Sukrut is the only institution in India that integrates two major psychoanalytic traditions of “working below the surface” — from India and the West. Its flagship programs – the Inward Change Conference (ICC) now in its 17th. year, and the international Group Relations Conference (GRC) – integrate the design of both, but with distinct interventions that are psychoanalytically informed
The Internships are informed by intense psychoanalytic concepts and practices. ICC has been running since 2003, and has morphed into a 03-Phase, 05-day immersions in each phase, ideally spread over a 12-month period. It is offered annually during Summer and Winter.
Phase I is an empirically-supported experiential treatment that views emotions as important in human functioning, and working with emotions as central to therapeutic change. This phase seeks to help people become aware of, make sense of, regulate, accept, express, and transform emotional experience. It is based on an evolutionary understanding of emotion as an innate and adaptive system which helped us survive and thrive. Emotions give us important information about the world and our wellbeing; they inform us of our needs and guide our actions to meet them.
Participation beyond Phase I is by invitation.
Phase II is an exploration into current roles as they emerge from explorations in another Life Role Analysis (LRE II) and the formation of identity. This phase also offers exploration into the authorization of the self in systems, based on international practices from the Group Relations Conference (GRC) of Tavistock Institute UK and The India Conference.
Phase III is a continuation of “unpeeling” the self and understanding the underpinnings of key psychoanalytic theories. Participants will be required to explore deeper “repressed” material in the personal unconscious (LRE III). Attendance at Sukrut’s course in Organization Psychodynamics is mandatory.
In 2015, Sukrut offered the first-ever 14-day residential The India Conference in India, drawing on the Leicester model, and again in July-August 2017, in Goa.
TIC 2019 will be offered in Pune, from Sunday: 11 August 2019 to Wednesday: 21 August 2019.
The event will explore the unexamined tensions that exist “below the surface” between the young and the old. TIC 19 will further allow for an exploration of civilizations, where East meets West in a context where traditional postures, assumptions and sources of confidence can no longer be relied upon to provide boundaries or a sense of identity rooted purely in tradition or recent history. Young and old from all across the world are invited to explore the fantasies and experiences of taking up different roles.
Sukrut is happy to announce that TIC 21 will be held from 11 to 20 August 2021, addressing the sub-theme “Education and Learning & Development in Global Citizenship”.
Sukrut continues to offer initiatives to train Psychologists, Teachers / Educators and aspiring individuals from other walks of life to understand Organization Psychodynamics, acquire a deeper knowledge of School Psychology, and learn to administer the Rorschach test.
The Workshop on Organization Psychodynamics helps a better understanding of people in a working context, and gain a greater capacity to understand the intra- and inter-group processes that lead to effective or dysfunctional organizations and teams. Whilst group therapy has long been established as a highly effective form of treatment, organizations are increasingly utilizing this intervention as a means of providing cost-effective Organization Development (OD) diagnosis, as well as personal therapy for key individuals in leadership roles.
School Psychology is not a specialization in India. This has left a huge gap in understanding children and adolescents, and their struggles through the formative years, without any formal, informed support from teachers, schools, and parents. To address this gap, Sukrut offered the first-ever School Psychology program in August 2018 to train its own Psychologists and key Teachers / Educators from client schools. A UK-based Consultant will conduct this course each year, drawing on practices from the UK.
In his summary of the psycho-diagnostic test, Hermann Rorschach observed: “The test has proved to be of diagnostic value. In normals it makes possible differential diagnosis of personality; in patients, the diagnosis of illness. Furthermore, it presents an intelligence test almost completely independent of previous knowledge, memory, practice, and degree of education. It is possible by means of the test to draw conclusions concerning many affective relationships. The test has the advantage of almost unlimited applicability.”
The Vision Inward Change Conference(ICC) envisions an interactive space to experience and experiment with processes of
The Conference, through this vision, attempts to energize individuals to engage meaningfully in all life-settings — of work, family and relationships.
We live in demanding times. We face demands from within ourselves & from the outside. In the process we set up task agendas as indicators of our accomplishments. However as we strive and act for these accomplishments we simultaneously experience a sense of disillusionment and are unable to cherish the achievements. A feeling of emptiness sets in which constrains us from celebrating our being and existence on account of an incomplete understanding of our own self, the scripts we hold and the reasons of our actions. Consequently we make choices based on an incomplete understanding of our self & of the larger society we are part of and therefore experience disempowerment. From such a position a set of themes gets built about our self & life that becomes our life script where we ourselves are not the meaning makers. Such derived meaning led life, leaves us as victims instead of proactive protagonists.
We are left with residues of unexpressed and unarticulated feelings, a sense of void and emptiness for which there is no space to share or express. We even begin to question the legitimacy of these feelings and experiences owing to role bounded ness and the definitions of roles handed out to us. Such suppression causes a burnout or falsehood of existence resulting in disowning of self at one level or exhibiting a false self and displacement of feelings of one system into another(work into family and or relationships and vice versa). In other words we find it impossible to hold our wholesomeness in the different boundaries of systems and roles we actually are in.
Our hesitation and fear rest primarily on the possibility of finding a space to explore, share and own ourselves in a non- judgmental setting. Such a setting could then enable us to find meanings for ourselves derive new meanings and continue this endless exploration of life. Since our existence is along with others there is also a need to emote with feelings of others and their context.
Hence there is a need for each one of us to have access to a space for exploration to express our true self at a feeling level and also understand the contexts of others. ICC has set out to meet this need. Throughout the year, ICC organises events addressing this specific need for its members. ICC also believes it is absolutely necessary to bring new members within its fold who are able to understand their contexts as well as prepare ‘Change Agents’ who could in their own settings drive the process of Inward Change. This would facilitate members/ participants to operate from a position of self and system ownership making themselves and all their system interfaces transparent, potent and effective.
This need for space is applicable to all. It is a need from corporate executives to academics, school teachers to independent professionals, social sector professionals to activists as well as homemakers. Even youth and students who are about to begin their career need it, to make a choice of their professional life in congruence with their own awareness of self and the stances in their world of work and relationships rather than become victims of “circumstances and destiny”. ICC addresses these needs in congruity with its objectives through its different programmes. The programmes are “labs” as it allows participants to experiment with expression of feelings and behaviour and draw inferences for themselves from them. It also allows a participant to observe others and their expression of feelings behavior and their context and draw inferences with contextual for validity for oneself.
ICC attempts to realize its vision through the following programmes
This is a five-day lab for participants from all age groups. This lab will explore and identify life scripts and examine contexts and events from the perspective of feelings experienced and their meanings. In the process, individuals will identify their positions and make new meanings for them through a process of exploration in a free and non-judgmental group setting. The Personal Growth Lab is offered to participants who may not have experienced a lab (exploring, experimenting and discovering by engaging oneself in exploration and experimentation and hypothesis building through new behaviour & new interpretations) and are willing to engage with themselves and others in a journey into the world of feelings “here and now”.
Earlier called: (Practitioner Certificate in Psychosocial Interventions for Consulting and Change (PCPICC))