Upcoming Open Group Studios:
Cost is $20.00 per person.

Emotionally Focused Therapy with Couples  — FILLED
September 30, 10:00 to 1:30
Victor Yalom, PhD, CGP with Host: Geri Alpert, PhD, CGP
San Rafael

This three-hour workshop provides an opportunity to view and discuss the first of three videos in the new series produced by Psychotherapy.Net: EFT Step by Step.

The complete training series provides an opportunity to view 6 different couples and 4 different EFT therapists.

Discussion of the video will be lead by Victor Yalom, Ph.D. The event is being hosted by Geri Alpert, Ph.D. CEU available: Separate minimal fee payable directly to Geri Alpert on site.

Victor Yalom, PhD is the founder and president of psychotherapy.net, an online psychotherapy magazine targeted to trainee therapists and practitioners of all psychotherapeutic approaches. Victor is also a practicing psychologist, talented couple therapist, and business consultant.

 

Bringing the Magic of Fairy Tales into Groups
October 21, 1:00
Bette Kiernan, MFT
Palo Alto

Sometimes groups become stuck in sad repetitive stories that become central themes in therapy. The same patterns of death and rebirth, return from the underworld, and the dark night of winter becoming spring again, can again be called forth to create new narratives with happier endings for individuals and organizations alike.

Through active imagination, enactments of stories and symbolic exploration, we will examine and apply the dynamics and change processes from interchangeable fairy tales, nature and dreams for expanding personal and group journeys.

Bette Kiernan, MFT is a psychotherapist in private practice in Menlo Park, California. She has taught courses on fairy tales and myths /Santa Clara University, UCSC Ext., UC Berkeley, and JFK.

For reflection before Fairy Tale Open Studio October 21 in Foothill Park: Phillip Glass Symphony Number Four-Heroes-with David Bowie
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=david+bowie+philip+glass+heroes+symphony+

Register online through EVENTBRITE
Fee: $20 per person, per event. (Space is limited; sign up early!)

For additional information, please contact: Laura Kasper, PhD or Lois Friedlander, MFT

 

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.

 

Mastering the Financial Dimension of Your Practice
February 25, 2018
Peter Cole, MSW, CGP and Daisy Reese MSW, CGP
Berkeley

Mastering the Financial Dimension of Your Psychotherapy Practice addresses the clinical and financial challenges of establishing and maintaining a successful private practice. Peter and Daisy will explore the life cycle of the modern therapy practice.

Peter Cole, LCSW and Daisy Reese, LCSW founded the Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy in 1992.  They train and consult with therapists in Northern California and across the U.S.

 

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