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.