Summer Workshops

 Earn Continuing Education Hours

The following four workshops introduced foundational concepts in working with groups and followed a modern group leadership framework. Participants were able to register for each singly or for all four (see registration page).

Skill Level and Target Audience for workshops: All


SW12017  The Power of Immediacy: Working in the ‘here and now’. 2.5 contact hours

Groups that are primarily focused on interpersonal relationships as they present in the here-and-now are vital and exciting and offer opportunities for progressive communication. At the same time, group members often construct obstacles to connecting with each other in-the-moment. This experiential workshop addresses ways to bridge people and to resolve blocks to immediacy that emerge.               

Objectives - Participants will be able to:
1. Define the concept of bridging and its relationship to immediacy.
2. Name three ways group members divert from being ‘in the present’
3. Identify three techniques the leader can use to resolve blocks to immediacy 

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 9:30 — 12:00PM
Instructor: Gail A. Brown, MA, LPsyan, CGP
Location: 154 W 70 St, #10A, New York, NY 10023

SW22017  Working with Aggression in Groups. 2.5 contact hours

Successful group work requires leaders to accept all feelings. Working with aggression, especially in groups, can test even the most seasoned group leader. In this experiential workshop, members are encouraged to explore, examine and become sensitized to issues of aggression in their groups. Interventions using appropriate techniques will be demonstrated.  

Objectives - Participants will be able to:
1. Name three defenses against experiencing aggressive feelings from group members
2. Name two common defenses used by leaders against experiencing aggressive feelings towards group members
3. Study and name their internal reactions to aggressive feelings and list two appropriate interventions to deal with these aggressive situations

Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 9:30 — 12:00PM
Instructor: Greg MacColl, LCSW, FAGPA, CGP
Location: 211 W 56 Street, #5K, New York, NY 10019

SW32017  Emotional Communication in the Group Setting. 2.5 contact hours

In order for members to achieve emotional maturity, members need to join together on a verbally intimate level. Group members naturally construct blocks or resistances toward emotional communication. This experiential workshop will demonstrate techniques used by the leader to address these blocks.    

Objectives - Participants will be able to:
1. Define Emotional Communication
2. Identify two reasons for the importance of emotional communication in maturation
3. Identify two techniques to resolve blocks to communication

Date: Saturday July 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 — 12:00PM
Instructor: Sally B. Henry, MSW, LCSW, CGP
Location: 12 W 96 Street, New York, NY 10025

SW42017  What the Therapist Feels: Understanding Countertransference and Induced Feelings. 2.5 contact hours

Every therapist contends with feelings, both induced by the group members as well as those originating from the therapist’s own past. Understanding these sources enables therapists to develop appropriate interventions. This experiential workshop will address and demonstrate appropriate techniques for dealing with countertransference feelings.    2.5 contact hours

Objectives - Participants will be able to:
1. Describe three reasons why it is important to identify one’s own feelings.
2. Define and differentiate between induced and subjective feelings
3. Identify three key ways the leaders can increase self recognition and awareness of countertransferences.

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 9:30 — 12:00PM
Instructor: Janet Resnick, Ph.D., LP, LMFT
Location: 20 W. 64 St, #15D, New York, NY 10023