Experiential Training Group

May 13, 2017:   Experiential Training Group Day

Synchronized Groups in Cities across Canada

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

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Program Description

These small groups will offer an opportunity to learn about group dynamics by participating as members of a group committed to examining its own process. The groups will be led by experienced group leaders, who will shape positive norms, establish safety, and assist the group with honest dialogue about issues as they occur in the here and now experience. The process will be used to assist members to experientially grasp common group themes and issues such as contracts, boundaries, attachment, conflict, competition, intimacy, group cohesion, and termination dynamics.

Group members will develop increased self-awareness through this unique opportunity. Members will also understand their experience using the theoretical models provided during the didactic summary at the end of the formal group experience. Group members agree to participate for the whole duration of the group, and also participate in debriefing and evaluation of the group experience. These groups are not intended to serve as ‘therapy’, yet there will be a degree of connection and personal disclosure that will naturally unfold as the members begin to get to know one another, and interact as a group.

Experiential Training Groups Learning Objectives:

The participant will be able to:

  1. Identify developmental stages in the group experience.
  2. Articulate common themes and dynamics in the group process.
  3. Link personal subjective responses with theoretical concepts.
  4. Describe leader interventions that managed group process and assisted the group’s forward movement.

Consultants for the ETG Day:

Allan Sheps, MSW, RSW, FCGPA In addition to maintaining a general Private Practice in Thornhill, Ontario, Allan has a strong focus on group therapy with men.   He is a past president and Fellow of CGPA and currently a Co-Director of the Toronto Institute of Group Studies.  He consults, has published and is a frequent group therapy presenter.    

Kenneth Schwartz, MD, FRCP(C) is a group psychotherapist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in Toronto. He has served as treasurer of the CGPA since 2014. Ken leads 10 weekly groups at the Baycrest Psychiatric Day Hospital and three long-term care homes. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and has led experiential training groups for the CGPA and University of Toronto Psychiatry Residents for the past 10 years.


Before April 7th, 2017                                        After April 7th, 2017

$125 for CGPA members                                   $135 for CGPA members

$150 for non-members                                      $160 for non-members

$100 for students                                                  $ 110 for students

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