Principles of Group Psychotherapy 2020 - Sponsored & Reduced Rates

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GPALA is committed to being an open space for growth in which the diversity of our Los Angeles population is reflected in the community of therapists who attend our events and join our association. We thus encourage Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as members of other discriminated groups who are being financially affected by COVID-19, or who are currently experiencing financial hardship to take advantage of our reduced rate options.

The Principles of Group Psychotherapy

A Comprehensive Course on the Practice of Group Psychotherapy

(12 CE credits, 1.5 days)


This course provides training and skill development for mental health professionals on issues that are unique to the practice of group psychotherapy including a basic understanding of the theory, principles, and applications of group therapy. The course will include didactic presentations, discussions, and experiential simulated group demonstrations.This course is suitable for graduate students and mental health practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the practice of group therapy.


Attendees will acquire the following skills:

  1. Identify the basic dynamic elements of the group formation model.
  2. Identify the three phases of group development.
  3. Discuss the key issues of group psychotherapy leadership and co-leadership, including styles, boundaries and problems.
  4. Differentiate between the key issues, basic theory, and associated techniques that are unique to each of the three phases of group development.
  5. Identify basic counter-transference reactions in group psychotherapy and describe two examples of transference and counter-transference.
  6. Identify three problems that can arise in group psychotherapy leadership and co-leadership.
  7. Define the role objective counter-transference plays in formulating interventions.
  8. Analyze the role that resistance plays in group process.
  9. Describe two examples of transference and counter-transference.
  10. Describe three types of resistance typically used by client-patients in groups.


Michael P. Frank, LMFT, CGP, LFAGPA

Monica Farassat, PsyD, LMFT, CGP

Saralyn Masselink, LCSW, CGP

Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP 

A link to participate in the Zoom Meeting will be distributed closer to the event date.

12 CE credits will be given for FULL attendance. Camera's MUST be turned on for a majority of the course to receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. 

Schedule Snapshot

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

9:00am – 10:30am - Instruction

10:30am – 10:45am - Break

10:45pm – 12:45pm - Demonstration Group #1

12:45pm – 1:30pm - Lunch Break

1:30pm – 3:15pm - Demonstration Group #2

3:15pm – 3:30pm - Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm - Instruction

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

8:30am – 9:00am - Discussion and Instruction Time

10:20am – 10:30am - Break

10:30am – 11:50am - Demonstration Group #3

11:50am – 12:15pm - Short lunch break

12:15pm – 2:00pm - Demonstration Group #4

2:00pm – 2:30pm - Closing conversation – Michael Frank and faculty

2:30pm - Fill out Course Evaluation, CE certificates emailed after attendance is confirmed.

Participants MUST attend both days for the ENTIRE time.

This course meets the educational requirement for certification by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. (For more information on becoming a CGP, visit Important Disclosure for All Learners: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 

CE courses that are provided by APA-approved CE Sponsors are recognized and accepted for CE credit for MFTs, and LCSWs in California. GPALA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Full attendance is required for attendees to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. Psychologists report directly to the MCEP using the certificates of attendance awarded at the completion of the course.


What is the refund policy?

Refunds will be given if you notify us by email ( 1 week prior to the event. After that a credit will be issued for a future workshop of your choosing.

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