Launching a group can be one of the most challenging tasks you face as a group therapist. It is easy to get stuck because you are unsure what to do next. In this workshop participants will explore the potential pitfalls of starting a group and learn how to avoid them. Using practical advice that is grounded in group theory, participants are guided through a stepwise process of launching a group.
At the conclusion of the short course, attendees will be able to:
Define the parameters (open, closed, time-limited, population, etc.) and focus of the group they want to start.
Evaluate how to identify and connect with referral sources, and to promote your group, to ensure a successful group therapy experience for the participants.
Identify the important elements of forming a group.
Plan how to launch a group.
This program is appropriate for introductory and intermediate level clinicians and offers 3 CEs.
Cost and Registration:
$75 ICP+P Members
$30 ICP+P 1st Year Members, MITs, Emerging Professionals, Graduate Student Members, Fellows, Unaffiliated Students
$45 ICP+P 2nd Year Members
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. A refund for cancellation is available up to 10 days before the course.
Rob Williams, LICSW, CGP has been participating in, leading, co-leading, or supervising process and therapy groups and group leaders for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He has been a Certified Group Psychotherapist for 10 years. Rob is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health, at American University, Washington, DC and a Clinical Instructor for Groups, Department of Psychiatry, at George Washington University, Washington, DC. Rob has one published article: Robert Schulte, Hallie Lovett, Cecil Rice & Rob Williams (2014). The Power of Group in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 2014, 64(4), 466-91.
Liz Marsh, MSW, LICSW, Art Therapist is a Clinical Social Worker and Art Therapist in private practice in Washington, DC. Liz likes to say she was a group therapist before she was really a therapist referring to her time leading at-risk youth on survival backpacking treks as a wilderness therapy instructor. Currently, Liz has spent over 10 years combining her love of relational therapy and the expressive arts to help her clients get to know themselves and find a deeper connection in their relationships with others.
David A. Heilman, PsyD is a Psychology Associate within the District of Columbia, and recently received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University’s Professional Psychology Program. He received additional clinical training at American University’s Counseling Center, Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS), and Virginia Commonwealth University’s University Counseling Services. While pursuing his doctoral studies, David completed a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy and Practice. He is currently a member of the board of directors at Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS) and works full-time in private practice at his office in Dupont Circle. David is highly passionate about group psychotherapy, in particularly with those in the LGBT community, and recently had an article published in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy on the importance of group psychotherapy for treating internalized homophobia in gay men. David currently co-leads two groups at his practice and is working to begin a third.
Jennifer McLish, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years experience providing therapy to adults, children and families. She sees therapy as a journey and over the years it has been a privilege to walk next to individuals and families as they face and move past often painful challenges. Her experience and training have led her to choose theories and techniques that acknowledge each person’s self-determination, intelligence and strength. Jen’s priority is to create an open, non-judgmental environment where individuals, groups and families can try new ways of being and find what works best for them.
Theories & Techniques Jen uses in her work include Group, Couples and Family Therapy, Conjoint Counseling in Groups, Couples, and Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, Mind/Body Connection and Guided Imagery, Gestalt Theory and Techniques, and Integrative Play Therapy. In addition to therapy experience, Jen also has extensive experience presenting to professionals and community members. Over the course of her career, she has presented on topics including sexual assault trauma and healing, providing services to the LGBTQ community, play therapy for trauma survivors, sand tray play therapy, and crisis intervention skills.
Continuing education credit: 3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. As our CE program receives oversight from a licensed social worker, the CE credits we award are highly likely to be recognized by licensing boards in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3.0 CE credits for attending this CE event. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
* Rob Williams, LICSW, CGP, Liz Marsh, MSW, LICSW, Art Therapist, David A. Heilman, PsyD, and Jennifer McLish, LCSW, as presenters and planners, have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Any references to “off-label” (non-FDA approved) use of medication, products or devices will be explicitly disclosed in the presentation.
CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops and completed evaluation forms for those sessions. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time to allow time to check in.