2015 Group Institute Descriptions

Description & Learning Objectives

The Institute is primarily designed for clinical professionals who meet the requirements of at least a Master’s degree in a mental health profession and who have clinical psychotherapy experience. Many sections of the Institute welcome psychiatric residents, graduate students in mental health degree programs, and mental health workers who work in a range of human service settings.

Continuing Education credit will not be awarded for partial attendance. Devoted to small group experiential teaching, these two-day groups are led by carefully selected, experienced instructors. The secure environment of these small groups allows for rich cognitive and emotional learning about group processes and oneself as well as an opportunity for personal and professional refreshment.

These small groups provide participants an environment in which to obtain, expand and retain their skills in conducting group therapy. The Institutes are conducted by many of Colorado’s outstanding group therapists. The group psychotherapy skills gained are important in conducting any group, regardless of its theoretical orientation, time parameter or patient population. Institutes are essential training and benefit the participants, both personally and professionally. A portion of each Institute will be didactic. A maximum of twelve registrants will be accepted per group.

2015 Group Institutes and Leaders

Course References for all Institutes:

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2. Aveline, M.O. (1993). Principles of leadership in brief training groups for mental health care professionals. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 43, 107-129.
3. Gans, J.S., & Alonso, A. (1998). Difficult patients: Their construction in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 48, 311-326.
4. Ganzarian, R. (1989). The group as a training base. In R. Ganzarian (Ed.), Object relations and group psychotherapy (pp. 217-337). New York: International University Press.
5. Horwitz, L. (1977). A group centered approach to group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 27, 423-439.
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7. Kibel, H.D., & Stein, A. (1981). The group-as-a-whole approach: An appraisal. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 31, 409-427.
8. Kobos, J., & Leszcz, M. (2007). Practice guidelines for group psychotherapy. New York: American Group Psychotherapy Association.
9. MacKenzie, K.R. (1997). Time-managed group psychotherapy: Effective clinical applications. American Psychiatric Publishing.
10. Pines, M. (1981). The frame of reference of group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 31, 275-285.
11. Rutan, J.S., Alonso, A., & Groves, J.E. (1988). Understanding defenses in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 38, 459-472.
12. Rutan, J.S., & Stone, W.N. (2001). Psychodynamic group psychotherapy (3rd Ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.
13. Wong, N. (1983). Fundamental psychoanalytic concepts: Past and present understanding of their applicability to group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 33, 171-191.
14. Yalom, I.D., & Lieberman, M.A. (1971). A study of encounter group casualties. Archives of general psychiatry, 25, 16-30.