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Fall Workshop: Focused Brief Group Therapy
Oglethorpe University; Library, Dolive Theater, 2nd Floor
4484 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30319
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
Category: Workshops

Fall Workshop: Focused Brief Group Therapy

An Integrative Interpersonal Approach

Workshop presented by:

Martyn Whittingham, Ph.D., CGP

October 22, 2016

5 CEU’s approved for GAMFT, GPA, GALPCA, and GSCSW. 

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Focused Brief Group Therapy (FBGT) is a brief, semi-structured integrative interpersonal approach to group psychotherapy.  Developed, tested and researched over a seven year period, the approach targets measurable changes in interpersonal distress in less than eight sessions.  Utilizing Practice Based Evidence, it integrates the art of Yalom’s brief interpersonal model with the science of Evidence Based Practice and real-time assessment.  This workshop will demonstrate theory and techniques that can enhance group selection; prevention of premature dropout; understanding of group dynamics; predicting into and preventing member self-sabotage; strategic movement toward desired outcomes and a range of other connections between science, art and practice.   FBGT can now be found in The Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy, and workshops have been held nationally and internationally.

Presenter Information:

Martyn Whittingham, Ph.D., CGP is Chief of Clinical Integration and Research at the Behavioral Health Institute, Mercy Health.  He trains, supervises and researches group therapy across a system serving over 13000 patients a year and has achieved outcomes at three times the level of national inpatient benchmarks.  He was awarded the Association for Specialists in Group Work’s Group Practice Award in 2010 for excellence and innovation in group work.  He was previously an Associate Professor at Wright State University where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2015. During this time he developed, researched, supervised and ran FBGT from the university counseling center. He serves on AGPA’s International Certification Board; Science to Service Task Force; Journal Editorial Board and was a previous President of the Tri State Group Psychotherapy Society.  He has authored numerous book chapters and articles and presents nationally and internationally, including for the Yalom Institute in Beijing, China.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Discuss the role of the interpersonal circumplex in Focused Brief Group Therapy (FBGT)
  • Describe the role of inoculation in preventing premature termination
  • Practice selection of group members based on interpretation of group member interpersonal distress profiles
  • Discuss the group members that you predict you will find difficult, based on your interpersonal style
  • Discuss with a colleague how you might be differentially impacted by a patient and how this might impact your co-leadership

Workshop Schedule:

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Light Refreshments
9:00 -10:15 AM Welcome and Introduction to Focused Brief Group Therapy (FBGT): Overview of the model, research, and theory
10:15 - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Screening:
• Individual 
• Group 
• Inoculation 
• Group dynamics screening 
• Multicultural implications 
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch- We advise you to bring your own or dine in the Oglethorpe Cafeteria ($8.75)
1:00 - 2:15 PM - Leader and co-leader self-appraisal 
- Transference and counter-transference exploration 
- Process overview
2:15 - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 - 3:30 PM - Group process overview 
- Debriefing exercises and client outcome assessment 
- Wrap up and evaluations

Things to Know:

  • 5 CEU’s approved for GAMFT, GPA, GALPCA, and GSCSW.
  • Workshop start and end times are firm in order to provide CE credit. AGPS cannot provide CEs for participants who have arrived late or leave early from any part of the workshop.
  • Due to time constraints, we encourage participants to purchase lunch from the Oglethorpe cafeteria or to bring your own lunch. The cafeteria lunch is $8.75, and there is a large variety of food from which to choose.
  • Pre-registration cutoff date is October 14, 2016. No refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the event.
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Seth Copeland, AGPS Board, Registrar  

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