Principles of Group Psychotherapy

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Principles of Group Psychotherapy (Course #S2008)

Friday May 8 – Saturday, May 9, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. daily

Commons Learning Center, JJ Pickle Campus

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“Principles of Group Psychotherapy” meets both the didactic and experiential education requirement of the International Board of Certification for Group Psychotherapists. This course is designed to provide basic understanding of the theory, principles, and application of group psychotherapy. This didactic and experiential presentation will cover group process and dynamics, foundations of group psychotherapy, the role of the group leader, the change process in group and some short-term structured and thematic group approaches.

This AGPA-sponsored course meets the educational requirement for the Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) credential conferred by the International Board for the Certification of Group Psychotherapists. Additional hours under supervision are also required and resources will be provided for finding a supervisor. This course is co-sponsored by the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society (AGPS), and will be taught by faculty of AGPS

  • Fees: $350; $375 after May 1
  • CEUs: 15.0 CEU/15.0 contact hours
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  • Approved for: social workers, LPC, LMFT, psychologists

Participants will be able to:

  • Detect the impact of membership in a group on the understanding of group dynamics
  • Identify group dynamics, e.g. resistance, scapegoating and sub­group formation, as they arise in the group session
  • Discuss the creation of norms in therapy groups
  • Compare the stages of group development
  • Discuss the role of the leader in relation to the variety of group dynamics
  • Discuss the impact of culture and diversity on group dynamics

NOTE: Participants are expected to bring a copy of Core Principles of Group Psychotherapy: An Integrated Theory, Research, and Practice Training Manual, 1st Edition by Kaklauskas, F. and Greene, L.R.  or purchase it at the meeting.


Course Faculty: Members of the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society


Deborah SharpDeborah Sharp, LCSW, CGP, has been running groups of various kinds for over 25 years, modern analytic groups for the last 5 years, and has added groups for Women 50+ and Individuals with Chronic or Catastrophic Illness and Disability. Sharp also provides clinical supervision and co-facilitates short-term groups on the UT Austin campus with Social Work interns. Sharp is serving as Past President for Austin Group Psychotherapy Society 2019/20 and has been on the AGPS board since 2013.




Amelia CanallyAmelia Canally, LCSW, CGP, opened her private practice in 2004 and has since been serving the Austin community in an individual, couple and group capacity for over 15 years. She is trained in Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), EMDR, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) and Somatic Experiencing (SE).





Patricia FlorencePatricia Florence LCSW, CGP, has maintained a private practice in Austin, Texas for almost 20 years. She treats individuals, couples, and groups, and leads consultation groups for therapists. She has recently completed her second two-year tenure as a board member of the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society, where she served as Chair of the Annual Conference Committee.





Ryan SpencerRyan Spencer, LMFT, CGP, has been running groups since 2006 and has had a range of group experience in hospitals, schools, clinics and currently in private practice. He presently co-leads two adult process groups. Spencer is dedicated to continuing to improve and grow as a therapist and is involved in his own individual therapy, group therapy and group consultation.





Gianna ViolaGianna Viola, LCSW-S, CGP, specializes in working with clients who have experienced early relational trauma. She has particular interest in long-term group work, supervising early-career clinical social workers, and working with artists and performers. Viola is a provider with the SIMS Foundation and has served on their clinical advisory panel.