EAGT President & Conference VP
Mona Rakhawy, M.D
Recently, citizens of the Arab world, particularly us Egyptians, experienced a whole set of entangled feelings ranging between enthusiasm, hope, frustration, grief and indifference. We saw how individuals need each other to feel safer and secure in tough times. This is one of the areas where groups can play a significant healing role. By understanding ourselves through a group process experience, we have a better chance of improving the quality of our lives and our interactions as individuals and organizations, and to overcome difficulties in a constructive way. The recent scientific research in the field of group psychotherapy and group process provides strong evidences of their effectiveness on the biological, psychological and social levels. Based on these evidences, EAGT aims at reinforcing the practice of group psychotherapy, broadening the scope and activities of group processes beyond the therapeutic domain and sharing the knowledge and experience created in the field of psychotherapy to help and support other domains such as families, civil society organizations and businesses. The path forward could be long with many steps to take but we believe that sincerity and dedication will certainly bring success. So, let’s obtain more training. Let's be more scientific and more structured in our approaches. And let’s form groups and work together for our countries development, with our hopes set on a brighter future.