Group flight phase dynamics: a systems exploration of theory and experience

January 13, 2018, 10 to 12:30

Peter Berhnhardt, LMFT

San Francisco near Valencia & 23rd

We will form an experiential group using functional subgrouping, then look back at our work to identify driving and restraining forces toward reaching our goals.

Living human systems are highly sensitive to initial conditions. Flight phase dynamics arise in the beginning of a new group, when membership changes, or when new material arises that challenges the status quo.

How we build a group in a flight phase sets the norms for what will follow. The flight phase is characterized by anxiety on the one hand, and curiosity on the other.

Defenses against the unknown, such as social defenses, intellectualization, anxious speculations about the future and mind reading others, all keep a group in “flight”.

Explore ‘explaining’ by teaching a group how to undo anxiety, group members increase reality testing and free up curiosity.

We will look into the theory of phases of group development

Peter Bernhardt, MFT has studied with Yvonne Agazarian and Susan Gantt in Systems Centered Training since 1998. He has taught group dynamics at CIIS and JFK University and leads men’s groups in San Francisco and Albany CA.

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Fee: $20 per person, per event. (Space is limited; sign up early!)

For additional information, please contact:

Laura Kasper, PhD or Lois Friedlander, MFT 

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