The Postgrad* Institute Group Psychotherapy Training Program

is a two-year training program in the theory and techniques of group psychotherapy and group leadership. The program utilizes didactic courses, forums, workshops, seminars, experiential training groups, and candidates' participation in their own individual group therapy experience.

The candidates follow an intensive course of study that will be divided into three trimesters of 12 weeks each over the course of two years, with each trimester including three courses as well as an ongoing forum in which faculty will lead seminar-style discussions on group theory and practice, and an experiential training group, with a dual focus on the theory and practice of group psychotherapy. In addition, candidates are required to participate in an ongoing psychotherapy group on a weekly basis throughout the duration of training and engage in an annual three-day workshop in a retreat.

One of the truly unique aspects of GTPS's training program is the support provided to the trainees through the Group Therapy Alumni Association. This organization hosts various professional and social events that are opportunities for networking.

The GTPS certificate fulfills the training requirements for membership in the American Group Therapy Association and the International Board of Certified Group Psychotherapists. Membership in these organizations enhances professional development and referral sources.


Therapy Training Program of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society Co-Directors

Edward Elder, MDiv., LMHC, LMFT
(212)947-7111x173
edwardelder@msn.com

Joseph Lynch, Ph.D
(917)576-7824
drjlynch@aol.com

Co-Chairs of Admission:
Lois Kennedy, Psy.D
(212)255-1493
lrkennedy@ltgspeed.com

Judith Rabinowitz, LCSW
(718)499-9718
mjrabinowitz@earthlink.net

Co-Chairs of Curriculum:
Karen D’Amore, LCSW
(212)228-6685
karendam@msn.com

Judith C. White, LCSW
(212)864-7212
JWhiteLCSW@gmail.com

Faculty and Supervisors

Joan Adams, LCSW
Janet Baumann, PhD, LCSW
Richard Beck, LCSW, CGP
Madelaine Berley, MSW
Albert Brok, PhD
Alice Byrne, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
Sheldon Firstenberg, Psy.D
Elaine Gould, PhD
Arthur A. Gray, PhD
Robin Handburg, LCSW, CAC
Dianne Kaminsky, LCSW
Jerome Leff, LCSW, CGP
Louisa Livingston, PhD
Marty Livingston, PhD
George Lynn, Psy.D
Susan Mellan, LCSW
Gwenn Nusbaum, LCSW
Amy Ojerholm, PhD, CGP
Herbert Rabin, PhD
Elizabeth Schretzman, LCSW
Emanuel Shapiro, PhD, CGP
Marcia Wood, LCSW
Fred Wright, PhD
Phyllis Wright, LCSW
Isaac Z. Youcha, LCSW

Group Therapy Alumni Association

President:
Janice Warner, LCSW
(908) 755-7236
jcwarnerci@verizon.net
  • FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR

    TRIMESTER 1:

    Courses Clinical Forum I – Students will discuss their process of finding and forming their own groups. They will present case studies from these groups to be discussed with the leader of the Clinical Forum and their fellow students. Beginning Phase Group Therapy – The students will learn the process of forming a group, including member selection (with inclusion and exclusion criteria) and preparation. They will learn about the early stages of group development and how to facilitate the cohesion of the group.

    Experiential Process Group I – The students will participate in an on-going process group together. The group will include a period of time to discuss the intervention choices of the group leader and other aspects of group theory.


    TRIMESTER 2:

    Courses Clinical Forum II – Students will continue to present case studies for discussion.

    Middle Phase Group Therapy – The students will learn about the theory and practice of groups in the working phase. Issues to be covered will include but are not limited to difficult patients, resistance to intimacy, deepening vulnerability.
    Experiential Process Group II – The students will continue the process.


    TRIMESTER 3:

    Courses Clinical Forum III – Students will continue to present case studies for discussion, utilizing theories they have learned in the previous trimesters.

    Advanced Phase Group Therapy - The students will learn about the process of maintaining the engagement of members in an on-going group. They will learn about preparing new members to enter an on-going group and preparing the group for new members. They will learn about racial, ethnic, gender, class differences that can affect the process of the group. Experiential Process Group III – The students will continue the process.
  • SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR

    TRIMESTER 1:

    Courses Clinical Forum IV – The students will present case studies, utilizing the theories learned from last year.

    Theories of Group Therapy – The students will learn the variety of theories in group therapy, including but not limited to, Freudian, Object Relations, Self-Psychology, Relational, Inter-subjective.

    Experiential Process Group IV – The students will continue the process.


    TRIMESTER 2:

    Courses Clinical Forum V – The students will present case studies, engaging with the theories they learned in the last trimester.

    Concepts of Group Leadership – The students will learn the different styles of group leadership, from group centered to leader focused. They will learn to differentiate styles of leadership and to choose the ones that fit their personalities and are most helpful for their clients.

    Experiential Process Group V – The students will continue the process.


    TRIMESTER 3:

    Courses Clinical Forum VI – The students will present case studies, integrating the theories they have been learning over the last two years.

    Specialized Groups/Termination – The students will learn about various specialized groups, including but not limited to trauma groups, substance abuse, eating disorders, gender specific groups. They will learn about the process of termination for the individual in a group and for a group as a whole.

    Experiential Process Group VI – The will continue the process, focusing on termination issues.