The following paper is the first of a series of contributions with the aim of highlighting the value of the National Workshop as an essential part of the COIRAG advanced training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. After a brief survey of its historical origins and a description of its format from its incep-tion till 2014, the authors describe the Workshop’s current formula which foresees participation of all trainees - 1st to 4th year included - attending the COIRAG insti-tute in five centres across Italy. Special mention is made of all distinctive elements of this training device: among others, heterogeneity in group formation; the pos-sibility for trainees to experience different and yet intertwined settings; its residen-tial setting. A section of this paper is devoted to highlighting the training value of the enlarged group as proposed in the Workshop program. All these traits are unique and cannot be compared to any other training context. Mention is made of further training elements which are peculiar of the ongoing Workshop mainte-nance, such as continual attention to the holding environment and conduction by the professors’ team. Experiencing different settings favours the emergence of themes, phenomena and dynamics linked to social and cultural aspects, thus offer-ing the chance to explore the meaning of citizenship (being citizens of the COIRAG training community) and the social unconscious. In this paper, special attention is given to the first emerging theme that characterized past Workshop editions: technology.
Keywords: Workshop, Training, Experiential setting, Enlarged groups, Social context.