Group Therapy Facilitator Training

Group Therapy Facilitator Training

with Ari Badaines

Date: 08-09 February 2020

Venue: PSI, Grantham Street, Dublin

Time: 9:30 – 4:30pm

PSI Learning Credits: 8

Admission Rate : €250 for PSI Members - €295for Non-PSI Members



In this two-day workshop, the first day covers theory and practice of group therapy. The term 'group therapy' can be applied to a variety of theoretically and practically different kinds of groups from the psychoanalytic to the humanistic and Yalom's existential-relational groups. The main emphasis of Day 1 is on the very practical aspects of group therapy from start to finish. Participants will have a brief introduction to Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, Humanistic Group Therapy, and Yalom’s Existential Group Therapy. (This workshop does not include 'manualised' groups). Then,  the presenter will focus on: (a) practical considerations such as membership selection, group composition and size and length of the group, as well as preparing potential members for group membership; (b) what to cover in the initial session and issues of safety; (c) dealing with defenses and resistances in group members; (d) managing conflict and difficult group members; (e) preparing for the group's ending. Ari will also discuss the healing nature of groups and the key roles of the Group Therapist.


HEALING: Group therapy allows for the expression of long-held significant emotions (catharsis) in a safe-enough environment Participants will become familiar with other healing aspects that include experimentation, corrective emotional experiences, and the power of acceptance and belonging for group members. (I have omitted some words here and the paragraph that followed). 


DAY 2.  This is an experiential day where participants will be members of a therapy group. Ari will be the group therapist and members will have the opportunity to experience being a member of a therapy group; and witness the role of the therapist and the facilitation of the group as well as the implementation of the above techniques and methods. Participants are expected to participate in the group at what ever level they feel appropriate in the moment.  At the conclusion of the group, there will be time to discuss questions and observations.

Learning objectives of this two-day workshop:

  1. Make better considerations of group membership and size.
  2. Have a greater familiarity among different styles of groups.
  3. Better manage resistant groups and difficult group members.
  4. Utilize techniques and make interventions that enable healing.
  5. Be clearer about boundary issues,the key roles of the therapist and how they are enacted therapeutically in groups.
  6. Have a clearer understanding of group process and group dynamics
  7. Feel and act with greater confidence as a group therapist.
  8. End a group well.
  9. Have an experience of being a member of a group therapy (Day 2).


About the presenter:

Ari Badaines obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the United States. In 1980 he was awarded a one-year Post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he completed his certification requirements to be a psychodramatist; and in 1984, Ari qualified as a Trainer-Practitioner-Educator by the American Board of Examiners, the highest level of certification in psychodrama and group work.  In the 1980's he undertook training in Gestalt Therapy and from 1985 to the present he has been a member of the faculty of various psychodrama and Gestalt therapy training institutes in the UK, Sydney and Melbourne.  Ari has facilitated experiential/ therapy groups in over thirty countries and twice yearly he goes to the Northern Hemisphere to run experiential and training groups in the USA, UK, Europe, and Australia where he resides. Recently, he has been invited to submit workshop proposals for both the British and Australian Psychological Society and will run trainings in Singapore and India.