Geri Alpert (Geradline.Alpert@gmail.com) (415) 497-9479
Erica Anderson (email@example.com) (510) 910-1578
You are invited to dinner!
Group flight phase dynamics: a systems exploration of theory and experience
January 13, 2018, 10 to 12:30
Peter Berhnhardt, LMFT
San Francisco near Valencia & 23rd
We will form an experiential group using functional subgrouping, then look back at our work to identify driving and restraining forces toward reaching our goals.
Living human systems are highly sensitive to initial conditions. Flight phase dynamics arise in the beginning of a new group, when membership changes, or when new material arises that challenges the status quo.
How we build a group in a flight phase sets the norms for what will follow. The flight phase is characterized by anxiety on the one hand, and curiosity on the other.
Defenses against the unknown, such as social defenses, intellectualization, anxious speculations about the future and mind reading others, all keep a group in “flight”.
Explore ‘explaining’ by teaching a group how to undo anxiety, group members increase reality testing and free up curiosity.
We will look into the theory of phases of group development
Peter Bernhardt, MFT has studied with Yvonne Agazarian and Susan Gantt in Systems Centered Training since 1998. He has taught group dynamics at CIIS and JFK University and leads men’s groups in San Francisco and Albany CA.
Fee: $20 per person, per event. (Space is limited; sign up early!)
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How long has it been since you’ve read a paper about group therapy? How well are you acquainted with new papers about groups? When was the last time that you’ve had a theoretical discussion about some issue in the group psychotherapy field?
NCGPS offers a unique experience in The Group Therapy Salon. The idea is to establish small groups (10-12 members each) that meet monthly to read papers in group therapy and discuss theoretical issues about groups.
There are two Salons working right now: One in the South Bay, facilitated by Alice Sklar and one in Sacramento/Davis, facilitated by Haim Weinberg.
Palo Alto Salon
Meets at 8:00 PM on the first Monday of every month, and includes 9 members. There is a volunteer discussant for each reading followed by a leaderless discussion.
Contact Alice Sklar at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (650) 961-3482, to get the address and directions.
currently includes 10 members and meets on the third Monday every month, 7:30-9:00Pm, alternating between Davis and Sacramento. If you are coming from this area please contact Haim Weinberg at email@example.com or call 916-212-6424.
If you, as a member, are interested in hosting a Group Therapy Salon in your city, please contact Phyllis Jenkins: 408-265-9200, firstname.lastname@example.org.