in-person and online WORKSHOPS 2019 - 2020

The following in-person and online workshops introduce concepts in working with groups and follow a modern group leadership framework. Participants registering for both online workshops receive a discount. See the registration form. four.

Continuing Education: Creative Arts Therapists: The Center for Group Studies is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0002. Marriage and Family Therapists:  The Center for Group Studies is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0004. Mental Health Counselors:  The Center for Group Studies is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0005. Psychoanalysts:  The Center for Group Studies is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0003. Social Workers: The Center for Group Studies SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0121.

 

Starting a Group: The challenge and the wonder

This didactic and experiential workshop will discuss Modern Analytic techniques that can help create an exciting group and maximize a group's potential as an agent of therapeutic change.  Workshop participants will explore topics such as patient selection and preparation, implementing a treatment agreement that facilitates group development, elements to consider in a first group session, and discussing tools for fostering initial connections among members.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the modern analytic approach to preparing patients to enter group therapy.

  2. Describe and exhibit how bridging within a new group stimulates group cohesion.

  3. Describe the basic elements, and therapeutic value, of the group agreement.

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Wayne Ayers
Location: 107 West 82nd Street, Ste. #P103, New York, NY 10024 (Lower level)
Skill Level and Target Audience: All
Fee: $80
Contact Hours: 2.5
To Register: Click Here

The Power of Immediacy: Working in the ‘here and now’

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.

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: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: David Dumais
Location: 107 West 82nd Street, Ste. #P103, New York, NY 10024 (Lower level)
Skill Level and Target Audience: All
Fee: $80
Contact Hours: 2.5
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Working with Aggression in Groups

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.  

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: Saturday, October 20, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Caryn Rothauser
Location: 107 West 82nd Street, Ste. #P103, New York, NY 10024 (Lower level)
Skill Level and Target Audience: All
Fee: $80
Contact Hours: 2.5
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Creating a Group Flow

Group leaders often struggle with how to keep the group moving, particularly in the early stages and the uncomfortable feelings during periods of silence. This workshop will address various techniques that can be utilized to create and sustain a flow of connection between members that help the group evolve. Different types of bridging, encouraging transient identification and other joining techniques will be discussed and demonstrated during this didactic and experiential workshop.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the technique of bridging.

  2. List 3 different types of bridging.

  3. Explain the concept of transient identification.

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Alice Brown
Location: 107 West 82nd Street, Ste. #P103, New York, NY 10024 (Lower level)
Skill Level and Target Audience: All
Fee: $80
Contact Hours: 2.5
To Register: Click Here

STARTING A GROUP: THE CHALLENGE AND THE WONDER

This didactic and experiential workshop will discuss Modern Analytic techniques that can help create an exciting group and maximize a group's potential as an agent of therapeutic change.  Workshop participants will explore topics such as patient selection and preparation, implementing a treatment agreement that facilitates group development, elements to consider in a first group session, and discussing tools for fostering initial connections among members.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the modern analytic approach to preparing patients to enter group therapy.

  2. Describe and exhibit how bridging within a new group stimulates group cohesion.

  3. Describe the basic elements, and therapeutic value, of the group agreement.

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joseph Acosta
Location: Online via Zoom, link to be provided
Skill Level and Target Audience: All
Fee: $80
Contact Hours: 2.5
To Register: Click Here

WHAT THE THERAPIST FEELS: understanding countertransference and induced feelings

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 didactic and experiential workshop will address and demonstrate appropriate techniques for dealing with countertransference feelings..

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: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Janet Resnick
Location: Online via Zoom, link to be provided.
Skill Level and Target Audience: All
Fee: $80
Contact Hours: 2.5
To Register: Click Here