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About the Group Therapy Training Program

The Group Therapy Training Program's (GTTP) Open House for the Fall 2017 cohort is Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM. The application deadline for Fall 2017 is May 15, 2017. Download an application.

"I decided to join the GTTP in order to finally really learn how to run psychotherapy groups, never having received very good training. TPI's GTTP provided excellent training in understanding and facilitating groups, which I expected. However, I was surprised to discover that this training opened up new perspectives in many other areas besides group therapy. As an MFT, I have been well trained in family and couples therapy. Via the group training that I received, I started being able to understand my clients' challenges and experiences in their various groups in life in a much more profound and nuanced way. And so it began to influence my work with individuals, couples and families, which I had not expected. It has provided another facet of richness to my clinical and professional work, which I deeply enjoy." - Wendy Brown, MFT

The Group Therapy Training Program (GTTP) is a one-year training program offering an in-depth study of the theory and practice of group therapy facilitation. The faculty includes senior group therapists and experts in group psychotherapy from TPI and the larger Bay Area community.

The Group Therapy Training Program (GTTP) at TPI is a program in which to develop an understanding of group dynamics, as well as adding group therapy facilitation to your repertoire of clinical skills. GTTP weaves psychodynamic and group-as-a-whole orientations together, which provide an immersion experience. Group therapy is a highly effective form of treatment which can deepen a clinician's work with individuals and enhance one's practice. 

We offer a unique opportunity for clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area to get excellent group therapy training in one cohesive, year long training. Our faculty is composed of recognized group therapy experts, many of whom are TPI members. The faculty work closely with leaders in the group therapy field who are members of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS). Together, all these skilled clinicians collaborate to provide training in group process, group roles, dynamics and developmental stages, and using group-level methods to provide excellent therapy for group members.

Time Commitment This program is designed to accommodate a busy schedule. Each week, participants spend 1.5 hours in a process learning group and one hour in individual consultation. Didactic courses meet one Saturday per month for a maximum of 5 hours. Training hours in the GTTP can be applied to Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) certification.

Our Curriculum looks like this: 

Weekly Process Learning Group (PLG) This weekly group experience demonstrates the development of a group from the position of being a group member, and at the same time learning about group facilitation through the modeling of the leader. Its purpose is educational in that it provides a forum for the students to work together on the material being learned and to experience being in a group together. The Fall 2017 group will meet on Thursdays from 12pm to 1:20pm and will be led by Duncan Bennett, MFT, PhD, CGP. 

Individual Consultation Each person is assigned a personal consultant skilled in individual and group work. The consultant’s role is to provide the necessary support and knowledge to facilitate the student’s learning. Meeting time is set between consultant and GTTP student.  

Monthly Didactic Workshop These three-hour workshops held on a Saturday morning (generally the second Saturday of each month) cover a range of issues such as:

  • Assessment of individuals for group treatment
  • Skills and techniques for setting up a group
  • Unconscious processes underlying a group
  • Stages in a groups development and techniques in facilitating the progress of these stages
  • Matters of racial, national, and sexual diversity
  • Specific theoretical contributions to understanding group work
  • Use of the self and co-leadership in a group.

Group Development Course

This monthly 1 1/2-hour group supports students in developing their own groups. The Group Development Course will be held on Saturdays, after the monthly didactic workshops from 1-2:30pm.  The group will be led by Mary Ann Kassier, LCSW, CGP. 

Group Facilitation Experience Each student is encouraged to have hands-on experience facilitating a long-term group while in the program.

The goals of GTTP are as follows:

  1. Learn the process and tasks of developing groups in private practice as well as organizational settings
  2. Understand the dynamics of groups as a whole and among the members, and the functioning of leadership in a group.
  3. Develop the fundamentals and skills of psychodynamic group therapy.
  4. Identify and develop each participant’s unique style of group facilitation.
  5. Obtain experience in facilitation of a psychotherapy group under supervision.

We invite you to consider applying to the GTTP to broaden your clinical skills and add the pleasures and rewards of group therapy to your professional experience. Let the myriad group experts from TPI and the wider Bay Area collaborate provide you with experiential, theoretical, and practical training in psychodynamic group therapy facilitation skills.

Our next training is scheduled to begin in October 2017.

GTTP Open House

Application & Admissions

If you have further questions please contact:
Mary Ann Kassier, LCSW, CGP: maryannkassier@gmail.com.