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Group Facilitator Training

Practical aspects of establishing an effective therapy group

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Ari Badaines, PhD
One full day
Jun 09, 2021
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In this one-day workshop, the theory and practice of group therapy will be explored in detail. The term 'group therapy' can be applied to a variety of theoretically and practically different kinds of groups from the psychoanalytic to the CBT. The main emphasis of this day is the very practical aspects of group therapy from start to finish. Participants will have a brief introduction to Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, Gestalt Group Therapy, and Yalom’s Existential Group Therapy. Then, from a practical aspect, the presenter will focus on: (a) group composition and size as well as preparing potential members for group membership; (b) what to cover in the initial session and issues of safety and group membership; (c) dealing with defences and resistances in group members; (d) managing conflict and difficult group members; (e) preparing for ending. Ari will then discuss with workshop participants, the healing nature of groups and the key roles of the Group Therapist.

HEALING: Group therapy allows for expression of long-held significant emotions (catharsis) in a safe-enough environment Participants will become familiar with other healing aspects that include experimentation, corrective emotional experiences, and the power of acceptance and belonging from both group members and the therapist.

KEY THERAPEUTIC ROLES: In a very simplified form, the role of the therapist can be reduced to the Three Points. They are permission, protection, and potency. The therapist gives permission/allows the expression of prohibited thoughts and feelings, protection to individuals and the group when useful, and uses the potency as a therapist to intervene effectively, drawing upon a variety of skills and techniques to enhance the therapeutic goals and outcomes.


Feedback form Ari’s recent presentations

“Excellent, relevant material delivered with expertise and humour. Very much enjoyed, thank you.”

“Loved it - dynamic, energised. Thank you!”

“Really enjoyed the practical aspects of this course. Information was clearly presented, easy to follow, and helpfully be applicable to clients. “Thank you for this opportunity. It was wonderful.”

“This was practical, useful and something you can immediately apply.”

“This was engaging and relevant”

“Practical, engaging, interacting. Highlight was the role plays - actually practicing as a therapist and taking the roles really gave me a better understanding.”

“Excellent PD, well presented with useful anecdotes and appropriate experiential learning.”

“The training gave me practical strategies to implement straight away with my clients. Also validated what I already do but with a fresh new perspective. Thank you!”

“Really enjoyed the training. Knowledge delivered with humour always a fresh combination.”

“Thank you Ari, this was a great workshop. Filled with practical knowledge. Ari is a terrific speaker. Loved every minute.”

“Well paced workshop. Practical and relevant. Ari very respectful of participants.”

“Engaging. Practical. Useful. Glad I came! Thank you Ari!”

“Very enjoyable. Learning, feeling more skilled and enthusiastic. Thank you!”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Great to practice the skills. Fabulous venue. My clients will benefit from today’s learning.”

“Thankyou, I really enjoyed your case discussions and openness bringing us into your counselling session, and your humour”

“I found Ari very approachable for questions. I particularly enjoyed watching him play the counsellor role in the role plays and discuss the process.”



This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



Ari Badaines, PhD's Profile

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Dr Ari Badaines trained as a clinical psychologist in the USA and received a post-doctoral National Institute of Mental Health fellowship in Washington, DC. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia including ACU and ACAP in Sydney and has also has led workshops in over twenty countries. Ari has been in private practice for over 45 years. The main theoretical orientation of his training was psychodynamic psychotherapy, and he had many years of supervised, clinical practice, including a one year pre doctoral internship at a psycho-analytic training institute in New York. As the demands for therapy grew, the ‘payer’ (governments, insurance companies, clients) demanded more parsimonious approaches, Ari undertook trainings to develop the skills for TLDP. He currently maintains a private practice in Sydney, consults to treatment organisations and supervises other therapists; he is a popular presenter for Pesi AU and runs trainings in the UK and Europe twice a year.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Make better considerations of group membership and size.
  2. Have a greater familiarity among different styles of groups.
  3. Better manage resistant groups and group members.
  4. Learn to utilize techniques and make interventions that enable healing.

Be clearer about boundary issues.

If you’ve always wanted to facilitate a group, or if you need to brush up on your skills this practical two-day workshop will leave you equipped with new and/or improved group therapy skills and knowledge.”   Dr Ari Badaines

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • You will have a more solid base and theoretical understanding of group therapy.
  • You will have a range of applicable skills to enhance your work as a group facilitator.
  • You will gain greater familiarity of what are healing factors in group therapy and how to apply them effectively.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Introduction to different kinds of groups.
  • Selection of group members, group size, first session.
  • Issues of group safety, trust, agreements.
  • Dealing with Resistance and defences in groups and difficult group members.

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • The Healing nature of groups.
  • Therapeutic factors.
  • Boundary Issues.
  • The key roles of the therapist.
  • Endings.

​Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 46

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