analysis - a mixed approach: Maite Pi/Spain, Concha Oneca/Spain



TUESDAY- FRIDAY: The Social Dreaming Matrix

Daily work with the Social Dreaming Matrix (SDM) conducted by Gila Offer from Israel who was trained by and co-conducted with Gordon Lawrence, the founder of the Social Dreaming Matrix in the past. The SDM uses dreams and the corresponding associations as symbols of the group process investigating the subyacent collective and social dimension of the group.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: The Large Group

Each day Earl Hopper PhD. DFAGPA and a former President of IAGP will convene a group analytic large group. A psychoanalyst, group analyst and sociologist, Dr Hopper is one of our international experts in large group practice. He is now editing a Handbook on large group work with contributions from colleagues who work in various traditions. Participants will benefit from their experience of socially unconscious processes. A large group of this kind also offers a unique space for deepening and elaborating insights gained from daily small and median groups to reveal its social and collective meaning for the world of today.


Plenary lectures - morning MO - FR

Daily lectures on anthropological, sociological and therapeutic aspects of intercultural groups.


Trans-cultural Competence - the transformative power of groups. Living together with torn ligaments: a group analytic view and a group analytic vision about tolerance and social justice in societies threatened by populism. Earl Hopper/GB


Trans-cultural Competence - the transformative power of groups. The impact of past collective trauma on groups of today and how to respond to it. Nikos Takis/Greece


Trans-cultural Competence - the transformative power of groups. The Shadow of Liberty: Compassion Practice as a Shared Responsibility. Gaea Logan/US


Trans-cultural Competence - the transformative power of groups. Groups in the court yard of Collective Trauma. Armed conflicts and forced displacements in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America and the answer given by MsF (Doctors without Borders). Maria Cristobal/Spain and Holland


Trans-cultural Competence - the transformative power of groups. Who shall survive: from the thread of fatal global conflicts and their destructive potential to the legacy of Freud, Moreno and the idea of a "Creation of compassion". Jorge Burmeister-Petulla/Spain and Switzerland

Special Lecture Wednesday evening

Trans-cultural Competence - the transformative power of groups. FLEXI: a vision how to cooperate and integrate migrants around the mediterranean sea/Thanasis Hadzilacos/Cyprus

Evening activities and social events

Plenty of opportunities to share not only professional issues with colleagues from countries from all over the world: encounter between cultures and the unique legacy of Granada, encounter to develop fun, trust and hope.

Flamenco (training lessons on the spot during lunch break possible)
Visit of the illuminated Alhambra by night
Guided sight seeing tours
Farewell Dinner


The Basic idea

The Summer Academy establishes for the seventeenth time a professional link between theory and practice of the important approaches of group psychotherapy and group work at an international level.

The academy is recognized under the auspices of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP), the UNESCO (andalusain branch) and the Insitute for Peace (UGR). Besides the academy has been supported since its beginnings from a network of several national group organisations.

Four models of group psychotherapy will meet again in Granada: group analysis, psychodrama, jungian centered approach in groups and group dynamic. We will offer grants for students from Palestina, Israel, Marrocco and other countries.

Dialogue is the key term for peace processes at a global level. Thus the summer academy is destinated to create a living learning field for the quality, but also for the breaking points of multicultural dialogue. It will focus especially this year different models and strategies for mediating and resolving conflicts between and in groups.

Granada as historic model demonstrates the chances of a peaceful coexistence between different cultures, but also its menaces and its fragility. The academy as the essence of a shared culture of the group is putting the ”tyranny of differences” of language, approach or culture into question.