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(NEW) Online Training – Group Therapy: Presence and Process Using Symbols, Metaphor & Poetics

May 22 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $179, 6 CEUs Presenter: Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD Zoom, MD + Google Map

Group therapy is a powerful approach to work with interpersonal subtleties and unconscious dynamics. In this virtual workshop we will focus on group facilitation, specific examples for creative engagement, and special boundaries to maintain safety and enhance healing in group process. While group topics may focus on specific trauma, identity concerns, or affected populations, expressive therapies create a third presence for the work through active imagination. The flow of imagination, framed by Yalom, May and Ogden, necessitates an immersion in immediacy and innovation-in-the-moment. How we facilitate and contain creative group process, engage with heightened presence, necessitates practice to balance dramas of personal and collective narrative. We amplify and ground group process through art, poetics, symbols in sand and metaphor. These expressive approaches bring depth and complexity, they open stories held in safe keeping, enrich layers of meaning for personal and collective narrative. Metaphorically, group is nested in the existential wounds and the potential healing of this unique encounter — group, facilitator, and the imagined.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

Learning Objectives




Group of people standing in a circle with hands stretched out to one another