Contemporary Group Therapy in a (Hopefully!) Post Pandemic World

Updated: Apr 14

Contemporary Group Therapy in a Hopefully Post Pandemic World
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of our conference's workshops!

Experiential Process Training Groups - all day Saturday, April 30, 2022

(9:30AM-12:30PM and 2:00PM-5:00PM)

A-1: Trauma-Focused Psychodrama: Safe Experiential Processes for Embodied Healing

This workshop presents trauma-focused psychodrama which moves the group process beyond words and into action. The importance of safety and strengths for trauma work will be highlighted along with a basic introduction to Moreno’s triadic system – Sociometry, Psychodrama, and Group Psychotherapy. As the field of neuroscience and trauma research expands, evidence points to trauma’s impact on the body and the importance of holistic interventions that involve the whole person (body, mind, social, spirit). Participants in this workshop will experience the power of experiential methods through strengths-based psychodrama while learning multiple experiential tools that can be incorporated into practice in diverse settings.

Led by: Scott Giacomucci DSW, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAAETS, PAT

Scott is Director/Founder of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy in Media, PA and Director of Trauma Services at Mirmont Treatment Center. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and recipient of various national and international awards including awards from NASW, IASWG, ACA’s ASGW, and ASGPP.

A-2: Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodrama, & Process Group Therapy: A Blended Experiential Model

Blending Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodrama & Process Group therapy offers an opportunity to increase knowledge along with fostering effective interaction skills needed for a wide range of human interactions. This workshop examines the implications of these three intersecting similarities: the use of groups to achieve therapeutic change. The focus is on identifying and exploring negative automatic thoughts and irrational beliefs, placing them in action and challenging negative thinking. This process assimilates Yalom's four primary therapeutic factors of group therapy.

Led by: Thomas Treadwell Ed.D., CGT, T.E.P. and Joseph Williams M. Ed., MSW, LCSW, LBS

Dr. Treadwell is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Clinical Associate at University of Pennsylvania. He is Editor of The Group Psychologist, Division 49 APA, Co-chief Editor of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy, and is consulting editor for other journals.

Joseph Williams is a Group Therapist at Philadelphia DBT Associates and works as a DBT individual therapist and a co-leader of skill groups.

A-3: Process Group Experience for Senior Therapists

The Process Group Experience is an educational event. The goal of this experience is to improve the skills and knowledge of clinical professionals in their use of group modalities. The leader provides an opportunity for the participants to observe themselves as members of a group, learn about how they are perceived by others within a group and observe the leader as she guides the group forward from strangers to intimacy. Finally, the leader will provide the opportunity for discussion about how the group progressed and how one might use the tools that she used during the experience.

Led by: Shari Y. Baron MSN, CNS, CGP, LFAGPA

In over 50 years as a nurse, psychotherapist and educator, Shari has led dozens of process groups and taught group psychotherapy to graduate students, clinic staff, psychiatric residents and seasoned professionals. She has explored ethical and practice issues that impact the group psychotherapist, used leadership positions in AGPA and APNA to increase awareness of these issues and encouraged discussion of the choices group therapists make each day. Shari maintains a private practice in Media, PA.

A-4: Introduction to Group Therapy- Core Principles, Theory, and Techniques

This interactive workshop is designed as an introduction for conference attendees who have little or no prior formal coursework or training in conducting therapy groups. Content will include starting and maintaining a therapy group, a presentation about how groups develop and the therapeutic factors central to group therapy, modifications for specific worksites and populations, and how to work with strong affect and difficult clients. This workshop will be a mix of lecture/discussion and experiential learning activities.

Led by: Thomas Hurster MSS LCSW CGP FAGPA

Thomas has been a social work clinician for over forty years, and as part of that practice has been conducting therapy groups with children and adolescents that entire time. Currently a full-time adjunct professor of clinical social work at Bryn Mawr since 2002, he is a Fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association, on the board of the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society, and a member of the Child and Family Support Services at the Benchmark School in Media, PA. Tom currently conducts several school-based counseling groups and a parent group as part of his work there.

A-5: Reflecting on how Racial Privilege Impacts Our Effectiveness as Group Psychotherapists.

In this process training we will look at how our privilege in group therapy brings out many different roles and experiences in the process group. The goal is to help you to gain awareness of privilege and an understanding of how it shows up in your groups. Another goal is to learn ways to work with privilege and how it shows up in your groups. We will discuss an overview of boundaries for the group, working on keeping statements to personal perspectives as opposed to projections. The group will be asked to share what their experiences have been with how their race influences the experience of others in the therapy groups they lead.

Led by Nathan Schlingmann MA, MS, LPC

Nathan Schlingmann has worked in inner city public schools, human services nonprofits and currently runs a private practice, Walk Your Path LLC. He leads a leadership and support group for surgery residents at Crozer Chester hospital, a men’s relationship group and a process group and sees clients for individual psychotherapy. He has undergone comprehensive training in diversity, equity and inclusion to explore his privilege. He continues this exploration as a commitment to his clients' treatment. He is in his final year at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, is in supervision to become a Certified Group Therapist and is the current president of the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society.

A-6: The Task of the Therapy Group: Understanding the Group’s Dynamics and the Exploration of Members’ Roles in the Group Process

There are many theories about group therapy and the role of the leader. While the “Gold Standard” is to put your thoughts and feelings into words and explore why you feel the way you do, there is good reason for participants to study the dynamics of the group. This training will emphasize the group as its own organism rather than merely a room full of individual psychologies. Understanding the group’s process and what each participant contributes to these dynamics can lead to a greater understanding of one’s inner life as well as improve one’s interpersonal relationships. This full day training will encourage open and direct communication while observing how a variety of anxieties subvert this process. We will have a real time group and debriefing discussions meant to solidify the experiential learning.

Led by: Brian Ashin LMSW, LCSW, CGP

Brian is in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he works with individuals and groups as well as provides consultation to other therapists. He started working with groups on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit of Cooper Hospital in 1981, followed by training in Marital and Family Therapy at the Family Institute of Philadelphia. This led to further training and the 5 year running of psycho-education groups for couples. Brian then began a men’s group in the late 1990’s and the beginning of his first on-going mixed gender process group in 2004. This led to training at The Center for Group Studies and subsequent Certified Group Psychotherapist status. Brian leads four ongoing process groups, the most recent of12 years duration.

A-7: Holding the intersection of multiple identities in group process

This process group experience will encourage participants to observe how differences in social identity impact our interactions with one another. The facilitator will guide participants in observing microaggressions and other identity-based enactments in the “here and now” of the group process experience. Participants will be encouraged to move from socio-cultural awareness to actively engaging in challenging conversations about difference.

Led By: Donna Harris MA, LCSW, CGP

Donna Harris is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience. She is the Director of Intercultural Counseling, LLC, where she provides individual, group psychotherapy and relational psychoanalysis. She teaches at Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Service and Social Research. Currently, she runs a trauma group for female-identified persons and will start a BIPOC process group later this year. As the Founding Director of Intercultural Network, LLC, she provides trauma-informed, equity, diversity & inclusion training to organizations & professionals.

A-8: Awakening to a mindfulness approach to group therapy

Participants will develop a theoretical and experiential understanding of mindfulness. A fundamental skill of group therapy practice is to use the interactions among members to advance the group, which will be emphasized throughout the workshop. We will be unpacking the theoretical underpinning of mindfulness in groups with emphasis on qualities of acceptance and vulnerability, using mindfulness practices such as the body scan, mindful listening, mindful movement, and walking meditation. The clinician may discover the within and between processes that occur in mindfulness in group therapy. We will focus on the application of mindfulness to group therapy with both children and adults. This will be exemplified using a DBT and MBCT approach, as well as borrowing from your own clinical examples.

Led by: Christine Moriconi Psy. D., CRNP and LMFT, RN and Don McCown, PhD, MAMS, MSS, LSW

Christine Moriconi has been practicing psychotherapy since 1993 and has been a mindfulness teacher since 1999 and she is a licensed marriage and family therapist. For 12 years she taught psychiatric nursing at West Chester University and co- directed their Center for Contemplative Studies. Presently, she is working as a nurse practitioner, graduating in 2018 from University of Pennsylvania. She also has a small private psychotherapy practice.

Donald McCown is associate professor of health, director of the Center for Contemplative Studies, and coordinator of the graduate certificate in Applied Mindfulness at West Chester University. He is author or co-author of a number of books on mindfulness, including The Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice and Teaching Mindfulness: A practical guide for clinicians and educators.

90 Minute Group Therapy Workshops - Sunday, May 1, 2022

(Group B: 9:30AM-11:00AM)

B-1: Storiez: Trauma Narratives in Group Contexts

This workshop begins with an introduction to trauma (defining trauma, exploring trauma exposure and urban youth, and considering the consequences of trauma exposure). It explores trauma treatment for youth (best practices, treatment modalities, common factors, and trauma narratives). Finally, the 9-step Storiez trauma narrative intervention is presented with a special focus on implementation in group contexts.

Led by: Dr. Megan Corrado DSW, LCSW, MSS

As the owner and founder of Storiez Trauma Narratives, Dr. Meagan Corrado has authored 10 books and trained over 7,000 individuals across 20 innovative training programs. Dr. Meagan earned her DSW from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and her MSS from Bryn Mawr College in 2009. Dr. Meagan specializes in work with children and teenagers with complex trauma histories. She has instructed graduate-level social work students and supported systems in implementing trauma-informed practices.

B-2: The Field Around Us: Gestalt Process Therapy Groups

Part didactic, part experiential, this session will give participants an opportunity to experience gestalt therapy in a group setting. In gestalt process groups, the group is seen not only as a collection of individuals, but as a complete psycho-social environment that has the capacity to nurture growth and healing. We will review some key elements of contemporary gestalt practice and theory and participants will have the opportunity to do individual or group work with a practicing gestalt therapist.

Led by: Sarah Mello, MA, MS, LPC, ACS

Sarah is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in New Jersey. She is the owner and clinical director of Here and Now Counseling, a teaching practice for student and emerging therapists who wish to learn to work relationally and somatically with their clients. Sarah is a member of the adjunct faculty at Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia and the Group Process Facilitator for the class of 2023. Sarah is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) offering individual and group clinical supervision

and consultation.

B-3 and C-3: Women Helping Women: Facilitating Intergenerational Women’s Groups (three hours - all participants must attend both sessions B & C)

This workshop will explore the unique elements of facilitating intergenerational long‐term psychotherapy groups for women and the way these groups progress. Leading these groups challenges the therapist to exami