Lithuanian Group Analytic Society (LGAS)
LGAS was founded in 1999 and now has 44 members (5 of them are honorary members – Scandinavian and Lithuanian teachers, who have brought group analysis to Lithuania).
LGAS is a full member of EGATIN and EFPP.
Group analysis training program
GA training program started even earlier – back in 1995. Since then the program underwent many changes, but all those years functioned without interruption and is a qualifying member of EGATIN. We don’t have a training institute as a separate organization, but our program has become University life-long learning program: LGAS organizes the program together with Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine, and our graduates get University certificate.
Training is conducted in blocks (5 per year). Currently we run 3 training programs:
Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy (4 years),
Group Analysis (2 years),
Working with Groups in Organizations (3 years).
All the trainees are together in the large group, are mixed in the small groups, but have separate supervision groups and different theory seminars for each program.
Conferences are another part of LGAS activities. Each year we organize 3-days summer conference for LGAS members, students, colleagues from other psychoanalytically oriented societies and all interested professionals. Certain rhythm of these conferences has developed: two years there are Lithuanian conferences, and every third year – international. This year we will have Lithuanian conference in a very beautiful country place by the lake; the theme will be “Group leader: a person and a role.” Format of our conferences is also quite stable over the years: plenary lectures, small discussion groups, large group each day; film and discussion first evening; cultural program last day – visiting same interesting places near the conference venue. In 2018 the turn will be for the international conference, but as that year LGAS hosts EGATIN Study days, so this will take place of our usual international conference.
Several past international conferences, organized by LGAS:
2015 – “Books in Group Analysis” (plenary speakers Felix de Mendelssohn, Morris Nitsun, Steinar Lorentzen, Leonidas Donskis, large group conductor Eugenijus Laurinaitis);
2012 – “Different Homes for Group Analysis” (plenary speakers Chris MacGregor, MJ Maher, Ase Sviland&Anvor Lothe, Tore Sorle&Sigita Asvydiene, large group conductor Christopher Scanlon);
2009 – “Language in the Group, of the Group, by the Group” (plenary speakers Malcolm Pines, John Schlapobersky and Ivan Urlic, large group conductor Ivan Urlic).
It is a very pleasant part of LGAS activities. Once a month somebody of the members in turn prepares a short presentation about a chosen film, then we watch this film together and afterwards we have a discussion. This Cinema Club of LGAS is in Kaunas, second largest city of Lithuania; while our training program is in Vilnius, the capital, and our summer conferences are held in different places all over the country.
Board of LGAS for 2016-2018:
Gitana Stanikune – president, delegate in EFPP,
Jurate Daskeviciene – president-elect, delegate in EFPP,
Zita Sadunaite – treasurer,
Diana Nefiene – secretary,
Brigita Gulbinaite – public relations,
Egle Pauziene – delegate in EGATIN,
Erna Petkute – delegate in umbrella organization for Lithuanian psychotherapeutic societies.