“Even our wildest dreams can come true" - values and communities

“Even our wildest dreams can come true" - values and communities - was the title of the traditional annual conference held on Jun 7th in 2013 by the Thalassa Institute, which also had its 10th jubilee

Dr. Zsolt Zalka, the founder and director, opened the conference and gave an overview of the present, past and the speciality of the Thalassa Institute. In his opening speech he referred the maintenance of the institute to the Örkény’s novel that lent the title to this conference. In the novel’s pictures the realization of dreams can be compared to a progressive coach pulled by three dogs, but with a tightened handbreak.

The first block of the conference offered three presentations with discussions, and a workshop after the lunch to the interested audience. The conference ended with a one-hour lasting discussion. Mainly three languages were spoken. English was synchronically translated into Hungarian, whereas Italian was translated by colleagues and volunteers.

John Gale, the director of the British CHT (Community Housing and Therapy) gave the presentation with title Thinking and dwelling: community as speech. In the course of his argumentation how community and speech is associated with each other he integrated philosophic and historical aspects of religion into the classical and contemporary views on psychoanalysis. He gave simple but impressive and real examples, which the audience will surely remember.

The second presentation was hold by dr. Gábor Szőnyi, the editor in chief of the Hungarian journal Psychotherapy. The title of his presentation was The ethos of therapy regimes. He gave a creditable picture of the former and recent psychotherapeutic communities, and described their functionality and life cycle, whereby the presenter itself played an important role in the rendered history.

After the break the linguist Dr. Özséb Horányi presented the Pondering over The Good and the Best Practice. He gave examples on how linguistic may assist to answer to occurring questions in psychotherapy.

The workshops of the conference may have led to true moments of meeting - equally for workers and guests.

Krisztina Almási and Virág Végh managed the workshop for movement and dance therapy. Its name was Soul in motion – dynamic dance therapy workshop, which offered the closest interaction between persons. The different native speakers could communicate non-verbally. This was delighting for the group. Moreover, the common experience established the cohesion of the group.

The following two workshops exposed the functionality of the community of the Thalassa Institute.

Dr. Zalka Zsolt led the workshop Legitimation of an idea. The organizational and professional-political questions of therapeutic communities. At the end he was engaged in a discourse with the interested persons.

Lili Valkó, dr. György Németh and Gabriella Baráth organized the workshop: The experiences of running a therapeutic community. The participants got a picture from the community by discussing the weekly timetable of the psychotherapeutic community and how this timetable was modified the last times. In the same time this workshop was also very useful for the presenter, who could earn important feedbacks from these interactions.

The closing discussion was organised like a large group, in that all the members could give feedback to the community and eventually they could also relate their statements to the values and functionalities of the Thalassa institute.