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The Essentials For Leading Successful Psychotherapy And Psychoeducational Groups

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 12:30 PM until 4:45 PM
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive, Auditorium 2
Burlingame, CA  
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Event Contact(s):
Annette Taylor, Administrative Assistant
408-757-7720 (p)
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The Essentials for Leading Successful Psychotherapy

and Psychoeducational Groups


Sponsored by the San Mateo County Psychological Association and

The Center for the Study of Group Psychotherapy


Presenter: Nancy Wesson, Ph.D.



Date and Time:     Saturday, May 14, 2016:12:30-4:45 P.M.                 

Place:                    Mills Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame


CE Hours:             4.0 hours

                             MFTs, LCSW’s, LPCCs, RN's and Psychologists  



$50 SMCPA/SCCPA Members,   Fee after 5/12/2016  $60

$50 Mills-Peninsula staff,   Fee after 5/12/2016  $60

$60 Non-Member,   Fee after 5/12/2016  $70

$20 Students,   Fee after 5/12/2016  $30



Course Overview

Therapy groups offer many unique and important benefits for clients in diverse settings. Interpersonal and psychodynamic psychotherapy groups are a therapeutic modality for clients to understand relationship dynamics, increase interpersonal connection and gain insight.(Yalom & Leszcz,2006),  Psychoeducational groups such as those for social anxiety or depression provide education, group interaction, support, and skill building to clients in many settings such as private practice, HMO’s, medical clinics, day treatment programs, and mental health agencies. (Orgrodniczuk & Steinberg, 2005).

In this course, psychologists will learn many of the important aspects of starting and leading successful psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups. These include: 1) A description of different types of groups and the advantages and disadvantages of different types of groups. 2) The selection, screening and preparation of clients to participate in a group. 3) A discussion of common clinical dilemmas which arise in psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups and methods for handling them. 4) a discussion of therapeutic factors in psychotherapy or psychoeducational groups (Holmes, S., & Kivlighan, D., Jr,. 2000).

This course will be taught at the post-doctoral level to increase the knowledge and skill level of psychologists who lead or who are planning to lead a psychotherapy or psychoeducational  group.



Learning Objectives

This workshop is designed to help participants:

  1. Describe the therapeutic factors which operate in psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups.
  2. Utilize methods for the selection, screening, and preparation of clients for participation in group psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups.
  3. List advantages and disadvantages of different types of psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups.
  4. Describe methods for successfully handling clinical dilemmas which arise in psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups.
Course Outline/Timeline

12:30 P.M.-1:00 P.M: Introduction and overview of the course.


1:00-P.M.-1:30 P.M. Advantages and disadvantages of different types of groups including psychodynamic, interpersonal, psychoeducational groups, and blends.


1:30 P.M.-2:00 P.M. Selection and screening, factors of clients for different types of groups.


2:00 PM.-2:30. Therapeutic factors in different types of groups and maximizing the benefits of these therapeutic factors.


2:45 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Break


3:00-3:30 P.M. Case Vignettes distributed and discussion in small groups of clinical dilemmas in groups.


3:30-4:00 P.M. Class discussion of clinical dilemmas which take place in psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups.


4:00-4:30 P.M. The overall tasks and responsibilities of a group leader.


4:30-4:45 P.M. Wrap-up and Evaluation.


CPA is co-sponsoring with SMCPA.  The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 4 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.



Castonguay, L., Constantino, M., & Holtforth, M. (2006). The working alliance: Where are we and where should we go? Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 43(3), 271-279.

Holmes, S., & Kivlighan, D., Jr. (2000). Comparison of therapeutic factors in group and individual treatment processes. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 47(4), 478-484.

Klein, A., Markowitz, J., Rothbaum, B., Thase, M., Fisher, A., & Kocsis, J. (2013).  The Relationship between the Therapeutic Alliance and Treatment Outcome in Two Distinct Psychotherapies for Chronic Depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,4, 627-638.

Orgrodniczuk, J. & Steinberg, P. (2005) A Renewal of Interest in Day Treatment. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry,50,77..

Tasca, G., Balfour, L., Ritchie, K., & Bissada, H. (2007). The relationship between attachment scales and group therapy alliance growth differs by treatment type for women with binge-eating disorder. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 11(1), 1-14.

Wesson, N. (2007). Becoming a true member of a psychotherapy group. The California Psychologist, June/July, 21.

Yalom, I., & Leszcz, M. (2006). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy (5th Ed.). New York: Basic Books.