International Doctoral Program: Group Psychotherapy Focus

This unique doctoral program with a focus on group-psychotherapy is offered to mature, accomplished adults and experienced therapists from all the regions of the world. This program provides its students with a sound basis in the exciting field of group work. It is directed to professionals in mental health and related fields who want to become group therapists or specialize in this area, focusing both on theory and practice. The program is suitable for mental health practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, art therapists, organizational consultants, psychodramatists, addiction counselors and anyone dealing with group therapy and group work.

During the program, graduate students will learn theories in group psychotherapy, become better able to analyze group process, understand which important events to observe in the group, make the most appropriate and effective interventions as the group therapist, become confident about group leader’s skills and be able to facilitate the growth of group members.

The program is suitable for learners anywhere around the world, as it combines on-line interactions with periodic face-to-face meetings between the tutor and the students’ group, and workshops with local experts. It is also specifically adjusted to the culture from which the student comes. Currently, we have programs running in the USA (meeting in Sacramento once a year for two weeks face-to-face classes), for Israelis (in Hebrew, meeting in Israel twice a year for f2f classes) and in South East Asia (meeting in Singapore for f2f classes).

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Program Components

The group psychotherapy program builds on four important components:International-Doctoral-Program

  1. Theory: students will learn theories of small groups and get to know important concepts related to groups. Special attention will be given to culturally sensitive theories.
  2. Skills: students will acquire a “tool kit for the group leader” and learn how to apply the theories into group work, taking into consideration local cultural norms.
  3. Experience: students will learn from their own experience about group processes by participating in a group.
  4. Supervision: each student will become a group leader, first co-leading together with a senior therapist, and later leading a group of his or her own, under supervision..

The Tutorial Format

The Group Psychotherapy Doctoral program makes extensive use of a tutorial format. This means that each student has a personal tutor accompanying the student on his or her educational journey. This format includes three distinctive elements. First, the tutorials are concerned with a specific body of published works. The tutor and student together explore the meaning and implications of the written text. Second, the tutorial process involves the active engagement of both tutor and student in the learning process. During the student’s educational journey he or she will be closely accompanied by a personal tutor, through frequent meetings, phone calls and Internet connections. In addition, group meetings and interactions with other students will be part of the learning process during the Group Psychotherapy Program. Third, the tutorial is inherently student-centered, in that it is tailored around the needs, interests, cultural background and logistical challenges (time, space) of the student.

Examples of Personally Tailored Tutorial Programs

  1. The student is interested in groups with adolescents and in an educational setting: the student will be directed to the professional literature about adolescent development and adolescents’ groups. The student will establish and lead a group of adolescents and learn to analyze it according to the theories about which s/he learned. The student will participate in a conference about school psychology. The student will develop a manual for psycho-educational groups that are intended for adolescents’ parents. The student will write a model for intensive group work at school.
  2. The student is interested in psychodrama groups: among other tasks, the student will be directed to the professional literature about psychodrama and acting methods. The student will participate in a psychodrama group and write an analysis of the processes, based on the theories s/he studied. The student will write a paper connecting psychodrama to group analytic theories. The student will participate in a psychodrama conference.
  3. The student is interested in a more academic/scholarly development: among other tasks, the student will be directed to the professional literature in general psychological and psychotherapy approaches and learn about theoretical and technical models of psychotherapy and their philosophical origins. The student will write and publish a paper about group psychotherapy in a professional journal. The student will develop a model for a course about an issue in group therapy. The student will be involved or assist in teaching in the Professional School of Psychology. The student will submit a proposal for presentation at a group-psychotherapy conference.
  4. The student is interested in social issues: among other tasks, the student will be directed to the professional literature about the Large Group and the Social Unconscious. The student will lead a group for an underprivileged population (e.g. homeless people), or a multicultural group. The student will write a grant proposal for a progressive, nonprofit agency. The student will develop a protocol for conflict resolution groups.

Director of International Porgrams: Haim Weinberg, Ph.D.

Haim WeinbergHaim Weinberg is a clinical psychologist, group analyst (Israel) and Certified Group Psychotherapist (USA), now living in the United States. For the past thirty years he has worked as a clinical psychologist, providing individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as supervising interns and junior psychologists.

He is past-president of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS) & past-president of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy. He taught at the Wright Institute, Berkeley and at the Alliant International University, Sacramento, and at the group facilitators training program in Tel-Aviv University. Ex-director of the group leaders training program in Bet Berl College, and also in private practice.

He is a Fellow member of The American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Fellow of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy (IAGP), Distinguished Fellow of the Israeli Association of Group therapy and member of the Group Analytic Society (GAS).

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