The Center for Professional Development

Certificate in Contemporary Approaches to Group Treatment

Saturdays, Jan.24; Feb.14; Mar.7; Mar.28; Apr.11, 2015
15 CEUs for entire series

Full Certificate Discount Fee: $275 (dependent upon full payment at time of registration; space may be held with a $50 non-refundable fee that will be applied to full payment when attendance is confirmed.)
Standard Course Fee: $65/session

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 9, 2015

* This certificate program is not a formal certification. Bryn Mawr certificate programs provide participants with curricula that support intensive study in specific areas. Completion of program requirements results in a frameable certificate of completion at the final session.

This series of five workshops is designed to introduce participants to contemporary approaches to clinical work with clients in groups.  The five workshops will be taught by four senior clinicians with an expertise in conducting group therapy in a range of settings.  The basic concepts of group treatment will be introduced along with three different theoretical perspectives in subsequent workshops.  The last workshop will focus on tailoring the information to the participants’ groups.  The workshops will have both a didactic and an experiential component.  The course is designed so that attending all five sessions will comply with the didactic training regulations set by the American Group Psychotherapy Associations’ National Registry for Certified Group Psychotherapists. 

Those who complete the full program of five courses within the current program year will receive a frameable certificate of completion at the final session. Those who attend fewer than the five sessions in the current program will forfeit the certificate.There are two registration options:
(1) Register for the Full Certificate* at $275, by submitting the full fee upon registration; OR
(2) Register for the five independent workshops at the $65/session standard course fee. Payment for each session must be submitted at least one week prior to class date.

*Registration and pre-payment of the full certificate program fee assumes attendance at all five sessions. Refunds of unused portions of full certificate discount price will not be granted.

January 24, 2015
Fundamentals of Working with Clients in Groups
This first workshop will focus on the basic concepts that underlie most approaches to group therapy.  Based on the “Best Practices” research conducted by a committee of the American Group Psychotherapy Association over ten years, the workshop will discuss group dynamics and group process, and the specific aspects of group psychotherapy which make groups such a powerful change modality for participants.   This workshop will set the stage for the following four workshops. (Thomas K. Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA)

February 14, 2015
Interpersonal Therapy in Groups
This fourth workshop will focus on the basic theoretical tenets of Irvin Yalom’s Interpersonal approach to group psychotherapy.  The presenter is a very experienced group therapy teacher and quite versed in Yalom’s approach.  She will review the approach’s focus on curative factors unique to group treatment, the emphasis on interpersonal learning, the focus on here-and- now experiences, and the therapist’s use of self.  Attention will be given to adapting these principles to a range of groups and settings.  A demonstration group comprised of volunteer participants will be conducted and discussed. (April Fallon, PhD, CGP)

March 7, 2015
Systems Centered Therapy® in Groups
This third workshop will focus on the tenets of Systems Centered Therapy® in groups. Dr. Barber, a student of Yvonne Agazarian (the founder of Systems Centered Therapy®), will review theoretical concepts, including the use of functional sub-grouping to work with differences and similarities between group members and the stages of group development according to the Systems Centered Therapy® model. Attention will be given to adapting these principles to a range of groups and settings. The workshop will include a demonstration group composed of volunteer participants, followed by a discussion.  (Meredith Barber, PsyD, and Frances Carter, LSW)

March 28, 2015
Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy:  The Basics

This second workshop will focus on the basic theoretical tenets of psychodynamic group psychotherapy viewed primarily from an object relations perspective.  Dr. Ed Karmiol will review the basic theory of object relations and how it informs group treatment, the therapeutic use of the multiple transferences available in group therapy, and the change mechanisms that underlie psychodynamic group psychotherapy.  The workshop will include a demonstration group composed of volunteer participants, followed by a discussion which will allow participants to explore how to use the material presented in their own practice. (Edward Karmiol, PhD, CGP, FAGPA)

April 11, 2015
Applying Group Treatment Principles to Different Populations

This fifth and final workshop will attempt to pull together the material presented in the previous workshops with an eye towards tailoring groups to the specific populations served.   Input from the participants will be used to focus the discussion as we problem solve tailoring the different theoretical approaches to specific populations.  The presenter will also briefly present some models of working with children and adolescents, as well as psycho-educational and support groups from his own practice.  This last workshop is designed to allow selected participants an opportunity to present and share their own groups for discussion. (Thomas K. Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA)

      Meredith Barber, PsyD, has taught group psychotherapy to graduate students at Widener University, Immaculata University, and currently in the Creative Arts and Therapy Program at Drexel University. She is past president of the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society, and recently published a chapter on group therapy in Psychotherapist Revealed: Therapists Speak about Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy. She maintains a private practice in Penn Valley, PA.
      Frances Carter, LSW, is in private practice in Philadelphia working with individuals, couples and groups. She also consults to organizations using a Systems-Centered perspective. Fran is  a founding member of the Systems-Centered® Training and Research Institute, a current Board Member and System Mentor. She continues to be interested in the development of training, curriculum and research and has contributed her time to these workgroups within SCT®RI. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner and a senior trainer, leading workshops, ongoing training and consultation groups along with intensive training blocks throughout the US and Europe. She brings to all her work the energy and creativity of her early background as an artist. Fran has been working with the SAVI®  system for analyzing verbal interaction and its developers, Yvonne Agazarian and Anita Simon, since 1981 in both a research and training contexts. She is currently a principal in SAVI Communications, a company that provides training, coaching, consultation and counseling using SAVI. She is one of the developers and senior trainers in the SAVI Certification Program, a program designed for professionals who would like to be able to teach SAVI in their work contexts. She is a founding member of the SAVI Network where she collaborates with others to develop training in SAVI for application to business, educational and clinical contexts.
      April Fallon, PhD, CGP , is a clinical psychologist and the co-author of three books on group therapy.  A highly experienced teacher and supervisor, she is currently on the faculty in the School of Psychology of the Fielding Graduate University, an Associate Professor at Drexel College of Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry, is a member of the Alonso Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and maintains a private practice in Bala Cynwyd, PA.  April is a past president of the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society.
      Thomas Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
, is an adjunct faculty member at Bryn Mawr College GSSSWSR where he teaches Group Treatment and other courses.  He is a Supervisor of Child and Family Support Services at Benchmark School in Media, PA, and is in private practice.  With over 30 years of group experience, he currently conducts two co-ed open-ended private practice psychotherapy groups for high school aged youth, three school based children’s groups, and a parent group.  He is co-chair of the Child and Adolescent Special Interest Group of the AGPA, and on the board of the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society.
      Edward Karmiol, PhD, CGP, FAGPA. is a clinical psychologist who maintains a private practice in Center City Philadelphia, where as part of his practice he conducts four ongoing psychotherapy groups with adults.  In practice for over 45 years, Ed has served as a group therapy training consultant to the Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital, the Horsham Clinic, and Jewish Family Services, and has taught and supervised many area clinicians in group psychotherapy.