This Group Training Program uses evidence-based theories, concepts, techniques and interventions that that have been developed and tested over decades of research and practice. In a nutshell, it is based on What Works! At the end of this training, participants will have the skills to form and run groups. It is important to note that the didactic and experiential learnings of this training can also be used in the daily one-on-one interactions of one’s personal, social and professional lives.
A well-known group axiom, “No one can run a group if they are not in a group”, is the premise on which each class has been designed. That is, all classes are operated as a group experience where students’ needs, related to the class topic, become the focus of each class. Classes will provide unique and continuous opportunities for students to assimilate the theories, concepts and techniques being studied.
One of the most important aspects of a therapeutic encounter is addressing the emotional maturational needs of each client. For example, if an adult is acting like a five year old, the therapist must communicate messages at that adult’s emotional maturational level. This program’s focus in this area will assist students to develop the competencies to address the emotional maturational needs of all clients across the life span.
Lastly, this program was structured to provide a regular environment, the opportunity to practice new behaviors, and unequivocal feedback from various group members concerning thoughts, actions and beliefs.
• Groups illicit self-destructive behavior - which can be addressed
• Groups enable members to see how others respond to them
• Groups afford members diverse views of their behaviors
• Group Treatment affords the opportunity for on-the-spot self-definition
• Groups afford the chance to practice new behaviors
Nobel Prize winning and best-selling author psychologist Daniel Khaneman (2011) discovered that emotions control most, if not all, of humans’ immediate response to all stimulation. Khaneman described the immediate, emotionally driven intuitive response as “fast thinking” from learned behavior and “slow thinking” that is focused, rational and concentrated, with little or no input from the emotions of “fast thinking.”. After conducting multiple large sample studies, he found that slow thinking was often controlled by the emotions of humans’ “fast thinking” system that resulted in many “slow thinking” rational decisions made from intuitively incorrect assumptions. Khaneman’s proposes that an investment in attention to one’s thoughts and feelings is essential to acquiring the skills to use emotions to have effective communication, rather than emotionally controlled communication. He suggests that “The acquisition of skills requires a regular environment, and adequate opportunity to practice, and rapid and unequivocal feedback about the correctness of our thoughts and actions (p. 416*). This Group Studies program has been structured to provide a regular environment, opportunities to practice new behaviors, and unequivocal feedback from various group members concerning thoughts, actions and beliefs.
*Kahneman, Daniel, Thinking, Fast and Slow, (2011) Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 18 West 18th Street, New York
**Ormont, Louis, 1992, The Group Therapy Experience, Library of Congress Publication 91-37184 (p.29).