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Blanc, A. Boutinaud, J. (2017). Psychoanalytic Psychodrama in France and Group Elaboration of Counter-Transference: Therapeutic Operators in Play Therapy. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(3):683-707.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(3):683-707

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic Psychodrama in France and Group Elaboration of Counter-Transference: Therapeutic Operators in Play Therapy

Adrien Blanc and Jérôme Boutinaud

(Accepted for publication 3 March 2016)

In France, psychoanalytic psychodrama is mainly envisioned in its individual form - that is, a single patient working with a group of therapists. Its originality consists in bringing together several clinicians within a clinical experience that is shared as a group. This experience is fundamentally different from traditional individual therapies, psychotherapies or group co-led therapies. Its configuration may be confusing or overwhelming due to the large number of co-therapists involved in the setting. However, thanks to group elaboration based on the transferential-countertransferential dynamics induced by the treated patient, this potential ‘cacophony’ can lead to fruitful psychic development embedded in play. This is tied to the co-therapists' positioning in the transitional space shared with the patient as well as to the patient's subjective appropriation of their initiatives. By reflecting on clinical material taken from actual sessions as well as from the exchanges and elaborations occurring at their margins, this article shows how psychodrama and group come to metabolize the transferential elements, shaping the engagement of participants in the context of improvised play.

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