On Writing a Diploma Paper 13th. European Symposium in Group Analysis Molde 11th. August 2005 Thor Kristian Island and Sigmund Karterud Guidelines and requirements for the Norwegian diploma paper вЂў Purpose вЂ“ The candidate shall, by the written paper, show that he/she is able to reflect group analytically regarding clinical observations, and articulate these reflections systematically in a written form. вЂ“ The paper should demonstrate through the application of theory on the clinical material that the candidate has read and comprehended relevant literature. вЂ“ The paper must also indicate how the candidate understands and reflects upon his/her own role as therapist. Material: вЂў The paper must build on material from the group conducted during the qualifying course вЂў A general description of the group is recommended (appendix or table) вЂў The clinical part should illustrate how the candidate is working group analytically вЂ“ Group process вЂ“ Interpretations вЂ“ Awareness of transference and countertransference вЂў The discussion should illustrate how the candidate understands the total dynamics and structure of the psychological field Form and method: вЂў The candidate must present a problem relevant to the clinical material вЂў Theory and literature relevant to the problem must be presented вЂў The clinical material must illustrate the problem вЂў The discussion must demonstrate how the candidate integrates his understanding of theory in his clinical work вЂў A final conclusion summing up the theory, the clinical material and the discussion regarding the problem is advocated Practical guidelines: вЂў The paper should be 6000-10 000 words вЂў The paper should be organised in chapters a.Problem formulation b.General description of the group c.Clinical material with relevant information regarding вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Individual participants Group interactions Particular group phenomena Transference/ countertransference themes Interpretations and interventions d.Discussion of clinical material in relation to selected theory and literature e.Conclusion Evaluation: 1=disapproved, 2=approved, 3=excellent Main impression (style, clarity, academic level) Problem formulation (clarity, relevance regarding clinical material) Presentation of clinical material Selected literature (relevant or not) Coherence and integration of problem formulation, literature, clinical material Understanding of own role as group analyst (reflections regarding transference/ countertransference. Use of supervision) Conclusion: scale 1-3 вЂў Training started in 1984 вЂў First candidates finished training 1989 вЂў 1989-2004. 198 candidates have finished training (five years) вЂў 109 candidates (55%) have had their diploma approved Guidelines from other Institutes in Europe вЂў The diploma paper must show how the candidate is able to apply the group analytic theories and concepts in the practical work with the group. вЂў The paper should demonstrate how the candidate uses and understands interpretations as well as aspects of transference and countertransference reactions. ContinuedвЂ¦ вЂў A description of the group is advocated вЂў (вЂќappropriate details of the candidateвЂ™s personal lifeвЂ¦.вЂќ) вЂў There are some differences regarding assesment procedures вЂў Some Institutes have time limits for writing the paper Challenges for EGATIN? вЂќPresentation of a clinical paper, theoretically informed, is an essential requirement for completing the trainingвЂќ EGATIN: Esential Training Standards in Group Analytic Psychotherapy Should EGATIN work out general recommendations for guidelines and procedures for a diploma paper?