Project Description

CGPS 2020 Fall Workshop
An ONLINE Workshop

Registration CLOSED

Facilitating Effective and Meaningful Psychotherapy Groups

with
Elizabeth Olson, Psy.D., LCSW, CGP
Francis Kaklauskas, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA

October 17-18, 2020

October 17-18, 2020
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Workshop Presenters:

Elizabeth Olson
Psy.D., LCSW, CGP

Dr. Elizabeth Olson offers individual, group and family psychotherapy, professional consultation and training in her Boulder based private practice. She presents and publishes nationally on group psychotherapy, mindfulness, eating disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, parenting, and family dynamics. Her work is informed by her interest in the unconscious, neuropsychology, mindfulness practice, and behavioral strategies. Elizabeth is also a contributor to Core Principles of Group Psychotherapy, the primary curriculum for
the AGPA’s Principles of Group Psychotherapy (CGP credentialing) course.

Francis Kaklauskas
Psy. D., CGP, FAGPA

Dr. Francis Kaklauskas has 25+ years experience in various clinical settings with diverse clients. He leads training groups for clinicians that combine personal growth and supervision, as well as general psychotherapy groups. He publishes academic work on existentialism, transpersonal psychology, mindfulness, and integrating empirical research into psychodynamic and humanistic oriented clinical practice. Francis is a co-editor and contributor to Core Principles of Group Psychotherapy, the primary curriculum for the AGPA’s Principles of Group Psychotherapy (CGP credentialing) course.

Program Description:

Psychodynamic group psychotherapy is an exciting, cost-effective and powerful modality. But many graduate programs don’t give it the attention it deserves.

Using experiential and didactic methods, Drs. Olson and Kaklauskas, married co-presenters, will share history, theory and practical interventions and techniques to build confidence with group.

We will learn basic frameworks for starting and leading groups, deepening group process, working skillfully with diversity issues, and ethically utilizing individual and group transference dynamics. And we will see firsthand how exploring these dynamics in groups helps to change the ways we see ourselves and our relationships, and provides new and healing experiences.

Workshop Methods:

Plenary Sessions: In the plenary sessions, our guest presenters will use didactic presentations, large group processes and voluntary demonstration groups to enhance our knowledge of the theory, dynamics, and skills that make group psychotherapy so powerful.

Small Groups: Experiential small groups are the heart of our workshops. Each participant will be assigned to a group of eight to ten attendees, and each group will meet for five 75-minute training group sessions over the course of the workshop. Led by professional and experienced group leaders chosen for their skill and qualifications, attendees will observe and, especially, experience the power of group process.

  • These groups are non-directive–there is no preset topic or agenda.
  • Group boundaries and contracts are discussed and defined by each small group.
  • Although the experience can be therapeutic, these groups are not considered therapy groups.
  • To encourage a diversity of attendees and promote the sense of safety in small groups, affinity based groups will be available to the extent possible.
  • Since these experiential small groups are so important, attendees are required to attend and actively participate in all of their group meetings.

Objectives:

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Review and describe their increased knowledge of group dynamics and process from participating in the small groups and observing the behavior of the group members, leader, and themselves.
  2. Identify basic frameworks for starting and leading groups, deepening group process, working skillfully with diversity issues, and ethically utilizing individual and group transference dynamics.
  3. Describe and explain using practical interventions and techniques that build confidence in their leadership of groups.
  4. Identify how diversity in the group can deepen and expand the efficacy of group process and the group therapy experience.
  5. Identify ethical ways to address microaggessions and other oppressive dynamics that can manifest in the group.
  6. Describe the use of principles of group dynamics to increase members’ and leaders’ awareness of and ability to address their own areas of challenge with respect to group process as both members and leaders.
  7. Discuss the ethical application of the theory and principles of group dynamics with diverse group populations, in appreciation of age, nationality, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, and religion.
  8. Describe the use of group dynamics and process in the understanding of their small group experience.

Agenda:

Saturday:
10:00 – 10:30 AM (EDT) Zoom check-in & Faculty meeting
10:30 – 6:45 PM (EDT) Program

Sunday:
10:00 – 10:30 AM (EDT) Check-in
10:30 AM – 6:30 PM (EDT) Program

All times are EDT; any time zone is welcome.

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Continuing Education Credit:

The CE Sponsor for this event is Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC).

NAADAC: SR-AHEC adheres to NAADAC Education Provider Guidelines Provider #108762 (Substance Abuse Credit).

NASW-NC: NC AHEC is a 2020 NASW-NC approved provider of distance continuing education. This program has been approved for 12.0 contact hours.

NC Psychologists Category A: The program will provide 12.0 contact hours (category A) continuing education credit to NC Psychologists.
Southern Regional AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. No partial credit will be given.
Credit will be awarded to participants who attend 100% of the program

NBCC: NBCC credit will NOT be offered at this training. Southern Regional AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5362. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

NOTE: To receive the CEU Certification, make sure to choose the CE Credit Certification Add On Item as part of your Registration Below.

Statement of CEU Credits Available

Workshop Pricing:

All paid registrations include 2021 CGPS Membership

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Workshop Fees

Limited scholarships are available.
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Agenda

Optional SR-AHEC 12 hrs CEU certification of training: $20
To receive the CEU Certification, make sure to choose the Add On Item as part of your Registration Below.
Included in registration is a CGPS certificate for 12 continuing education contact hours.

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