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2-Day Certificate Course Group Therapy: Evidence-Based Strategies to Develop and Facilitate Dynamic, Purposeful and Effective Group Therapy


Faculty:
Hannah Smith
Duration:
2 Full Days
Format:
Audio and Video
Product Code:
LWC054945
Brochure Code:
PLW72409
Media Type:
Live Webcast

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Description

Do you want to have greater impact on more clients in a shorter amount of time? Do you want to do this with the confidence that up-to-the-moment, neuroscience-informed treatment bring? Then you want to use the powerful tool of group therapy.

Current neuroscience research has proven that humans are biologically relational at our core. It is becoming more and more evident that attachment issues are often comorbid to many of the mental health disorders that drive our clients to seek out help. This means that the group setting is an even more powerful tool than we ever thought before in the treatment of anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma and more!

This live webcast will advance the modality of group practice into the modern age! If you are new to group practice, you will walk away with a solid framework for creating an effective group. “Old hands” at group practice will acquire contemporary understanding that will challenge and invigorate the imagination. Experientially, as a group ourselves, we will explore and analyze methods and techniques that address common issues faced in a variety of settings.

This is not “just another training program”. Hannah’s goal is not only to inform but to motivate and energize clinicians to return to their practice with greater confidence, enthusiasm and creativity.

If you are looking for a learning opportunity that is also stimulating and fun, then this is the live webcast for you!

Credits


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.


Illinois Psychologists

PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 268.000102. Full attendance at this self-study course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours.


Addiction Counselors

NAADAC

This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 


California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1019. This activity meets the qualifications for 12.5 CEH's (continuing education hours).


Connecticut Addiction Counselors

Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 12.5 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.


Counselors

This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


Texas Counselors

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Provider #: 2477. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits.


Minnesota Counselors

This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for 12.5 hours of credit for LPC’s. Activity #: 2019.CE.145.


New York Counselors

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance


South Carolina Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists

This program has been approved for 12.5 continuing education hours by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Approval #4540.


Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the activity advertisement, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 


Texas Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Provider # 503. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits.


Illinois Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. Provider #:168-000156. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 12.5 credits. 


Minnesota Marriage & Family Therapists

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapists for 12.5 continuing education credits. 


New York Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance


Wisconsin Marriage & Family Therapists

This course has been reviewed and approved by the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for 12.5 credit hours. 


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours.


California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 12.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 


Florida Nurses

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours. 


Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 12.6 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email cepesi@pesi.com with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.


Psychologists

The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

 

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education.

 

PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

 

You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.


California Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Canadian Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. This program is approved for 12.5 continuing education hours. Full credit statement at: www.pesi.com/cpa-statement


Florida Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Psychology. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits.


Illinois Psychologists PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 268.000102. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours.
Kentucky Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the Kentucky Psychological Association and/or Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity will qualify for 12.5 contact hours.


Minnesota Psychologists

This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology for 13.0 continuing education hours.


Ohio Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association, Provider #263896894, to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5  hours of continuing education credit. 


Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 (Clinical Practice) continuing education credits. Course level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required. No partial credit will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.


Canadian Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 (Clinical Practice) continuing education credits for completing this intermediate level course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation. Full attendance is required. No partial credit will be offered for partial attendance. Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.


Colorado Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 12.6 continuing education hours. 

 

COLORADO PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To be reported to the Colorado Chapter of the NASW, after completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, please contact cepesi@pesi.com and provide the full title of the webcast, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.


Florida Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits.


Illinois Social Workers

PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours.


Kansas Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Provider #14-006. This course has been approved for 12.5 continuing education hours.


Minnesota Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This course has been approved for 12.5 continuing education hours. This certificate has been issued upon successful completion of a post-test.


New York Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. 


Ohio Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #:RCST071001. Full attendance at this course meets the qualifications for 12.5 clock hours of continuing education credit.


Pennsylvania Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

This intermediate activity is approved for 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists

This intermediate activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 12.5 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Handouts

Faculty

Hannah Smith Related seminars and products:

MA, LMHC, CGP


Hannah Smith, MA, LMHC, GCP, holds the rare designation of Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), as credentialed by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, and she is a contributing member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She is a licensed therapist, a master-level trained educator, and a therapist supervisor. Her over 20 years of experience has taken her around the globe to a variety of settings and she has earned specialized credentials in child behavior and developmental disabilities. She has done extensive study and work in group formulation, as well as therapy process, implementation, and evaluation. Her work in the US and abroad has given her a unique perspective and relatability. She has an engaging teaching and communication style and can convey difficult information in a compassionate and understandable manner.

Hannah runs her own consultancy and training business, Potential Finders Network, where she works with several area providers as a group therapy training consultant. In addition, she is an instructor of Neuroscience-informed treatment at local colleges and provides both group and individual services in her private practice. Along the spectrum of treatment settings, from inpatient to outpatient, Hannah has found group therapy to be an indispensable way to enhance treatment and provide healing for clients with a variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relationship troubles, and trauma. Her passions lie in providing real-life, experiential, whole-person care to clients and to reinvigorate clinicians as she educates them on this valuable therapeutic modality.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Hannah Smith is the clinical supervisor at The Center; A Place of Hope. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Hannah Smith has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Additional Info

Program Information

CD/DVD

Click here to purchase the DVD or CD recording from our product store. CE hours and approvals on products may differ from live CE approvals.


Additional Resources

To order the book, 150 More Group Therapy Activities & TIPS, please visit our product store.

To order the card deck, The Anxiety and Stress Solution Card Deck, please visit our product store.


Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.


Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


Objectives

  1. Analyze the core principles of popular modern theories, methods, and approaches in group psychotherapy, such as Modern Psychoanalytic, Systems-Centered Therapy, Expressive, and Cognitive-based models.
  2. Apply neuroscience understanding of human attunement, Polyvagal Theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and the whole-person approach to the practice of group therapy.
  3. Evaluate the benefits and challenges of the group therapy modality to increase effectiveness and encourage institutional understanding and support.
  4. Critique various types of groups and their aims and functions in order to select appropriate group structure, topic choice, and membership to enhance client engagement and reduce adverse outcomes.
  5. Consider various stages of group development, including the creation of subgroups, “leveling out”, synergizing, and identification of termination needs and practices, to promote participation and growth at each phase.
  6. Test traditional paradigms regarding the value of silence, resistance, and degrees of empathy in group interactions.
  7. Explore the ethics involved in group therapy, including HIPAA/confidentiality, facilitator role, dual-relationship issues and more.
  8. Assess your leadership style, orientation, approach, and methods of self-care to boost leader engagement, and reduce burn-out.
  9. Practice transference, countertransference, immediacy, bridging, reciprocity, and other group-related experiences to increase group connections and build intimacy.
  10. Utilize new skills in addressing microaggression, resistance, and other threats to vertical and horizontal group cohesion.
  11. Connect group modalities and their issues as they apply to children, adolescents, adults, and special populations.
  12. Create a plan for effective evaluation of group progress and responsive modification.

Outline

Group Therapy Today: Advances in Research and Efficacy of Treatment Approaches
  • The evolution of group therapy practices
  • Current trends in research and evidence-based treatment
  • Benefits and barriers of a healthy group experience
Neuroscience-Informed Group Therapy: How Brain-Based Group Interventions Improve Outcomes
  • Therapeutic application of the Polyvagal Theory
  • The role of interpersonal neurobiology
  • Attachment and attunement
    • Comorbidity between attachment and DSM-5® diagnoses
  • What the research tells us about the benefits of group therapy
    • Building new neuropathways
    • Platform for modeling secure attachment-based interpersonal behavior
    • Reduce shame and increase sense of acceptance, connection and self-worth
    • Real-time practice and feedback for skill building
  • Current research, potential risks & limitations
Evidence-Based Models of Group Therapy: Find the Right Fit for You and Your Setting
  • Modern psychoanalytic
  • Systems-centered
  • Expressive
  • Cognitive-based

PRINCIPLES & GOALS FOR EFFECTIVE GROUP PRACTICE

Pre-group Development: Setting the Stage for Success

  • Group types and functions: psychoeducational, process, cognitive, expressive and more!
  • Group structure considerations: logistics, duration/frequency, open/closed
  • Topic, approach, rationale for group
  • Member selection
  • Consideration of unique client needs
  • Who is not appropriate for group therapy?
  • Engaging the skeptical/resistant client
  • What to do when the members are chosen for you
Group Therapy in Action: Strategies for Building Cohesion, Trust and Therapeutic Progress
  • Yalom’s 11 therapeutic factors
  • Going beyond “forming, norming, storming and performing”
  • Agreements and goal setting
  • Stages of group development
    • Sub-grouping
    • ”Leveling out”
    • Synergizing
  • Strategies to build immediacy, reciprocity, bridging
  • How to navigate transference/countertransference
  • Managing threats to cohesion:
    • Micro-aggressions
    • Affective dysregulation
    • Resistance
    • Aggression/passive aggression
    • Absenteeism/tardiness
    • Other therapy-interfering behaviors
  • Vertical v. horizontal group cohesion
  • The therapeutic value of silence
  • Degrees of empathy
  • Ongoing evaluation and responsive modification
Termination: Techniques for Facilitating a Healthy Transition and Continued Therapeutic Progress
  • When, how, and why group therapy ends
  • Common client reactions to termination (and how to handle them)
    • Grief
    • Ambivalence
    • Denial
    • Regression
    • And more!
  • Rituals and celebrations
  • How to facilitate a healthy goodbye process
Post-Group Evaluation: Essential Steps for Improving Efficacy of the Group Model
  • Evaluation methods & tools
  • Debriefing and self-evaluation
  • Troubleshooting common issues and pitfalls
Ethical and Legal Issues Specific to Group Therapy: Protect Yourself, Manage Liability and Provide Quality Care
  • Comprehensive informed consent
  • HIPAA/confidentiality considerations
  • Dual relationships/conflicts of interest
  • Boundary setting
  • Therapist use of self-disclosure
  • Maintaining professional standards
  • Providing ethical evaluation and course correction
  • Documentation considerations
  • Crisis management
Clinical Considerations
  • Setting-specific concerns
  • Modifications for children and adolescents
  • Special populations
  • School-based groups
  • Tips for getting institutional support of the group model
  • Multicultural factors
  • Crisis management procedures

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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