Thursday 10 Sep 2020
⏰ MELBOURNE TIME
5.00 – 7.00 pm
⏰ LOCAL TIME
Dr Domenico Agresta
President of the Centre of Clinical Psychology and Psychosomatic Medicine, Italy
Domenico Agresta, former Trustee of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation, now a member of Social Dreaming International Network. He works with SD studying Rites of Passage, Religious Rites and cultural contexts.
He is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, group-analyst and psycho-oncologist. He is the President of the Centre for the Study of Psychology and Psychosomatic Medicine (CSPP) and studies the correlation between mind and body, links to anthropology and group processes using dreams icons. Academic Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA); Chair of Family Therapy Section and Chair of Webinars Committee in IAGP (The International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes). He teaches at University and at Schools of Psychotherapy. Coordinator and Board Member of the Italian Society of Psychosomatic Medicine (SIMP). He lives and works in Pescara (Italy).
“Mapping the Unconscious”. Culture or Tragedy? A psychosocial program of Social Dreaming Matrix with refugees and immigrants.
“Mapping the Unconscious” is a program of research, psychological assistance for refugees and immigrants. The use of the Social Dreaming “Mapping the Unconscious” is a program of research, psychological assistance for refugees and immigrants. The use of the Social Dreaming Matrix (SDM) is the first element of this Program. The program follow three levels of observation and actions: the three Ethnologies -, inspired by Marc Augé’ studies (Augé M., 2014) as structural elements of this program to put the idea that we are working in “no-place” while we are creating “new-places”; references to group-analysis applied in the specific device of the SDM to follow the process of create a new possibilities of integrations and meanings starting from the dream-work (Lawrence G; the theory of the “Anthropopoiesis of Dreams” (Agresta D., 2015; Remotti F., 2013) as a methodology to find correlation to build and to born twice.
In the first case it is a biological birth linked to the intervention of the culture that forms the individuals; in the second case it is a social birth, determined by cultural actions. Human beings use their culture to shape themselves, posing the problem of the patterns of humanity to be adopted in their lives, in their societies. By the definition of “anthropopoiesis of the dream”, we mean a corporeal and psychic process, where the symbolized body becomes a narration and a construction of thought. In this sense, the symptom can be interpreted as an amnestic symbol of the unconscious trauma: the subjective experience of an objective happening, transformed into traumatic memory. The memory is inherent to a historical event, that once located in the body, is overwhelmed and transformed from energy into a traumatic mental fact. We studied the same process starting from dreams (Agresta D., 2015-2018).
Agresta D., (2015), The anthropopoietic question of the mind: considerations on dream, rite, and on the history within the unconscious. The Mlawa Battle in the Social Dreaming Matrix. Malwa Edition.
Agresta D., (2018), Festino di San Silvestro: Rites and SDM, in Social Dreaming:
Philosophy, Research, Theory and Practice, edit by Susan long and Julian
Augé M., (2014), L’ antropologo e il mondo globale Cortina Raffaello 2014;
Remotti F., 2013, Fare umanità. I drammi dell’antropopoiesi; Laterza Editore.
Small group discussion; impressions of the paper and developing questions for the presenter
Discussion forum with the presenter; moderated for the speaker to elaborate their ideas
Small group activity or discussion ‘What does this paper tell us about working into the future?’
Discussion forum with the presenter; themes from the discussions