Post-graduate training objectives


A. Working Knowledge Requirements, plus



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A. Working Knowledge Requirements, plus:
B. Knowledge
(1) History of group psychotherapy
(2) Range of group psychotherapy orientations:

1 - behavioral

2 - cognitive

3 - interpersonal

4 - psychodynamic/psychoanalytic

5 - psychoeducational

6 - group analysis

7 - group as a whole/systems

8 - self-psychology/object relations

9 - expressive arts

10 - self-help

11 - internet support groups


(3) Range of group psychotherapy models:

1 - different frames of group therapy - long-term or short-term; open or closed

2 - setting - inpatient, day hospital and ambulatory

3 - general and specific populations - ex. homogenous target populations, chronic

mental illness, medical illness, addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, multiple family groups

4 - ages - child, adolescent, adult and geriatric


(4) Pre-therapy issues:

1 - selection

2 - group composition

3 - preparation of patients

4 - treatment contract

5 - setting/institution variables


(5) Group therapy issues:

1 - developmental stages

2 - premature termination/drop-outs

3 - therapeutic factors and their utilization

4 - group process variables

5 - norms and boundaries

6 - working in the here-and-now

7 - defences, resistances, roles and working through

8 - transference

9 - countertransference

10 - group therapy leadership

11 – co-therapy

12 - combined and conjoint individual and group therapy

13 – termination

14 – impact of trauma
(6) Research issues:

1 - critical appraisal

2 - outcome and efficacy with general and specific patient populations, including collaborative treatments

3 - process and outcome correlations

4 - predictors of outcomes


C. Skills
(1) To plan and initiate the formation of a psychotherapy group

(2) To intervene differentially at different group developmental stages

(3) To identify and address practical issues regarding the norms and frame of the treatment

(4) To understand and address individual psychopathology manifested in the group

(5) To introduce new members into ongoing group therapy

(6) To deal with premature termination

(7) To evaluate the process and outcome of treatment, including quantitative measurements

(8) Management of crises and conflict

(9) Termination




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