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Group Therapy Facilitator training - Two days of active and experiential training for those wishing to run groups and those wishing to revise and refresh their skills

Event Details
Date: 13-14 Nov 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 14


Student and new graduate rate available.

Organiser: The Professional Development People
Further information

In this two-day workshop, the first day gives theory and practice of group therapy. The term 'group therapy' can be applied to a variety of theoretically and practically different kinds of groups from the psychoanalytic to the CBT. The main emphasis of Day 1 is very practical aspects of group therapy from start to finish. Participants will have a brief introduction to Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, Gestalt Group Therapy, and Yalom’s Existential Group Therapy. Then, from a practical aspect, the presenter will focus on: (a) group composition and size as well as preparing potential members for group membership; (b) what to cover in the initial session and issues of safety and group membership; (c) dealing with defences and resistances in group members; (d) managing conflict and difficult group members; (e) preparing for ending. Ari will then discuss with workshop participants, the healing nature of groups and the key roles of the Group Therapist.

HEALING: Group therapy allows for expression of long-held significant emotions (catharsis) in a safe enough environment Participants will become familiar with other healing aspects that include experimentation, corrective emotional experiences, and the power of acceptance and belonging from both group members and the therapist.

KEY THERAPEUTIC ROLES: In a very simplified form, the role of the therapist can be reduced to the Three Points. They are permission, protection, and potency. The therapist gives permission/allows the expression of prohibited thoughts and feelings, protection to individuals and the group when useful, and uses the potency as a therapist to intervene effectively, drawing upon a variety of skills and techniques to enhance the therapeutic goals and outcomes.

Learning objectives

  1. Make better considerations of group membership and size.
  2. Have a greater familiarity among different styles of groups.
  3. Better manage resistant groups and group members.
  4. Utilise techniques and make interventions that enable healing.
  5. Be clearer about boundary issues.
  6. Feel and act with greater confidence as group therapist.
  7. End a group well.

Learning outcomes

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • You will have a more solid base and theoretical understanding of group therapy.
  • You will have a range of applicable skills to enhance your work as a group facilitator.
  • You will gain greater familiarity of what are healing factors in group therapy and how to apply them effectively.

Presenter details

Dr Ari Badaines obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the United States. In 1980 he was awarded a one-year Post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he completed his certification requirements to be a psychodramatist. In 1984, Ari qualified as a Trainer-Practitioner-Educator by the American Board of Examiners, the highest level of certification in psychodrama and group work. In the 1980's he undertook training in Gestalt Therapy and from 1985 to the present he has been a member of the faculty of various psychodrama and Gestalt therapy training institutes. He is a qualified trainer in group therapy and has been on the training faculty of several group therapy training institutes in the UK, Sydney and Melbourne. Ari has facilitated experiential/ therapy groups in over thirty countries and twice yearly he goes to the Northern Hemisphere to run trainings and experiential and training groups in the USA, UK, Europe, and Sydney each year.

Location and date

UTS Short Course Rooms
Level 7, Building 10
235 Jones St
Ultimo, NSW 2007

13-14 November 2019



This event is fully catered and all resources are provided. Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


Register online by clicking here

Ph: 1300 887 622

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