The Institute is designed for clinical professionals who meet the requirements of at least a Master’s degree in a mental health profession and who have clinical psychotherapy experience. Many sections of the Institute welcome psychiatric residents, graduate students in mental health degree programs as well as mental health workers who work in a range of human service settings. Members agree to attend the entire group, to participate actively, and to respect the privacy of the other members. After attending an Institute, participants will be able to identify various aspects of group process and dynamics. These Institute groups provide an important opportunity for experiential learning and growth.
The Institute is scheduled over two full days starting with the Institute Opening Plenary on Tuesday, March 7, 8:00-9:00 AM (Eastern). The Institute sections on Tuesday, March 7 are from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Eastern) with a two-hour lunch break from 12:30-2:30 PM (Eastern). Institute sections continue Wednesday, March 8 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Eastern) with a two-hour lunch break from 12:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern). Registration will only be accepted for the full two-days and registrants will be expected to attend their selected Institute section on both days, including the Institute Opening Plenary Session and will receive a total of 12.5 CE credits. Continuing Education credit will not be awarded for partial attendance.
There are two types of Institutes: General Process Group Experiences (GPGE) and Specific Focus Process Group (SFPG).
General Process Group Experiences (GPGE): Participants acquire general therapy skills relevant to leading groups by participating in a process-oriented group. These small groups provide participants an environment in which to obtain, expand and retain their skills in conducting group therapy. These sections are conducted by many of the country’s outstanding group therapists. The group psychotherapy skills gained are important in conducting any group, regardless of its theoretical orientation, time parameter or patient population. GPGE sections are essential training and benefit the participants, both personally and professionally. A portion of each GPGE will be didactic. A maximum of 8 registrants will be accepted per group.
Specific Focus Process Group (SFPG): These groups offer intensive learning about specific theories and approaches in group treatment. Registrants can pursue current interests in greater depth or learn ways of integrating new approaches and methods into their private practice, clinic or agency work. Most of the SFPG sections have extensive experiential components. Previous participation in a GPGE is recommended but not required. Registration maximum (up to 16 registrants) has been set by each instructor.
Observation and Evaluation: Institute sections will be observed by Institute Committee members. Registrants will be asked to complete brief evaluation questionnaires designed to aid us in continuing to provide high quality meetings, upon conclusion of their attendance at events.
For the description, learning objectives, and course references, click on info [i] icon at the end of the section title. Please note, all GPGE sections have the same course information. Please register for a section consistent with your experience.