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The Psychotherapy Institute Group Therapy Program FAQs

1. Who should apply?

Licensed and pre-licensed clinicians who:

  • Run groups or wish to run groups
  • Have had difficulty launching or maintaining groups
  • Want to study group dynamics as a powerful change agent
  • Wish to connect with a professional community

2. Do I need to be licensed to attend the Group Therapy Training Program?

A range of applicants are welcome and we typically have some therapists in the cohort who are licensed and have an established practice, some who are working in an agency setting, and also some who have experience running groups, yet are still accruing hours toward licensure. Advanced Registered Interns are welcome.

This program provides advanced training in group therapy and Continuing Education hours. Training hours count toward the national Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) credential. The program is not designed for accumulating supervised hours towards licensure.


3. How many people are in a GTTP cohort?

We cap the cohort enrollment at five to eight to maintain seminar style didactics, development of groups that you start/lead, and experiential learning in the Process Learning Group (PLG).


4. How long is the GTTP program?

One year, starting in the Fall, including:

  • Monthly 2.5 Hour Didactic & 1.5 Hour Group Development Course
  • Weekly Process Learning Group that meets for a 1.5 hour session
  • Weekly Individual Consultation to be arranged with your consultant

5. What does the training program provide?

Weekly Process Learning Group

  • Led by experienced psychodynamic group therapist
  • Demonstrates the development of a group from the position of being a member
  • Teaches group facilitation through the modeling of the leader

Monthly Didactics
  • Introduce theories of group dynamics, developmental stages of groups, personality structures that affect groups, screening, diversity, establishing a group culture, and termination
  • Cover several psychodynamic group theories-Yalom, Beck, Bion, Rutan, etc.-and their applications

Monthly Group Development Course

  • Covers the "nuts and bolts" of starting a group: planning, marketing, member selection
  • Faculty-led seminar with guest experts
  • Topics and format are flexible to meet the cohort's needs

Weekly Individual Consultation

  • Seasoned group therapists provide individual consultation.
  • Integrates program components into how you practice as a group therapist


6. What is the cost of the Group Therapy Training Program?

$250/month, which includes free membership at the Institute


7. What is the curriculum for the Group Therapy Training Program Didactics?

Completion of at least a master’s degree in social work, counseling psychology or its equivalent.

The GTTP Didactics include:

  • Intro to group therapy
  • Cultural Humility
  • Yalom
  • Beck
  • Bion
  • Effects of Personalities in Groups
  • TBD topics based on the interests of the cohort
  • Termination


8. What is the program Attendance Policy?

Our Expectation is that participants will come to all sessions of the Process Learning Group and didactic teachings unless there are extenuating circumstances. We make reasonable efforts to work something out with those who let us know ahead of time about unavoidable conflicts.


9. Do my groups have to be psychodynamic?

We do have participants who work in agencies and not in private practice and we encourage you to select the kind of group that you want to run. There is no requirement to run your group the same way as the process learning group. In fact, there is no requirement that you run a group to participate in this program.

Participants will learn how to select appropriate members and structure the type of group that is appropriate to their style and population. For example, participants have led expressive writing groups in assisted living, brief time-limited groups focused on a particular issue, inpatient support groups, and many other types.


10. What do my training hours count towards?

This program is not designed for accumulating supervised hours towards licensure. Licensed clinicians will earn 4 hours of CEU's per month (2.5 per didactic and 1.5 for GDC).

Hours Count Towards Becoming a Certified Group Psychotherapist:
Training hours in the GTTP can be applied towards the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) certification. Many of our faculty train group psychotherapists locally, nationally and internationally, as well as for the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society, and the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Here is how the training hours in GTTP apply to CGP requirements:

  • CGP requires completion of 12 clock hours of study in group theory and practice. After completion of GTTP’s year long program, a participant will have accrued 24+ hours toward this requirement.
  • CGP requires 75 hours of group psychotherapy supervision accrued during or following clinical graduate training. GTTP provides up to 48 hours of weekly consultation/supervision for those in the program who are leading groups. Hours may vary based on you and your consultant’s schedule.
  • CGP requires 300 hours of group psychotherapy experience as a leader or co-leader accrued during or following clinical graduate training. GTTP provides monthly assistance developing your groups so that you can add to or begin accruing hours for your group leadership requirement. If a participant is not leading or co-leading a group, they will not be able to accrue these group experience hours.
  • All CGP applicants must submit a minimum of two completed reference forms with the application. You will have a supervisor/consultant and also peer group therapists in your training cohort who can help you with this.