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

Where:   BLOOMINGTON, MN

When:  Monday, August 12, 2019 - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

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Course 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 seminar 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 seminar for you!
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
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

HANNAH SMITH, MA, LMHC, GCP

Hannah Smith, MA, LMHC, CGP, is the founder of Potential Finders and is the group therapy program coordinator in a top partial-hospital rehabilitation treatment center in the Seattle area. She holds Masters degrees in both special education and counseling psychology and has nearly 20 years of experience both in the US and abroad. Her educational work has been with disorders of cognition and communication, where the role of the brain in learning and memory were primary areas of focus. Clinically, her practice is primarily devoted to the treatment of people recovering from trauma and anxiety disorders. Her experience, both personally and professionally, has allowed her to develop an expertise in incorporating neuroscience into therapeutic interventions in innovative ways. Hannah guest lectures in academic and clinical settings on a variety of topics related to neuroscience and the treatment of anxiety, trauma, and emotion regulation. She is an engaging presenter whose passion is to educate clinicians on practical, whole-person approaches and applications in therapy.



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.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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, or questions on home study credit availability, 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.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.




Addiction Counselors
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.


Counselors
This intermediate 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.

Minnesota Counselors: This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for 12.5 hours of credit for LPCs and LPCCs.

Wisconsin Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 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.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

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

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
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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. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
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This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. 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, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

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

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

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. 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.


Social Workers
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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 this 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 credits 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.

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.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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