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Event Details - GROUP THERAPY TRAINING. Two days of active and experiential training for those wishing to run groups and those wishing to revise and refresh their skills.

Title: GROUP THERAPY TRAINING. Two days of active and experiential training for those wishing to run groups and those wishing to revise and refresh their skills.
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Learning objective for this two-day workshop:

  1. Make better considerations of group membership and size.
  2. Have a greater familiarity among different styles of groups.
  3. Better manage resistant groups and group members.
  4. Utilize techniques and make interventions that enable healing.
  5. Be clearer about boundary issues.
  6. Feel and act with greater confidence as group therapist.
  7. End a group well.

This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health website for more information. 

Course / Workshop Outline:

DAY 1 

Morning Session

  • Introduction to different kinds of groups.
  • Selection of group members, group size, first session.
  • Issues of group safety, trust, agreements.
  • Dealing with Resistance and defences in groups and difficult group members.

Afternoon Session

  • The Healing nature of groups.
  • Therapeutic factors.
  • Boundary Issues.
  • The key roles of the therapist
  • Endings.

DAY 2 

Morning Session

  • Therapeutic factors AND TECHNIQUES.
  • This day provides an experiential group experience where the learnings and principles of Day 1 are directly applied. 
  • Periodically, Ari will pause the group to highlight a particular practical application of Day 1’s learning and invite the group members to also comment/question. 

Afternoon Session 

  • Course participants may also elect to work conjointly with Ari as co-therapists for periods of time.

Evaluation and Closing.

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

In this two-day workshop, the first day gives theory and practice of group therapy. The term 'group therapy' can be applied to a variety of theoretically and practically different kinds of groups from the psychoanalytic to the CBT.  The main emphasis of Day 1 is very practical aspects of group therapy from start to finish. Participants will have a brief introduction to Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, Gestalt Group Therapy, and Yalom’s Existential Group Therapy. Then, from a practical aspect, the presenter will focus on: (a) group composition and size as well as preparing potential members for group membership; (b) what to cover in the initial session and issues of safety and group membership; (c) dealing with defences and resistances in group members; (d) managing conflict and difficult group members; (e) preparing for ending. Ari will then discuss with workshop participants on the healing nature of groups and the key roles of the Group Therapist

HEALING: Group therapy allows for expression of long-held significant emotions (catharsis) in a safe-enough environment Participants will become familiar with other healing aspects that include experimentation, corrective emotional experiences, and the power of acceptance and belonging from both group members and the therapist. 

KEY THERAPEUTIC ROLES: In a very simplified form, the role of the therapist can be reduced to the Three Points. They are permission, protection, and potency. The therapist gives permission/allows the expression of prohibited thoughts and feelings, protection to individuals and the group when useful, and uses her potency as a therapist to intervene effectively and draws on a variety of skills and techniques to enhance the therapeutic goals and outcomes. 

How will you benefit from this training?

•    You will have a more solid base and theoretical understanding of group therapy.

•    You will have a range of applicable skills to enhance your work as a group facilitator.

•    You will gain greater familiarity of what are healing factors in group therapy and how to apply them effectively.

Start/End Date: 13/11/2019 to 14/11/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr Ari Badaines
Contact Name: Carmen Nicotra
Contact Phone: 1300887622
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Ph. D MAPS Psychotherapy, Sydney (Australia)

Dr Ari Badaines obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the United States. In 1980 he was awarded a one-year Post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he completed his certification requirements to be a psychodramatist. In 1984, Ari qualified as a Trainer-Practitioner-Educator by the American Board of Examiners, the highest level of certification in psychodrama and group work.  In the 1980's he undertook training in Gestalt Therapy and from 1985 to the present he has been a member of the faculty of various psychodrama and Gestalt therapy training institutes. He is a qualified trainer in group therapy and has been on the training faculty of several group therapy training institutes in the UK, Sydney and Melbourne.  Ari has facilitated experiential/ therapy groups in over thirty countries and twice yearly he goes to the Northern Hemisphere to run trainings and experiential and training groups in the USA, UK, Europe, and Sydney each year.

Address: UTS Short Course Rooms
Address 2: Level 7, Building 10, 235 Jones Street
Suburb: Ultimo
State: NSW
Postcode: 2007
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): Standard registration $576
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Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included.

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