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WHAT IS UNIQUE?

It is growth promoting

During training, you may appreciate that neither psychoanalysis nor other forms of psychotherapy and modalities are about directing the process and “curing,” but about patiently attending to a psyche awaiting release and an opportunity to express itself.

It is an advanced training

For both newcomer and seasoned professionals in the mental health field. Continued learning about and experiencing the internal forces that impact beh aviors is a professional must and personally rewarding.

It is a global community

The involvement of presenters from non- Russian speaking countries adds to a sense of a global community committed to deepening its understanding of the human mind. Developing cross-cultural relationships is facilitated and encouraged.

History

The concept of an ongoing international educational program in Belarus has been emerging through dialogues with Belarussian mental health professionals since December 2015. During a May 2018 conference in Belgrade, that thought turned into action and a bridge with the British Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) was established. On November 10th to the 11th, two trainers affiliated with the Institute offered an introductory seminar in Minsk.

Negotiation with another prestigious British entity is underway to provide an introductory course in existential psychotherapy. Additional components will include in-vivo weekend events on various clinical phenomena, online short-courses, and consultations.

Organisers

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Uri Amit

During my doctoral-level studentship, I pursued a clinical investigation of the psychosocial concomitants of neoplastic diseases. As a result, the then-administration of the medical school and center where the study was conducted established a psychosocial program for terminally-ill patients and their families.  During the two-year post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology, I focused on the link between mental imbalance and the fear of annihilation and accompanying behavioral symptoms such as verbal and non-verbal aggression.

For the following sixteen years, I held a chief psychologist post at a forensic center in New England (USA) assessing and treating court-ordered sexually dangerous offenders, provided expert testimony in court and supervised service providers from several disciplines. This was followed by four years as a coordinator of special projects for the Child-Adolescent Division in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health central office in Boston.

The next twenty-two-month-stop was at a private psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts where I looked after cognitively declining population and dually diagnosed adults. During this period, I was also a psychopharmacology and a neuroanatomy student.

For the last seventeen years, I have been holding a senior clinical psychologist position at a forensic center dedicated to the assessment and treatment of sexually violent predators. One of my duties was to establish and administrate an in-house treatment review and assessment committee and provide expert testimony in court.

Academic activities included teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses in statistics, adult development & aging, advanced abnormal psychology, forensic psychology, group processes, introduction to clinical psychology, the psychology of anxiety and psychology & the law. I have also taught and presented in academic institutions and conferences in countries outside the United States.

Regardless of the number of years in practice in public posts and as a private practitioner, I remain a learner of psychoanalytical thoughts and practices as well as of existential and Asian philosophy and psychotherapy.

Natallia Khamenka

Psychiatrist, a candidate in Medical Sciences, associate professor in psychiatry and Medical Psychology at the Belarussian State Medical University in Minsk.

After graduating from the Minsk Medical Institute and an internship in psychiatry, I worked in a drug dispensary for polysubstance abusers. There, questions about human existence, the doctors’ role in this process, and the doctor-patient relationship arose and remain as such at present.

In my next professional post at the Republican Psychiatric Hospital, I encountered an unexpected phenomenon. That is, the “old school” psychiatrists’ care for and attention to patients was no less effective than novel drugs. My experience was such that upon joining the department of psychiatry and medical psychology at the medical school I went on researching the role of genetic and environmental/familial factors in the development of schizophrenia. After a successful defense on my thesis, my professional and personal interest turned to psychotherapy.

Over the past 8 years and in addition to teaching at the Belarus State Medical University, I have been consulting to the inpatient and outpatient departments at the Republican Psychiatric Hospital and also maintaining a private practice for Russian and English-speaking patients. Additional activities include teaching basic psychiatry to psychologists and psychotherapists.

Before my present participation as a learner at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology in New York City, I was a summer school student at the School of Psychopharmacology at Oxford University (2015) as well as a participant and presenter in international congresses in Europe and South America. I am a recommended Gestalt therapist since 2017.